|Heavy Tank, Tier VI|
In Game Edit
The IS-1 is the Russian tier VI tank. Like most Russian tanks, it health pool is middling. It's the second slowest tier VI tank in the game, and it's shots do the second least amount of damage out of all the tier VI tanks, however, this is offset by its fast reload time and fast turret traverse. After comparing stats with other tier VI tanks, the IS-1 seems to be the worst. This is not so. The tank's low profile causes it to be bouncy; in other words, shots will often ricochet if the player takes advantage of the sloped armor on the IS-1. Furthermore, it will stay hidden behind rises behind which any Panther of Firefly would be revealed. This does not mean you want to get into head to head fights with this tank; on the contrary, you will want to stay back and snipe. This is where the advantage of the low mobility comes in. For those players who would rather charge, the tank will keep you behind your peers and in sniping mode; the best mode available to the IS-1. So play this tank carefully; don't flank things unless there is really no other sensible thing to do, and always stick with your teammates if you can. You can go far with this tank if you abide by its rules. Against experimentals flanking is almost a must as they will tear apart your sides quick but you are quick enough to flank and get in close to dogfight them where you can exploit the experimentals slow speed and turrets.