A Beginner's Guide to "git gud"! This guide is designed for newer players, and maybe a few older ones having to deal with the toxicity.
Overview - When they Say "Git Gud Scrub"
Or rather, how to stop caring and enjoy the game while getting better.
This general guide is meant to provide actual advice for dealing with RoE's nuances, and dealing with the Free-to-Play pitfalls that new players may think is unique to this game.
You've probably heard this situation before:
A player (or yourself) is having difficulty with the game. They get the parts about gearing up and what guns work well for them, but beyond that they hit a brick wall with going beyond survival. Firefights are complete disasters and their accuracy is okay in practice, but abysmal in practicality. Meanwhile, they're not really getting a chance to actually practice their shooting because the Time-to-Kill (TTK) is so fast, they barely get any combat time. It all seems like a hopeless situation, so they make the cardinal sin of (gasp!) asking for help.
Oh no, this is bad, a battle royale player has left themselves open to the idea they aren't the top #1 player of all space and time, practically begging to be eaten alive by clearly superior chads.
The thread will, almost exactly, continue as follows.
- Grug top 0.001% and he no see problem, git gud scrub.
- Get better.
- Haha this scrub sucks nobody help him.
- Game fine but (insert X mechanic here) OP we should only have one winner me.
Yep, you've run afoul of the gatekeepers of battle royale. The Dorito and Mountain Dew infused edgelords who are so hopped up on Monster caffine and pure BR adrenaline that they can't so much as go grocery shopping without assaulting the elderly for trying to get to the cereal isle before they do. And then when they do actually get their Fortnite themed sugar bombs, rather than leaving the aisle, camp it in case some scrub wants to get cereal too.
To them, it is not enough that they win, winning to them has lost its charm. They must make others suffer, it is the only high they get anymore. It is bullying in its purest fashion, and anyone who dares defy their way of life is labelled a "carebear" and should be banished from gaming. If they knew where they could find you, all 5 foot 2, 285 pounds of lard would be at your house with a katana and a trench coat to challenge a carebear like you to mortal combat. But not before you dust off their fedora and let them word vomit you with poorly worded insults.
There is Hope!
The first step to getting better, is to change your goals.
Take heart, you are in the vast majority of players that are commonly known as "Normal People."
Your skill level is low, your experience is low, maybe even this could be your first shooter. This guide may actually serve to teach you more about life than gaming, but by the end of this you'll have a new appreciation for personal growth. You ARE going to get better, you can and will get better, and even through it all, you're going to start having fun again. We'll get to the practical in a bit, but please listen to me when I say that 80% or more of the Battle Royale experience (just like a lot of things in life) is MENTAL, not physical. Please do not skip down to the practical tips, they only serve you after the root cause of your frustration is addressed.
Fun: Have it, or don't play.
If you are not having fun, you should not be doing what you are doing. This, right here, is going to put you above every single troll, edgelord, and obese mi'lady malady that tries to drag you down to their sad level of existence. The truth is? They're not having fun. They've thrown their entire life into gaming and they have nothing else. Their idea of fun is so abused it has become a twisted, sick soncept that their fun must be had at the expense of others. In a way, by the end of this, I hope you look on these husks of humanity not as angry rage-infused gods of gaming, but as sad, lonely excuses of people that, if nothing else, you can feel a bit sorry for. They deserve our pity, not our ire. They have lost it all, and like a drug addict without their fix, they are dysfunctional. It is sad, and when you start having fun again, you will see what I mean as they explode on you for not bowing and bloodletting yourself before them. Trust me, they will deny it, hard.
You don't suck nearly as bad as you think you do.
Dying is a natural part of most any game. You're going to die, only up to 4 people can claim that rank 1 spot (a fact most of the aforementioned edgelords hate). What counts as a win for you, especially when starting out, is not going to be how many times you claim the top slot. Here are a series of challenges for you to gauge your effectiveness. The difficulty varies a bit, but here are the goals I set when starting.
- Storm: That thing that hurts you, just a generic term.
