How to install Extended Visualizations Mod(XVM) in WOT

What is XVM?

XVM – extended visualization mod is a battle interface modification for WOT. It is completely free and licensed under the GPLv3 license. You can install it either manually or automatically.

1. Automatically

This way XVM is installed by an automatic installer that detects WOT’s install directory. In this tutorial I’ll use the one provided by LaCourgette.

XVM Updater
XVM Updater – main screen

Step 1. Download XVM Updater from the link above and run it.

If you don’t want to change any options, jump to step 3. If you want to change some of them, proceed to the next step.

Step 2. XVM Updater will automatically detect where WOT is installed, so you can safely ignore that. Enable player stats display will, if checked, tell XVM to show players WN8, their battle and other stats. Show win chance in the game is something I would check because it shows chance to win in percent for the highest tier. Keep old XVM configuration file is used only if you have XVM already and you have changed xvm.xc file. If you have not, leave it unchecked. Choose the desired version and in the Configuration drop down choose a predefined configuration or just choose default.

Step 3. Click Install / Update button and that’s it! You have successfully installed XVM.

2. Manually

Decided not to use the automatic installer and do it the dirty way? If so, let’s start!

Step 1. Go here and download the latest stable version.

Step 2. Unzip the file to your WOT’s installation directory.

For advanced configuration, open the readme-XX.txt file in your language.

Premium tanks in WOT: Advantages and disadvantages

In World of Tanks, there are 2 types of tanks: regular/non-premium and premium. So, what is the difference? Regular tanks must be unlocked by using XP and must be bought using credits. Premium tanks don’t need to be unlocked by using XP, simply because they are not in any tech tree line. They stand aside in the tech trees, glowing yellow. They also don’t exist in all tiers, but do exist in all 5 classes in all nations(light, medium and heavy tanks, tank destroyers and SPGs).

Sexton II
Example British tier III premium SPG in the tech tree

Premium tanks have nothing to research, and logically, they start at the ‘Elite’ status. They are also commonly used as crew trainers, because there is no penalty for changing crews of the same vehicle class, but there is for changing nations and classes. In other words, you can put Hetzer‘s crew into E-25 for increased training, but not, for instance, T-15‘s. They make about 20% more credits than regular tanks, making them quite useful for credit grinding. Best tier for money grinding is tier 6+. Their performance is better than a stock tank of the same tier and class, but not as good as the fully upgraded one.

An owned premium tank show in tech tree
An owned premium tank shown in tech tree

There are 61 premium tanks (26 are gift tanks or are not available in the game store) out of 291 total. Premium tank with the lowest gold price(5 gold) is T-44-122, a Soviet tier 7 medium tank. However, it is very hard to play it, because of it’s reload time(16 seconds, 3.75 RoF). It’s currently not available in the game store. Tank with lowest gold price that is available in the game store is American tier II T2 Light. It has the worst rear armor in the game, but amazing top speed(72 km/h).