Hey guys just got my 50 in infinity slayer and i wanted to share some thoughts and tips if others are trying for the 50 and wanted the point of view of someone who went through it.
Most of what i’m going to say doesn’t concern the very hardcore who probably are boosting their mate’s 2nd 50 by now, but rather for a more uninformed average player but who none the less wants to increase his CSR a bit.
Pick the playlist!
First of all you want to pick a playlist where you can succeed decently. Don’t play SWAT if you aren’t used to no shield gametypes etc. Also you need to choose between individual and team playlists.
The main difference between those two is how you are ranked. In individual (infinity slayer, infinity BTB, swat, regicide… ) you are ranked on how well you do compared to ALL players in the game. That means your team mates too!
Also you are ranked by POINTS only and not k/d or win/loss or anything else.
What this means is that you NEED TO RUSH almost all the time. CSR 50 in individual playlists is a race to outscore your allies and out-kill your enemies.
Death doesn’t matter very much, since all it does it gives your enemies points. If you allies are better than you, rush more. If your enemies are better than you, play more conservatively ( as to not give them points).
Furthermore playing for points mindset means that getting stuff like assists, spree, style kill bonus is actually useful. On of the best weapons for this is the beam rifle. Since it’s a mad no-scope machine, you can usually get 40-60 points after calling one in( and 50 points is easily the difference between 1st and 4th place).
In team individual CSR sometimes it can be worth letting your allies die so you can get the extra 5 points for “avenger” bonus, but it’s very tricky to time it since if you don’t put shots into the opponent it’s possible your team mate might simply kill him. Like wise, it’s also risky to try and only get clean up kills and not assists.
Overall i’d recommend trying to play “normal” and not anti team since it’s overall easier to score more points. Put shots into everyone, the assists add up ( 10-15 assists per game is like 7 full extra kills).
As for team CSR gametypes (throwdown, team objective, team castle, team ctf etc.)the only thing that matters is win/loss. You can score triple your team’s points and if you loose the game YOU loose a rank. So it means leveling up in those playlists is harder (and also slower). Usually it will be a painful experience if your trying to go in solo. For team CSR games, if you genuinely want a 50 (and not a 45) you most likely will need a team of friends to play with.
I won’t say much more about team CSR gametypes since there aren’t any “neat tricks” to level up here. It’s pure halo, meaning out play your opponents and help the team.
- NEVER JOIN IN PROGRESS when trying to get CSR
JIP while extremely useful to avoid the 4v1s that plagued the previous Halo’s, simply does not work well with CSR.
Once you get to higher CSR levels, simply getting 5-8th place might mean entire games won are made meaningless and you derank. JIP has been modified to allow people to join randomly only after 60 sec (can’t invite a friend for example). The problem is at times 60 sec is enough to fight an unstopable lead (JIP CTF 3 flags capped, well time to loose a level!). Many times in individual CSR games the difference between 1st and 4th can be only 15-20 points, meaning if you weren’t JIP’d half way through a game, you wouldn’t have lost your rank.
TO avoid JIP here is what to do:
When searching in matchmaking if instead of seeing a anonymous spartan profile you see the names of actual players that means it’s a JIP game. Then immediately press start, go down to "settings and files "then click a on "networks"and then click a on “my xbox 360 or system link”. After doing that your offline, all you need to do is switch your network back to “xbox live” ( no log in required) and your back at the main lobby.
- Loadouts and weapons
As far as primary weapons go you don’t have much choice in any mode. DMR for distance battles(even “small maps” have longish line of sights where DMR can excel, such as haven or adrift). Use BR if on a very small map (i’d only use BR on abandon on my road to 50) or if the opponents are always camping on the indoors of a map (the left hand base in complex, the middle base etc…)
As secondary you will want the boltshot in non vehicule maps. It’s simply too good to ignore. You can punish overeager rushers, fight ordnance weapons on spawn… Use it and abuse it!
For BTB CSR you’d probably want a plasma pistol to easily fight heavy vehicles that can’t be taken out with simple DMR spam.
Now for armor abilities you got a lot more choice based on personal preference. By now i think most people are familiar with what they like and i’d recommend stick to what brings you the most kills/points.
Personally i used jetpack in all my loadouts. Since i was playing an individual CSR playlists, where rushing is paramount, the jetpack allows me to easily search enemies, abuse line of sights, gain high ground frequently, or pop over cover for a clean up. I really think the jet pack is the easiest armor ability to abuse. More skilled players prefer thruster pack since it allows to (dis)engage chasing enemies, do certain jumps while not being as vulnerable as a bad jet packer.
- Getting to 50: the meta game
On my last point i’d like to talk about some tips that i used to get to 50. There are things you can do outside the game to give you an advantage while leveling up.
Play only when well fed and rested.
You want to focus on the game not on other bodily needs. So make sure your comfortable before beginning.
I’d say the first hour of gameplay should be used as a warm up so that when your playing for real in your playlist your ready to take on any opponent. For warmup go to a more skilled playlist like doubles (and not action sack! you dont play better by shooting a fuel rod!).
Play for CSR as soon as possible
It’s MUCH easier to get a 50 during the first week(s) of a ranked playlist. People are still shifting around, and the competition will be less fierce. You keep your 50 forever(or unless they reset it as 343 might do) even if you actually play a lot worse than you used to. At later stages on the game’s life only hardcore players will remain and trying to catching up to their skill level might not be worth quitting your job to do.
Avoid good players and teams!
This is more important to solo players, but the idea is that NA players are a lot better than EU players. If you live in EU like me, it’s better to play at a time when americans are sleeping. Furtheremore, if you are a no lifer the best time to play is during the morning from 11am to 2om. For one, the NA players arent here, two the hardcore players who play till 4-5am are sleeping, and three most teams don’t get on until 4pm gmt when their work/school is over.
Between 11am-2pm gmt only random noobs are playing and you will get way easier opponents most of the time.
Well that’s it for me, i typed more than i thought i would, i hope someone who cares about CSR will get some use out of this
PLay infinity slayer, use dmr/boltshot jetpack, play around noon GMT time (EU)