- Wave: The storm shrinks in 3 waves. A wave is the time between shrinks.
- Kit: Loadout.
- Survive the first wave
- Get a full kit
- Leave your spawn area BEFORE the first wave hits
- Use a gun not usually in your full kit
- Make it to the second wave
- Make it to top half of the players (usually 25)
- Get a single kill during the second wave
- Loot a body of superior kit
- Get into the final wave before the storm warning turns yellow
- Survive until the helicopter arrives
- Get a close quarters kill
- Get a kill in the final wave
- Make it to top 10
- Make it to final storm
- Climb the helicopter
- Win a sniper battle
- Get multiple kills of the same team
- Survive spawning somewhere dangerous
- Make it out of a dangerous spawn with a strong kit
- Climb the helicopter with more than 4 kills
Did you notice how only a few of the goals involved killing or even winning? Notice how I only gave a passing glance at the remaining players? This is how you need to learn to measure yourself. Occasionally, you should look at your place during the match, but you should never look at the leaderboards outside of the game, nor should you look to the number of remaining players as anything more than a goal, not a factor of skill. I'll explain why later. Now, we're going to get into the practical breakdown of how to help make these goals a reality.
You Need a Montage.
Okay not really, but a montage is meant to truncate an extended period of time doing the same thing over and over again, while gradually getting better. The bad montages show merely the before and after of the period. Good montages show the gradual increases of skill and ability over time.
Let's dive into the practical tips. Now that you're able to look at your list of goals and say "hey, I'm not doing half bad, certainly making it where others fail," it's time to work on the physical skill. Remember: If at any point this stops being fun, you should stop playing. All you're going to do is frusterate yourself, trust me.
Land somewhere obscure, to start.
This might be tried and true advice, but it bears repeating. Starters can and should land somwhere out of the way because they need to take time identifying items on the ground and learning the mechanics of the game. As you complete more and more objectives consistently, you can move into more dangerous places. Eventually, you will be landing in the castle, or the center of the map, but for now take getting kitted up as a small victory. A lot of starters landing in dangerous, crowded areas don't even make it that far.
Play aggressive, just not stupid.
Hearing gunshots near you? That is not a dinner bell for you to poke your head out. Often times you'll be running into a situation where the enemy is just waiting for someone dumb enough to run into their sights. Don't be that guy, focus on survival. Ranks and winners are not determined through kills, but who lasts longest. A lot of veteran players (and, you guessed it, the 'git gud' trolls) will tell you to rush dangerous zones and push yourself to some limit. The reality is they need/want more cannon fodder to shoot at since they also hate going against people as skilled as they are. A lot of Twitch streams are dominated by moderately skilled people going up against completely incompetent walking targets. Do not make the mistake of thinking your enemy is just as dumb as the ones you see on montages. Mature veterans may mean well, but they're also already at the point where they can spawn into a firefight and walk out. Start slow, build up. You'll be rushing before long.
Flanking and ambushing are your best friends.
This is not Call of Duty, this is not even Battlefield. This is a survival battle royale. The key word there is survival. If you suspect the enemy is nearby and coming to you, your best bet is to setup an ambush. I have wiped out several squads, by myself, with an LVOA-C and a thick bush to hide in. They're looking at rocks and ledges, they rarely look in the thick brush. It may not always work, but if you change your mindset to ambushes over direct firefights, your early kills will come that much easier. When approaching a house, try to put trees and cover between you and windows. They more than likely are on the high ground, the roof if they feel bold.
Pick your engagements.
Going into the ambushing a bit. If someone is over 400m away and running horizontal, leave them. You may have a sniper rifle, but you're not in any position to fire at a whole squad. Solo may play a bit different because a kill is a kill, but all you're going to accomplish in any other game mode is a knockdown, and now 3 (soon to be 4 again) people know exactly where you are. Worse, they probably have a sniper rifle too. Focus only on threats to you, leave the offensive sniping to people ready to stick their neck out. Once you shoot, your poisition is known to everyone nearby. Your first shot is important, do not waste it on potshots.
