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BlueFlames
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs
Replies: 4
Views: 4881

Re: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs

PSR tier is pretty meaningless. When it was first implemented, I languished in tier three for absolute ages, while complete newbies raced past me, because their PSR changes were being amplified by a new-player seeding effect. As a result, tiers one through three are all kind of a hodge-podge of skil...
BlueFlames
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs
Replies: 4
Views: 4881

Re: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs

It's well off-peak hours, but I was poking around through the MWO streams on Twitch and ran across a bloke who was tinkering in the mech lab. It was bad. SquishyLegs.png Those legs.... I mean, most of the rest of the build is trash too, but the legs provide a quantifiable amount of wrongness. Yester...
BlueFlames
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Catapults
Replies: 2
Views: 3674

Re: Catapults

Glad you're enjoying the content! I'm trying to get back to consistently having a build thread each month, and knowing that there's an audience helps with motivation. To your point about the Catapult: With the short-range builds that I've been favoring lately, map knowledge and patience become essen...
BlueFlames
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Catapults
Replies: 2
Views: 3674

Catapults

Between balance passes, tech problems, and events occurring in meatspace, this thread has been a long time coming. Still, this was a fun chassis, so I'm happy to have the opportunity to write about it, while avoiding leveling the Wolfhound. Let's dive right in, shall we? Engine Selection & Gener...
BlueFlames
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Some Updated Thoughts on Weapons
Replies: 2
Views: 3217

Re: Some Updated Thoughts on Weapons

As a follow-up, the latest UAC nerfs have had a substantial impact. The weapon system has all but disappeared from normal gameplay, with the exception of the odd 6UAC2 Daishi. Even IS UAC5s, which got the lightest nerf, have become a rare sight in modestly high-level play. Though I have--by popular ...
BlueFlames
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: About that Content Pipeline....
Replies: 1
Views: 2613

About that Content Pipeline....

In December, one of my HDDs decided to go all end-of-life on me. Turns out, it's kind of a time-consuming pain in the dick to migrate an intact Windows 7 installation from one set of drives to a new set of drives. In the meantime, I was restricted to using my laptop, which is not and never was a gam...
BlueFlames
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Soliciting MOAR Opinions!
Replies: 2
Views: 5267

Re: Soliciting MOAR Opinions!

But.... But.... I'm really good with mediums.... Alright, fine.... Unlike the Electoral College, I guess I'll follow the will of the voter. If the will of the voter becomes too much of a pain in the ass, though, then I'll downgrade the Wolfhounds' engines to XL210s and build them like they were Inne...
BlueFlames
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Members
Topic: Bot List
Replies: 499
Views: 215041

Re: Bot List

BlueFlames
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Some Updated Thoughts on Weapons
Replies: 2
Views: 3217

Some Updated Thoughts on Weapons

As I mentioned in the Gladiator build thread , there's been some changes to Clan and Inner Sphere UACs. On top of that, some recent experimenting with SRMs has led me to adjust my preference for which launchers to mount, when I have a ton of missile hardpoints. These two changes together seem signic...
BlueFlames
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: FreeSpace 2 Spoiler?
Replies: 1
Views: 3185

Re: FreeSpace 2 Spoiler?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIPq2RaOjhg For the past few days, there's been at least one (possibly more) Vipers prowling the solo queue, using a combination of flamers and small pulse lasers to shut down hostile mechs and then kill them with a quick headshot. It's a clever strategy for taking ou...
BlueFlames
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Are you not entertained?
Replies: 0
Views: 3946

Are you not entertained?

Right, I've been teasing this reveal for a while, haven't I? Whenever I talked about working on this mech, I just referred to it as the fast Clan assault so as not to give away whether I abided by Anubis' preference to get the Executioner or if I bucked the will of the people (person) and got the Ga...
BlueFlames
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Soliciting MOAR Opinions!
Replies: 2
Views: 5267

Soliciting MOAR Opinions!

