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DUST Mercs is a Dust 514 dedicated blog which has been lining up and reporting on DUST 514 from day one. We invite you to visit their blog at dustmercs.blogspot.com


Did someone just bring a knife to a Tank Fight?


Recently, there has been a large outcry regarding the balance of Heavy Armor and other hard to kill unconventional assets on the battlefield, like tanks. We feel like Heavies are fine [save a tad too much damage at 40m+ or so] The real issue is that we need more assets and equipment that are designed to take down heavies, vehicles and address their weaknesses. The real beauty of Dust 514 lies in its customization and ability to attack a problem with multiple solutions.

While countless threads have correctly pointed out how most players  unfamiliar with this game’s mechanics try to take on the hard to kill head on and fail miserably, we also think its important to provide more options for engaging assets or personnel that require concentrated fire or equipment dedicated to their destruction.


Anti-Infantry Proximity Mines – The real beauty of Dust 514 is in its balance and rock, paper, scissors aspect. Heavies will never have equipment access [and never should] so there is an entire group of assets they have no access to. While scanners havent been fully unlocked yet, we’re certain they will provide valuable battlefield intel like the location of enemy assets. Case in point: Infantry Prox Mines. EVEs mythology virtually guarantees that these will make an appearance at some point. We’d hope that theyll be balanced by having the ‘arming’ animation be lengthy along with the damage considerable when enemy dropsuits get into a 5m range or so. We should also have the ability to destroy these [and get 5-10pts] and the location of these should be relayed to our teammates if we see them first. These are a great way to counter Heavies by making them more dependent on their teammates with scanning equipment.

Artillery – Mortars were a solid addition to BF3 but we can only dream at what CCP could do with assets like these with their commitment to balance. While friendly fire is essential before even thinking about adding assets like these, the passive spotting, grid system and ability to mark targets [which all mercs will hopefully have soon] will all help the implementation of equipment like this to combat tanks or targets in a fixed position. We’d hope that it would also require a long animation to place mortars in addition to targets being limited by what allies spot or reveal with scanners. Lastly, while higher tier mortars will no doubt have longer ranges, it would be nice to see ordnance that strikes the ground and detonates, in addition to area of affect shells that explode in the air over a target and affect a greater area.


AV Mines – Noobs are suffering mightily at the hand of tanks so the sooner they get access to militia and higher level AV Proximity explosives the better. Our only issue here is that the marketplace does not show the damage these assets do. This is valuable information and mercs can’t be expected to throw ISK or SP at a problem without knowing what theyre getting into. While they remain in a fixed position, these explosives provide a great alternate way to defend against tanks.

Urban Maps – In areas with buildings that cater to close quarters, movement is king. Maps like these provide a plethora of areas in which to hide, get behind cover and stage guerilla style tactics. These maps are more friendly to infantry as vehicles can easily be outflanked in close areas and ambushed with AV weaponry. This would also expose the easily flanked nature of slow moving personnel and provide the cover necessary for the faster moving dropsuits to get away quickly and use the cover to their advantage.

Sticky Remote Explosives – Giving mercs the ability to plant remote explosives on the side of tanks and other vehicles would be another great way to combat HAVs effectively. While we don’t expect one charge to destroy a behemoth tank, the damage of multiple charges should be considerable. Balance lies in the fact that infantry need to get close enough to touch tanks to place these.

The inevitability of friendly fire mishaps with assets like artillery and even explosives are another reason why communication has to be taken up a notch. In addition to defaulting voicechat on in squad with PTT off and adding proximity chat [so that people can atleast hear people talking to them] Its in the games best interests to allow the squad leaders and field commander to talk on a different channel, in addition to giving the field commander the ability to address everyone under his command if necessary.

Nothing prevents a mortar shelling that wipes out squads of friendlies like a warning similar to ‘incoming ordnance in 30 seconds!’ with a map grid location. And this is a consequence players would gladly have. Nothing is worse than ‘force field’ area of affect weaponry that can be used to advance forces into a location because it mysteriously only affects the enemy. Gamers are a savvy bunch, and if you think they aren’t ready to take full advantage of friendly fire OFF mechanics you’ve got another thing coming. [Editor’s note: This is no longer an issue as CCP Praetorian has confirmed FF will be coming soon, Bravo CCP]

As always, we’ll continue to attempt to help push and publish ideas that help establish, enhance and grow the Dust 514 community as much as we can. Have any ideas that need sharing? Would you like to join our staff as a writer? Be sure to
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12 Comments

  1. sin

    1st

    February 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply
    1. sin

      Sounds great and FF is a must!

      February 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply
    2. kevin___

      m8 pls go

      February 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm Reply
      1. sin

        I just thought it would be fun to do it aleast once and once only ^^. Got to love how 3 digits can get such a high reaction.

        February 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply
        1. FormerPlayer

          I don't think that word means what you think it means.
          3 characters, yes. 3 digits, no.

          February 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm Reply
  2. FA grunt

    Before you start worrying about game play fix the glitches especially those between eve and dust

    February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply
  3. ESTENI

    GOOD READ.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm Reply
  4. Sukhdeep

    Why is it always this game would be soooo much better if it had this and this and that…Stop making games for the hamsters lol, wait…..then we woldnt have any capital to make games for those who like a challenge. I really like alpha and beta testing gameplay ideas for CCP…Too bad CCP doesnt make any final content type games, it just make character creators, I/O,large bandwidth, testing for other compnaies trying to push the evelope, Grats to CCP for making bits and pieces that hopefully one will become a great product from someone.

    February 2, 2013 at 1:23 am Reply
  5. My Ears

    PTT default off. Fuck that noise.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply
  6. CommanderBolt

    As a regular tank user in dust matches I can say tanks are quite balanced. They can be taken down very easily when more than 1 person works together. Running aimlessly at a tank with only one rocket wont work.

    Having said that I do think the option should be there to plant c4 type charges on tanks. This gives the solo guy an option if he has the charges.
    As a tank pilot I do think that should be an option people have against me / me against them too.

    February 2, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply
  7. AlloK

    needs another year in BETA , ALL the features you mentoined, + PC support, added before release or it's just gonna flop and the only players will be didicated EVE players with PS3's.
    especially since Planetside2 is free, and you have to own a Playstation3 to play DUST514

    February 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply
    1. Lugalbandak

      i bought a second hands ps3 for 75 euro , replaced the controller for a cheap usb mouse and keyboard , for 100 euros i have fun for a long time. And did you played both ps & dust , because comon if you like hardcore like eve , dust beats planet side on every front. While its still beta work in progress.

      can i haz your stuff?

      February 3, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply

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