Wager Matches – Sticks and Stones

Ante up, soldiers! Wager Matches test your nerves and can make or break you. In each of the four Wager Match types (One in the Chamber, Sticks and Stones, The Gun Game, Sharpshooter), you bet that you’ll be among the top three players at the end of the match. Succeed and increase your COD Points. Fail and your hard-earned currency is lost to the top players.

For more info on Wager Matches and the COD Points currency system, check out our first Wager Match post: One in the Chamber.

Sticks and Stones

You’ve got a Crossbow, a Ballistic Knife, and a Tomahawk. Earn points for every kill. Get hit by a Tomahawk and your match points reset to zero. Humiliation at its finest. Be one of the three players with the most points at the end to get In the Money.

First off, don’t think the Ballistic Knife and Tomahawk work the same. The knife is faster and more accurate. Aim for the head and you’ll hit the head. Be sure to land a hit, because you only get two shots. You’re going to have to perfect its shooting ability, too – running around and knifing people may be satisfying and a sure way to get under someone’s skin, but you earn a lot less points for melee kills.

The Tomahawk, on the other hand, requires a little more finesse. You have to take trajectory into account. The farther away your opponent, the higher you need to aim. It takes some practice, but it’s well worth it. Just don’t forget to pick it back up.

And then there’s the Crossbow, loaded up with four explosive arrows. Keep in mind that hitting an enemy won’t kill them right away – there’s a brief pause before detonation. While there’s nothing they can do to save themselves, they can still take you down before exploding – so don’t stand around after firing. If you know an enemy is coming, plug one into the corner. With good timing, the detonation will blow them apart as they make the turn.

Come November 9th, what will your tactic be? Will you concentrate on racking up as many points as possible, or will you show how crafty you are by using the Tomahawk to reset everyone’s hard work? Post your strategy in the forums and get talking with the other recruits to fine tune your tactics.


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