Ramming is a legitimate tactic.
The system for unlocking new tanks can get grindy, and as such, these 14 months have been in small dosages, mainly when there's holiday bonuses, or other good reasons to log in for freebies. It's been around for a while, and there's still plenty of players at the introductory level, although there may be useless bots on your team until you get to tier 3. Right, didn't even mention the tier system. Tanks in the game are broken down into nationalities, which are then broken down into tiers and types, with lower tiers having less variety and firepower.
The tank types are broken down into 5 main categories: light tanks, which zip around and act as a damn nuisance; artillery, which uses the information from light tanks for indirect fire; medium tanks, which are the happy compromise between all the tank roles, and fairly able combatants; tank destroyers, slow, heavy ambush vehicles with way too much armor on the front and big guns; and heavy tanks, behemoths which generally act as the spearhead for a united offensive. The metagame argues that some tanks are better than others, but as you play, your play style will lend itself to a certain tank, and you'll get good with what you get good with, because the meta sometimes has a poor sense of fair.
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That said, it's a good game to pick up with friends, and it's a good time-killer for when you don't have more than half an hour to spend on a game. You can play a match, reap the daily reward, or lose and perhaps have time to play another one, and move on with your life. And if you go with World of Tanks specifically, as opposed to the many other excellent titles within the genre, look up "Stripe_The_Hound". (Without the quotation marks.) If I'm online, I'll gladly fight alongside or against you. Good luck, and remember the ancient* creed: "Comrades, we are tank! If we lose treads, we are artillery! If we lose gun, we are bunker! If we lose armor, we are heroes!"
*Ancient, in this case, referring to some point after 1918, when the modern tank with its fancy swiveling turret was first released in the form of the Renault, after the First World War pioneered armored combat. But that's several paragraphs of a different story.