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mmarino51589
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P: 07/22/2021 09:19 EST
    In a testament to being an effective HW, I'll say first hand how hard it was to develop that skill.

My old clan [R4L] had a pretty solid fatty...I'd rate him a solid 7 or 8 out of 10 on a consistent basis.

The thing is, getting from a 7 or 8 to a 9 is a pretty significant jump...and I think we all took that for granted back in our competitive days.

He went away for about 6 months and I opted to fill in at HW. I was mainly O medic for our clan, but would occasionally fill in as D soldier as needed. When he went away, we had built out our team good enough to have another good O medic and D soldier take place, so I took over HW role.

I'd been playing for years so my TFC IQ was already pretty good. FWIW, I consider TFC IQ to be as important as playing execution. You can be l33t with your weapons and movement, but poor IQ will ruin any skill you have. Same goess vice versa.

At any rate, I'd say I was a solid 6 out of 10 at HW starting out...quickly got up to a 7 or 8 after a few months of playing regularly (2-3 matches a week, 4-5 organized practices a week, and an ungodly amount of off-record pickup games). Straightcashhomie is right though...solid conc aim is a major milestone of improving HW skills.

The constant rev up of the AC to be prepared was key, and conc aim was the supplement. Combining it with good play IQ and using all to your advantage is a huge cornerstone of being an effective HW. Movement, position, and being able to get back to your spot quickly was super important.

The super l33t HW's in 9v9 Platinum just had an extra "unf" to them that alot of other lower tier players didn't have. I know I said it a few times, but the IQ in my opinion, is what separated the super l33t from the regular l33t players.
  
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straightcashhomie
P: 07/22/2021 09:25 EST
    All the above is true. Revving, game sense, conc aim.

I remember watching Doug play HW. Obvi any of the BW guys. Same thing with RaisinBran.
  
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gg#4
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P: 07/22/2021 09:39 EST
    lat plays a good HW  
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mmarino51589
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P: 07/22/2021 09:44 EST
    Watching old players like Sejje, Reptile, Ultima...their shooting was obviously top tier...aim was great, play execution was crispy, but their IQ was just off the charts.

Knowing how a player is going to react to being hit by a rocket, then knowing how to anticipate how the player was going to try and strafe out of the air and around your next shot, and predict where they'd land to prefire the next rocket...it's just so smooth for those guys.

The next side of the equation was being good at both O and D...knowing how good players play D is instrumental at being effective at O...same for the reverse for D.

Game IQ is the most important factor. Understanding how the physics work, and knowing what you would do personally in the reverse situation and using it to your advantage on the other side is what it's all about.

Propping them up at a certain speed, at a certain angle, thereby knowing what kind of strafe speed they'll be able to achieve based on the previous two factors, along with their height...and paying attention to if you heard them prime a nade, likely being a conc to get away...it's all so fast and so many decisions fire off in your head within 2 seconds that can make or break a particular encounter.

And this would happen at the top level for the entire duration of a match, at the highest level.

The RiZZo moment on openfire is probably the most "all the planets aligned" moment in all of TFC history. It's like hitting the buzzer beater in the finals. Very few opportunities to pull that off, and he nailed it.

I fucking love this game
  
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straightcashhomie
P: 07/22/2021 10:01 EST
    Rizzos conc is fucking basic though lol.

It was just like that clutch scoop and score.
  
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mmarino51589
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P: 07/22/2021 10:16 EST
    100% super basic.

But how often does it work out that well? lol
  
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straightcashhomie
P: 07/22/2021 10:21 EST
    Rarity, shit wouldn't even fly in a pick up.

Would have got airshot at some point, pinned against a pillar lol.
  
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kyree
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P: 07/22/2021 15:38 EST
E: 07/22/2021 15:40 EST
   
I think the HW mention was about Med-Dick, who never plays HW but was pretty damn solid.
after like 15+ years I saw Med playing HW here....HOLY FUCKING SHIT!
!me goes back to his corner and lets the pros speak
  
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Nug
P: 07/23/2021 10:39 EST
    RiZZo was a fucking boss. As was Nar.  
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