Posted: April 10, 2011 in Multiplayer


First Strike


Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-20 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1000

Earn a First Strike in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Tip Of The Day

First Strikes are tricksy little medals: Every match has at least one, but most have only one, meaning as many as 16 players could be competing for it. And, once it’s captured, you’ll often need to play through an entire game, then trudge through Matchmaking again before a new one becomes available.

So, a few strategies to speed things along:

  • Stick with Objective playlists, since — unlike the more popular Slayer — each new Round offers another First Strike medal, meaning that several go up for grabs every game. Not every Objective game offers Rounds — King of the Hill and Oddball, for example — though these improve your chances for a First Strike on their own (see below).
  • Grifball represents your top option here: up to five First Strike medals per game — and let’s face it, it’s all a bit random who gets credited for the first kill in the opening hammer fiesta. So, all other things being equal, you’ll walk in with about a 50 percent chance per match (eight players, average of four Rounds). Play for two matches and the gods of probability will award it to you.
  • Though it’s a bit of a cross between Slayer and Objective, Living Dead represents another top option: Each game features several Rounds, the matches keep themselves short and the kills come quick and clean. In fact, the only real drawback is that you’ll be playing Living Dead.
  • For standard gametypes, vote for smaller maps that allow you to reach enemies quickly, and especially those like Countdown and Zealot with starting Spawns that (though otherwise retarded) open with a direct line of sight on the other team. Asylum offers nearly the same benefit, since you can maneuver down your center ramp in a matter of moments for a clear shot at the other team’s base.
  • In a Slayer or non-Round Objective game, you can still skitch the odds in your favor. Every map features all sorts of cool power weapons, and enemies Sprint toward them like a Halo fan on Flaming Helmet Day. Do the same… except pull up short, then spam the weapon with grenades as your opponent arrives; finish him off with your primary, and you’ll score both a First Strike and power weapon at the same time.
  • Likewise, for Objectives such as Oddball, Invasion or King Of The Hill, you know at the start precisely where your enemies will go: take up position with an easy, clean shot on the target, and wait for enemies to arrive; you’ll be firing on them in no time.

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