85mm S-53: penetration 126mm/167mm; damage 160; rate of fire: 12 shots per minute
720 health points
Top speed: 53km/h, engine: 500HP
T-34-85M is a Russian tier VI premium tank, which firstly was supposed to be available for completing a mission (instead we have been given mission for WZ-111) and currently can be bought for real money. He has much better armor than the standard T-34-85, bus is equipped with far worse cannon. The most important change is the front armor, which now has 75mm thickness set under good angle. Sadly, the cannon focus for a long time, is very inaccurate and has lower penetration than in the standard version of this tank. Mobility can be considered as an advantage of this tank. The power/weight ratio gives him a good acceleration up to 53km/h. This tank might interest collectors and fans of Russian technology, every other player should rather stay with the standard T-34-85.
Development, equipment, crew
Preferred equipment: improved guidance system, toolbox, improved ventilation
Skills and perks: sixth sense for the commander, repair for the rest of the crew. Then, brothers in arms for the entire crew.
T-34-85M armor has been greatly upgraded since its predecessor. In front you will find a 75mm iron plate that is well angled. The real armor thickness at that spot is around 110mm. It is a very good result for a tier VI medium tank. If you don't have a cannon with good enough penetration, you should aim at lower plate or weakspots on the upper plates that are well visible. The front of the turret is well armored as well, you can find more than 100mm of armor there. You must avoid at all cost shooting at the mantlet of the turret. Even bullets with great penetration won't pierce through that spot. The sides and back of T-34-85M are much more thin and you don't have to aim to precisely to pierce them.
How to play...
...as the driver of the T-34-85M?
Try to face your enemies from the front. You can set a little sidescrap, and even vehicles from one tier above might have trouble with getting through.
Remember that your cannon is not accurate, you will be forced to fight on close distance. This tank will work better in a city or closed locations.
Watch the situation on the map, don't let the enemies flank you from the side or the back. Try to fight with only one enemy at a time.
Avoid direct confrontation with T-34-85M on close distance. He has a very inaccurate cannon, but nice rate of fire and damage he deals is decent. In such circumstances you should retreat to safer distance.
Try aiming at the lower plate or weakspots on enemy armor.
T-34-85m has pretty big idlers on the tracks, so it is easy to damage them and immobilize the vehicle. Then you can try to flank the enemy and attack him from side or the back, where his armor is much weaker.