That shaking in your hands? That's natural.
You just got out of a firefight on the positive end and you're shaking. That's called adrenaline, and it's normal. You're immersed in the game, bullets flying, and maybe worse they got the drop on you. Your body is all manner of messed up from two contradicting senses: Fight or flight, and being perfectly okay. Your body is not sending any signals that the brain is expecting (you are, after all, at rest) and your brain is freaking out over a near death experience. Find some cover, take a long, deep breath. Over time this feeling will go away, but just know that you are not the only one by far that deals with it. If you're between matches and you're still jittery, stop. Staying hydrated and nourished also helps a lot. If shakes are becoming a problem, lower your sensitivity when aiming down the sights. Most people use an aiming sensitivity that does not help with pinpont aiming, thinking speed is a factor.
Don't Full Auto.
Put ALL your guns on semi-auto to start with. The only exception I would give is the MP5, MDX, and Vector. Also put a Famas on Burst. The guns vary quite a bit in accuracy, and so spraying rounds downrange is not going to help you see where you're missing. Once you can start landing shots reliably on semi-auto, you can switch to automatic but maintain the same tap-to-shoot style of firing. Often times you'll fire two or more shots, and they'll be much more accurate than holding down the trigger.
Use 5.56 weapons to start.
Helpful attachments for the 5.56 (green ammo) guns can make a big difference. The M4 is used by pros a ton, and the reason is just how much more forgiveness the 5.56 family of weapons has. Personally, I use 7.62 (yellow) whenever I'm expecting more close firefights. I've gotten entire squad wipes with just a few shots, but your mileage will very to your preferences. Experiment, but err on the side of 5.56. You may even stick to it.
Play during peak hours.
Focus your game time during peak hours of other people playing. The reason for the peak hours fluctuation varies, but it's simple logic: The more players in the pool, the greater your variance of opposition. Often times newer players play when there are very few people in-game, and as a result they frequently run into either extremely skilled players, or hackers. There is no benefit in you voluntarily going toe to toe with either of these groups. Some day you will be ready to take on veteran players, but you will learn very little by playing against them at this point in time. Accept it, move on. if you get in a firefight and someone just out of nowhere destroys you, you'll learn nothing. Play when there's enough people that you have a remote chance of beating some, learn to log out when those same people start going to bed.
Speaking of hackers...
Cheaters only win when you quit.
It's no secret RoE has a big hacker problem. The developers are doing their hardest and deserve respect for their efforts to combat hacking, but they are far from alone. Look up any reactions to the new CS:GO free to play update and you'll see a TON of hackers, cheaters, and general toxicity that highlights just how bad it really is. Apologists will come running to defend RoE and scream that efforts are being made to prevent hacking (and they are, trust me) but it's a very grim reality that, as a free to play title, hackers are not only inevitable, they should be talked about. I can't think of a single F2P shooter that didn't have a hacking presence. They exist, they are out there, they are hacking, and you're going to run into them. When you get domed by a Citori shotgun at over 200 meters, just report and move on. Playing during peak hours while the few hackers are scattered around helps a ton. Don't let someone jump on you screaming that they've never seen a hacker, claiming that being in some percentage of the leaderboards gives them insight on the entire game.
Whenever someone tells you to "git gud," it's often because they themselves aren't having fun and just want to project their misery onto you. Combine that with a constant stream of hackers and leaderboards based gatekeeping, battle royale games seem like a really bad deal to newer players. The thing is, these games can be a lot of fun if you do not spend your time comparing yourself to pro players that win almost every match. Set reasonable goals and remember that, eventually, a hacker will override all of it, and that's just part of being in a competitive game.
Forget about getting good, focus on having fun. If you're not having fun, do not get involved. If you are having fun, if you are meeting your goals, you soon will find that along the way, you have gotten better. You will get good if you have fun, but you will never get good if you spend your time comparing yourself to people who either have years ahead of you, or hacked their way to the top.