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xSil3nt wrote: »
No!, phantom should be the last merc you buy, he is not useful at all in competitive and he is only good when playing against people who are below level 10. He is quite hard to play because experienced players will see him even if he is using the cloak. I would recommend buying Pheonix, Bushwaker, Proxy or arty rather than him. Try him out next time he is on free rotation, if you like him, you should buy him.
I think Phantom is my least successful merc. I have all the mercs and have played with Phantom over 15 hours, making it my 11th played merc. Learning curve with Phantom is something different. I have seen bad performance and average performance. Especially in those aura station disable situations it shows its best appearance. But I have never seen a great undefeatable phantom, like those great fragger/sawbonez combo that we have. Perhaps it is because Phantom isn't so popular in long term pick. Sure everyone wants to try cloak, but failed hide attempts quickly alienates first impression. It just feels so wrong to play so differently than other mercs and there will be strange deaths. Usually you think you are hidden, but then if you aren't, you get played pretty badly. It might work as a best pick, if enemy team uses a lot of deployables like aura stations or sticky bombs. But it requires a lot of skill and patience to master hidden tactics.
You should buy all the mercs, my first merc to buy advice would be sawbonez. But dont play phantom too much, because it might make you too defensive and you might play solo more often.
"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles... if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle."- Sun Tzu