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I'm no pro… I've only played 3 times. As I realize different strategical techniques, I'm going to document them here, so I don't forget!

The Art of Deception

As a novice, you probably can't outshoot or outaim your opponents. So, there's little point in going one on one with another player… chances are not in your favor. Even if you do go one on one with another novice, you chances are at best 50%. There's no point in having a 50/50 gun fight! You need much better odds than that to win.

One way to improve your chances is to shoot them while they are not looking! The main way to do this is, of course, to make sure they don't see you.

Be Patient

An easy

take good cover

find cover where you can move from place to place without being seen

hide, and flank

Deceptive Gear

Matt hinted at something brilliant today. There are benefits to letting other people to know that you're a novice (or to think that you're a novice, even if you aren't). This weekend at Black River, there weren't many players, and the refs were dividing up the teams. They were trying to match skill level… mixing up the novices and experienced players. I imagine there are three ways they figure out who is skilled, and who is not: their marker, their clothes, and whether they recognize you or not. There's not much you can do regarding the latter, but you can definitely taylor the first two to your liking.

Disguising your Marker

The best thing to do is stick to upgrades that improve the performance of the gun but don't clearly yell “expert”. For instance, the Response Trigger is not noticeable at first glance, yet a Halo hopper is. Also, using a 9oz CO2 tank clearly yells novice, and isn't really that much of an inconvenience (it's an advantage in terms of weight). A big sight looks PRO, but a small Daisy sight mounted beside the hopper isn't very noticeable.

Good Upgrades

* Cyclone hopper (not too blingy, comes stock on the A5) * Folding stock (it can be tucked away behind the gun so it's not as noticeable) * Response trigger (barely noticeable except when on the field) * 9oz tank (makes you look like a nub, most pros use bigger tanks)

Bad Upgrades

* Hoppers with distinct designs * Non-folding stocks) * Remote air

Novice Clothes

Obviously, fancy vests and expensive jerseys will be noticed immediately.

strategy.1219714614.txt.gz · Last modified: 2008/08/25 18:36 by justinhomi
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