Team Hardcore StrategiesHalo 2
Posted 20 October 2005 - 12:56 PM
Team Hardcore, to the uninitiated, or fresh-faced player is a new kind of hell. It is the level of hell where sinners spawn, hear three pops and drop dead. Respawn, a fizz, two pops, drop dead. Respawn, four pops, dead. You get the idea.
But there's more to Team Hardcore than spawning and then dropping dead. Allegedly. Our new pro-oriented Playlist has a lot to offer players both seasoned and virginal. You just have to know the ropes.
Anyone who's played me knows that the only advice I can give is to grab the skull and hide in a corner, thrashing the melee attack button and peeing yourself. So I enlisted the help of a professional, all the way from Major League Gaming, better known as the MLG.
We found help in the form of Dolbex, the director of communications for MLG. Don't worry, he's a gamer, not a paid flack. Dolbex (real name, Gary Williams) takes a lot of heat from Bungie and Halo.Bungie.Org. In fact, there's a tradition of insulting him that goes back thousands of years. You see, Dolbex is a hardcore player. So hardcore in fact, that at one HBO LAN party (playing Halo one) he showed up with a duke controller, fused, in unholy matrimony to a digital watch, so that he could time weapon respawns to the microsecond.
Dismissing cheating accusations with the qualifier that anyone could attach a digital watch to their controller, he was henceforth never to be known as Dolbex again. From that moment on, he would become "Suckbex, Turdbex, Cheatbex, Jerkbex " and so on. It should be noted that Toolbex is not only extraordinarily good at the game, he's also extraordinarily pleasant and in real life, modest.
Pleasant enough to sit down with us and give us noobz some pointers for the horror that lurks inside Team Hardcore.
"I hope they don't attack us from space."
Lots of folks misunderstand the relationship between Bungie and MLG. The MLG picks games that suit their tournament style, they don't design playlists for us, and we don't interfere with their tournaments. As a matter of fact, we have a very pleasant, friendly relationship. The fact that it took nearly a year to have a "Pro" playlist on Halo 2 matchmaking has much more to do with the reality of playlist design and the current makeup of players than anything else.
Not that the MLG didn't want one. Crapbex explains, "I emailed Sketch and asked if it would be possible for MLG to have a playlist that we could have input on and update on a fairly regular basis. More or less like a practice playlist for our events. Sketch contacted me a few days later and gave us the skinny. Apparently it wasn't all that easy to update a playlist's game types for several reasons (B.net, stats, Xbox Live stuff, etc)."
So we put MLG off for a bit, but a hardcore playlist was imagined from the very outset. However, putting one in at the launch of the game would have been a terrible idea. The barrier to entry for normal players would have been too high, and left most players with a bad taste in their mouths. Basically, we had to wait until this was something that could please the majority of players. But it was not designed simply for the MLG. In fact, we did wonder if the MLG would find our interpretation of a "pro" playlist to their liking.
Dyslexia summed that question up very well in his recent write-up on MLG. While the playlist isn't a direct copy of the MLG tourney game types, it definitely has roots in what we are playing. I think most everyone is finding the playlist a lot of fun and enjoying kicking some ass with the weapon-set they know best. Just this morning I saw on our forums a post by TWISTED-BULLET that was entitled: 'Christmas Came Early! Matchmade in Heaven.' If that doesn't tell you people are enjoying it, I don't know what will."
But we're not here to be patted on the back by Fartbex or the MLG. We're here to help you, the ruddy-cheeked cherub gamer, enter the black horror of Team Hardcore with maximum lubrication. That lubrication of course, being the slippery unguent of advice.
Scatbex's first rule of Team Hardcore: Don't go there alone. "Definitely knowing who you are playing with helps. I never quite understood why some players just run into a game all by themselves not knowing anyone from the game. Taking in at least one friend will make a huge difference in how well you can perform."
Cheesebex is of course correct. The more complete and cohesive a team, the less chance there is of your new teammates quitting, and leaving you to fend for yourself.
But there's more to it than keeping a team of four in there with you.
"Let's ALL get rockets!"
"Teamwork is at a much higher importance with the settings on the Team Hardcore Playlist and you need to know how to interact with your team. So, before you jump into a game talk about what your strategy is going to be... what your role is. That way, even if it doesn't work you know that next time you need to take a different approach."
Dangleberrybex may be good, but he's got more in common with you or I than you might think.
"My role is usually "guarding the base." That translates into "Staying out of the way"
Unbelievably, a human female agreed to romantic congress with Bumeggbex, and yet he abuses fate's kindness by forcing her into Team Hardcore, and then mocking her skills in a public forum, as we see here.
