potterman28wxcv wrote:It's not as simple as that. Your goal is not to dethrone the first, but rather to secure yourself a position as high as possible. It's better to secure your 2nd position rather than focusing on beating the 1st, and in the end finishing 4th or 5th because you didn't have enough to deal with the other guys, and someone else took the lead.
Well my goal in a race is to cross the finish line as first. I don't mind losing but at that point it doesn't matter to me on which position I end up, be it 2nd, 3rd, 4th or whatever. And no offense but to be honest that mentality of yours there sounds like you've already accepted that you lost, like you're not gonna try and win the race, you're just there as some extra "noise" on the track, nothing more. I can't even think of a worse mentality to race with. On top of that I'd say you're trying to dethrone the first through the "slow and steady" strategy but in terms of points. You can't dethrone first when you're first after all. And if it's a single race you don't get anything for finishing lower than 1st anyway. All of those positions are equal at that point.
On top of all that, there's one important thing that comes in as well. Excitement. You won't get much excitement from racers that have a mathematical approach to racing. For that you can watch Formula 1 if you want to bore yourself to death. When you start doing everything you can to win a race (that's allowed in the "rule book" naturally), that's when the racing becomes extremely close and exciting and this is especially the case with combat racers like GRIP. When you take risks and those pay off, you get massive satisfaction from it and fun as well. And when it doesn't pay off? At least you made the race more exciting and had someone sweat a bit.
Let me give you a quick example. In this race you can easily tell that every single driver aimed for the 1st place and took the risks for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8bn6OGi5kA
Result? Probably the most spectacular race of all time.
And a last video. There are two quotes in this video that have literally become my mantra when it comes to racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCWDSpwv9U
You may cal me a mad man, "it's only you", say whatever you want, but you can't do anything of those to the words of that man, as he's the only person that ever lived to reach such a pinnacle of driving. He most likely knew more about racing than anyone ever will.
potterman28wxcv wrote:If you're last, sure you get a lot of assassins, but you won't stack them because you need to fire them away to make place for other more useful pickups. If you're close to second, now that's a position where you'd like to stack the assassins, but you don't really get enough of them anyway, and same for EMP. So yeah, in the end, it's quite rare when two assassins get launched at the same time.
More useful pickups? You mean those that the other players can also use, which effectively means that you'll be as fast as the players ahead of you, not faster. Also, you have two pickup slots. If you have one Assassin, you can still use the other slot. When you get two Assassins (which ain't that hard) you shot them one by one and get other pickups. You may even end up getting another Assassin shortly after shooting the two, which means a triple Assassin wave, which will make anyone's day a lot worse
And as a last player, the best tactic possible is to not try and be faster than everyone ahead of you. You want to slow down people at the front, so they get closer to each other and start fighting among themselves, which will slow them down more than you ever could gain up on them. And Assassins can do just that, along with EMP naturally.
In other words, it's easier and more likely to finish 1st (or simply on higher positions if points come into play) when the pack is together, than when everyone are spread out. Because that way you have a lot less distance to travel to get from last to 1st and vice versa naturally. It's pure logic and you can't argue against that
potterman28wxcv wrote:It's not because people are stupid - it's because "kill the 1st" is not the goal when you're between last and 4th. To be honest, stacking assassins, now that would be stupid when you're last. Unless specific situations, or unless you really enjoy being someone's nemesis at the price of your position.
Again, as pointed out above, stacking Assassins is the best thing you can do when being last. If you slow down the front of the pack, the front then slows down the mid pack, which naturally means you being at the rear has a higher chance of catching them. Seems like you forgot that slowing down opponents is a very viable way of catching up to someone Especially when it means that they are going to start fighting between each other.