What are your thoughts on reinforcement etiquette when playing in random squads?
As a general rule, if I’m not squad leader and I see that the squad leader has called in a Hachi/T34/Sturmtiger, I’ll wait a few seconds to see if they redeploy to use it. If they don’t, I assume it’s up for grabs and will spawn into the driver’s seat, but will relinquish the driver’s seat to the squad leader if asked. After all, I figure, a decent squad leader is only going to call in such a powerful reinforcement (a) if they know how to use it, or (b) if they’re confident that someone on the squad knows how to use it.
Lately, as squad leader, I’ve had to deal with the frustration of calling in tank reinforcements, redeploying, and seeing that a squad mate (usually a lower ranked Christmas player at the bottom of the scoreboard, who contributed very little towards obtaining that tank) has died and spawned into the driver’s seat. These individuals typically get the tank blown up in seconds, throwing nearly 21k squad points down the drain. I vented about this on Reddit the other day and got blasted with downvotes by people saying things like “how else are they going to learn?” and whatnot.
My thinking on the subject is this: if you’re relatively new to the game, have little to no experience driving tanks, and only contributed 1-2k’s worth of points towards the tank, it’s better for your squad and your team to let the more experienced tank driver take the driver’s seat. It’s also better to learn how to drive tanks by using the “free for all” tanks that don’t cost squad points. Everyone in the squad contributes towards reinforcement tanks, yes, but that does not mean that everyone is well-equipped skill-wise to make the best use of said tank. As we all know, these tanks can make the difference between winning and losing a match of Breakthrough if used properly, and it’s a shame to see them go to waste. Inexperienced tankers would learn more about reinforcement tanks, IMO, by sitting in the gunner’s seat and seeing how the driver positions himself/evades attacks, and can also help the driver by getting kills and identifying threats (which is very easy on the Sturmtiger, for instance). They will learn very little by driving straight into the heart of an objective and getting the tank blown up in seconds by enemy assaults.