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Tanks. Yes, the annoying hunks of metal rolling around Battlefield 3. We love them, and hate them. I will attempt to show you how to hate them less, and love them more.
Using a Tank Effectively
• Getting around.
1. While driving to your objective, keep an eye out for small black discs on the ground. Those are Anti- Tank mines: Don't let them do their job of killing you.
2. Don't abuse sprint. A good time to use Boost is on a long straight stretch of road, not a curvy mountain path.
• Fighting Other Tanks
1. It seems that most people can't fire and move at the same time. If you can, take advantage of the fact that many people can't. Drive in circles around them, pop in and out of cover, etc.
2. Aim for the sides, and backs of enemy tanks, while simultaneously defending your flanks. With that said, flanking is a good strategy against tanks for reasons just stated.
• Fighting Infantry
1. Support, and Engineer are the only classes that can harm your tank in any way. The M320 does little damage to you.
2. Use the LMG or HMG secondary weapon to take infantry down, use your main gun to clear cover, kill many infantry at a time, shoot around corners, or at long ranges.
Killing a Tank on Foot
• Firing from the same position twice is a bad idea, the tank will kill you by the second shot. As you fire a rocket from one position, while reloading, sprint to a new area, fire, and repeat.
• Aim for the flanks or the back. The back will cause the most damage, and the sides will do significantly more.
• If you are a support with C4 and trying to destroy a tank, assess the situation. Keep an eye out for possible infantry that will try to take you out. If you believe it's safe, go take it out before it sees you. Also, before you rush it, check to see if the turret is moving, or at least make sure it's not pointing at you.
If you go to C4 a tank, do NOT stand in front or behind it. It highly increases the chance that you get run over.
If you were a tank dummy before, now you shouldn't, unless you're a Tank Idiot. Good hunting.