This list is getting some love lately! I appreciate the comments on the previous TFA post. I have spent the last several days reviewing the list, talking tactics and running the numbers.
This list is no longer viable in my opinion.
IT IS DOWN RIGHT NASTY!
But also understand this - it will only be viable for about 9 weeks. Let's just say that when the first Bulge book comes out, a TD Company will be a part of the list. Vets. With Vet Armored Rifles in Support. That is what I am reading on the blogs and hearing through the "grapevine." So if TFA is nasty today, TD Company will be downright EVIL. You see, in the TD Company, you will get 8 Hellcats. But you can add a 3rd platoon- of Jacksons! They will be trained, but who cares! AT will either be 13 or 14.
As a US Armored player, this is awesome. And I sit back, fold my arms behind my head and think about all those times my Shermans were obliterated by Panthers, Tigers, KT, IS-2s - heck - T-34s! And I crack a smile thinking about 12 TD tanks spawning under 16" away. With the Jacksons, you don't care if they are front armor shots.
So let's go to "fun with math":
4 TD with AT 13 (I still have trouble believing they will be AT 14) shooting at Vet Panthers (FA 10). I will even give the Panthers concealment. (quick side note - RT Panthers are coming!) 8 shots needing 5+ to hit. Rounding up, 3 hits. That will come out to be about 1 dead, 1 bailed. And you usually come up against 3 Panthers. If they are in the open, 4 hits - 2 dead with maybe a bail. An American player has NEVER had this as an option. Seriously, when you saw a German with Panthers and StuGs, you got sick to your stomach. And what about a KT? Now you can kill these things!
Yup. Dead Panthers. I like the sound of that!
You will see this list at tournaments. Guaranteed.