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  • Line of Fire

    Line of fire is not enough considered during the placement of ranged weapons.

    There are other examples, but what I see most frequently is OCs and marines. Both fire ranged weapons, and both can block one another.

    When you place multiple OCs in a room, make sure they're not going to be shooting each other when marines enter the room.

    When you're a marine, always position yourself, whether you're fighting units or structures, such that you never block your teammates' line of sight (LOS) on the mutual target. Check marine placements before you fire. Check marine placements before you move.

    I could write two pages about both of these principles, as this is easier said than done in battle, but that's just going to turn the reader off. Yes, the details can be many, but the principle is simple.

    Concentrate on this when you're playing. Do not allow yourself to block friendly attacks if you can avoid it.
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    Re: Line of Fire

    On this same topic, I find that careless gorges often place a chamber or RT next to 2 or 3 OCs where I can knife the non-offensive structure to my heart's content while the OCs are shooting it, then leave having killed the structure which was my target, and ignored the two dead (now useless) offense chambers.

    It's fun, but not very helpful to the aliens.

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    • #3
      Re: Line of Fire

      My quick 2 cents...

      If your on point and you see incoming enemies, just crouch. Sure your no longer moving and an easy target, but likewise, your teammates can now shoot over your head and your combined firepower will more than likely take out the enemy before it gets to you.

      A far better alternative to your teammates firing half their clips into your skull and then having to deal with an alien at close range with a depleted clip, no?

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      • #4
        Re: Line of Fire

        Something I see often enough that is bothers me, is when marines are unloading thier clips into an rt through a doorway or across a room, and someone walks through the fire. There is often no urgency involved, only carelessness.

        Pay attention and either walk around or wait until they are reloading. You're not only taking damage, you're preventing damage that would be done to an enemy structure.

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        • #5
          Re: Line of Fire

          I know this is not directly related to the line of fire topic, but Irish's mentioning of taking down an RT reminds me of this: when taking down alien structures (especially RTs), don't all unload on the RT at the same time. Start shooting at it a few seconds after someone else. The reason is that you want to stagger your reload times so that the whole marine contingent doesn't get wiped out by a single skulk who shows up while you're all reloading.
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          • #6
            Re: Line of Fire

            another of my favorites is when the marines all walk in "ant trails" down hallways. stagger yourselves, back up a couple paces. even if the point man dies the team will get the kill and hold the position. Too many times I see marines one after the other grouped up in hallways and they all die when if one was 7 paces back your corpses would not be clogging up the spawn cue.

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            • #7
              Re: Line of Fire

              walls are your friends. Until skulks get that cool startrek-walk-through-walls cloaking, with your back up against a wall, the meat on your ass is gonna be fine at teh end of a fight.
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              • #8
                Re: Line of Fire

                I always thought it funny that a room full of marines will start 'dodging' when being rush by skulks.
                From down a hallway. Were the marines have rang on thier side...... All they end up doing is shooting
                thier teamates down to 1 bite range...
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