The M26 Pershing is the tier 8 medium tank for the American line of tanks. Stat wise it doesnt look to great and many people disregard the tank. Overall it does have bad armor(don’t rely on it even against low tier tanks) and it’s speed isn’t that high either. Where it lacks speed/armor it makes up for it in gun depression, a good gun, mobility, and flexibility.
Playing the Pershing requires you to think ahead and to learn specific spots on maps that fit it’s play style. Hilly terrain is best since as a Pershing you can depress your gun much more than most tanks and can scoot out, fire, and move back behind the hill before they can shoot you. It’s mobility also allows it to turn/pivot quickly and to excel in circling slower heavy tanks and to exploit weak spots in the enemies lines.
Avoid entering spots where you know you will be outnumbered since your armor will not save you. It is best to stick with a few others and then dart out behind the enemy to draw their attention allowing your team to kill them easier. Never stop moving as a Pershing, and since your armor is lackluster it doesn’t hurt to wiggle between your shots to confuse bad players facing you. You never know you might get a lucky bounce! It takes some practice, but if you master “wiggling” as I call it(moving your tank side-to-side before they shoot you) you can get it down to a point where you can move your tracks into their shot a second before they shoot and you have a better chance at taking no damage.
Overall the Pershing is a great tank is played correctly. One on One against other tier 8’s it will loose unless you use it’s mobility/flanking advantage and also it’s use of hilly terrain. Below are some replays of me playing the Pershing. Overall I have a 64% win rate in the tank(almost all public non-platooned battles besides 10-20 in TC’s) and I kill around 1.3 tanks per game in it.