|Hello, I'm the IS-7. I'll be your bruiser for the evening.|
So hearing about my friend's experiences with the IS line of tanks shortly had me drifting into the realm of tank envy. Why did I waste my time with the US heavy tank tree when the Russian one is apparently so much better?! Not that I could do much about it even if I wanted to, my highest Russian tank is only tier 4, a long haul from tier 7 IS. If only I could respec . . .
Yeah, why can't I respec? One could (quite reasonably) argue that the research tree you progress down is no different than choosing a class in a real MMORPG. If you get halfway to the level cap with a class and decide you don't like it, you're out of luck, you get to start over. Why should WoT be any different? Maybe it shouldn't, maybe the way they're doing it is just fine, though one can't help but think that it also serves to drive sales of premium time and xp transfers, something that likely generates more revenue over time than a respec token would.
On the other hand, it's not as if we have characters in WoT, it's just a technology tree. There's also the issue that Wargaming.net keeps shifting things around in the trees but doesn't reset where you've spent your xp, which can lead to some odd and/or annoying shifts to your progression. The other thing to consider is that a normal MMORPG offers the possibility of different content if you start a new character. Maybe a new starting zone, new class quests, new abilities, etc. That's not the case in WoT. If you start over to unlock a new tank you'll be doing exactly the same deathmatch maps as you were before, and all tanks have the same "abilities", they just have different stats. You might switch from a slow tank with heavy armor and a big gun to a faster tank with thinner armor and a smaller gun, and doing so will result in a change in your tactics, but it's not as if that T20 can deploy mines while the IS can call in an orbital strike. They all have a single gun of varying capability and drive around on the map shooting at things.
So should WoT have a way to unspend your xp in order to shift it into new research areas? I don't know, such a system would certainly be controversial (to say the least!) and run the risk of flavor-of-the-month tanks. Nevertheless, if such a system did exist I would almost certainly take advantage of it, even if it cost real money to do so. My time is far more limited than my funds.