| Shuffling the Deck (Tactic #4) - Avoidance of
Rear Mortar Attack
If you've played against a rear mortar thrower, you'll know how frustrating
it is to watch them peel off into the sunset, unable to follow -- unless
you want to get hit in the face with a batch of Wiley Pete grenades...
But every once in a while, for whatever reason, people take their chances
tailing the rear mortar equipped, hoping for that lucky hit that will
cripple their enemy and send 'em to hell.
Too bad it doesn't end up that way. Usually, the guy with the rear mortar
also has an oil dropper, and once that stuff hits the floor, watch out!
It's spin city for the pursuer, followed by an encore of explosive death,
mortar-style. So how do you save your ass after a botched attempt vs.
rear mortar man? Well I'll show you how, after all these years of holding
out with a few select others, on a trick only the very skilled know
and are unwilling to share. I'm probably going to lose alot of easy
kills this way, but here goes... :)
Shuffling the Deck?: Sure... think of a deck of cards, and how
when you shuffle them each half they bend towards one another. This
is the necessary movement for the attacker and pursuer to follow. Sooner
or later the rear mortar car will begin an arc in his driving path as
he tries to shake you while dropping oil and rear mortars all around
you. Mirror his turning arc. I developed this tactic a few years
ago, and I can say with all honesty that this is the only way I can
gaurantee you will get out of this dance of death without suffering
Do I need
to Draw You a Map?: Fair
enough, because to be honest, the above explaination seemed kind of
confusing to me too after I read it over. But first, let's take a look
at the rear mortar car and his aggressive opponent so we can get a better
grasp of the situation..
AMZ - The car being pursued, equipped
with Rear Mortar and Oil. The driver is baiting his opponent
for 12 O'clock attacks.
Jackrabbit - Frontal weapons only, aggressive
driver, looking for a quick kill. The AMZ looks easy enough...
As you can see, our example cars are completely different animals with
totally different strengths and weaknesses, but this tactic (shuffling
the deck) will apply to nearly any dissimilar or similar combat
situation. Now, onto the battle maps...
chase begins with a relatively straight forward pursuit.
The AMZ driver, however, has decided his enemy has come
too close for comfort, and feels he is now within range
to do serious damage! To counter this, AMZ beings to drop
large amounts of oil dropper, setting himself up for some
easy mortar shots on the enemy J-rabbit.
| The J-rabbit
pilot, seeing the oil and mortars begin to fly towards him,
has one of two choices, to either continue the pursuit and
begin to launch weapons of his own, as he is now so close
to being in range... or to back off.
here is to back off!!! Driving into the oil is almost suicidal.
Once the AMZ pilot begins to pick a direction to turn in
to, the J-rabbits best course of action is to mirror-image
the AMZs turn. Trying to turn inside the AMZs turn is
risky, as the AMZer can either turn away and score mortar
hits, or lasso the J-rabbit in a circle of oil slicks. Ugh.
last notes before you head out...: There are many subtleties to
this maneuver, so do not expect to escape unscathed each and every time!
Every opponent is different and every terrain you drive over will have
its own characteristics, but this tactic is one of the most valuable
and has kept me alive more than once in some serious duels. You can
make it work for you, too. You know you have realized its potential
when you hear mortars thumping all over the place as you begin your
mirror arc, and take a quick glance at you damage meter, and everything
seems fine... Remember, however, that there are counter-measures to
this move, and there are counter-counter measures to nix them, too,
and so on, but isn't that what keeps us all coming back for more? ;)