Ease into Duos & Squads with These Teamwork Tips!
Playing PUBG in solos can be so straightforward… You’re the master of your own fate! You can choose to play as carefully or as risky as you like. You’re independent and you like it. But now you’re in a squad, and teamwork is the order of the day. You have extra mouths to feed (with loot). People are relying on you – and maybe harassing you when things go wrong! You’re probably feeling like a single parent with three children… this isn’t about you any more.
Most PUBG players start by jamming Solo queue. But moving from Solo games to Duos or Squads can be a jarring experience! It requires skillsets you’ve never had to flex when you’ve been alone, and your teamwork might need some… “revitalization.” Here are our top tips to connect with your squadmates and improve your PUBG plays!
Communication, Above All Else
Shockingly, your teammates are not mind readers. The implication is that ‘enemy right over there’ is not a clear or helpful thing to say! It’s happened to all of us, and in the panic of a gunfight it’s easy to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. Of course it’s obvious to you. How much clearer can you be? But alas, your teammates don’t see what you see, and they don’t know what you know.
With time and practice, your team will develop a shorthand for building types and parts of the landscape. Until then, you need to be using clear and unambiguous information! The compass at the top of the screen isn’t just for decoration – it’s one of the most straightforward ways of giving your team the direction of gunfire or enemies. But even that isn’t without pitfalls… Remember that your ‘north’ isn’t necessarily the same as your teammate’s unless you’re standing right next to one another! If you’re widely spread out, compass points won’t reliably tell you where an enemy is… but it’s still better than ‘over there.’
Share The Loot
In any team, there’s going to be personal preferences. Still, most players need an assault rifle, ammunition, armour, and healing items. Remember that in Duos and Squads you’re looking for gear for others – not just yourself. Considering your team is vital to getting geared up early game! If you spot a spare Level 2 armour, call it out and mark it on the map. If you find extra 7.62mm ammo, ask if anyone needs it so you can loot efficiently!
There’s nothing worse than a silent, selfish squad who are only looking out for themselves. You need to be playing to your team’s strengths! If you want to be the cool one-shot-one-kill sniper with your 8x scope, but someone else has the Kar98? Might be best to give it up for the good of your team. Likewise if someone else has a weapon you know you’re confident and comfortable with, just ask them if you could trade.
To sum up: four medium-geared players are better than one fully-geared and three lightly-geared players!
Check Your Ego
There are lots of ways to play PUBG, but most teams are after that elusive chicken dinner! This doesn’t mean that you need tons of kills – and chasing every opponent is the quickest way to put yourself out of the match. If your team wants to win, they don’t need a Rambo. There’s a reason you’re playing Squads and not Solos! Maybe you would once fire as soon as you saw an enemy, but no longer. It’s all well and good that you have a shot lined up, but chances are there are three other players ready to pick your target up. Plus there’s no guarantee you even get the knock!
What you need to do is coordinate fire. Make sure your team is also ready to take the shot, so you can all fire in unison. Otherwise you risk missing your enemy and alerting the other team, while your teammates have no idea where they’re supposed to look. Then your team is being shot at, it’s all your fault, and everyone hates you. Consider that kills don’t always equal contribution in PUBG, and your “free kill” doesn’t mean a thing if you lose the match!
Move As A Team
Compared to Solos, it isn’t often you spot a squad moving out in the open! On your own you’re a single target, difficult to find in large open spaces. But in Squads there are now four of you – and what’s more, you have four sets of eyes on the enemy team scanning for your scampering bodies.
Should you come under fire, things only get worse. You need to find cover for four people, while also trying to plan your exit. You’re probably also being attacked from four different angles! The chances of all of you making it out of this situation are grim, and they’re only getting worse the longer you stay still – giving your enemies time to flank into better positions. This is why you often find squads holed up in buildings rather than venturing out into the big wide world – and why if they do leave their squalid sanctuaries, they do so in vehicles.
When you’re new to Duos or Squads, you’ll have to give more thought to the route you take while traversing Erangel. It needs to accommodate more bodies, and be up to 4 times harder to be spotted.
And Fight Together!
Combat is the bread and butter of PUBG, and it’s almost inevitable that you’re going to face some kind of encounter each game. Both indoors and outdoors, your team needs to be moving together to take out enemies. This is far easier outside than around buildings due to the increased maneuverability, but look out for our analysis of how to assault different buildings in the future.
In Squad play, fights aren’t always over quickly! You’ll probably exchange initial blows, get sight on one another, and find cover. But this is an easy way to get into a stalemate, and then you’re counting on out-aiming the enemy to come out victorious… Never a good idea. Instead, try to think of ways to gain the upper hand. This can mean a positional advantage or an informational one – either way, you’re going to need to make a move!
While one of your team provides cover and distraction, you can try to reposition. Your goal is to flank and provide fire from several different angles at once (smoke grenades are perfect to accomplish this). This allows you to split the enemy’s attention, but if you’re sneaky you can get the element of surprise on your side!
Upgrade Your Tactics!
This wraps up our brief overview of ways you can improve your teamwork and find success in Duos or Squad mode… Keep your eye on PUBG Source for tactics and analysis so you can out-think other teams and claim that chicken dinner!