Have you ever seen how people handle the imbalance? 9 times out of 10 they suicide charge their A-20/PZ3 straight into the enemy formation purely to 'spot' targets for the purposes of harvesting XP. Why do they do that? Because there's literally no opponent on the server they have any chance of fighting.
A PZ III has a speed advantage over a KV, ok. A Hetzer can mount a half decent gun, fine. But a Cunningham has absolutely no advantages whatesoever over a PZ IV so why should it be placed into the same game? There's no playing in that match up. Only dying.
It's not about playing smart, it's all about encouraging people to skip their way up the ladder by purchasing gold. That's the choice of the developers and they're free to do whatever the heck they like. I chose to work my way up the ranks and I now rock a F2P Tiger so I have no problems.
Ok, so it's the game's fault people are stupid?
I work with two friends, one uses a light tank and operates a little forward to help with spotting, I support him as a heavy tank while a buddy supports me further back in his TD.
It is ALL about playing smart. Sure you can go and do something stupid (and die, like the A-20 rushers) but that's not a problem with matchmaking or the sim in any way, it's a problem with people being too stupid to figure out how they're supposed to be playing (ie - in this case being a spotter for artillery and absolutely avoiding combat until they know where the heavies are and can go pick on the enemy artillery).
Even in pub games - where I play a light tank as much as I play any other - I don't whine about how imbalanced the game is because the enemy have heavy tanks or rail at the developers - I appreciate that I am being given a tactical challenge that I am going to have to think about to overcome. If I am successful - great - if not I'll be in another battle in 45 seconds tops.
What WW2 Fighter pilots say about Angels and Airspeed:
"Nice job of getting down to the basics - love your choice of a cover!" Col. Clarence 'Bud' Anderson
"I have enjoyed reading angels and airspeed, it should prove good reading for all interested in combat tactics and their application related to the fluid air environment and state of technology in WWII years. All the best as you make it available." - Col. Charles McGee - Tuskegee Airman www.angelsandairspeed.com
NEVER ENGAGE STUPID.