Gun fighting for your life or at least that’s how I like to think of it.
We had a disappointing 6th place finish at Basildon with Breakout Spa. Archie and I both sat down and were discussing things our Belgium brothers, more specifically the newer kids on the team needed to work on. I’m kicking myself for not recording it but I’ll do my best to give you guys the gist of it.
Archie and myself often notice our kids on Breakout sometimes refuse to gun battle people. They will make 1-2 attempts to snap at them, but if they don’t shoot them, they hide and wait for another opportunity. On an defensive field, this is ok if you reposition your gun to the opponents next available spot to prevent the move. On a aggressive field, this is not acceptable.
Think of the bigger picture in this situation.
You in essence are holding up that whole side by not engaging because now you’re insert player is also stuck behind you. You are NOW trying to do two jobs at once. He’s now having to engage two players because you’re fearful of getting shot and unwilling to engage. In a position like this, it’s better to impose your will and engage opponents. If you’re able to gain the advantage you move, and continue to move down the field as per the game plan.
If you end up dying in a battle, it frees up your insert player to assume your role and attempt to gain an advantage himself. It’s better to live 4 out of 7 points riding the line and winning those, than playing scared and losing all 7 because you held up the entire side of your field. I’d like to answer the next obvious question in another post but would like to hear your responses first.
How do you guys recognize when you have the upper hand when engaging in a gun fight?