Map Strategy

Knowing the ins and outs of the maps in World of Tanks  takes time but is a huge factor in doing well.  Figuring out the influential spots, small cubbyholes, firing lanes, etc. will help you survive longer and increase your chance of winning.  World of Tanks is primarily knowing maps very well and which areas are beneficial to you and which areas will result in you being torn to shreds. These World of Tanks map strategy guides tailored for specific maps will outline specific areas for both sides on each map along with key routes and tactics to use.


Map Strategy Abbey

Abbey is a smaller map that is decided very quickly which team will have the upper hand.   This map has 3 key locations located in the center of the map that are crucial to obtaining map control but at the same time require one another to prevent being flanked.


MapStrategy Airfield Full

Airfield is a rather small map that caters not only to standard tanks but also to long range tanks/spgs.  This is because Airfield is essentially split in two and down the center of the map are defined engagement areas that slow down the pace of the fight in most matches.  This can be both good and bad for your team since Airfield usually ends up favoring the team that gets the first good punch in since it can easily snowball due to the small map size.

Arctic Region

Map Strategy Arctic Region

Arctic Region is the only completely winter/snow covered map in the game(others only have snow here and there).  The map itself has a blend of safe arty cover defensive locations which allow tanks to duel it out but to  get to these locations and/or advance from them you are exposing your flanks. There are only a few main routes to each base and attacking either the northwest/southeast defensive locations requires playing intelligent and securing both routes to assault the defenders.



Cliff is an old time favorite of many World of Tanks players since it has been around for quite some time.  This map has most of the action funneled into 3 specific areas with the deciding factor of the match depending on which team can break through one flank without losing the others.

El Halluf


El Halluf can be a difficult map due to its large size and the unique terrain elevations compared to other maps.  Most of the map is very elevated and the center of the map is very low making it a “bowl” that is easy to get into but hard to get out of.  At the same time it is very important to control the map since El Halluf rewards spotting and playing as a team to keep enemies pinned into their starting areas.

El Halluf Encounter


El Halluf can be a difficult map due to its large size and the unique terrain elevations compared to other maps.  Most of the map is very elevated and the center of the map is very low making it a “bowl” that is easy to get into but hard to get out of.  At the same time it is very important to control the map since El Halluf rewards spotting and playing as a team to keep enemies pinned into their starting areas.



With Ensk being on the smaller size when compared to other maps in World of Tanks it can lead to some difficulty for newer players since engagements/initial positions are crucial to succeeding.  This map plays roughly the same for both sides with only minute differences.  Both sides benefit greatly from initial aggressive movements by small groups of tanks to pin the enemy close to their starting points.



Erlenberg can be a very tricky map to figure out since it incorporates many different areas onto the same map, unlike other maps that generally favor one type of gameplay over another.  You have plenty of wide open areas, elevated ridges, choke points in the form of the three bridges crossing the river that divides the map, and plenty of buildings to take cover behind.

Fisherman’s Bay


Fisherman’s Bay is a large map with plenty of cover and also plenty of wide open spaces to cater to every kind of tank.  You’ll see that there is a clear difference between the East and West sides of the map which favor side one(green) or side two(red).


Fjords Strategy

Fjords is a very difficult map to decide where you should head to at the beginning of the match and where to move after that.  Fjords is “split” into 3 main areas which require specific tanks to exploit.

Hidden Village


Hidden Village is a recent addition to World of Tanks and although it is new it is very easy to pick up and play.  This is due to it having three main “lanes” to go down  since the map is divided into the village, central field area, and then the heavy passage(surrounded by rocks/ridges).  Each lane provides different gameplay and is focused around a specific play style that heavily favors some tanks over another in specific areas.



Mines has been around in World of Tanks for a very long time and although it has undergone several changes the core strategy has remained the same.  Mines is a small map and most of the fighting is concentrated on the central hill(mine) since it provides a great tactical point to not only attack but to defend.



Murovanka looks like a very straight forward map but when you dive deeper you will see that many approach this map the wrong way.  This map gives each starting team a strong side to push on and the opposite side of the map being easier to defend.  Unlike other maps however both teams are capable of attacking the same side easily if played correctly while defending another very easily.

Pearl River

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Pearl River has a ton of different elements, elevations, and areas all smashed into one map that provides quite the challenge to any player. At first glance the map is overwhelming and rightfully so since it has dozens of individual paths to take.



Port is a very unique map when compared to the other maps in World of Tanks.  It is very confusing to know where to go the first few times playing this map as it doesn’t have many clearly defined choke points.


Prokhorovka Strategy

Prokhorovka has gone several changes unlike other maps.  The first version was very flat with very little cover, the second version became much more hilly/bumpy with adequate cover, and the present iteration has been smoothed out closer to the original version. This leads to a map that many think is dominated by arty, which in a way it is, but more importantly it rewards teamwork.  Scouts and mobile tanks are very important on this map since it allows heavy tanks/tank destroyers/artillery to sit back in safety to dish damage out.  If a team has 2 good spotters on Prokhorovka it will greatly shift the match in their favor.



Province is a very small map and only available for tier 3 tanks and lower in World of Tanks.  Originally Province was available for any tier and for matches tier 5 and higher the map was simply to small to function properly.  When Province was reworked it was changed to only allow tier 3 tanks and under since the map plays best with the lower view range and sizes low tier tanks have.  The layout of Province features two ridges running north to south on both edges of the map where tanks start and the bases located in the valley below.


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Since Redshire has been reworked it has become a very difficult map to play aggressively on since many places have been made more bumpy and hard to move through quickly.  The river especially has been designed to provide a bit more cover, however it is now extremely difficult to pass through in many locations quickly.  The changes have made this map even more defensive/campy compared to before but there are still areas to gamble on to make that push for your team.