As I've alluded to in a few other posts, I now (at least for the moment) have a content pipeline for the build threads. Next month, I'll be highlighting one of the two chassis that jumped the queue ahead of the Executioner, but that doesn't mean that I'm taking a full month off of MWO. I still have ...
BlueFlames
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: A Moment of Indulgence
Replies: 0
Views: 2305

A Moment of Indulgence

Turns out, I'm not shit at this! A few months back, MWO implemented leaderboards, which I generally make a point to ignore. Every month, the leaderboard resets, and the old stats are archived. What's becoming a tradition is that some of the community members will pull down all of that data and do so...
BlueFlames
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: The Autumn Harvest
Replies: 3
Views: 4779

Re: The Autumn Harvest

Spell that name backwards, and it will become more clear.
BlueFlames
Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: The Autumn Harvest
Replies: 3
Views: 4779

Re: The Autumn Harvest

There's something you need to understand about Terra Therma: Everyone rushes the caldera, unless the game mode is Conquest. Then, everyone rushes the caldera, except for the assault lances, and the enemy light lance. Just enough to ensure that your team loses most of its tonnage, so that the enemy--...
BlueFlames
Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: The Autumn Harvest
Replies: 3
Views: 4779

The Autumn Harvest

I'm going to write up an amusing anecdote later, but I ran some numbers on my last match. First of all, I was running a Griffin 2N with 4 ASRM6 launchers and a dream. It has 700 missiles in its ammo bins. I ended the match with 34 missiles remaining. Based on my 973 damage dealt and the potential da...
BlueFlames
Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Monocle
Replies: 0
Views: 2044

Monocle

It's time to talk about the Cyclops in earnest. I've written a lot in the notes thread , so I'll skip the usual preamble and get into the builds. Engine Selection Nearly every build that I highlight below has a giant XL engine mounted. The high engine cap is what sets the Cyclops apart from the othe...
BlueFlames
Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Cyclops Notes
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Cyclops Notes

Amusing anecdote: I had a drop on Frozen City in my CYC-11adc earlier today. Things looked grim at the start, when I tore off along the northern cliff face, with only a Shadow Cat and an Arctic Cheetah to keep me company. The rest of the team had strung out along the eastern edge of no-man's land, a...
BlueFlames
Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Cyclops Notes
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Cyclops Notes

I just unlocked Speed Tweak on the four Cyclops variants that I'm focused on, so I should have a proper Cyclops post written up before the end of the month. Most of the builds have been refined a bit, but despite testing some other wildly different builds, I've come back to ones very similar to what...
BlueFlames
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs
Replies: 4
Views: 4881

Re: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs

That Cyclops build has been haunting my dreams. I mean, that's a weapon load that you put on a medium mech with a big engine , so that you deal the same damage, while running around at 100kph. I mean, LRM10's still aren't great, but at least with that build, you don't get wrecked the minute a light ...
BlueFlames
Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Don't do this to your Assault Mechs
Replies: 4
Views: 4881

Don't do this to your Assault Mechs

A while back, I stopped regularly spectating matches that lasted longer than my mech. I realized I wasn't learning anything, except how poorly other people built their mechs, so it was more beneficial to just jump out, switch mechs, and move onto the next match. Every now and then, I spot a special ...
BlueFlames
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Cyclops Notes
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Cyclops Notes

The Cyclops comes out tomorrow, the quirks were announced, and I've been poking around with my build notes again. Twenty-three builds is the final pre-release total. Hopefully, I can make a couple of them work, or all this thought committed to the page is going to be a bit of an embarrassment. Below...
BlueFlames
Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: This Week's MWO Event...
Replies: 1
Views: 2534

Re: This Week's MWO Event...

...is a good time to get (back) into MWO. There's four personal challenges--one for each weight class--which award a total of 2.4 million C-Bills and four days of premium time. That knocks out a lot of grind, if you're saving for mechs and/or modules.
BlueFlames
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: Currently Active Builds
Replies: 0
Views: 2030

Currently Active Builds

In most of my threads, I'll highlight several builds on a mech to give a sense of the chassis' capabilities, before zeroing in on a smaller selection of builds that work for me. Of course, balance changes and my own shifting whims can cull previously-highlighted builds further or cause me to experim...
BlueFlames
Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Mechwarrior Online
Topic: This Week's MWO Event...
Replies: 1
Views: 2534

This Week's MWO Event...

...is going to be driving a lot of people to pilot assault mechs. Then, the week after next, the Cyclops is going to come out, which will have people back in assault mechs for another week. You know what that means? Get your light and fast medium mechs, equip your SRMs, and enjoy whaling season. (I...

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