Run and gun: Moving and shooting. At the same time. It's hard for an opponent to keep track of someone who is moving very fast and slinging paint their direction at the same time. This has allowed me to disappear and reappear behind my opponents countless times. It's a simple skill that will do wonders for your game. Amazingly, I see very few people do it.
Treewalking/Deadzoning: Lining up objects between you and your opponent. This is one of my favorite things to do. I get a lot of weird looks from folks, especially newer players when I stand out in the open without getting hit. By simply lining up a tree, barrel, or whatever between you and the other team, you can open up lots of shooting lanes, running lanes, and pieces of cover that wouldn't be available to you otherwise. I like to have options, and treewalking gives me options. Granted, sometimes you have to play a bunker tight, but not nearly as often as you think, especially in the woods. This also allows me to, in general, stay on my feet and ready to move. AND, it gives me a vantage point of the field that I wouldn't have crouched behind a bunker.
Using soft cover: Hard cover is almost never discreet, with maybe a tree being the exception. Players will expect people to be behind some barrels rather than laying in some grass...Which would you check first? The grass or the barrels? If you can learn to use soft cover effectively, you will be able to score a great amount of eliminations without them ever seeing it coming.
Look around: Seriously, don't get tunnel vision. Always be looking around. You never know when some crazy SOB is gonna come running around the side to take you out.
Eyes on target: That being said about not getting on tunnel vision, make sure to keep tabs on any enemy players you see. If you lose track of one, they could come back to haunt you and your teamates later.
Sides > Center: Depending on the outlay of the field, it's almost always better to go up a side or run the tape than go straight down the middle. You only have to watch one side as opposed to two, because there's only one direction you can take fire from. Granted, you need people in the center, but I almost always prefer to take a side.
Putting pressure on your opponent: Done in two ways, suppressive fire and movement. Shoot to cover your moves and your teamates' moves. Don't move to simply get closer. Move in such a way that you can get an angle on your opponent and eliminate him.
Reloading: Do it quickly, while shooting if possible. Keep an eye on your opponent while you're doing it, and closely monitor what's in your loader/hopper/mag/stick/whatever so you won't get caught with no paint.
Which way to go (woods and scenario only): Don't head directly towards the shooting, go around and come in from the side or rear, THEN drop the hammer. They'll either run or try to turn and shoot. If you're competent in the least bit, you'll hit them first...Unless there's a lot of them.
Knowing when to shoot: If they're outta range, that's the way it is, don't bother shooting unless you're giving cover fire. Move around to get to a better position then take 'em out. If an opponent is unaware of my presence, I try to get within 50-70 feet before shooting. That distance makes it much more likely that I will hit my target and my balls will break. If I can get any closer, I usually try to go for the barrel tag.
Playing a bunker: I prefer to play loose, but when I have to go balls to the wall and play a bunker tight, here's what I do:
-Head check: Stick your head out and pop it back in very quickly. Any gaze longer than half a second could get you shot. When you know it's safe, then you can post up.
-Tuck in your tidbits: Don't let anything stick out...The ones that always got me were my pod pack on a skinny bunker and my head out the top (I'm 6' 5"), so I trained myself to tuck everything in.
-Be ready to move: Don't sit behind a bunker indian style...What do you think you are, a USMC sniper? Be ready to get up and run (and gun) like a banshee at a moment's notice.
-Don't come out in the same spot: If someone is posted up on you, and you keep popping out in the same spot, they'll just dial their shots in to that spot and, odds are, eventually drill ya. Make it hard for them. Think of it as a game of whack-a-mole. You're the mole.
Posting up: When you're in a gun fight (Or marker fight, whatever.) and your opponent ducks, keep posted up and be ready to drill him when he pops out again. Better yet, move and get an angle on him while he's cowering. When you're posted up, you don't always need to duck when he shoots. Watch the balls and dodge the ones that are close. Make it a quick little dodge, to the side or up and down (If you go up and down, you don't even have to go back behind the bunker!), don't curl up behind your bunker. That only makes you vulnerabe to a run-n-gun.
Hitting people on the run: Aim in front of them and fire as quickly as possible. This one's pretty simple.
Communicate: TALK! If you see a guy moving, don't keep it to yourself. Let your teamates know about it. Trust me, we want to know. If it's not going to jepoardize your position, shout it! Be more descriptive than "There's a guy over there." Something better might sound like: "There's a red player in the crook of the tree next to the barrels."
Strength in numbers: You're not invincible. Don't go "Lone Wolf." You'll die. Keep a few teamates nearby, but don't bunch up.
I'll add more as I think of them...Got things to do right now.
So what skills would you guys pass on to the newer players?
This post has been edited by Texas Trigger: 31 May 2008 - 10:22 AM