Preface: Lately on the forums it’s seemed like a big parade in honor of how awesome Caira and Cabot are. So I wanted to talk about the core team that I play with and highlight the hunters it has, that many call sub par, and why I love them.
The Team: Lazarus - Bucket - Abe - Hyde
The beginning of the match is where the Abe/Bucket combo really shines. Bucket’s UAV gives a huge boost in finding the monster early, Abe’s obvious weakness. If the monster opts for an eat & run approach, the UAV will easily chase him down right at the start. If the monster sneaks or leaves a false trail, the team spreads out to find it. The UAV moves extremely fast and easily covers at least 1/3 of the map on its own. Trapper and the rest of the hunters begin to search the rest of the map, spread far enough to search areas on their own, but close enough to be in saving distance from a pounce. Generally the monster will be found within the first 2 minutes of the match. Worst case scenario, we don’t find the monster until right after the first bird sign.
Here’s the big part of our team. The ultimate goal is to literally chase the monster to death. Once that monster is tagged we want it to never to be lost. Having the monster’s position constantly updating on your map is a godsend for cutting off and doming it. Abe refreshing the tracker dart comes before all his other Trapperly duties. Better to refresh the dart and begin to cut it off again, than to throw a risky dome.
Any time the monster has broken line of sight long enough that the dart may wear out, Bucket returns to UAV and catches up to the monster before to dart disappears to get a tracker of his own. This will usually give the trapper enough time to catch up with the monster, dart it, and start the process all over again. Ideally (and usually) the monster is forced to evolve in a situation where it will be domed without armor.
-In The Dome-
Fights inside the dome are fairly straight forward. Bucket sets up strategic turrets: defensive groups to fall back to against an aggressive monster; patrol groups to stop a fleeing monster from circling the dome or hiding in its corners. Bucket’s normally powerful turrets are even more deadly thanks to the myriad of weakpoints Lazarus paints the monster with. Abe covers the area with stasis grenades, synergizing well with Hyde who can often use the extra help keeping the monster within range of the flamethrower.
Laz staying alive is key here, Only ever move towards the combat for a fly-by burst heal, then immediately back out. Any time the monster aggros on him, pop personal cloak immediately and get back to the edges of the battlefield, then ping away with the silenced sniper.
-Teammate Goes Down-
Now when your first teammate gets downed, this is the time where where Laz cloaks up and moves in to revivify the hunter, right? Wrong! This is the moment the team has been waiting for! Let the monster camp the body. Bucket cloaks up and begins dropping turrets all around the body. Abe tosses a few stasis grenades then goes into full-out shotgun attack mode. Hyde throws gas grenade and “melts his f*ckin’ face off”, Laz stays far back and continues to make weakpoints. Let the monster wait for Laz, and do boatloads of damage in the meantime. Laz only moves when the monster gives up and goes after someone else (and even then stays wary of a fakeout), even if it means letting the hunter die completely and getting a strike. It’s worth it for the massive health damage the monster will take waiting for a Laz that’s not going to show up.
It’s a Laz team: At the end of the day, no matter how well you plan, Laz teams are still extremely fragile. If a good monster gets on Laz between cloaks in an inopportune position, he will die. If support or another member can’t escape, you will lose. Just a risk that comes with the territory.
Player error: Being dumb can wreck this team before the fight even begins. Wildlife damage can stack up very quickly against the team when Laz can only burst heal. Bucket getting grabbed while regrouping after a UAV = dead Bucket. Little mistakes can be very deadly. Laz can mess up and get killed, leading to the above weakness.
I love this game! I love team planning and strategizing! And I’d love to hear any feedback on the team!
Shoutouts to @AssistingPower , who got to No 1 Abe on XB1 playing this team with me, and RealKoolxmx the coolest PUG-turned-teammate I’ve ever met.