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Initial CD (6s)
Level 10 Effect Enemy ACC -36% (6s)
Level 10 Cooldown 12 Seconds
|ACC-||-24% (4s)||-25.3% (4.2s)||-26.7% (4.4s)||-28% (0.7s)||-29.3% (4.9s)||-30.7% (5.1s)||-32% (5.3s)||-33.3% (5.6s)||-34.7% (5.8s)||-36% (6s)|
Makarov is a flexible HG that sees use because of her Skill and tile buff. Makarov’s RoF and Damage buff tiles means that she’s an excellent fit in both HGRF and ARSMG Echelons -- she is able to provide a compromise between the ARSMG Echelon’s need for Damage buffs and HGRF Echelon’s need for RoF buffs. In addition, Makarov has a utility Skill which decreases enemy Accuracy. The lack of specialization in one particular kind of buff allows her to be used in ARSMG and HGRF Echelons instead of just one, and the general utility this Skill offers is hard to be matched by most HGs. It is the combination of these qualities that makes Makarov so versatile, and further adds to her usefulness through a sum of her parts.
Great Tile Buffs
- Makarov provides both Damage and RoF boosts with her buff tiles, which lets her act as support in many different Echelon compositions.
- Makarov carries a utility Skill instead of an offensive party buff Skill, granting her more versatility when compared to other HGs.
- Makarov has a mediocre HP stat, which somewhat diminishes her tanking prowess.
Makarov’s strength comes from how well her kit interacts with different units, the first of her synergistic features coming from her buff tiles. Makarov’s buff tiles provide a 20% Damage and 12% RoF buff, which is phenomenal as it provides boosts to both main offensive stats. This allows her to be used with both HGRF and ARSMG Echelons, as the RoF buff is low enough to still benefit most ARs without having them reach the RoF cap (more information on which can be found here), and the Damage buff is beneficial regardless. As for HGRF Echelons, while the Damage buff may only provide minimal boosts to overall DPS, the RoF buff is generally appreciated by RFs. One thing to note is that as Makarov mainly buffs the backline from the center, she’s normally used as a tank -- and although Makarov has high Evasion, she has low HP. She therefore struggles to sustain her health over entire maps further into the game. This is more of an inherent problem with HGs, however, and not a weakness exclusive to Makarov.
Another synergistic feature of Makarov’s kit is her Skill. Makarov carries a utility Skill which debuffs all enemy Accuracy by up to 36% -- this adds to her versatility as she doesn’t overwhelm any unit with buffs. To elaborate, an ARSMG Echelon would typically not get a great deal of mileage out of an HG with RoF tiles and a RoF buff Skill, as the double boost would cause them to waste most of the buff due to the RoF cap. Likewise, HGRF Echelons would not appreciate an HG with both Damage tiles and buff Skill. Therefore Makarov -- who doesn’t provide two specialized buffs to either Echelon -- fits in comfortably with both compositions. Additionally, since HGs’ low HP necessitates them avoiding as many hits as possible, Makarov debuffing the enemy’s Accuracy allows her to tank longer and more effectively.
Another reason Makarov’s Skill is effective is due to its importance in HGRF Echelons. Often, HGRF Echelons use compositions that have two HGs that buff the RFs and one HG that carries a utility Skill. As there aren’t many HGs that have a useful utility Skill, Makarov is a valuable unit especially in these types of teams.
Looking at Makarov, it becomes evident in one glance that she is a direct downgrade of Welrod -- their kits are the same, but Makarov’s is less potent. This does not mean, however, that Makarov is completely useless compared to Welrod. The main difference between the two is their tile formations; while Makarov does not buff adjacent units, Welrod does. This makes Welrod much more valuable than Makarov in ARSMG Echelons, as Welrod can buff both the offensive offtank along with all three ARs when placed as the main tank. In HGRF compositions, however, while Welrod is still more effective than Makarov because of her higher rarity boosting her buff strength, the difference is only by a small margin. Therefore most of the time, Makarov sees more use in HGRF Echelons than ARSMG teams, though she is still a good fit for both if and when Welrod is not available.
To summarize, Makarov is a valuable HG who fits nicely in many Echelons thanks to her versatile kit. She’s without doubt worth investment, and definitely is one of the better HGs.
ARs - As all ARs appreciate a Damage buff and most don’t mind an RoF buff, Makarov can be used with practically any AR. Some examples are G41, G11 and Type 95.
- SMGs - As Makarov’s tile formation means she will not be buffing an offtank SMG, either offensive or more defensive SMGs can be used with her -- although an offensive SMG might be a better choice as Makarov already fulfills the role of main tank. A few units that can see use with her are UMP45, Vector, and SR-3MP.
Dual-buff HGs - As Makarov herself does not provide a buff with her Skill, two HGs that can provide powerful buffs for RFs are necessary to be used with her. Some HGs that can fulfill this role are PPK, Stechkin, Five-seveN, and Calico M950A.
RFs - All HGRF Echelons benefit from having a utility HG to help increase the team’s survivability, so Makarov can be used with practically any RF. A couple of possibilities are WA2000, SVD, M14 and Lee Enfield.
In order to distribute her buffs as much as possible within ARSMG Echelons, Makarov is placed in the main tank position in this composition.
Although Makarov needs to be placed as the main tank in order to distribute her buffs to all RFs, many HGRF Echelons make use of HGs that distribute more important buffs from the main tank position. For this reason, Makarov is often placed as an offtank and manually swapped with the buffing HG when the battle begins.
The Makarov pistol was designed in order to replace the Tokarev TT33 and the Nagant M1895 in the Soviet military and police forces. The Makarov stood out from its competitors thanks to its reliability, simplicity, and robustness, and was adopted as the standard issue sidearm of the USSR in 1951. It was used by the Soviet and later Russian forces until 2003.
Izhevsk Mechanical Plant
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