Pros and Cons
- Superior rate of fire, aim time and accuracy to comparable guns on the Soviet KV-1 and T-34.
- Amazing gun depression, superior to even the American M4 Sherman.
- Very high survivability for a Tier 5 medium tank, thanks to a combination of thick well-angled armor and high HP.
- Preferential matchmaking (Tier 6 maximum).
- Crew layout matches those of Soviet medium tanks from tier 7 onwards.
- Fast turret traverse.
- Limited top speed and acceleration restrict mobility.
- Low alpha damage.
- Low penetration, even with APCR.
- Fairly low ammunition capacity.
The Matilda IV is more like a heavy tank than a medium tank in playstyle. Like any other slow tank, it requires careful analysis of the enemy team composition and map layout in order to be able to ensure that it arrives in time to make a difference to the battle.
The 76 mm ZiS-96 has a phenomenally good aim time by Soviet standards, and has the rate-of-fire to make up for the fairly low alpha damage. Its primary failing is the low penetration, especially by the standards of Tier 5. The gun is essentially similar to the 76 mm ZiS-5 (the KV-1's stock gun) and the 76 mm F-34 (the T-34's intermediate 76 mm gun), and even with APCR, it will have a very difficult time penetrating most heavy tanks, especially at Tier 6. The accuracy is also fairly disappointing, making long range shots and targeting weakspots in heavily armored tanks somewhat tricky. The ammunition capacity is also somewhat limited, given the high rate-of-fire, so shots must be taken with care.
The Matilda IV boasts good armor for a medium tank, and this combined with its excellent gun depression (one of the best in the game) makes it very good at fighting on hilly terrain. Many lower tier tanks will have significant trouble penetrating it from most angles, but equal and higher tier tanks, especially heavy tanks and medium tanks armed with howitzers, will have very little trouble penetrating its armor, so one has to be very careful around them. It is also very important to avoid open areas and stay artillery-safe, because even though the Matilda IV does not take too much damage from lower tier artillery, they are still capable of wearing it down with repeated hits.
The role in which the Matilda IV excels is that of flank protection. It will have absolutely no problems destroying any light tank and most medium tanks that it faces, and it has the HP to take a few hits. This makes it ideal for protecting allied heavy tanks from lower tier tanks and medium tanks, allowing the heavy tanks to focus on tougher targets.
As a premium tank, the Matilda IV does not have any modules to be researched.