Join Iron Brotherhood with Tips from the Team

In the latest update for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition you’ll find new maps, operations, gameplay improvements, and new vehicles—all amounting to an even greater experience of tank warfare.

With an avalanche of new content for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, we wanted to make sure you didn’t get snowed under. Here’s some tips from our experts that cover Update 1.7 and Iron Brotherhood.

Soviet Tanks: The Iron Brotherhood

Iron Brotherhood wouldn’t be quite living up to its name if there wasn’t something made of iron: 5 new Soviet-built heavy tanks. And although they’re not brothers in blood, they’re certainly brothers in arms.


A Tier 6 heavy tank that features additional armor to its hull and a considerably more powerful engine. Its fearsome 107 mm gun can be a real game-changer combined with a strong turret. With decent all-round hull armor, it’s a tank that keeps on going.


A Tier 7 heavy tank that has tough frontal armor and lots of versatility thanks to a large variety of guns. However, the devastating high alpha damage 122 mm cannon will have your opponents running for the hills.


A Tier 8 heavy tank that’s heavily armored, especially on its side and turret. Its high mass makes it resistant to being rammed. This tank is a real damage sponge, able to soak up a lot of what your opponent can toss at you.


A Tier 9 heavy tank. Thanks to its very sturdy angled armor, this tank is near-impenetrable to many Tier 8 guns. A great tank for a confident player, especially when you’re hull-down or side craping.


A Tier 10 heavy tank, the IS-4 features thick side armor, shoulder plates and a high HP pool. When equipped with the 122 mm M62-T2 gun you can send opponents to the scrap heap with ease.


Over the past several updates, there have been important improvements to maps featured in World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition and tankers need to adjust their strategy accordingly. Some of these changes affect spawn points, game types, and capture placements. Below you’ll find some strategies for recent map tweaks.

South Coast

The latest map rolling out to a battlefield near you. You’ll find South Coast a rocky, ruin-filled expanse where sloping cliffs and mountains separated by dusty channels offer intense combat. The flowing rises in land means a lot of vantage points and the winding pathways around town make it great for flanking and ambushing opponents. Less patient tankers can throw caution to the wind and take enemies head-on in a blaze of sand and glory.


In Murovanka you’ll find improved terrain, new spawn points, and base placements.

The terrain play space is now larger, featuring updated areas to explore which means you’ll have to develop and expand on your previous battle tactics. The majority of Murovanka is flat, but the center features a lot of buildings for cover and hiding positions. You’ll find the east and west side of the map contains the largest asymmetrical elevation changes with the east side lower and the west side higher. This means that battles can occur at either side of the map without fear of sniping from the opposing side.

The new placements:

  • Your Standard Battle flags are at A-5 and K-5
  • The Encounter flab is located at E-2
  • Encounter Team 1 is located around B-7 and Team 2 is located around J-7


Abbey has been updated with a new Encounter game type. This level has a similar layout and feel to Cliff Encounter; both teams have several attacking options. They can take the west valley and try to flank the enemy from behind, or head east around the monastery to engage enemy Artillery at their second spawn position. However, Artillery on both sides has a clear shot of the Encounter flat base, so early attempts at capturing the flag may result in a futile attempt to quickly win the match. You don’t want Abbey to be your final resting place.

The new placements:

  • The flag is located in the middle of the lower town at E/F-4
  • Team 1 is located around K-2 (Artillery at H-3) and Team 2 is located around A-2 (Artillery at B-5)


In Highway, reminiscent of North America, you won’t find Big Rigs or fast food joints, but you will find Encounter mode. Placed precariously on the bridge is a flag sitting over the railway on the east side of the map. This creates a valley that has protection from multiple angles but is surrounded by open land. Tactics you should be mindful of are guarding the flag from distance while other team members move in place to take a position holding the flag. Using the east side of the map, players can flank and sneak behind the enemy for a surprise attack. This is a map for the methodical tanker in you.

The new placements:

  • The flag is located at E-9 on the railway bridge
  • Team 1 is located around K-4, H-3 and Team 2 is located around A-3, C-4


An arid, seemingly endless expanse of fields and hills that hasn’t seen a plow or tractor in some time, Steppes is your destination for open warfare. With sprawling fields, varying ditches, and small hills and rises littering the map, Steppes allows tankers to execute some killer ambushes. For Artillery, this map is great, as you can keep quite a distance from the enemy. You can take combat long-distance if you prefer thanks to little cover but watch your back; you’re just as exposed as the enemy.

Chained Ops

In Chained Ops, you must successfully complete a series of Operations that escalate in difficulty, which will net some sweet rewards (silver, premium and consumables). As you found in Operations, there’s a lot of freedom for you in these ops and how you achieve the goals set are up to you. To complement Chained Ops, there’s some brand new Achievements for you to acquire. However, we’d always recommend that you work in a team as the odds will be in your favor.

Tanks—Above and Beyond: Excelsior

The Excelsior hails from the UK and is a very formidable Tier 5 premium heavy tank. It has the usual British resilience in its heavy armor and high rate of fire. Tankers will want to operate Excelsior like a “classic” heavy, using your superior frontal armor to stifle incoming attacks and punish the opponent with your 75 mm gun capable of unloading 15 rounds-per-minute.

To use Excelsior effectively, you’ll want to keep support units around you to avoid being flanked and protect your sides. Its other benefits include preferential matchmaking, where you’ll encounter only Tier 5 and 6 tanks. So go forth, for the Queen and country…and gold.

Tier 1 Improvements

After listening to player feedback, Tier 1 tanks have been improved to provide a better gaming experience to new players. Now, all Tier 1 tanks for new players will come with all packages researched and purchased, and will be equipped with top Tier packages.

These changes will create a better first experience for new users. Having Tier 1 tanks fully researched gives everyone, whether they’re a new player or a veteran, a better chance to fully appreciate the game.

The advantages that fully researched tanks give to the player are more mobility, more powerful guns, and a slightly larger pool of health.

Note: Existing players, don’t fear! Your Tier 1 tanks will retain the packages you have equipped on them as well as a one-time reimbursement of 1,825 Free XP and 35,820 Silver. This will cover the total cost of researching and purchasing all available Tier 1 tanks and their packages.

So update 1.7 and the Iron Brotherhood have trudged through the snow and brought back some great content to mount above the fireplace. We hope these tips helped you to battle the harsh weather and claim the spoils of war for yourselves. Good luck, tankers.

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