Rabidus, the person I mentioned in previous posts who is also trying to learn MB, frequently posts a lot of Borderlands 2 tweets:
“I keep dying in 3-5 hits.”
“My Gaige keeps dying and dying.”
“She can deal lots of damage but can’t take hits at all”
After a quick interrogation on Steam chat, my suspicions were proven true: he was playing the game on Playthrough 2 recklessly, not taking cover and adapting his guns and tactics to his opponents.
Me: “The first thing you should do when overwhelmed is to retreat, find cover, and snipe your enemies down one-by-one.
Rabidus: “Retreating is for pussies.”
Very good, in one sentence, you have just revealed why you have so much difficulty in the game. And your refusal to adapt is the problem. There is no other way for me to describe this except with one word: “lousy”. You are lousy (and lazy) for learning how to adapt.
I always believed in a very simple gaming philosophy: if I can do it, I don’t see any reason why anyone else cannot. The only difference is that some people take longer to learn before they can grasp the concept.
So congratulations, Tastan, on finally learning how to play Borderlands 2 properly. It took you 50 hours+ and one difficult slaughter quest, but you did it. Everything you described in the Hyperion Slaughter quest is what you should be doing the entire game (using the right element, equipping a strong shield, etc.), and the tactic you used for Axton is a basic staple: the purpose of the turret is to distract, and draw enemy fire so that you can find time to do other stuff (like reviving a downed teammate).
I said Maya’s best role is a support medic (the ability to instantly revive a teammate with a line-of-sight spell is absolutely invaluable in any co-op game), but of course she can still contribute to combat and deal massive burst damage with her Phaselock buffs and Skorn ultimate from the healer tree. But she should always be at the back of the party, and let the other classes initiate combat. When the team healer goes down, bad things always happen.
I hereby declare you no longer lousy (at least in Borderlands 2). Rabidus, unfortunately, is still lousy.