Paladins Strike is an interesting hybrid between a hero shooter and MOBA. If you go into the game not knowing this, it could be hard to know exactly how you should be playing it. With these tips though, you’ll have a solid handle on the game in no time.
More shooter than MOBA
Although Paladins Strike may appear to be more of a MOBA than a shooter, the opposite is actually true. The only real MOBA bits in this game are the camera angle, your ability to upgrade your hero as you level up, and the presence of tall grass, which you can use to hide in to ambush enemies.
That said, Paladins Strike still isn’t a full-on shooter. You have limited shots of your primary weapon that recharge over time, so you need to be careful about how often to use your regular attacks. So, though it may be tempting to try and run your gun your way through the game, you should focus more on your hero powers and teamwork to win matches.
Learn to play all classes
Given the different abilities and stats of each character in Paladins Strike, it can be easy to find yourself picking a single hero for every game. This can be detrimental to your success in the game because team composition is pretty important in Paladins Strike.
If you don’t have enough front line heroes, your damage dealers can get mowed down pretty easily by the other team. Similarly, if you lack damage dealers, it can be tough to fight your way through any sort of defensive front. Be mindful of who your allies are choosing in a game of Paladins Strike, and try to pick someone that adds something useful to the dynamic instead of blindly picking the same hero over and over again.
Focus on the objectives instead of kills
A bad habit that’s easy to develop in Paladins Strike is an obsession on getting kills instead of pushing objectives. While it’s true that there are some quests and rewards that can result from getting a lot of kills in a match, these things ultimately don’t mean much if you do that in lieu of working with your team to secure a win.
The best thing you can do to help your team in Paladins Strike is stay alive and near the objective. If an enemy retreats because they are low in health, you are generally less useful if you chase that player than if you keep your team’s foothold on the map. Of course, if you know you can chase down the kill with minimal risk of death, it may be worth it, but winning Paladins Strike is entirely dependent on objective control rather than kill count.
Surprise your enemies
The roster in Paladins Strike is relatively deep, but it doesn’t take much time to learn what each hero is capable of. As a result, it can be pretty easy to counter even the most powerful heroes if they are being controlled by someone who plays them predictably.
After a few matches, you’ll know that Buck players will jump in if they can reset their cooldowns and that Makoa will hang out in the back of his team if his hook ultimate is ready. The important thing is that your enemies will also be making similar predictions, so try not to make it so obvious about what your next move is. The moment you become completely predictable in Paladins Strike is the moment you’ll stop being an effective player, so try to switch things up every once in awhile to keep your enemies on their toes.