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Be a Better Medic

Discussion in 'Strategy Guides' started by Aix, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Aix

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    You're a game-changer, now start thinking like one!

    The sad thing is that most players think that playing Medic means whipping out the Medigun and just standing around while the other classes get to have all the fun. If you are one such player then below are the tips and tactics needed to transform you from a roving health dispenser into a true game-changer!

    What separates great Medics from marginal Medics is vision. Just like on a field in sports, a good Medic will look past what is happening immediately in front of him/her and identify plays that are developing on the battlefield: a Spy sneaking in, an Ubercharge approaching, etc. You know that Medic you see standing in place healing a single player, not talking, and not even looking around much? You need to be better than that. You want to be better than that or you wouldn't be reading this guide.

    The simplest and most-important tip first: get yourself a microphone and don't be shy about using it. You don't have time to stop and type - you're the man/woman with all the important information to pass on (see next paragraph) - so if you want to be a better Medic: buy a mic. (For $10 you can get a Zalman ZM-MIC1 High End Gaming Microphone - Google it)

    As a Medic, engaging enemies head-on is not something you should be doing unless for some reason you have a tactical advantage (Kritzkrieg charge, drunken bravery, etc.). Because of this, as a Medic it is your job to take note of enemy locations and notify your team members by calling out locations and classes. Your patient will appreciate little tips like "watch the stickies", "there's a sentry gun around the corner", and "two Soldiers with Medic on the ridge (Warpath)". Knowledge is power, after all.

    Spies = Cheap 'n' Easy Ubercharge (*Update* Only when you actually kill them...lousy Dead Ringer.)

    As a Medic, assume that every teammate is a Spy and all your surprises will be pleasant ones.

    You should always be moving throughout your teammates and healing anyone who needs it. While doing this you should also make it your business to "run through" any and all teammates that you can, especially those that seem to be harmlessly running somewhere and not shooting. As soon as your motion is impeded, take out your Ubersaw and alert your teammates of a "SPY!"

    On the battlefield you often see things first because you are keeping an eye on the health of your team members and gauging where you are needed most. Thus, you are often the first person to notice enemy Spy threats. Never wait for a patient or teammate to kill a spy first: alert the team and have at it! Overhealing someone won't save them from a backstab so just put the medigun away.

    Ubercharged Etiquette

    Have an Ubercharge? Don't Stray.
    If your ubercharge is at 100% and you and your patient are running to the frontlines to do a job then stay committed to that job and don't stop to heal anyone. You worked hard avoiding death and charging your Uber and the quickest way to lose it is to abandon your plan at the last second, confusing your patient as well. Don't switch your beam to a player who is on fire, another Medic, or the Scout jumping in front of you shouting "Come on, man!" Your top priority is deploying your Ubercharge because that is what makes you a game-changer.

    Have an Ubercharge? Don't Tease.
    Not everyone in this game is great with communication, but it is generally accepted that if you are at 100% and you follow another player to the frontline then you are going to uber them. After all, why else would you put yourself at risk with a full Ubercharge? Quite often the player you were healing would not have run out in front of 2+ sentries if they were not Ubercharged, so you can imagine why you leaving at the last second would piss them off. Every TF2 player can identify with this. Don�t confuse your teammates by running around with a full Uber: announce what you want to do or enquire what you should do with it. On the frontlines, a 100% Ubercharge + Medic indecision (usually) = a lost Ubercharge. Just use the damned thing before the inevitable crit pipe/rocket lands next to you.

    Have an Ubercharge? Know Your Role.
    Even though you can't be killed while Ubercharged, there are still a couple of things that can ruin your day: stickies and Pyros. Try to avoid walking directly over clusters of stickies when you deploy your Ubercharge: Demomen can send you flying across the map with a quick detonation and you will become disconnected from your patient. Pyros are a nuisance due to their ability to stop you with airblast.

    The Medic's role during an Ubercharge depends on the class you are Ubering.
    Sever the Connection: Divide & Conquer

    Some people think that a Medic should always be healing and that "Battle Medics" have no place in the game. I disagree. There are situations when you should absolutely cease healing your patient and break away to deal some damage of your own:

    Recently, while playing as a Pyro, I found myself in 2v1 situations against two highly-skilled Demo/Medic pairs and both times I came out on top, killing both the Medic and Demoman. Why is this relevant? As a Medic you can't always just rely on your patient to be skilled enough to take down a single enemy; in both 2v1 situations above I airblasted the Demoman out of melee range, killed the Medic with flames as they ran around trying to keep the Demoman healed, then killed the Demoman with the fire axe.