"Just don't do what my wife does [editor's note: Bungbex's wife is actually called MamaBex, no kidding] which is run around aimlessly screaming about 'not knowing where the bad man is.' Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fact that you don't have to look in the corner every other second. There are other HUGE indicators that can tell you where the other team is. A big thing we are starting to see at our events is teams showing up with headphones so they can hear footsteps. I know it sounds crazy, but there are a ton of sound effects you miss when blasting Rush [editor's note: Rush is a band that morbidly obese people used to listen to in 1843. They had long hair and tie-dyed T-Shirts, and they played electrical guitars known as "axes."] on your stereo while playing. Throw on some headphones and you will be amazed at how loud MC running down the hall behind you can be."
Not all of Teabagbex's tricks are so clean or noble.
"Remember that players will respawn near their team. So a huge move is to stay back and not rush in to where a team is spawning. A disgusting tactic (and part of the reason Anakin and Puckett removed it from the lineup) on Colossus Snipers is to have one of your team mates at red or blue flag, one around the side ramp area, and two up top. This forces the team to spawn at the opposite base. Knowing where the other team is on a Snipers match is huge, and a pin maneuver is what a lot of the pro teams are going for when they are playing."
Pin maneuvers work on many maps, and in many play styles. Naturally they work better with ranged weapons. But there are defensive strategies you need to employee too, especially if you are pinned.
"You're sure they're out of grenades, right?"
"Covering your team mates is a big part of it. Even if you are not able to kill someone before they kill your team mate, at least you are there to finish the kill while their shields are low and trade the kills. New players constantly struggle with not knowing where their team mates are. Shadow your team mates and always have a plan. You don't need radar if you have those things going for you," spouts Fruitbex ebulliently.
And speaking of, um, speaking, you need to get a mic. And verbal skills are essential.
"Essential indeedy," ejaculates Tardbex. "Speak up! No, not like that guy that screams nonsense over and over just to be a jerk, but if you are going to play, scream out some locations, tell your buddies what you think the other team is doing. So many times I'll hear the other team whine and complain about the 'n00b combo' or something like 'man, what the hell are you DOING BOBBY' while they could be sharing useful info. Don't yell at your team mate. Very calmly say "bobby, get your ass to Blue on sniper side and kill that guy while I work from the right ". Guaranteed 9 times out of 10 you will have better results and a better time. (Plus, you and Bobby will still be friends)."
Chocolatestarfishbex may be a Pro, but he's no freak-savant. He can identify with us, the hoi polloi.
"I am definitely no pro. I hang around the level 30-ish area so I know the maps and know general strategy, but when I am at a MLG event and have a chance to scrim with a team or two I generally lose. So, I am pretty familiar with the whole 'I lose a lot' concept. For me when I know that the impending doom of an Ogre rifle is just going to murder me over and over I try and sit back and figure out how I am getting beat."
All that philosophizing does not keep bullets out of skulls, but it does testify to the fact that planning, forethought and reflection can all pay dividends.
Shawshankfreshfishbex describes a possible benefit. "One on one an Ogre-level player is going to mop the floor with me most of the time, but what is so amazing about the really great teams is their ability to manipulate the situation so it's always two against one. Study where the other team is standing - what weapons are they holding? Is it really just them or do they have a team mate that is backing them up?"
What AshleeSimpsonBex is really saying is that if you can't win one-on-one battles, avoid them entirely. Do not run off on your own, flailing your arms wildly and bumping into walls. But he gets sneakier. If you can't beat them, copy them.
"Before you just "A, A, A, A" your party into another game, sit down with your team and discuss what the other team was doing, then try to duplicate it. Trust me, it works. Just discussing strategy with your team will make games a whole lot more fun and put you on the winning team more often."
Sick to my stomach of Colonbex's chicanery and Machiavellian cheatery, I asked him what he didn't like about Team Hardcore.
"Well, I can't really speak for the team," sprayed Colostomybex, "My opinion of a great game differs a pretty good bit from what John and Chris (the commissioner of MLG and Event Coordinator for MLG Halo matches, respectively) find as great games. Overall there aren't many games that I think "don't fit." If I had to pick a few that I personally can't stand, it would have to be Gemini ? Crazy King, Beaver Creek - Neutral Bomb, and Lockout ? Crazy King - which we actually support but the spawns on a close game drive me bonkers."
Note that Stinkbex hates our freedom, as well as our fun. So I asked him what the MLG generally thought of the new playlists and the weighting of objective versus Slayer games.
