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Why do people bash Tracer Missile spam? What else are we supposed to do?

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Why do people bash Tracer Missile spam? What else are we supposed to do?

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Aydos
02.15.2012 , 09:16 AM | #11
Arsenal spec was just boring to me so I went Pyro spec and have never looked back. It is very mobile and does a lot of damage. It is funny b/c people see the lower numbers popping up from the dot ticks and think I am not doing much damage until it is to late. Not to mention my rail shot hits hard.

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KrackenOne
02.15.2012 , 09:19 AM | #12
One button class is lame. That is the real issue.

Plus you look like you have to take a dump. What is funnier is a BH spamming Tracer when a grunting IMP jedi behind them.
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02.15.2012 , 09:19 AM | #13
The reason people complain about it, is that they are either being hit by crits from a much better geared merc, or they are inexperienced enough to know how to counter it. Mine usually only hit for over 2k if it is a crit, 4k is only something I have seen when adrenals and relics are going and I hit a severely undergeared player. It is a 1.5 second cast time, and it is usually cast in succession, which makes it very easy to interrupt, knock back, line of sight, stun, or cc to block an incoming cast.

And to those who complain about a one button class, that is an exaggeration as well. Unless I'm just completely ignored by classes that have cc, interupts, or gap closers (all of them) a typical fight I will be using many of my abilities tracer missile, rail shot, heatseeker missile, rapid shots, missile blast, unload, my stun, my cc, rocket punch, jet boost, etc... If you think it is all about 1 ability you are delusional, go level a merc and see.

There have been dozens of threads on the topic, no need for a new one every day.

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-AOCKonstantin-
02.15.2012 , 09:23 AM | #14
Eh...people complaining on arsenal mercs using Tracer missile? Arent they like sitting ducks beeing the easiest class to kill? Do any pvp focused merc even play arsenal still?

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DaniWes
02.15.2012 , 09:24 AM | #15
The simple reason is that the single ability is overpowered, not the Merc per se.
Introduce a cooldown to the ability, lower its damage, or prevent it from critting and nobody will complain anymore.
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Gregory-IRL-Bria
02.15.2012 , 09:24 AM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by -AOCKonstantin- View Post
Eh...people complaining on arsenal mercs using Tracer missile? Arent they like sitting ducks beeing the easiest class to kill? Do any pvp focused merc even play arsenal still?
You'd be amazed how many mercs i run into who only use the ability.

and when i say only that ability i mean only that ability. They will spam it until i use my interrupt and for the next 4 seconds while their tracer missile is on cool down they will run around like chickens, doing nothing but auto fire.

Then the moment its back up they go back to trying to spam it.

Rinse and repeat
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wiggs
02.15.2012 , 09:26 AM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by jellosandwich View Post
I think it gets a bad rap because of the high number of mercs who aren't just spamming it to stack for unload, but spamming it because that's all they know.

I've lost track of the number of times I've interrupted a tracer spammer, and they literally just stand still for 4 seconds, never cast anything else, because they're so confused that their 1 button doesn't work
this is EXACTLY why I love to interrupt tracer spam. Not only does it interrupt the cast, but it interrupts their brain. They don't cast anything else. I see them still stabbing the missle hotkey, swearing about "lag."

Then they finally get to cast one again before I interrupt again.

I don't think I've ever died to one on my vanguard in 1 on 1.

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Auhfel
02.15.2012 , 09:27 AM | #18
I think tracer missile spammers are hilarious. Typical exchange with a tracer missile spammer on my jugg --

Tracer missile starts casting-
Force Charge intterupt.
Tracer missile immediately begins casting again.
Interrupted with interrupt skill, 4s blockout.
Tracer missile spammer runs.. or casts some other non-issue skill.
Tracer missile spammer begins to cast it again.
4 second stun on spammer, interrupting it.
After stun wears, he tries to spam it again.
Interrupt again, since it's now off CD.
Stun again.


It's hilarious fighting the mercs who don't know they have skills other than tracer missile.

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NoTomorrow
02.15.2012 , 09:28 AM | #19
Point is, you get a pretty high dps while still wearing heavy armor. Couple that with some healing and you are pretty much Heavy+Medic combo from TF2.

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Remulan
02.15.2012 , 09:28 AM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by Gregory-IRL-Bria View Post
I wish i had a spammable ability that did 2-4k damage per hit, and stacked armor break for 4% up to 5 times.
And mercs wish they had an interupt like every other AC in the game or some way to escape being focused.