    In both 2v1 scenarios above I would not have lived if the Medics had stopped healing their patients to needle me with the Blutsauger. By continuing to heal your patient you are ensuring that the battle stays in a 1v1 scenario and not taking advantage of your strength in numbers. Break away in the opposite direction of your patient and needle for all you're worth: now the enemy has TWO targets and indecision for him means victory for you.

    The above strategy would have kept the Medic alive with +3 health from each needle and would have allowed the pair to attack me from opposing sides. Even if the enemy still kills your patient you should feel good because a Medic's health (and preserved Ubercharge meter) is paramount and you'll most likely leave the encounter with full health from your Blutsauger needles.

    What, You Wanna Live Forever?

    A lot of new Medics enjoy the class but don't enjoy how often they are killed. Go figure. A common mistake of new Medics is that, while they pay attention to their patient's well-being, they don't pay any attention to their own! Try to heal from around corners and keep out of sight. Don't chase a player out into the line of fire just because you are already healing them; let them go if they want and try to heal them if they come close to you again (top 'em up).

    If your patient dies and you're caught out in the open, randomly zig-zag and duck as you retreat instead of just running back in a straight line. Give those snipers a tough time! (it's pretty intense when you can see the dots on the wall in front of you too! )

    Getting killed with a full ubercharge is infuriating but it happens to the best of us. If it happens repeatedly you are probably falling victim to one of the reasons below. Note that some are your fault and some are not:

    • [*:3439j0kz]You were indecisive about when to hit the ubercharge and either you, your patient, or both were killed because you activated your charge in reaction to an oncoming threat...you know, the crit rocket flying toward you. (generally your fault);
      [*:3439j0kz]You were playing on a team where no one would volunteer to take the ubercharge ("no not me, man!") or no one would get into proper position to utilize the charge. In this case, your team was indecisive and you probably paid the price for it. This is extremely frustrating as a medic but you can�t always control the quality of your teammates. (not your fault);
      [*:3439j0kz]You were stabbed by a Spy. What more is there to say? You should be watching your back and moving with purpose once you become fully-charged! (I'm big on spy-checking being one of the duties of a Medic since you should be keeping an eye on all team members anyway, so I'd say this generally your fault unless your team lacks Pyros and enemy Spies are running rampant)
      [*:3439j0kz]Random crit spam. (generally not your fault unless you were foolish enough to run into a high-traffic area with no intention of deploying your Ubercharge)

    All comments and discussion are appreciated. I intend to keep updating - hopefully with graphics soon! :grin:
     
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  2. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    Very nice! Wish some medics would read this; have been abandoned loads of times and look like a madman rushing headfirst into heavy clusters / sentry nests.
     
  3. Chewy

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    Nice guide, apart from this. ALWAYS HEAL ANOTHER MEDIC... Ignore the flaming, whining masses, but please god save your fellow doctor.
     
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  4. Aix

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    *altered it so that it doesn't sound like I meant "once you hit 100% don't heal anyone".

    This is the exception to the rule for me: if I'm about to run into traffic with my uberee (uberee?) uberee, suddenly stopping to heal someone is a very bad idea unless he has also stopped, which he won't because we are running in to do a job. Normally I'd say a Medic's life is more important than another but there's no point in my jeopardizing my own fully-charged uber to heal you up a bit. Then we'll probably just have to charge TWO more ubers instead of one.
     
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    How to be a good medic recipient.

    Never insult the medic. It is generally a thankless class.

    Do not spam the medic key. A good medic is checking all players. A heavy hitting medic coming out of spawn every time will get ignored by me.

    If you need healing, stand where I can heal you. Do not stand in the middle of a pack of 4 players; it is very hard to select the one player that really needs to be healed out of a group. On a related note, if you can find cover for both of us, especially if healing you to full strength will take time.

    If you are a soldier or demo and you sticky or rocket jump after an uber, it will be your last uber.

    Do not constantly call for the uber, especially if you do not have a plan (or clue).

    Switch to medic yourself. One medic on a team of 14 or 15 has his work cut out for him, 2 or 3 can really help a team. SNIPERS ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!

    Know where I am, especially coming out of spawn. Dont run ahead of me just outside my medi-gun range. I would like to charge my uber while moving to the front.

    If you need an overheal to rocket/sticky jump let me know. I can usually predict who needs it but not always.

