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Using Strogg Tactical Shields In Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The official community site for the upcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is now hosting a new article offering insights into the use of Strogg Tactical Shields and strategies for playing Oppressors indoors. Quake Wars is an online multi-player, team-based shooter that will revolve around the forces of Earth facing off against the evil Strogg in a violent struggle for survival.

The poor Tactical Shields still seem a bit unloved and misunderstood. They're good kids really, they just need some attention. We're considering some of the ideas put forwards by Beta testers for Tactical Shields (like making them slow or do damage to GDF players) but we do have to be very wary of the potential for exploits. They're absolutely not an exploitable objective denial tool - for instance you can't just wall a room off with multiple shields to form an impassible, renewable wall.

Tactical Shields won't do your job for you, but they will help you do your job. Their primary use is as cover, allowing defenders to pick their shots and offering protection from general splash damage and hurty attacking irk. Where are your Aggressors, with their Hyperblasters and Obliterators? Are they dodging in and out of cover, or going prone and waiting for attackers to stray into their field of fire? Either way, they could do with some Tactical Shieldage to protect them from direct fire in front of them, and splash damage from the ground behind them and walls beside them.

Also, and this really is a tediously obvious point, there's no point standing near a shield but not actually using it as cover. They don't emit a damage-lessening aura, they stop specific damage from specific directions. If you're not using lean (default Q and E) to pop out from behind cover, or popping up from crouch to standing to fire over the side of a shield, you might as well just stand in the open.
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ETQW Community Site: Strogg Tactical Shield Shenanigans
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