E 50 Ausf. M

The E 50 Ausf. M is a German tier 10 medium tank.

The German Army demanded that the E-series tanks had transmissions positioned in the rear. However, the E 50 and E 75 tanks used the Tiger II engine-transmission compartment, which allowed engineers to work faster, but made rear placement of the transmission impossible. The E 50 Ausf. M tank was a redesign of the E 50 project with the transmission placed in the rear.

A tier X medium that actually has armor other tier Xs should pay attention to, the E 50 M is a spearhead and sniper tank that is comfortable both staying back and picking off hitpoints at will, or getting into the face of (or simply around) isolated or overconfident opponents. A consummate master of flexibility in battlefield roles, the E 50 M allows the expert player to flow smoothly from one task to another, and thus, allows other tanks to do their supposed jobs properly in order to attain victory.

The E 50 Ausf. M marks the end of its German medium line.


Pros and Cons

Pros:
- Strong, near pinpoint accuracy only outmatched by the Grille 15 and Leopard 1, Good accuracy even while it's moving which allows doing snapshots.

- Highest HP Pool of all MTs in the game (2050)

- Tough frontal armor and decent amount of side armor that can provide an good amount of ricochets.

- Rear transmission makes it less prone to engine fires from frontal hits.

- Very high top speed, although usually only achievable when going downhill.

- High weight (62 tons) combined with great speed (60KM/H). Makes it Excellent at ramming.

- Great gun depression value of -8 around the tank, and -7 in the rear


Cons:
- Poor damage per minute for a medium tank and slow turret traverse makes brawling hard.

- The Largest Medium tank in the game, even larger than some heavy tanks with very poor camouflage rating.

- Poor maneuverability despite high hp/t, feels sluggish and has poor terrain resistances even on hard terrain.

- Vulnerable areas - lower frontal hull and turret face are lacking in protection and ammo rack is very weak.


Performance

The E 50 M is an effective German tank but a teensy bit cumbersome compared to its peers. The E 50 M, like all other tier 10 mediums, fires APCR as its default ammo. Aside from price, it keeps all the characteristics of APCR, this is both a good and bad thing. APCR achieves its higher penetration potential in reality because it concentrates all the kinetic energy on a smaller point, and because it leaves the barrel at a much higher velocity. In game it's the same, and perfect for the E 50 M's playstyle. The combination of a fast traveling shell and extremely accurate gun makes hitting moving tanks at extreme ranges practically a walk in the park.

When supporting and sniping from the far rear is not an option, the E 50 M is still quite home at close quarters engagements. The "good" all around armor will prove difficult to overmatch except by the largest of gun calibers, and can therefore be used to bait tanks into being shot at extreme angles. Even smart players might think they can get through, but if done correctly their shells will simply bounce due to sheer angles or autobounce entirely, leaving them open to a quick and accurate counterattack. Having smooth ride and snap shot, in addition to a Vertical stabilizer and vents can make the E 50 M arguably the most accurate medium tank even when moving, giving you a noticeable edge.

However, despite the good armor, the E 50 M is still not completely comfortable at close range. Other lower profile medium tanks can simply hug you and due to E 50 M's poor gun depression and large size, you will not be able to fire back at them. You can get close, but only about arm's length at best, point blank brawl matches are best to be avoided, tempting though they may be with such a powerful engine. But, it is worthy to note that with a properly trained driver, the E 50 M can be made to turn nearly as fast as the Obj. 430 in standard conditions, off road driving can also enhance its agility.

On the down side, the E 50 M's armor profile isn't perfect. The turret and lower front plate are the prominent weak spots. The front of the turret has a high armor value, but barely any slope, meaning most guns it comes across can penetrate it. And as per the norm of German tanks, the lower front is exposed and relatively weak. It can be expected that almost every time, shots will penetrate the lower front unless the enemy is a light tank or firing high explosive ammo.

In addition, although the E 50 M has very good accuracy and penetration, the damage per minute is sadly the worst in its class. Every other tier 10 medium has better DPM which they can use to pump out damage even faster. However, at range where said tanks might miss a lot, the 50 M still has the upper hand.

One more thing to note, is that while the E 50 M sports mediocre or bad gun depression on the front (-6 degrees), it gets much better towards the side, where it can depress its gun 8 degrees. This takes some getting used to as you need to angle your armor to maximize your gun depression, but it's a very valuable skill to learn as you will learn to both minimize exposure and get the most out of your tank.

In all, the E 50 Ausf. M is an above average medium tank. It's got average speed and average armor, a high penetration gun with laser like accuracy and good aim time and accuracy spread, and a usable amount of health. Up close or afar, you are never really out of this tank's killing zone.