Control the key item(s) - most often this is
the 100-armour or 50-armour. In maps short on ammo, it
can be a pack of rockets or slugs. Try to chase your
opponent away from them when they are about to respawn.
Or alternatively, use them as bait - smack your opponent
when they run for them.
Play the Odds
Let's take some wisdom from the-book-of-Thresh.
Play the odds he says in his bible...
I'm sure he would agree with what I am saying here.
don't be foolish and go rushing into a fight
which you will probably lose. If your opponent
is stronger then keep your distance and try to
wear him/her down. If they try to rush you
then make them pay for it - run backwards firing
suppressive rockets or leave a trail of grenades.
Firstly, keep track of how healthy your opponent is.
If they have just grabbed the 100-armour... keep away.
Secondly, make them pay if they try to approach you.
Preferrably, duck behind corners so that they cannot
hurt you (but you can still hurt them if they keep
Thirdly, wait until you have the advantage, then
pounce on them. Try to fire a few slugs at a
distance... if you hit them then pull out rockets
or double shotty and charge them whilst you have
I have heard many people complain about being
raped (killed just as you respawn next to
a strong opponent).
You must accept that DUEL is a game
of gaining and keeping the upper hand...
In other words, there will usually be a player in
the stronger position and a player in the weaker
position. Accept this... then enjoy the challenge
of knocking off your opponent when you are in the
weaker position !
When you are in the weaker position you must
be sneaky. You need to avoid fighting until
you can grab a weapon and some armour. If you
attack at all, use guerrila attacks - sting
your opponent then disappear.
Once you kill your opponent, you are now
in the stronger position. Make the most of it !
Predict where your opponent will head after they
respawn (rocket launcher ? railgun ?) and try
to get a quick frag whilst they are weak. If they
get a weapon - don't let them get armour or ammo.
Retain the stronger position.
Map by Map Strategies
It's certainly too soon to be sure of the best
strategies for each map ! But, if you fancy
yourself something of an expert, then write up
your strategy for your chosen q2duelx map
and send it in.