Ruinberg Strategy

Ruinberg is one of the more urban based maps in World of Tanks currently.  More than half of the map is covered with buildings but at the same time leaves enough openings to not feel as closed off as a map like Himmelsdorf.  This map is split into 3 main areas which will be referred to as the city, the city edge, and the field. Each is vital to a team succeeding and requires it’s own tactics to be played without dying very quickly.

Sacred Valley

Map Strategy Sacred Valley

acred Valley is a very complex map at first glance since it has many obstacles, terrain differences, and lack of cover for advancing tanks. However, after you break the map down into key areas and routes it becomes easier to manage and understand how the map unfolds in most fights.  Although very different from Redshire I like the compare Sacred Valley to it since in a sense it is an “open” map however it is extremely difficult for either team to push across the map without being spotted/torn to shreds.

Serene Coast


Serene Coast is a large map dominated by wide open areas with high and low spots to allow you to push your away across the map.  This map is very difficult to master since the best positions and cover are often not well defined and small hills/ridges are the place to be at.

Siegfried Line

Siegfried Line Strategy

Siegfried Line is map many players look at the same way in terms of what to do.  Mediums and fast tanks in the field to play aggressive, TDs/snipers support the field, and everyone else sit on the outside of town waiting for the enemy to make a move.  This mindset might seem correct but is quite the opposite for putting yourself in a position to do a ton of damage and have your team easily win.  playing the town aggressive while defending the field will allow your team to take control of the main cover from SPGs on the map while taking a large chunk of the enemy out. Both sides of the map are almost identical tactic wise the main differences are the bases with side 1 being flat with specific routes and side 2 being more hilly with no obstacles.


Steppes Strategy

Steppes 2.0(since it has been reworked) plays very similar to the old Steppes players are used to but brings with it some major changes.  The map now has a bit more artillery cover in some of the more open sections of the map and also some rock formations have been altered to boost/takeaway some cover depending on which side you spawn at.


Swamp has underwent numerous changes over its stint in World of Tanks and its current iteration is vastly different than the initial version of Swamp released years ago.  Swamp has seen its initial spawning locations rotated and essentially 90%+ of the map has received significant changes since its initial release.  As its name suggests Swamp features a large swamp in the center of the map with two estuaries that extend north/south out of the centralized swamp to divide the map into two.  With roughly 35% of the playable terrain falling into the “poor” category it makes maneuvering quickly very difficult in these areas.  Outside of the swamp/water areas you have the elevated north/south areas that see the highest elevations in the corner that slope down as you head towards each team’s base/flag.  Swamp provides unique challenges with its different terrain types and most importantly it has the most “poor” terrain(difficult to move through) of any map currently in World of Tanks.



Widepark is only available for tiers 4 through 6 so it is often overlooked since you do not always play it depending which tiers you are working on.  Since Widepark is a small map it works well for the tier tanks that can play on it since their view range fits perfectly with Widepark’s size.  Looking at Widepark you will notice that the map is clearly split into a northern and southern side by a railroad cutting across the center of the map.  This railroad is raised across most of the map with the western side having an underpass and the eastern side of the railroad having less of a incline making it easier to cross.  Both teams are given their own side of the map and each has its own advantage since each side has a different layout.



Windstorm can be a difficult map for players setting tracks on it for the first time and even for veterans since it is a very complex map with many different potential routes.  Windstorm features urban areas, hilly areas, areas with many choke points, a few flanking routes, and steep drop offs that could destroy you if you aren’t careful.  The amount of landscape changes are not always apparent at first glance but they are very important to where you will end up going and how well your team fares on Windstorm.

11 Comments on "Map Strategy"

  1. Nice guidelines for those maps overall but could you add pictures of them to this list so one can immediatly see what name goes with what map. Then its the perfect guide.

  2. Hey there nice guidelines, but maybe add the images of the maps into this list so u can see what map is meant at first glance.

  3. I really wish someone would teach the people I play with the differences between Assault, Encounter, and Standard Battle.
    The common misconceptions are astounding.
    The point here is, I feel that strong defense is a strong offense. You should all be sitting there 15 guns ready and any target that comes into view can be easily attacked by many members.
    I am of course referring to the XBox 360 version and not the PC version.
    Good maps and strategy though.

    • Good point, but i have tried that only to get killed by someone with a longer viewing range. Ever been killed by an invisable tank? I have and while i was on spawn too.

      • Yes, absolutely, I play Arty a lot and I kill people all the time, blind targets. I do find people tend to forget that staying hidden relies on cover and less gunfire to stay in hiding. Even I do sometimes and get killed blind more than I care.

  4. I understand where you are coming from Nitro, however because so many run off to die except my platoon(we use teamspeak), we tend to sit back for a few seconds to see who goes where and then set up where we have a good vantage of our base and the many routes. Up until everyone else is dead, then we more or less flip a coin to decide to stay put or push. BTW, Guru can you try to make an app for the map strategy please, i use Android. It would help out a lot seeing how in most cases my platoon is the last to go.

    • I have no experience developing an app or anything for Andriod/IOS, etc. I wouldn’t even know were to begin or if it would be worth my time(and money) doing so, considering this website is primarily run for helping others and doesn’t exactly support itself financially that well. If I could suggest a workaround, you could always leave the map strategy page up with all of them listed on it, and then click on a specific map when you enter a battle, and then the entire map overview is easily seen at the top of each map strategy.

  5. Great guides! Will these be updated to modified maps?

    • I am hoping to get back into updating and releasing new content soon. In the process(still) of moving and the summer months are swamped for me with my 5-3:30 job(awesome hours).

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