1. It's OK to be a cheap sniper. It's not how much you spend on a product is what your going to get (few exceptions). In fact being a cheap sniper can help you. If you had but loads of money then you might spend it on a bunch of worthless garbage. Start off with the fundamentals. Buy a good barrel. I recommend a J&J for the price. I use a Stiffi carbon fiber, which is my fav, but at the time I had a high budget. Now I'm poor as dirt. Spend cash wisely.
2. When ambushing, don't shoot at the first second you see the enemy (unless you're spotted). It's always better to wait till' the squad/ player/ whatever passes you before you take a shot. Doing so can lead to more time to shoot, and a lower profile. Let's say you're sitting in the bushes and you see a squad advancing toward the right. Most noobs lose their stomachs and fire repeatedly. If he misses then he's stuck in an all out, outnumbered firefight. Unless god gives him the miracle of his life, he'll have a VERY low risk of winning. Don't let this happen to you. Remember, WAIT TILL THEY PASS YOU. Plus, you get bragging rights by popping' them in the butt. biggrin.gif
3. Don't pretend to be a HAMMER. If you get caught up in a huge firefight, then your best chance is to fall back and flank. You can't just blind-fire into everything in sight; you need some strategy if you're going to be a sniper. Just calm down and relax. Think about what the best plan would be and execute it. Don't lose you cool when it goes and gets tough.
4. Just keep calm. When either a squad is advancing, gun shots fire, or a spider in your mask biggrin.gif, you just need to stay calm. REMEMBER, you're supposed to be the sneakiest guy in wood ball. If you just stay calm and don't move, you're nearly invisible. Blow your cool, and blow your cover. Take deeps breaths (unless someone's real close to you, then you might be heard) count to 10. Do whatever works for you to remain calm.
5. Don't make a commotion. One of the most common things that noobish snipers do is to move around at the wrong time and place. Just think, if they were to hear you, then 50 paintballs would be popped into your body, ALL OVER your body. If you need to move, do it at the necessary time, but still remain quiet doing it.
6. Use a tactic and not an improvisation (misused term but you get it). Running out with guns blazing is pointless. Like when you hunt deer do you run out with a shot gun and pump as much lead into the buck as possible? No. you do it with skill. Before you enter ANY area, make sure you know what you're going to do in that area. Whether you see enemies or not, you never know if there's a sniper in the bushes. Plan out your attack before executing a make up as you go plan.
7. Running up the middle is a tactic for daggers, sabres and EXT. Rather than running up the middle, stick to the sides. That way you don't have to face tons of baddies. Sticking to the side can also be a GREAT attacking strategy. Just stick to the sides and pick em' off one by one.
8. Another thing most snipers do is to spend the most money on every product. there's is a little worm out there that call himself a "bargain" if you see one barrel at the price of 50$, and the same barrel at 150$,. Take the cheaper one. Sure, its fun to say," well my barrel costs 150$," but it's even better to say," I got a barrel worth 150$ for 50$". Use the extra money for more mods.
9. If your wearing anything that doesn't match with your environment. I don't care about what anyone says, but I think that camo is a HUGE HUGE HUGE factor when it comes to improving your game. I don't care about what you say but it can help you play a heck v' a lot better. If your wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans and don't get spotted, good for you. But eventually you're going to get your cover blown. I recommend going to Academy and picking you up some sort of camo. You can buy a ghille hood there for 11$. And gun covers for 3$. In fact last time I came in there, I saw a full ghille suit for 22$. I say you go there, and pick you up any type of camo. Want to spend 200$ on action ghille? Be my guest. But for those who want to save a few hundred dollars, stick with the middle class camo. Sure it may not be as cool as action ghille, but it suffices. And it's a whole lot better than a white shirt and jeans. I also recommend Real tree, and Mosey Oak camo. Lightweight, blends well, great for simple back yard ballin'.
10. I don't think that there is any other way to say this but, DON'T BE A HERO! If you know that you're getting bombarded and that you can't win this firefight, then retreat! It's ok to lower your self esteem for a moment, and then raise it even higher the next. So it's kind of like 1 step backwards and 3 steps forward! If you're up against 7 guys and you're all alone, then fall back! Hide in the bushes and wait for them to go chasing after you. Then shoot them while their pre-occupied with finding you. Being a coward can work sometimes, give it a shot, I recommend you won't regret it.
11. Walk the field! This is one important issue. Walking the field before a game can make and break a player. This gives you an ultimate tactical advantage. Do this before every match.
12. Cosmetics don't make a player. I could dress up like Bruce Campbell and walk around with my boomstick and chainsaw arm, but does that mean i can take on the army of darkness? Nay. Do everyone a favor, including yourself, and play the part. You may have a cool gun, but whats it matter if its in the hands of a moron?
13. Make sure you gun is cleaned, and fully operational before even heading to the field. I can't even begin to tell you how much it sucks to head down to a field and head straight back home because your gun is borked. This one is important.
Hope this topic helps you like it did me! I'll edit it as I find more common mistakes. Good luck and God's speed! smile.gif EDIT: some moron jacked my post somehow and put a link to some site in there. i didn't do it, if this caused any kind of problem to anyone, my apologies.
This post has been edited by Puzuma: 19 February 2009 - 12:27 PM