MechWarrior Online - Choosing the Right Mech
is currently in open beta but is preparing for its official launch this fall. While its in this stage of testing, nows the perfect time to hop in there
and play around to determine which mech is the right one for your personal play style. While these arent official categories, to me there are five
distinct mech types for you to choose from.
: 20 to 39.9 tons
: Advance Scout and/or Support Harassment
: Small lasers, Medium Lasers, Ballistics, Short Range Missiles
If you envision yourself in a mech going toe to toe with multiple opponents, or being the one on your team to give the other side an ass whipping theyll never
forget, the light mech is not the combat choice for you. Light mechs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes but one thing they all have in common is
their speed and maneuverability both are completely unmatched by every other mech on the battlefield. Its these two attributes that are the true
strength of this weight class. They are designed for quick run and gun tactics and being used as scouts get in, get the intel your team needs, and then
get the hell out of dodge in a hurry.
: 40 to 59.9 tons
: Small lasers, Medium Lasers, Auto-Cannon, Ballistics, Short Range Missiles
The medium mech is probably the most underutilized mech seen on a battlefield. While they have better armor than they lighter brethren, the medium mech does not offer enough compensation in this to make
them a better choice over another mech. I still advise hopping in and giving them a try as some players find medium mechs easier to control and keep a good
line of sight on a target while moving. In the end though, I dont think its worth it.
Heavy Mech Tank
: 60 to 79.9 tons
: Front Line Combat
: Medium Lasers, Large Lasers, Auto-Cannon, Ballistics, Particle Weapons, Short Range Missiles, Long Range Missiles
Heavy mechs can either take the role of tanks or support depending on the way they are configured. For a heavy mech you plan on taking into battle as a
tank, its advised to boost the mechs armor points, even at the expense of a slight drop in weapon capability. Youre there to absorb some punishment
while other mechs with better weaponry take out your targets. Soften up some targets with a long range attack to get their attention and then start working
them over while your teammates come in as a cleanup crew.
Heavy Mech Long Range Support
: 60 to 79.9 tons
: Front Line Support or Rear Guard
: Medium Lasers, Large Lasers, Particle Weapons, Auto-Cannon, Short Range Missiles, Long Range Missiles
The long range heavy mech is nothing to be trifled with. This mech is one of the most versatile when it comes to configuration. Before doing anything
however, max out the points in the center back panel of this mech it is an easily exploited weak spot and should be shored up before ever stepping foot
on the battlefield. If youre planning on playing the part of rear guard, concentrate on outfitting your mech with ACs, short range missiles, large lasers,
and or particle weapons. Youre going to need them. If youre going for the role of front line support though, be aware you can carry a *devastating*
amount of long range missiles. Be sure youre in at the proper range from your targets (too close, and they wont detonate on impact) and just listen to
the call from your teammates to let it rain.
: 80 to 100 tons
: Front Line Combat
: Medium Lasers, Large Lasers, Gauss Rifle, Auto-Cannon, Short Range Missiles
While an assault mech can easily carry long range missiles, theyre going to spend 95% of their time in close ranged combat, so its better to not bother
with any LRMs. This leaves you more room to load up with short ranged missiles instead. Some players load their assault mechs up with tons of ACs and
lasers. Personally, I like to make sure any assault mech Im using has a gauss rifle. It may have a bit of a long reload time, and you need to be extremely
accurate with it, but holy Jesus, does it pack one serious punch. Two well-placed shots with this baby and youre going to seriously ruin somebodies match.
Aside from being able to carry an ungodly amount of firepower, assault mechs are more heavily protected than any other mech on the battle field as well.
You may be slow, and you may not have the greatest maneuverability, but when you line up that perfect alpha shot and unleash every weapon you have, the
results are awe inspiring.
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