My personal favorite tank. Gun is reliable enough, though can be frustrating with such a low alpha and mediocre pen, compared to other tier 8 tanks.
Turret armor is incredibly reliable, and paired with unusually low gun depression, it excels in hulldown environments. The cupola is a weakspot but minimal effort needs to be put into hiding it, or rocking the tank as most of the time the opposing tank will have a problem hitting it dead center.
Face hugging is usually an effective strategy as well, although it will not work against shorter tanks such as the T-56.
The thick tracks and large running gear makes sides-craping fairly easy.
In negative aspects the frontal plate is not likely to bounce many shots, and care should be taken to avoid exposing it. At times the cuploa can be frustrating to play with when every other hulldown tank seems to lack a weakspot, and the gun frequently goes under the advertised alpha.
However it is a joy to play, and the armor is at times very trollish (even the frontal plate).