"In regards to weighting towards objective games I think it's really the right thing to do. The Team Slayer playlist is there for a reason. If you want to play 24/7 Team Slayer, head over there. John and Chris do a bang up job at our events of balancing out each step of the bracket so that you have to be good at both Team Slayer and objective game types. The right objective game type has so much teamwork behind it, it really takes the best team to win the game and not one All-Star carrying everyone. I was surprised that Bungie decided to go with so much objective goodness after the stats you released this week. Obviously a lot of the kids out there love the Slayer. Can't say I blame them, but it takes a well rounded team to win a great objective match."
If there's a lesson to be learned Buttbex's advice and opinion, it's that he's one of us. That he knows what he's talking about and that he can back it up online. And that Team Hardcore is not a nice place for kids. It is a bad, bad, dangerous, lead-filled death-hole. But for that, we thank him.
"Why are you crouching? Motion detector's off."
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How about we quit playing MLG on Lockout everytime we get on and actually do custom objective games?
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:49 PM
h00ters explained it best: the battle rifle is a point and shoot weapon (don't get me started on how much I miss the pistol). Beyond a certain level, pretty much everyone has a good enough battle rifle that you'll fall in no more than 5 shots. The difference maker then is teamwork. There's a reason why the Ogres win every tourney, and it's not just their individual skill: their teamwork is GODLY. Combined battle rifle fire will ALWAYS beat an individual battle rifler. So will maneuvers where you flush out an enemy (ex: forcing them to run up to Sniper 3 on Lockout, where they are out in the open for your teammates at the BR tower to take their face off). If you can set up so that two of you are firing on the same person, you will always kill that person before he can kill you. I've gone through the math on this before, check out the thread in this forum entitled "DualX2's tip for Survival" In fact, before you go on, read all of those tips...
that brings me to STRATEGY
Set strategies don't work. They just don't. Certainly there are guidelines for certain maps: i.e. holding the BR tower on Lockout, or holing up in ramps on Elongation and Ivory Tower oddball. But the game is too fluid, and shit comes too fast for us to have player A, who only holds shotgun and needler, and only patrols such and such ramp... blah blah blah. Instead, we need to work together as a team, and understand how to work well together in certain situations. For instance, we are storming the base on Zanzibar. I see Fallen going in through the left door, and I know that they still have rockets in there. Maybe I should go through the top right door, wait to see where the rocket guy is, then take him down as he reacts to Fallen's entrance? It would certainly be smarter than running right behind Fallen singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", no matter how badass that would be, and how funny for the other team. We don't need plans that are set in stone, instead we need to react to the situation. As much as we may want to "Just go straight up the middle. It works." If there's a god damn wraith in the middle, we might as well throw grenades at our feet as soon as we spawn.
what does work, though, is COMMUNICATION
For the love of all that is holy, this is the last time I'm talking about this shit. From now on, if you don't talk, you're about as useful as the players we get randomly matched with by the Matchmaking system. I have played with kids named DoobieSmokaKillAllHomosexuals420 who don't talk. What the hell's the point of being on the same clan with you guys if we don't communicate? We could all just go into matchmaking individually, and play our silent video game. Call out positions. "One running through Library." "Two at Grav Lift/Blue" Now, key in this is knowledge of the maps, enough that you can call out a location, and we can understand what you mean... ( cough Blaze and Fallen cough top blue cough ). Call out plans. Especially at the beginning of games, for instance, as you spawn: "I blew sniper off, it's in Mid-BR" "I'm dropping for sword. Shit they already have it." Knowing where the power weapons are is key. Too many times I've been killed by a sword guy without any knowledge that our team didn't have the sword. If we know who has the sword, or who's rushing for it, then if they die, it's pretty obvious the sword has changed hands. Also, be sure to mention when you are, say, picking up overshield or camo or dropping an empty sniper or rocket launcher, as those items can be timed. Lastly, call out all Killtaculars or rape no-scopes. Actually, go ahead and throw in B-X-R's too. Those are funny. Aren't they, Fallen and Dual?
Gorram OBJECTIVE GAMETYPES
I'll keep this simple.
Oddball- don't pick up the ball until the other team is dead and/or neutralized (i.e. there's one left, hiding because 3 of us are alive) Picking up the ball when most of us are dead and most of the other team is alive virtually guarantees you will die before you can say "LOOK AT ME THERE'S AN (INSERT TEAM COLOR HERE) ARROW ABOVE MY HEAD WITH A SKULL!" You don't need to get the ball every second, but you DO need to get control of the map. Worry about that first, then set up with the ball, good places to set up include BR tower on Lockout, and the ramps on Ivory Tower and Elongation. Remember, jumping melee with the ball = instant kill, plus grounds for some good old fashioned corpse humping/slapping.
