Leopart 1

The Leopard 1 is a German tier 10 medium tank.

Main battle tank of the Federal Republic of Germany. Development was started in 1956. The first prototypes were built in 1965 at the Krauss-Maffei factory. The Leopard 1 saw service in the armies of more than 10 countries.

The Leopard 1 is the final advancement of medium tank tactics; with speed rivaling that of the Bat Chatillon 25 t, excellent View Range and deadly gun with good depression and a decent rate of fire, this tank is meant to never miss a shot, it's so versatile that along with sniping it can also take on passive scouting, flanking, support, and on occasion brawling.

Of course, like all tanks, it has a downside: the armor is almost as weak as the Bat Chatillon 25 t, so even HE splashes will cripple it severely. Staying mobile is a key to this tank, while only staying still to shoot and then moving right away. Also, the ammunition Rack is stored in the front next to the driver, so it will get hit often if not careful.

The Leopard 1 marks the end of its German medium line.


Pros and Cons

Pros:
- Great speed and mobility; it's as fast, sharper turning, but not as quick to accelerate as the Bat Chatillon 25 t

- One of a few tanks with the most accurate guns in the game with good gun depression

- Good camo for its size

- Very good view range. On par with the tier IX M46 Patton

- Tied with Swedish Strv 103-0 and Strv 103B for lowest chance of catching fire in the game (10%)


Cons:
- Very weak armor, only slightly stronger than Bat Chatillon 25 t. However, the UFP will occasionally auto-bounce

- Modules are easily damaged: most notably the turret and the ammo rack

- Gun soft stats aren't great, so the bloom when driving and turning the turret makes snapshots unlikely to hit


Performance

The Leopard 1 can fill two main roles to great effectiveness. One's first thought when looking at the Leopard one is the role of a sniper, and it is an excellent sniper indeed. Boasting the most accurate gun in the game(Until the replacement of the end tier autoloader god, the wte100, with the grille 15), it combines high accuracy, good alpha damage, and good DPM, all on a highly mobile, fairly well camouflaged tank. The Leo 1 can quickly position itself in advantageous sniping positions, positions which also often make great use of its very high 410m view range (only the M48A1 Patton has it beat in this category). All of this rolled into a single package makes it a threat from any distance, able to reliably hit weak points with its high penetration 105mm cannon, remain hidden while doing so, and re-position quickly to either get a new shot or retreat to a safe distance. In this role and for the purposes of spotting, it is highly recommended to run Coated Optics, most likely in place of Vents.

The other role it excels at is that of a supporting flanker. It hasn't the armor to brawl or lead a charge on its own, but it has the acceleration, maneuverability, and top speed to quickly flank occupied tanks and shoot them in the rear with its good rate of fire. This of course puts you more at risk for taking damage, especially module damage, so you must be careful and weigh up the risks before proceeding. Gun Rammer and Vertical Stabilizer are, as usual essential choices while optics are the best choice for the third equipment slot as it allows the Leopard to scout if the situation requires, win vision wars against other lights/mediums and to spot heavies outside of their view range, allowing you to snipe with impunity. Vents can be taken if one wishes but are a second class choice to due their minimal effect (a 2.2% bonus to everything, on the leopard there is no tangible benefit).

Another, lesser role it can fulfill to good effect is that of a scout. With 410m base view range, good camo, speed, and acceleration, it can do a fine job of passive or active scouting. However, it is large for a scout, and while the acceleration is good, it is not going to kick you up to 65kmh in a few seconds. Typically this means the Leopard will be far more comfortable passive scouting from bushes with its large view range, lighting up all but the most well camouflaged tanks at near the maximum view range of 445m (when properly equipped). This is only considered a lesser role for several reasons. Namely, the size is not conductive to active scouting as it would be fairly easy to hit, secondly the p/w ratio is not quite strong enough to keep this tank at a fast enough speed when going up slopes of a certain angle or more, or for accelerating to top speed from a standstill, and finally, it's simply a waste of a fantastic gun and damage potential.

The Leopard 1 represents a very versatile medium tank that is excellent at long range combat, flanking manoeuvres and scouting and can perform any of these roles in a pinch. In the hands of skilled players the Leopard 1 is a very dangerous tank.