    Dont get angry if I dont join you in a medic assisted suicide. There are times I will follow you into the gates of hell, but more often than not, I am more of an escort. I am getting my but back to safety.

    And every guide needs this: Dont break the wood wall?

    Al
     
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  6. Zind

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    unless the plan was to use the uber to get into position for said jump (see: last point on Warpath)
     
  7. Wheel of Fish

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    Oh I see so many people playing as Medic who should read this.

    If you're the medic recipient and you and the medic have basically teamed up, make sure you communicate with your medic and let your medic know what you're doing and where you're going. Otherwise your medic can lose track of you if things get busy and then you're running off to get killed while the medic is looking for you in some other room.
     
  8. m0nk3y420

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    hell yea ... that !!!

    can't count the number of times a medic has followed me to the frontlines with a 100% uber just to let me run around the corner and die alone.... i understand they may want to save the uber for someone in particular , but no need to follow like ur ready to rush in ,then turn around at the last minute.

    that why i hold a grudge against medics .. i'll run past the whole team to kill their medic :grin:
     
  9. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    Oh yeah and thank the medic. It's nice to drop a vocal thanks as well for a medic (and engineer) who's doing a good job.
     
  10. SpaZMaN

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    THIS! Anytime you hear a player say "boost me" They are typically a decent player, know what they are doing and have a plan.


    Nice writeup.

    When I play medic, I typically play Triage style. Priority patients 1st.
     
  11. Synngry

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    /points at my thread.
     
  12. Aix

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    Yup, I didn't include a triage hierarchy, basic weapons rundown, etc., because you've already written an extensive guide for new medics (see my introduction paragraph where I mentioned this).

    People reading this should already know that you heal other medics first, burning people, etc. It shouldn't be rocket science to figure out that if a pyro lights a group of 5 teammates on fire then you should heal everyone a little bit very quickly - spread it around - to put out the flames, then gauge everyone's health from there.

    I wanted this to be "Pro-tip" kind of guide rather than a beginner's guide.
     
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    Oic.
     
  14. killerz

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    This is a GREAT guide. I have learned most of these tricks already from watching the great medics we have on our servers. When I first started playing here I played medic so differently than I do now. I believe all aspiring medics should read this post!
     
  15. u_s_eh

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    Great thread. I'll give your pyro divide & conquer strategy a try. I usually rely on the guy I'm healing to kill the pyro, but it doesn't seem to work so well...
     
  16. Drunk Guy

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    you know... it takes 3 seconds of full healing to extinguish a person, I believe, which is even better than little bits of health. I dunno.

    Also, sometimes I switch an uber really fast to extinguish burning people.
     
  17. Aix

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    Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    I have done this before as well. Sometimes you already have an uber charged up and the best course of action is to just uber everyone you can all at once, saving the entire team from immediate death.

    As for dealing with a group of burning victims I think that giving each player a bit of health is still the best way. Sure it's nice to not be on fire but giving each player a small boost will often result in them living after the fire has died on its own, whereas if you heal the first two players for three seconds each, the others will have already burned for 6 seconds with nothing to buffer their falling HP.
     
  18. killerz

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    I have been criticized for doing this before. I too think it is best to keep as much of the team from actually dying as possible. However, there were a choice few who didn't agree and were blasting me by saying things like it would be nice if I got more than 20 fucking health etc.... If they would have waited 10 damn secs for the flame to wear off everyone would be brought back up to buff. As you can imagine, those few received NO further healing from me which kinda sucked for them as I was the only medic :evil:
     
  19. Aix

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    I hear ya, Killerz. I love it when people feel the need to bash you when you're the team's only medic, mainly because it's very easy to put them in their place and makes my decision to !swapteam that much easier.

    Most of the time I just use it as an opportunity to get another medic for the team: "Hey, that's fine, but we have ONE medic trying to heal FIFTEEN other people; there are a lot of you! Can we get another medic?"(sometimes with a couple of f-bombs thrown in) Usually someone (or perhaps two!) will switch to medic - I've even had people apologize to me afterward.

    Hell, I've said things in-game that I would like to have had back almost instantly; people just get frustrated sometimes. But yeah, if teammates are being belligerent about it, don't be afraid to call them out. If no one switches, give it a bit, if no one switches still: !swapteam. Some players just don't assess your class numbers.
     
  20. killerz

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    The people that did it were not regulars nor anyone here I actually cared about (or I thought were particularly good) so I didn't really mind that much. It was actually quite satisfying watching them die afterwards when I was standing right next to them healing a sniper or a scout :lol: