Ok, I did it. It was just too tempting. I couldn't resist. I need to tell you so that I feel better.
I lamed, I played cheap, I was severely tempted by the cheap side...
Here's the story:
Yesterday, I just wanted to know about this Pull/Backstab tactic. I have read about it, people have whined about it, people have posted counter tactics and so forth. Now, I just wanted to know WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT...
So I joined this server (Sabers only, selected Force Powers (Jump, Push/Pull, Absorb, Dark Rage, Saber Throw). Turned out to be one big bunch of lamers like I've never seen before. Have you read leelinks thread "What makes a player cheap?"?
It was like 15 people studied it in depth and then said: "lets open a server and try all of it. In one game."
Jeez, it was all there: DFA spamming, Pull/Backstab spamming, Turning saber off hiding in a dark and then whacking away at people passing by, pushing off ledges, killing people typing, telling people to "wait" and then backstab them, running away from a private duel and then coming back lightning spamming (while the opponent still thinks he's in a duel).... man, it was ALL THERE, the extract of the cheap side, all on one server!
So I thought: well, it's now or never. I MUST know, how this pull/backstab works.
Let me tell you that I am no n00b.
I beat the game in SP, I read on the forums, I studied different guides on force and saber tactics, I practiced saber moves in empty maps, I only started playing online when I could beat a whole server full of Jedi Master bots 10 out of 10 times.
I am not bragging about my skills here, because I really do not consider myself an elite player. Usually I end up somewhere in the first half of a server, so still lots of things to learn for me here. All I am saying is that, the skills I have, I built slowly and progressively by really studying the game (and I still have a long way to go...)
So what I did in this game, I limited myself to just one thing:
Red stance, Pull, Backsweep attack.
I did this over and over and over and over again. Man, I really sucked. I ran into big saber balls, performing the move and killing three people at one time. I ran up into people that were involved into 1vs1 saber fighting for 1 minute already and ruined their fun by pulling both down ad 1-hit-killing both of them. "And not only the male: women..., children... *sob*"
I did all that and I hated myself for it. Only the fact that they were ALL lamers kept me from typing an excuse after each kill
What can I say: In less than 10 minutes I racked up 30 kills, being number 1 on the server, the next player having around 10 kills.
It is ridiculous, it is pathetic.... and actually: IT IS FUN!!!
Yes, it is fun, but only for about 10 minutes.
Then it gets so boring like you won't believe it.
You probably think: what's this guy getting at?!
This just hit me, I mean I read all about it in the forums, people complaining and whining and I knew, well its a tactic easy to perform and rather difficult to counter. I am not even complaining here, I am not whining or anything, it just hit me just HOW EASY it is!
I mean, I always thought, well, it probably still requires some skill to pull of the backsweep move correctly, you are open for hits while performing this slow move and all that. I always thought, well these people stating "this doesn't require any skill" are elite players, these people that used to rip me into pieces back when playing UT, Counter Strike, Quake etc. (never been good at those...). So if THEY say, it requires no skill, it probably still requires *some* skill at least.
Uh-uh, fugadaboudid. It is just *SO* plain easy, it hurts. Really.
The good thing is: I feel better now. I know that the game is not about being number 1 on the server. On the servers I usually play on (which is where I get the best pings) probably only 5% of the players read these forums. So most of them don't even know about pull/backstab. They don't even know terms like DFA. So using this tactic on that kind of server probably makes me number 1 pretty much 8 out of 10 times.
So what? Getting number one this way is just no fun! Getting the most fun out of the game now resolves around finding the really skilled players on the map and duel with them or do proper saber fighting. Getting number one just doesn't matter anymore.
Is that a good thing? I am not getting into any "nerf-this", "patch-that" discussion here, we've had this before. I think, it would be easier if "most fun = number 1 on the server". To really achieve this, well, thats the secret of game balancing, I guess... (did I hear anyone say "1.04"?
Well, now I can just go and have fun and just dont give a d4mn about whos number one on the server, as long as I am having fun. Life can be so simple
However, I needed to confess this. I promise, not to use this lame tactic anymore. Please forgive me.
Ahh, I feel better, now that I confessed my crime and eased my mind...