Begin with getting familiar with beginners guide that can be found on the game website. Then play the combat training, which is a tutorial and its icon can be found in the upper left corner of the garage. Training lasts less than 5 minutes and you should complete it since it is awarded with 6000 credits and 300 free experience. As for the tanks, it is suggested to start with the Soviet tree. It is the best for beginners.
TIER I MS-1
Start with the MS-1 tank and select the line that leads to KV-1. One, two games with the XXX tank (with the basic cannon, turret, engine) and you buy T-26 without the crew. You probably won't be playing with this tank later, so you should only develop modules that allow you to unlock T-26 (37 mm B-3 cannon, MS-1 mod.1930 turret). You don't need to buy them.
When buying new tanks, you have 4 possibilities: to buy a crew that is 100% trained for 200 gold per person, 75% for 20 000 credits, 50% for free or transfer the crew from another tank. Transferring requires you to train the crew for the new tank, what costs you 200 gold for keeping 100% per person, 20 000 credits for 75%, 60% for free and in case of the same tank type (like heavy tank, light tank) 200 gold for 100%, 20 000 for 90%, 80% for free.
TIER II T-26
You send the MS-1 crew to the barracks, move them from the barracks to new tank and give them a free training. A lots of battles awaits you now, so while you're gaining experience you should gradually buy better components in order: cannon, turret, engine. For now, you abandon tracks and radio. As for the cannon, you should develop and mount 37mm ZIS-19. You will be able to install it in the next cannon instead the stock cannon.
Leave the free experience for later.
If you have more than 3000 credits, you should buy consumables. In order: small repair kit, small first aid kit, manual fire extinguisher.
Repair kit is used for repairing the modules damaged by enemy. After the damage you press the corresponding button, then the number of the module. First aid kit works similar for "repairing" the crew members.
TIER III T-46
With the crew you act like before. More than a dozen of battles awaits you on this tank, so you should gradually upgrade it. In order: turret, 76mm L-10 cannon, engine, radio, tracks.
TIER IV T-28
Crew matters. You start with the commander, just as you did before. If crew training level is greatly below 75% after an eventual training (commander increases crew training level, so you check level at him), you should recruit a new crew at level 75%, which costs 20 000 per person. Crew is vital, and you will probably play a lot with this tank, so spending a large amount of cash on personnel is justified.
In World of Tanks (WoT) there are Weekend, Weekly, Monthly and Special missions. For completing them you receive credits, equipment, consumables , garage slots, premium days and even premium tanks or gold. In almost every of them tanks from tier 4 above participate, so you should as quickly as possible get the T-28.
- Gun - much lower accuracy and slower aiming
- Engine - slower driving and hull rotation
- Ammunition rack - two times longer cannon reload
- Tracks - increases the chance for detracking after next shot
- Viewfinder - shorter detection range
- Fuel leak - greater probability of tank getting on fire
- Turret - slower rotation
- Radio - smaller signal range
Use of repair kit fixes the damaged module.
- Commander - reduced detection range
- Gunner - lower accuracy, turret rotation and longer aiming time
- Loader - increased cannon reload time
- Radio operator - smaller signal range
- Driver - reduced tank movement, max speed and acceleration
Use of first aid kit recovers the crew member.
Fire extinguisher is used for putting out the fire. The faster you press the button when on fire, the less damage you receive.
Here's a little practical advice. If you can't press faultlessly, quickly and without looking 4, 5 and six button to which those consumables are linked, and your keyboard doesn't have a characteristic "bulges" on them, you can stick to the 5 button a piece of bandaid. Thanks to that, you will be able to quickly and without looking find that button and those near of him.