This tank has heavy and well sloped armor for its tier, as well as a powerful gun. It's gun has good stats all around, its only weakness being the slow-average turret turn speed. It is the heavy tank of the early tiers and like all heavies, it is also slow to turn maneuver, or move itself in general. Using it, take it slow and remember you are committed to the path you choose. Against it, flank and try to run circles around it. The only real weak spot on the front is, as with almost all German tanks, the lower glacis plate.