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The “Ball” was an unnamed class which was secretly added on 13th January, 2017 and was removed the same day. The reasons for addition are unknown, due to its odd design and the fact that it was only accessible in Sandbox. Unlike the removed Mounted Turret, however, the player cannot control other player’s Auto Turrets during the update. This suggests that this tank is not related to the Mounted Turret. The only way to access the “Ball” while it was in-game was to press \ once in Sandbox; no other way to access it was discovered and it did not appear in the Class Tree. Its Tier is also unknown.

Design

The “Ball” was simply a circle with no Barrels, Spawners or any type of offensive weapons. It looked exactly like the Sandbox version of the Mounted Turret.

Technical

It had the same stats as a Basic Tank; however, all bullet stats had no known effect, since the tank did not shoot any ammunition. It had the same HP and movement speed as a Basic Tank.

Strategy

As the Ball

This tank, while it existed, was a superb Body Damage class, and could defeat a Spike with fully upgraded health and body damage and only lose 30% of its health, however, it was especially susceptible to rapid-fire Bullets and Drone classes, due to its inability to counter them or to closely engage.

Since the Ball had no barrels, it was technically useless upgrading the bullet stats. However, after maxing the other stats, 5 points are still left unused. If the player was daring enough to play the Ball, they would have to use their last five upgrade points on bullet stats or leave them unused.

Against the Ball

  • The Overseer branch could easily swarm the Ball, as the Ball has no form of defense. Just ensure that it does not get too close.
  • Simple bullet classes excel at fighting against the Ball. The Ball cannot block the bullets, neither can it very effectively retreat, even with maxed Movement Speed stats.
  • Branches off Trapper can fight the Ball with ease when the two come into close proximity of each other.
  • Annihilators can be used to a great effect against the Ball, as it will wither its health down to almost nothing with just a single shot.
  • Rammer builds could destroy the Ball, as long as the Ball does not have body damage of its own. If it did, which was the only logical stat it has due to its lack of artillery, then it is heavily advised to stay away, as it could win against all Smasher class tanks.
    • Strangely, though it could destroy a Spike with full health, it is rumored that a body-build Booster could destroy it.
  • Players should not let the Ball get close to themselves, as it will most likely have a Body Damage build.

Trivia

  • Many people quickly alluded to the “Ball” somehow being related to the quickly-reverted controllable auto turret update, as when occupied turrets died the tank would be shown as “Mounted Turret” and the tank model would simply be a circle, just like the “Ball” appeared on the death screen. However, the “Ball” has never officially been named, and no name appears on the XP or below the Death Screen.
    • This may have been the result of a corrupted update or Tank code accidentally being applied to a bullet entity.
  • Strangely, with a rammer build the “Ball” was able to kill a Spike and still had 30% life left, while it would die against a normal ram build tank.
  • The “Ball” was unmentioned in the Changelog.
  • This tank was only playable in Sandbox while it existed.
  • Using Console, a Smasher can be turned into the “Ball”, use these commands: ren_stroke_soft_color_intensity 0 and net_replace_color 0 0xcdcdcd.
    • However, it still functions just like a regular Smasher.

History

  • The “Ball” was added on the 13th of January, 2017, and secretly removed the same day, about 8 hours later.

Gallery

Tanks
Tier 1 BasicTank UpgradeSlot
Tier 2 FlankMachinegunSniperTwin
Tier 3 Auto 3AssassinDestroyerGunnerHunterOverseer
Quad tankSmasherTrapperTri-angleTriple shotTwin Flank
Tier 4 AnnihilatorTierAuto 5TierAuto GunnerAuto SmasherAuto TrapperBattleshipBooosterFactoryTierFighterrGunner TrapperHybridProfileLandmineManagerprofileMega trapper2NecromancerOctotankOverlordprofileTierOvertrapper 2Penta ShotPredator-0RangerSkimmerSpikeSprayerSpread ShotStalkerStreamlinerTri-trapperTriple TwinTriplet
Removed Auto 4Machinegun2MegaDestroyerMegasmasherMothership 2.0X HunterCircleMounted Turret
Old Versions PredatorOldArena Closer 2.0Landmine-Old
Special New Arena CloserThreeDominatorsMiniMothershipProfileDeveloper-Upgrade

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