So, one of the number one questions I get in Graal is "Can you teach me to spar?" Well, here's how.
What is spar?
Well, spar is essentially one-on-one pk in a box. It's a great place to pit your skills against others, or even practice for events and pk in the streets. You can find arenas all over the game, although the only ones released at the moment are Underground spar (by Lethal Securities base and Start), the Spar Complex (by Blazian Bandits base), and Snake's Beach Spar (under the EggRoll Shack dock).
Here are some techniques of sparring I have encountered or used. Their effectiveness varies from player to player, so I advise you to try each and see what works for you.
Dodging Good dodgers are considered the "pros" of spar. Basically, they shoot their weapon at the enemy whenever they see an opportunity, and spend the rest of the time dodging the enemies bullets. A very effective method, but easily countered by Rushing or Rushtrapping.
Spamming Spamming is one of the least effective but most common methods of spar. Easily destroyed by a Dodger or most other methods, they do possess an advantage against Rushers. It is a necessity for a Spammer to have a fast gun, preferably a Browning Automatic Rifle, or a p90.
Rushing Rushing entails running at the enemy and spamming your gun. It turns any match into a more even match, and can be used as a lasts ditch effort against a player with a much higher skill level. Either enemy could emerge victorious, and is a good technique of choice of newer players. However, it is easily and quickly countered by a Rushtrapper or a Miner/Barricader.
RushTrapping Rushtrapping is basically equipping yourself with bear traps and the fastest melee you can get your mitts on, then running at the enemy and attempting to lay down a trap on top of him. Once trapped, you melee his health down, repeating if you did not finish after trapping him once. If you succeed twice, or even once depending on your melee, the match is decisively over in your favor. Another good technique against players with a higher skill level.
Mining/Barricading With Mining, possibly the most effective counter to Rushing, the player equips himself with proximity minesand a good gun for spar. The player then proceeds to mine the area around him and also along the bottom if possible, to hurt the enemy if he approaches. Mines can even be used for Barricading, where essentially the player makes a wall of placeable items, preferably traps, and fires from behind their safety. Barricading is not to be attempted if the enemy has an artillery cannon.
Author's Note: Hugging the bottom is not really a technique, as it is worked into just about all techniques. The best way to counter this isto mine or trap up the bottom wall, so the enemy cannot use it.
Thanks for reading my guide!