I’ve been on a bad streak lately. I haven’t been able to get under the top 30 or 40 in the last several days. Because of that I tried to leave behind any preconceived ideas about how my next matches would go. Things have gotten a little better and I think I have a couple theories why that is.
Let me share about how the matches you’ll see in the video below progressed. The first match had a typical embarrassing death… I had a kill lined up that I thought I could close and then ended up hiding in a corner while the enemy closed in. I’m still working on the aiming in this game. They got me with what appeared like a glitch where I heard their character firing their weapon but there was no animation to accompany it. It just look like they were running and I took damage from nowhere.
The second game however I had good strategy and a bit of luck to carry me to be #3 for the game. I started out rough with enemies all around and no weapon to defend myself. I was able to elude other players and eventually acquire a couple decent weapons. Then I used a vehicle to position myself near the center of the circle. From here I was able to hide out for quite a while. The circle eventually closed in enough that I had to move up, but my position allowed me to kill a player and land myself in the #3 spot. I tried my hand at taking out another player after that, but I choked when it came to drawing my pistol…
I felt good about how I did in the second game… There were two major things (besides a bit of luck) that I think contributed to me doing better. First, I wasn’t streaming. Sometimes the internet can keep up, but lately I think it has been messing with my latency and causing me to be even slower in encounters with other players. In the second game I had stopped live streaming and I could tell the gameplay difference. The next couple matches will not be live to test my theory.
Second, I tried to stick to my strategy that seems to work well for me. After acquiring some decent equipment I try to position myself early on as close to the center of the circle as possible. I’ve noticed that my chances of survival greatly increase the less time I spend near the edge of the circle. Most players are spending time looting and trying to beat the circle or hunt players trying to beat the circles progress. I try to avoid being among those players by setting myself up early.
It is hard to deny that my position was a good one, but I also had a bit of luck in that last game. No other players decided to make their way toward shoreline that was behind me. As a result I didn’t have to battle other players for my early spot. The other way I got lucky is that until nearly the end of the game I didn’t have to move much at all. Every time the circle shrunk I found myself within it. That saved me from having to make risky moves to close within the circle.
So, call it luck or call it skill. I’m still satisfied with how my most recent gameplay of PUBG went!