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I Have to Win. – by Jeff

Posted in Human Soldier, MULTIPLAYER BUILDS, SOLDIER with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2012 by Lucien Midnight

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I Have to Win. – by Jeff

Overview

The Alliance Soldier is not powerful like the krogan, not graceful like the asari, not cunning like the salarians, not stealthy like the drell, not technologically savvy like the quarians, and not as disciplined as the turians. But the humans that enlist in the Alliance Navy know that they have to get the job done. Considering what they have had to face since the start of the Mass Effect series, he/she needs to be ready to face anything. Humanity is still considered young and fledgling amongst the other species in the galactic community. And acting like they do, many have their eyes on them. That is why each soldier needs to push him/herself on the battlefield. Every shot, every manuever, every thought is looked at under a microscope. That soldier has to win at the end of the day. With humanity under a microscope, every action counts. With all the different threats humanity faces as it struggles to find its place on the galactic stage, they need to be ready for anything. They have to win.

Power Evolutions:
Adrenaline Rush: Damage (4), Power Duration (5), Shield Boost (6)
-This way, you can hit hard when you’re ready and you won’t get ripped apart right away if you step out of cover. Simple, yet effective. The Soldier isn’t meant to be fantastic with fancy tech/biotic powers. He’s paid to shoot and kill the enemy. I find myself not relying on it that much, and more so on Concussive Shot. But it’s great when you require concentrated fire.
Concussive Shot: Level 3
-You only need to knock the enemy on his ass (or be a cheapskate with your ammo). Even if you stagger the enemy, it keeps him in place for you to pulverize him with your shotgun or your assault rifle depending on how close you are. Every second counts. Outside of Frag Grenade, this is your primary power that you’ll be using.
Frag Grenade: Damage (4), Max Grenades (5), Armor Piercing (6)
-I find the Frag Grenade to be the staple of my attack. Drawing the enemy into a chokepoint and throwing a grenade can cripple if not kill several mooks at once even without the radius bonus. Once you learn how to throw the frag grenade, you will be a threat in many forms. The Armor-Piercing ability will help against Ravagers, Brutes, and anything else that lost its shields/barriers.
Alliance Training: Weapon Damage (4), Headshots (5), Weapon Damage (6)
-This is all about what the Soldier does best, gunning down the enemy and nothing more. Even with basic weapons, you can do quite the amount of damage. If you’re feeling lucky and skillful, swap the shotgun with a sniper rifle and really take advantage of the headshot bonus. Otherwise, use mods that boost your accuracy and aiming abilities and the Avenger will do the job.
Fitness: Durability (4), Shield Recharge (5)
-The Melee bonus you get at Level 3 will be all you need. You’ll be meleeing mooks and crippled lieutenants. Anything else at close range gets shotgun treatment before or after your heavy melee attack. This is tantamount to the Soldier’s need to win, not to look fantastic. Who cares if you’re ‘boring’. No soldier complains about boredom on the battlefield. He/she is happy to be able to walk off the battlefield at the end of the day.

Weapons:
Primary: M-8 Avenger: Your bread and butter. Easy to use, surprisingly effective with power and accuracy. If you get a Phaeston, use that instead with scope and damage output.
Secondary: M-27 Scimitar: Not extremely powerful, but effective for the frantic one with an enemy in his face. If you miss, you can quickly fire again and hope you hit your mark.

Strategy: 
While effective at long range, you will do best at medium range even with the shotgun. If using the assault rifle, take advantage of choke points. With the scope, you can easily line up several shots and unload. If the enemy gets close, switch to the Scimitar. If the enemy is too close, use the Heavy Melee. If the enemy survives, blast him with the Scimitar. If the enemy is bunched up, Frag them.
The Soldier will run into problems though against advanced enemies such as Phantoms and Brutes. While not weak to them, the Soldier will have trouble combatting them. Ally with someone who will compensate for your offensive weaknesses as the build tries to be strong but inches closer to defense rather than offense. You will want an Adept or Engineer in your team to supplement your weaknesses. In return, you protect them with your undying resilience.
You can opt the sniper rifle in over the shotgun, but you’ll be fighting from further away as your close quarter encounters will be hazardous (Husks, Phantoms, Geth Hunters). If you do come across a Phantom/Hunter, use your Concussive shot, then frantically fire the Scimitar and pray it kills them.

There’s a war out there. A big one. The war of all wars. And you HAVE to win.

N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for everybody!)

1.5. I’m going to say the newb (I have faith in newbies) rating is a 1.5. Very easy build to use for the person just getting started in ME3′s Multiplayer.

