Pin & Flank
One of the standard problems faced in combat games like Battlefield LIVE is how to effectively
destroy an enemy force that is behind cover. No matter how much you fire at the target, your rounds
will not penetrate the cover.
If you simply advance forward the enemy will pick you off as you try to cross open ground.
In this situation you have two viable options:
– Form a skirmish line and charge the position
– Or, pin & flank the enemy
This will require each member of your squad to work together as a team, and everyone will have a
You will need one or two players acting as the ‘sweeper’. These players lay down suppressive fire on
the enemy. Remember, you can run out of ammo and will need to wait several seconds before you’re
able to fire again. The sweepers should time their fire so that there is never a break.
This is not expected to do significant damage but it should force the enemy to keep their heads down
and therefore not be in a position to spot or at least effectively engage those forces doing the flanking.
The next you will want your squad leader to lead a flanking assault on the enemy. Choose a path with
the most cover and move around the enemy position to hit them from the side.
You will find that most cover in combat games is one directional and therefore if you shoot at the
enemy from two directions at once they will be exposed.
The pin and flank movement is often used when gamers are working in pairs. One player pins and the
other flanks, but can used with large formation moves as well.