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When and Where to Snipe
Primary Goals for a Sniper
Knowing when to Strike
Base Infiltration from a Sniper’s Standpoint

Introduction to the World of Sniper Warfare

Upon coming to this site you have entered a realm of water warfare like no other since. Sniping is not for everyone, but for the few who are able to master it, their worth as a team member is limitless. A good sniper has incredible patience, on and off the field, stamina, cunning, and speed. He not only has expert marksmanship with the water balloon launcher but he is able to operate all types of guns as well because he understands there will be times he must engage in close quarters combat.

The term “sniper” has been used in context with super soakers several times as history will vindicate. People in the past have called themselves snipers with their CPS 2000's, their CPS 1200's, or even their XP 105's. This site is meant to bring the term “sniper” to a whole new level. A meaning so invoking that entire armies tremor at the mere mention of it. 

In the years prior, so called snipers used what little they had to work with to little or no avail. With the advent of the water balloon launcher sniping has been able to begin to rise to it’s true potential. Without a water balloon launcher distance shots are impossible and a sniper is nothing. There is a saying that the warrior who operates the weapon is more valuable than the weapon itself. However the effectiveness of that warrior cannot rise beyond the capabilities of his gun. 

When and Where to Snipe

Snipers play a very specialized role on a soaker team. Their primary goal is to eliminate as many enemy threats with as little water as possible. Therefore in a battle the rules must state that one hit eliminates. Otherwise a Sniper is useless since his weapon of choice(the water balloon launcher) sacrifices water output capacity and rapid firing capabilities in return for great distance and stealth. Snipers also can only play a major role when the battle field is large. The larger the field the more of an advantage a Sniper has since he can better utilize the range of his weapon. 

Primary goals for a Sniper

1    To eliminate as many threats as possible without being detected
2    To cause confusion within the enemy
3    To successfully complete all secondary objectives without enemy detection

Knowing when to strike

Sometimes eliminating a player from the game is not worth giving away your position. Often times inexperienced snipers take up opportunities too quickly and miss out on the better ones. A good scenario is if you’re in heart of the enemy position without any backup, and you see a soldier in your line of fire. Do you shoot? Most people would. 

Now lets say you did shoot, as I did in the spring of 2002 during an all out 20 person war. The player was eliminated but the moment I did so about 9 guys came out from under cover about 100 yards away in all directions gave chase to me. They were using him as bait! And sadly I fell for it. Unable to reload quick enough I hastily buried my launcher under some dirt, whipped out my CPS 1200 and fought to the death. A sniper is not very useful if he can only take out 1 person before being eliminated himself.

What I should have done was think about my situation first before firing. Is this guy worth eliminating to sacrifice my position? How close is the nearest backup to help me incase I am ambushed? Sniping is like chess; trade offs, even the good ones, are more than they may seem. Taking out the queen with a pawn may seem a winning move until you realize it was just a setup to checkmate your king. Likewise, just because you can take out the best player does not mean you automatically do it. A sniper is worth 100 soldiers and taking out just one, no matter how good they are, at the cost of your own life is never a good trade.

Base Infiltration from a Sniper’s Standpoint

In most any game of water warfare you participate in there is bound to be base(s) on each team. Bases can be defined as any specific location the bulk of an enemy teams supplies are located, a heavily guarded or heavily fortified area. In order to successfully capture a base you must eliminate all defending players in the premises and set up your own defenses before enemy countermeasures arrive.

A few weeks ago in a short 6 v 6 fight utilizing standard rules, two of my teammates and I accidentally came across the enemy base while trying to figure a shortcut back to our own base. From a distance we could tell that all 6 members of their team were at the base at which they were guarding a mess of water filled containers. We were about to head back the opposite direction to rally more soldiers when I suddenly got an idea.

I told one of my fellow soldiers to get undercover and remain until my signal. I told the other to go rally the rest of our men back at the fort and rendezvous with the other guy. I then single handedly crept as close to the enemy fortification as I dared until I was about 40 yards, or 120 feet away. Now this particular fort was at the edge of the fighting boundaries right next to a road in which trucks went across on a regular basis. I took aim at my first victim and prepared to fire. Right as a truck came by I fired and eliminated the first player. Because of the noise generated by the truck they did not hear my shot and had no idea where I was even though I was so close!! I reloaded, waited for another truck to pass, and fired. Two down. Reload, wait, fire. Three down. At this point the remaining three gave up hope of finding me and scattered. At this point I gave my signal and the rest of my team came out of cover and took out the remaining three.

Thus far this has been my highest creative achievement in sniping in any battle. There are several valuable lessons to be learned from this example for all aspiring snipers. Not only is an interesting and potentially effective way of over taking bases, it also made me realize how important watching sniper movies was. If you have seen the movie Enemy at the Gates, then you know that what I did was very similar to what the sniper guy in the film did. He waited until a bomb exploded nearby and shot at the same time so the targets had no idea where he was. In watching sniper movies you can build up a library of potentially deadly tactics. Although these kinds of situations rarely occur, when they do, you will thank your self for know what to do.

More information to come. Check main page for updates. If you have any tips of your own let me know and I'll gladly post them.