I just finished a game playing as Val, the match dragged on for a bit so I was able to use all my weapons a lot, bunch of fun.
However I felt like I held back a bit with the sniper, only using it in the perfect situation when Goliath was tranqed/in a corner and every other hunter on high health because I never feel like I’m doing much good making a weakspot as it feels like they never get used, and apparently I was right because despite putting on around 14 targets with at least one on most of the time I only got about 350 damage amped. Getting that tier 2 mastery is going to be hell.
This is with a Bucket(he couldn’t do much about it but he did put down a lot of turrets) Parnell (Used his shotgun most of the time) and Abe (he was on his shotgun quite a bit) on my team. Not the best team for it, that would probably be Markov, Griffin and Hank but I assumed I got at least a thousand bonus damage.
I think the reason for my (as far as the game is concerned) poor performance with the Sniper rifle and the general “poor performance” of the entire world is the fault of people simply not targeting them. Now I’m sure everyone who uses the forums all aim for them so don’t think I’m nagging at you guys and I don’t feel much about the base game can be changed (the targets are big and well indicated.)
This average just feels depressingly low as obviously not many people are taking full advantage of a Val on their team and I think something needs to be done to raise it. The most obvious solution is to tell people to aim for them more, Val is reminded about the sniper’s effect in the tips + tutorial video however outside of Val yelling that her team should aim for the spots (evidently not enough) sometimes the team never has any reminder to aim for the glowing white circle, perhaps some really new players don’t even know what it is.
I’m sure more people will start aiming for them as they level up and I will enjoy a team full of sharpshooters down the line but perhaps a little something could be added, just like a tip box (the ones that point to elite buffs and birds for new players) to point out the weak point and say “aim for weak point for double damage” and won’t go away until they fire a couple rounds into it. This perhaps would really drive to point home to aim at the goddamn target.
Any other suggestions to remind/urge players to aim for the weakspots.
P.S I don’t know the figure for Laz but I assume he’s in a similar situation however a bit better as folks are more likely to accidentally hit the targets.