This thread was created out of frustration from playing the game and finding myself on the losing end AND on the winning end of improperly balanced games.
Either way, losing a game 100 to 10 or winning the game at 100 to 10 is not fun for any player. Unbalanced matches are mainly the cause but new players without a minimum of tactics except what they have seen in a few games will find themselves overwhelmed by their opponents from lack of tactics or using improper tactics.
This topic aims to help improve the enjoyment of the game by providing some basic tactics to help you out. I hope that people will contribute with their own tips so we can advance players in skills so that even when overmatched they can still put up a good fight!
More posts with more advanced tactics will be added later by me and hopefully other willing members.
Newbie is more of a term of endearment, not an insult. The term simply means you are a new enthusiast, unlike it's deformed spelling which is spewed like venom. So take this to heart, this initial post is for you, Newbie, read it as though it's your superior officer talking to you in your first tactics class. Firm, to the point and with a twist of humor (hopefully)
Nothing explained here is absolute, I'm trying to help you get to speed, what you do with this, how you evolved from this is up to you.
Don't work alone
Lone wolves die, and usually cause the team the match.
Your teammates (may) have modules to amplify your fire power or boost your health or dampen damage or give other power-ups. if you move away you lose these benefits.
Fighting any ship by yourself is usually a near stalemate which will result in one of you dying and the other with no health left... you will most likely die by another encounter before your health is restored
Fighting more than one ship by yourself is instant death
Work in pairs at a minimum
Talk to teammates
Use the F command to tell us where the enemy is, this may prevent the rest of the team from jumping into a trap. This (looks like) it updates the radar. Often I see one teammate fighting a ship, I jump in and boom there's the whole enemy team right there!
Tell the healer if you or another teammate need repair. you can flag a repair command on your teammate, there is a difference between calling a repair when you have your teammate in the reticule (repair this guy) or when you have nothing in the reticule (repair me)
Though in the heat of the battle, any call for a repair usually prompts the healer to do his round. If you hear a cry for a repair, as a healer, do your rounds
When you hear the command to attack a target, re-assess the situation! Is your current target really more important because it's shooting at you? or is the focus fire request a better option?
Healing and getting healed
You have to know that the healer cannot always reach you. if you are far, you won't get healed properly because the darn beam has a mind of it's own. Also the beam looks to be less efficient at a distance.
If another ship is slightly in the way he will intercept, worst, attract the beam away from you. as a healer there is nothing much to do but curse and switch to a better position, often too late. If you stand in the way of a dying player and the healer, move out if you can.
If the healer is too focused he may not hear you. Calling for help does not evidently tell him where you are and as explained below he may think you are fine. shoot him to get his attention.
If you think it's going well getting shot at and not dropping HP because the healer is on you, beware it may not last. the healer may have full power to his weapon; when that power drops you may start to die, quickly
Dont trust the HP bar
The hp bar on the enemy ship is not always right. The indicator is "last known status" so you may find yourself thinking you are going after a dying ship when in fact he has full health. Shoot him and score a hit to see if the hp bar is right, then jump
The same applies to the healer for friendly hp bar. always "ping" your teammates with your ray to be sure he's not dying when he looks to be at 100 percent.
When you die
Consider this an opportunity to changes ship, either from your collection or the provided stock ships. Change ships if you keep dying. if your death count is twice your kill count or if your kill count is the same but you die often, change. people who die often lose matches
If you drive a corvette and the score is 75 against you, change. corvettes lose matches that late in the game. Same applies to artillery and tactical (healer, but at 85). Trade for a dreadnought. at least it will take longer to take you down when you are losing
Always check what your team lacks and what the other team has before switching or respawning. a healer may have switched ships and you need one again. There may be a lot of corvettes on the other team that are causing a massacre, maybe you should get on a corvette too to distract them...
Equip your ship to help the team
You see a module that amps up fire power for everyone in range? buy it and stick close to your teammates and use it. You see a teammate's effect bubble in-game? enter its radius and fight with the teammate
Know what works against what
Every ship has its counter-ship or a module to help counter it. it varies depending on the modules you have installed. so know which one of your ships is good against other types, so that you know what you can take on
Attack the right thing
Shoot at the ships in range, see which ship is damaged the most and concentrate on that one. and call on to other to attack it. It's better to rid of the more damageable ships, they usually cause the most damage. And if you are being attacked by many ships, no matter what you should always concentrate fire, 2 on 1 on the ship that will die easiest, then you can take care of the bigger ships
Use your radar, but dont trust it
Keep on eye on the radar and the other on the target. watch for corvette warping in or uncloaking.