Hill- Alright, so rushing straight at the hill = fucking moronic. By the same principle as in Oddball, the reason why the other team is on the hill is because they killed us, and now have control of the map. Rushing the hill, once again, is like throwing away a life. Instead, look around. There are 3 other dudes, besides the hill guy. Work on taking them down first. With effective teamwork, the 4 people on our team should lay waste to them, leaving the hill guy shit outta luck. Now, sometimes it can be effective to rush the hill and just scramble for a few seconds, especially if most of their team is dead. Hill is different than Oddball because you can still kill people from the hill :D
Flag- Okay. Big part of the strategy in Flag is the dude who pisses everybody off by staying in the base, killing the other team and continually throwing the flag out. Warlock, Beaver Creek (learn how to throw the flag out the windows, and through the top so that it lands by the teleporter), and Midship are all places where this should be used... it's so frustrating for the other team. Alright, so if the other team has the flag, and you respawn, if you know where the flag is, go there. Otherwise, you know where it's headed, right? Think about it... there ya go... the other team's base. Get there, fight like hell, touch the flag at all costs. Now, if we've tossed the flag out, don't run blindly to it, ignoring all the people shooting at you. Worry about them first- remember, MAP CONTROL. Kill most of the other team, start running the flag, then have your teammates worry about their respawns.
Bomb- Kill the other team, take the bomb in after they're all dead. Rinse. Repeat. Try to be sneaky.
So, now we have the teamwork, but some people don't have the FUNDAMENTALS
Learn the maps. I'm not talking about the obvious shit. Derrr, there's a tree here, and a building here, derrkaderr... No, spend some time on your own or in a Tiddlywinks game REALLY analyzing the map. Learn the jumps. Analyze angles (this is especially crazy on Lockout. Also, work on grenade placement (Is Dw even alive anymore?). I used to go into Lockout by myself and work on grenading the sniper tower from the BR tower or grav lift, and so on... Being able to grenade any spot on the map is important and useful.
But we also have TRICKS, bitch!
Okay, so you could listen to me (n00b) or you could listen to Ogre 2... your choice. Actually I made the choice for you. I suck. Ogre 2? Not so much.
Other required reading:
Saiyan's guide to Flanking bitches
Not So Common Sense yes, the whole thing...
How to pwn n00bs at Lockout.
Sicknasty vid of Team 3D teamwork on Lockout. Notice how they cover eachother, obviously communicate, use angles to their advantage, grenade shit from all over the place, and don't panic when they lose the BR tower. Rather than charging those fudgepackers, they sit back at snipe and wait patiently- they have the lead, so why not? (RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE AS, BTW)
Other sicknasty movies. Montages? Meh. But there's lots of gameplay vids there too, so watch those instead. If you have extra time, watch theHaloGod's montage, it's funny as hell.
MLG Forum Yeah, some people are dicks, but you can find some helpful hints and videos
LOTS of videos here. Check out ItWasLuck's gameplay vids. Yeah, I played with him back in the day. Yep, got my shit packed. Yep, it was tight.
Buy VOD It's worth it if you like watching Halo games, or if you want to get better. It's only 20 bucks- buy this instead of buying the HD-DVD version of Butt Pirates 7: An Anal Adventure... ewww
P.S. Big ups to JCTVolquest, who is already improving, and played out of his mind especially in this game It doesn't show in the stats, but he wrecked that game, from communication to flag steals and captures, to some really clutch kills (again, Hi Fallen)... Tight work, my man!
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Haha he said he didn't know about the way I was saying. I was like WHAT THE @#*($ ARE YOU DOING?!
*edit. Whoaa sorry wrong topic.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 03:03 PM
Also, just so you can see what I mean about sicko teamwork, here's a video of Fonzi from Trademark Gamers (right click, save as) facing off against Team 3D. They actually do pull out the win, but at one point Fonzi is charging mid-BR. He puts one shot into Walshy, and before he can even fire again TWO DIFFERENT GUYS FROM TEAM 3D have both fired on him. They don't manage to finish him off, a big mistake, as he then goes on to tear apart Team 3D's setup on the BR tower, but you get the idea of the communication/coordination/use of angles and teamwork that we're talking about here.
Honestly, against Team 3D in a Slayer match, we could probably pull off 25 to 30 kills. Our "A Team" has decent skills, and pretty good teamwork/communication. We wouldn't get completely raped, we'd just have no hope of winning. In Objective games, however, we'd get our shit packed. They are just too good at setting up and taking control of a map. It's hard for me to figure out what they do in their videos that makes them so effective at objective gametypes, but believe me, I'm working on it...
h00ters, funniest thing I've seen all day.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 04:11 PM
I'd say the reason they're so good at objective games is that they play professionally. You know, for a living? Seven days a week? Nothing but video games?
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