 

-edits by Lucien Midnight

Turian Support Gunner – by DarkKnightCuron

Posted in MULTIPLAYER BUILDS, SOLDIER, Turian Soldier with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by Lucien Midnight

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Turian Support Gunner – by DarkKnightCuron
Power Evolutions:
Marksman: Firing Rate (4), Duration (5), Accuracy & Firing Rate (6)

Concussive Shot: N/A

Proximity Mine: Damage (4), Damage Taken (5), Damage (6)

Turian Veteran: Damage & Stability (4), Power Damage (5), Damage & Stability (6)

Fitness: Durability (4), Shield Recharge (5), Fitness Expert (6)

Weapons:
Primary:

Revenant + Assault Rifle Stability Dampener + Assault Rifle Extended Barrel
Alternate 1 Revenant + Assault Rifle Stability Dampener + Assault Rifle Magazine Upgrade
Alternate 2 Phaeston + Assault Rifle Extended Barrel + Assault Rifle Magazine Upgrade
Alternate 3 Raptor + Sniper Rifle Extended Barrel + Sniper Rifle Spare Thermal Clip

Secondary:

Weapon M-9 Tempest + SMG Heat Sink + SMG Ultralight Materials

Strategy:

The Support Gunnery relies on practically every advantage one can obtain for stability, accuracy, and firing rate. Focusing primarily on the Revenant Machine Gun, this build emphasizes on volume of firepower in order to suppress enemies and draw attention while allowing the rest of the squad to move and reposition unchallenged.

The Support Gunner is probably at its forte in defensive positions and situations. For instance, during missions where hacking only a single terminal for a set amount of time allows the Support Gunner to choose an optimal defensive position and start unloading flak at incoming enemies. This class is also very good in situations where the enemy can only advance in one or two directions, and/or if there is a significant choke point.

The point of this class isn’t to get all the enemy kills, but rather, it’s to support your teammates by doing some bits of damage to a large group of enemies, effectively drawing their attention immediately. While the Revenant cannot kill enemies very quickly (unless at close range), its engagement abilities are superb against large groups of enemies, and the Revenant tends to shine against large targets (Atlas, Primes, Banshees, Brutes). It can lay down a sustained volley of fire against a group (especially when taking the Magazine upgrade as opposed to the Extended Barrel), whittling down health, barriers, shields, and armor.

However, that’s not to say this configuration is ineffective up close. At close quarters, the Revenant truly proves that quantity beats quality (with a few exceptions, such as the Spike Thrower or the Widow) as it chews through enemies like a lawn-mower. Slap on an ‘Assault Rifle Rail Amp’ temporary upgrade and some sort of alternate ammunition, and the Revenant becomes downright scary.

Armor-Piercing Rounds: Becomes VERY effective against the bigger targets, as well as Pyros and Guardians. Also enhances its ability to mow down waves of enemies.

Cryo Rounds: With its dispersal effect, the Revenant armed with Cryo rounds has the potential to freeze a lot of enemies, leaving them open for follow up shots.

Disruptor Rounds: What shields?

Incendiary Rounds: As with Armor-Piercing rounds, except more effective against regular targets.

The variant weapons allow for changes in playstyle. The Raptor and Phaeston allow the Support Gunnery to be more of a Medium-Range marksman, not quite to the surgical effectiveness of, say, an accuracy focused Turian or an Infiltrator, but it performs very well.

Why max out fitness?: As the Support Gunner, you’re going to be drawing a lot of attention. A LOT of it. As such, you’ll be required to keep your head above cover to lay down long bursts of suppressing fire against the enemy, so you’ll have to be able to take some punishment. In addition, the health and shields allow you to perform a secondary task: Team medic. Due to your shields and health, you have a better chance of rushing towards danger to revive a teammate, where an Infiltrator or Adept might get butchered alive.

Why Proximity Mine?: As a Support Gunnery, unless you have someone constantly watching your back, you’ll typically be VERY focused on a particular 90-degree window. As such, you’ll be vulnerable to flanking attacks and rear attacks. The Proximity Mine allows you to, at the very least, leave a small surprise and warning system for enemies that try to flank you.

Why not Concussive Shot?: Concussive shot is nice and useful, however, Proximity Mine performs largely the exact same function, just at a higher recharge rate. Proximity mine does more damage, and it is also a LOT more effective against Guardians and groups of enemies (since you can just fire it at an enemy’s feet, causing it to explode, doing damage directly to the Guardian and his buddies) instead of the Concussive shot (which will largely just stun the Guardian). Proximity Mine is also a lot more effective in damaging enemies around corners and behind cover.

N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for everybody!)

3.

-edits by Lucien Midnight

Demo-Dude the Phantom Hunter – by mysticforce42

Posted in Human Soldier, MULTIPLAYER BUILDS, SOLDIER with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by Lucien Midnight

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Demo-Dude the Phantom Hunter – by mysticforce42

Power Evolution:
Adrenalin Rush: Damage (4), Duration (5),  Shield Boost (6)
Concussive Shot: N/A
Frag Grenade: Damage (4), + Grenades (5), Armor Piercing (6)
Alliance Training: Weapon Damage (4), Power Damage (5), Weapon Damage (6)
Fitness: Durability (4), Shield Recharge (5), Fitness Expert (6)

Weapon:

M-37 Falcon

Strategy:
See target(s), fire at target(s) at 0.5 seconds per shot unless you are hosting, at which point just mash the button.  Count as you fire.  When you reach 6, hit Adrenaline Rush, then continue to fire until you reload.  Then keep firing >.>

The grenades from the Falcon staggers every hit and has a decent area of effect, which means you can destroy a group of 3-4 phantoms on Gold if you manage to land at least 9 hits on each of them, and during all that time (about 12 seconds) the only thing they can do is stagger in place awaiting their doom.

This also works against any group of enemies that do not contain superheavies – you can stagger them until they die.  When in doubt, toss a Frag Grenade for another 1200 damage AoE – 1800 vs armor.

You can bounce grenades around corners.  You can aim high and airburst.  You can bounce a nade off a wall to hit Guardians in the back/sides.  You can stagger Banshees with every 2-3 shots.

The only downside to this build is the Falcon does not do great damage vs armor – that is where the armor-piercing frags come in.  Between your frags and your Falcon, you can murder entire room full of enemies (or severely damage 2-3 superheavies) within 12 seconds.

May the Reapers help anyone who stands in your way – just make sure to make frequent stops at ammo boxes to resupply.

N00b Rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for everybody!)

2. Mostly because you get bigger bang for your buck if you can aim in such a way that each shot from the Falcon damages multiple enemies, otherwise you are going to be out of ammo really fast.

-edits by Lucien Midnight

Warlord – by Baerdface

Posted in Krogan Soldier, MULTIPLAYER BUILDS, SOLDIER with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by Lucien Midnight

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Warlord – by Baerdface

Power Evolutions:

Fortification: Durability (4), Synergy (5), Durability (6)
Carnage: Radius (4), Incapacitate (5), Damage (6)
Inferno Grenade: N/A (had it maxed out on first roll, but didn’t find all that useful)
Krogan Berserker: Weapon Damage (4), Power Damage (5), Weapon Damage (6)
Rage: Melee Damage (4), Martial Artist (5), Fitness Expert (6)

Weapons:

Prefered shotgun is Geth Plasma shotty (any rare shotty you prefer, actually), since it has decent range. Got Carnifex with melee attachment as backup aswell. Or might use the lightest assault rifle I have as backup.  Katana is fine instead of plasma shotty, but then an assault rifle is must-have (again, if you have something rare that might work well with it, use it).

Strategy:

Build might seem silly, but I’ve never died with it on Silver, and doing fine when played carefully on Gold.  The tactic is to stick to your team and melee everything, especially stuff that gets close to them. Use carnage on groups of weaker enemies, Geth Plasma shotty on shielded ones and finish them off with melee.

Didn’t go for full survivability (durability, martial artist, fitness expert), cause 15% boost to health isn’t as much as 30% boost to nonrage melee and 30% to rage.

Noob rating: (scale 1-5, 1 is easy for everybody!)

2.5. If got enough credits to unlock enough spectre packs to get Krogan Soldier, I don’t think you’re much of a noob anymore. But anyway, it would be like 2-3, cause all you need is half a braincell to realize that you shouldn’t charge off alone. This krogan has quite a bit of HP/shields to stay alive.

-edits by Lucien Midnight

Turian Specialist – by Drummernate

Posted in MULTIPLAYER BUILDS, SOLDIER, Turian Soldier with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by Lucien Midnight

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Turian Specialist – by Drummernate

Powers:

Marksman: Firing Rate (4), Headshots (5), Accuracy and Firing Rate (6)
Concussive Shot: N/A
Proximity Mine: N/A
Turian Veteran: Damage & Stability (4), Headshots (5), Damage & Stability (6)
Fitness: Durability (4), Shield Recharge (5), Fitness Expert (6)

Weapons:
Primary: A fast firing, high capacity assault rifle such as the Geth Rifle, or Phaeston

Secondary: A slow, hard hitting sidearm like the Carnifex or Paladin.

Strategy:

Headshots are vital to this class, and you have to be an excellent shot, but the high difficulty is rewarded if a headshot is achieved with the Carnifex. Usually a one-shot kill will follow if a headshot finds its mark on any non-shielded target. Use the assault rifle as a backup for when you run out of pistol, and against any large enemies such as the Atlas or Geth Primes as it takes down the shields very quickly. Switch to the pistol and activate Marksman when the shields go down, and aim for the head! This will dispatch a Geth Prime in one 10 round magainze of Carnifex if all shots hit the head.

If there is a corridor of 5 + infantry you can clear the whole thing in about 4 seconds if you can land all the shots. Works great on any difficulty, and gets you the gold headshot medal every game, guaranteed!

The Geth Rifle and Phaseton work great as well because they already have high accuracy, combined with increased fire rate means that you can get all of the shots as critical hits!

N00b rating:  (scale of 1-5, 1 is easy for everyone!)

5. Most people have a hard time getting consistent headshots on moving targets, but master it and Gold seems like a cake-walk!

-edits by Lucien Midnight

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