If you've ever played H1Z1: King of the Kill, your mouse, keyboard, and certainly your confidence has taken a hit whether it be physically or emotionally. Sometimes, yes, the game does tend to rope you around and prevent you from getting kills, or sometimes you run into a biobomb or a royalty player that two taps you from Kalamazoo.
I'm not the greatest H1Z1 player to grace the earth. I proudly charge into buildings blindly with a shotgun and hope for the best. Sometimes I spray far too much with the AR and miss completely. Like most of us out there, I'm the average H1Z1 player but man, do I want to get better at the game.
Lucky for me (and you), at the H1Z1: Fight for the Crown event in Los Angeles, California, I was surrounded by a plethora of professional H1Z1 players including Raeldon from Set To Destroy X. Raeldon is a well-spoken guy who seriously loves to talk about the game. If you want to talk about any aspect of the game with Raeldon, he'll break it down.
After chatting with Raeldon for a bit, I decided to get greedy for the sake of every H1Z1 player out there that wants to get better at the game. I asked Raeldon what his top three tips were for getting better at H1Z1.
Tip Number 1: Take every fight when you first start playing and have something to do when you wait in the lobby.
Now this one seemed scary to me at first. Every fight? Raeldon's reasoning makes sense. "You're gonna die real quick, and you're not going to understand how the weapons work. The only way to do that is to learn to use the weapons by doing it over and over."
Well wait, how about training mode. "Training mode will help you with that," said Raeldon. "But people don't play the same way in training mode, they kind of act really odd and it's not great to learn that way."
His second point makes a lot of sense. If you die lots, you're going to be waiting lots. Raeldon said that the biggest let down is when players get sick of the waiting time and just give up on the game. He suggests games like Hearthstone or other card games but I suggest getting mad and blaming others before you blame yourself between games (Don't listen to me, he's the pro, not me).
Tip Number 2: Pay attention to the FOV (Field of Vision) that you use
FOV is a tricky, tricky thing to figure out. If your FOV is too close, you'll A) probably get motion sickness and B) not be able to see anything. If your FOV is too far, you'll see far too much.
"I would say 67 is really good for the average person because players are still large enough in the distance," said Raeldon. "What it does is affects the bullet drop drastically (if you play at a high FOV). If you play on too low of an FOV then it feels like the game becomes flat. It gives you limited perception."
"If you're learning and want to learn about bullet drop, go to 67 FOV."
Tip Number 3: Land in the same spot often and figure out what you like
"My suggestion is so that I can kill you more would be land at the hospital in PV (Pleasant Valley)," said Raeldon. "Then I'll kill you and get more kills and you'll learn how to play the game."
Landing in the same spot makes a ton of sense. You'll begin to track certain loot routes that you like and you'll learn where vehicles can spawn. Once you get comfortable with that, the world is yours (until you get two tapped by Raeldon).
Oh, and these tips work quite well actually. Ask Raeldon. I was in a game with him no more than two weeks after the tips and actually outlasted him and won the game. Sign me up coach!