You see a single ship on the radar? maybe it's a tempting target. but look at the terrain it's at, there maybe more ships hiding for an ambush.
You see something, tag it, let your friends know
shut your yap
There's a lot of players, especially mid-level players that camp a lot that keep yelling out, regroup regroup, drowning the critical messages such as attack this target and I need repair. These players have won a few games in very tight groups and can't stand it when you are a little away even if they can still reach you.
Stay with the group, but not packed up or cower
As stated, lone wolves die... but pups that suckle on mama-healer's teet die on mass with a nuke or a force push.
Depending on the ship, stay close but move around as long as you can return safely. if a target ship is about to die but hides, you can go after it if it's safe
Don't be a trench coward
Cowering in the trenches while you got a healer on you and you got full health? why don't you fight instead? Got your nerves frazzled or something? afraid to die? you are not helping. Get out there, shoot something or die there. You may think you are safe there but, eventually, we'll break through and kill you all
Cover your friends
If you see someone dying, getting shot at, why don't you jump in between him and the volley of bullets! Don't let your friend die, that's one more point scored for the other team. The exception is if you are not a destroyer or a dreadnought. Or if your friend was stupid enough to jump in a hornet's nest. Chances are you will save your friend and take down the enemy.
If you hear a need repair request, if you are not a healer, check to see where it's coming from and get out the way if you are interfering with the healer's job. That other player may be dying because of you being in the way of the repair beam.
Don't be stupid
Don't jump in a hornet's nest, ok it happens, you thought there was 1 ship there that you could take on, but then there was many... or sometimes the Jump module puts you in the wrong spot. though luck. but you see that gong ho player running toward a shitload of ships, what an idiot. and he does it over and over until the match is lost. What you think is going to happen, you died 10 times doing that! STOP!
See that artillery that's been kicking yo rear-end?
Don't, just don't, don't go at it again and again!!! what you think is going to happen? Stay away from the art, or change ship and see if that kills it... artillery is 7.3 km range. stay further than that
Everyone should stop wth they are doing and shoot the darn thing until at least it runs away with it's tail between its legs. Tag the corvette, and repeat if you have to let everyone know to focus on the darn thing.
Follow the orders of your superior officer
Dammit, just do what you are told! A good commanding officer can change the outcome of a game that seems lost
Use your modules
Don't forget to use your modules, especially the ones that affect other teammates, that will result in faster kills from the weapon boost, or longer liveability with the armor boost... every bit helps
Switch weapons during the fight!
When your weapon reloads, switch guns and keep firing! The reload in the used weapon will continue as you shoot your secondary. Even if the target is not in range, a voley of bullets can scare an enemy
Don't shoot for nothing
The inverse of the above. don't shoot if the target is out of range of both your weapons. shooting early will only betray your position
Don't be a quitter.. or quit, but don't b***
The game is 50 to nill? you want to quit? You want to go wait another 15 minutes for a new match? Is it really your teammates' fault? Stop crying, take control, change ships, stay and maybe you will have the best comeback in the game. at least there is 100 point (instead of 200) at the end of the game. But hey, your quitting might just be what your team needed!?
Don't blame the other players for your loss
Here's the thing, the balancing is bad so you got a good chance of seeing a 100 to 20 loss (or win), a lesser chance of an even match so it's not your fault and it's not you teammates' fault if you are in a no win scenario.
Also often time you get a bad spawn, way away from your teammates. sometimes it's a curse and often other players take this as you having strayed or being a noob.... So whatever foolishness you witness, be assured it will happen to you
I got a bad spawn
Got spawned behind enemy lines? You likely will die? Tell your buddies and try to cause chaos in the enemy stronghold, sometimes putting yourself between the enemy healer and his teammate is enough for your team to strike and finally kill everyone in the trenches.
Finally tell your friend about this post... and supplement it with your own experience