The Terrans have always enjoyed giving creative monikers to its various tools of war; firebats, vultures, ghosts, goliaths, all are simply names that can at best give vague clues as to their intended purpose. When it came to the siege tank, however, the engineers behind it must have seen no reason to sugar-coat what their newest technoligical terror did best. Development of the siege tank began as simply another artillery project under the Terran Confederacy to develop a static cannon placement that could be used as a last line of defense. However, the Guild Wars between the Confederacy and Kel-Morian Combine introduced the goliath bipedal mech and reaffirmed the essential need for mobility in the modern era. The decision was then made to combine the current project with existing tank blueprints so as to allow the artillery to be placed at a moments notice while maintaining the ability to defend itself while on the move. Thus the Arclite siege tank was born and quickly became the backbone of all Terran ground forces. Sporting twin 80mm plasma cannons while mobile and a massive 120mm Mjolnir artillery cannon while deployed, the Arclite was able to make short work of any enemy position in a matter of moments. However, the Arclite Siege Tank was not without its weaknesses. Most glaringly, its armor was comparitively weak next to other tanks, causing them to fall quickly to close-range units. This became painfully apparent against both Zerg and Protoss forces, which maintained a fondness for melee combat that the Terrans had mostly abandoned.
A redesign of the Arclite brought about the current version of the siege tank known as the Crucio. The Crucio is a complete upgrade over the Arclite, reinforcing the older model’s weaknesses while improving on its already-impressive firepower. The Crucio features an expanded and reinforced hull, making it not only more difficult for attacks to punch through but also requiring them to get deeper before they actually harm the Crucio. Additionally, the newer model sports twin 90mm plasma cannons, making it more formidable in it’s mobile form. Of course, you don’t want a siege tank unless you plan on sieging something, and the Crucio makes it that much easier to do so with its improved 180mm Shock Cannon that not only hits harder but also covers a wider range than the Arclite was capable of. The Crucio is still not an all-purpose vehicle; while it is certainly tougher than the Arclite, the minimum range of its Shock Cannon means that they must be defended from large swarms of enemies as well as stealth adversaries when deployed. Additionally, siege tanks have no anti-air defense capabilities, requiring at least some form of ground-to-air or air-to-air support during prolonged engagements.
Siege Tanks are complicated machines, often requiring a crew of at least three to effectively operate. However, there are some rare pilots that can adeptly handle the machines on their own. Heroes of the Storm introduces one such driver known only as Sargeant Hammer. Little is known about Sgt Hammer; is he a member of the Dominion or one of Raynor’s Raiders? Does he drive a siege tank out of a sense of duty or because he enjoys blowing stuff to kingdom-come? We may never know the answers to these questions, but we do know that fortifications have a very real threat in the form of Sgt Hammer and his Crucio Siege Tank.
|Health||Health Regen||Damage||Attack Speed||Mana||Regen|
|720 (+140)||1.5 (+0.289)||44 (+13)||1.00 per second||500 (+10)||3.00 (+0.098)|
5,500 Gold :: $7.49 USD