Posted 25 October 2008 - 01:39 PM
Light gun: You don't want to be bogged down by a real heavy gun, because as your squads dagger, you want to be able to move quickly without the heavy cannon. There's really no right or wrong gun, it all depends on what you feel comfortable with.
Mask: Any mask will do, as long as it'll protect your face. BUT you want one that won't fog up, cause as the pointman, your team depends on you to be able to spot the enemy, whether they're waiting in ambush, sniping positions, or out in the open. You should be the first person to spot a tango.
Vest: Typically a light rifleman will have 3-4 100-140 rd. pods on them, this is a good amount. Also you don't want to feel constricted in your vest, you want to be able to manuever in it without being tangled up in it. What I mean by this is, location of your pods on the vest, are they on your back vertically or horizontally, which position is easier to grab a pod, etc. I would recommend not putting any pods on the front, because in my experience I've had them get in the way, or even break on me when I'm diving into cover. But again, it's what you're comfortable with.
The Ideal Gun:
One that is light, accurate, and above all reliable. Need I say more?
Running and leg strength. As a dagger, you're gonna do some running and sprinting, so it's good to have stamina. I've seen too many guys sprint in a game for like 50 feet and lose all their energy in that short burst. So it's good to be able to have that extra ounce of energy so you can really turn on the afterburners for that flanking manuever or when you see that short gap in your enemies line. Get out there and run.
Leg strength, now people are gonna flame me for this, lol. But I have my reasons for it. Your playing in the woods I presume, therefore the terrain is gonna be somewhat treacherous with the rocks, sticks, leaves, hills, and anything else that you can step on. Your leg strength is gonna help you run up hills faster, down hills faster, and the strength will also help prevent you from rolling your ankle. It's happened to all of us. It's not gonna save your feet, but the extra strength will allow your legs to better absorb the impact from landing on a wierd angle therefore, your feet will stay straight. You'll still roll it from time to time, but it won't hurt as much.
I don't care if you're a newb or have playing this position for 10 years, you can always improve your tactics. A dagger is meant to be light and fast, but also patient and sneaky when necessary. Most beginners (no offense to anyone) will charge the line upon engagement and get lit up. Daggers are meant to flank and punch through the holes in the line. These opportunities don't always present themselves, so you must be patient and eventually you'll get your shot. Sometimes there'll be situations where you have to stick it out up front, but this is woodsball, anything can happen.
Also don't engage yourself with every enemy you encounter, because sometimes it's not to your advantage. Unnecessary firefights are the bane of the light rifleman, you're not carrying a lot of paint, and also your gun might not be too accurate for longer distances.
The dagger is kind of the glory position, cause they're the ones flanking or hitting the enemies rear and getting a good amount of kills. Sometimes we let that get to our heads (it's happened to me) and we rush into a fight without thinking about our teammates. My point is, rely on your squadmates, they're the reason why you're making all those flanks and getting all those kills. A dagger without backup is just another paintballer. Your style of play isn't the only thing that makes you a dagger, it's your squadmates that cover you that allows you to play the way you play, hence the reason why you're a dagger.
Hope this helps.