madcusbad Feb 12 @ 3:08am
Can a medic roam around too much?
To roam means to go around and heal the people who seem to need it most. On the rare occasion I go medic I think I switch heal targets too often. I go all over the place back and fourth between the people on the front, to the people around the alternate routes to the people retreating for the health packs and dispensers. I feel that people on my team are never sure of my intentions, and this, coupled with the fact that I don't see individuals (my side or the other teams) in action for more than a few seconds at a time makes it rather difficult for all of us when it comes to figuring out who to uber and when. I hardly even look at what my heal targets are doing. I just check their health, and spend most of the time looking for people coming at me, for enemy snipers, and for the next injured person.

What do you think a good balance of pocket and roamer medic is?
Last edited by madcusbad; Feb 12 @ 3:12am
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A Sneaky NPC Feb 12 @ 3:11am 
I do this, although selectively. When I'm waiting my ubercharge to fill out, I spray the team-mates heading to the front line and provide them a health buffer to survive - thus staying back and not getting hit by the enemy team.

Once I'm charged, I pocket someone and give me uber.
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Ontarom Feb 12 @ 3:14am 
Usually, when I approach 80-90%, I start to search for someone to uber. Before that I do pretty much the same. I try to keep everyone overhealed, and when they're in the front I try to keep them alive.

Sometimes (specially in Payload) I may focus on a single player, but not "pocket" with the beam constantly on them. I have most of my attention on them, but if someone walks by I overheal them too.
Bags #shpee Feb 12 @ 3:33am 
The best thing to do is go pocket medic, find a soldier that is really good and heal him with quick fix and you will dominate.
A Sneaky NPC Feb 12 @ 3:36am 
Originally posted by Bags:
The best thing to do is go pocket medic, find a soldier that is really good and heal him with quick fix and you will dominate.
Not effective if you do not have the quick-fix though.
Bags #shpee Feb 12 @ 3:40am 
Originally posted by SneakyNPC:
Originally posted by Bags:
The best thing to do is go pocket medic, find a soldier that is really good and heal him with quick fix and you will dominate.
Not effective if you do not have the quick-fix though.
Nah it works. Whenever I have a pocket medic, I dominate and my team wins. Once only 4 players on my team were active to the others 10. We had a pocket medic, and me and the medic captured all points in less than 2 minutes on Yukon
A Sneaky NPC Feb 12 @ 3:42am 
Originally posted by Bags:
Nah it works. Whenever I have a pocket medic, I dominate and my team wins. Once only 4 players on my team were active to the others 10. We had a pocket medic, and me and the medic captured all points in less than 2 minutes on Yukon
What I should have said is that it's not effective in all cases. There's still the long charge rate for the stock one, and it's risky to pocket someone if they tend to go to the front lines often.
Bags #shpee Feb 12 @ 3:43am 
Originally posted by SneakyNPC:
Originally posted by Bags:
Nah it works. Whenever I have a pocket medic, I dominate and my team wins. Once only 4 players on my team were active to the others 10. We had a pocket medic, and me and the medic captured all points in less than 2 minutes on Yukon
What I should have said is that it's not effective in all cases. There's still the long charge rate for the stock one, and it's risky to pocket someone if they tend to go to the front lines often.
But if the player is good. With the increase of health and health refilling once hurt helps a lot.
A Sneaky NPC Feb 12 @ 3:47am 
Originally posted by Bags:
But if the player is good. With the increase of health and health refilling once hurt helps a lot.
That still requires some back-tracking.
Kayeka Feb 12 @ 3:57am 
When playing medic, find someone competent with more than average hitpoints and stick with them. Heal/overheal whoever you happen to see, but try to stay near your player of choice. A medic should never be alone.

Don't go full pocket for anyone.
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۩≈PoF≈۩ Spud-Mann Feb 12 @ 4:07am 
Heal everyone but when push is about to happen make sure powerclasses have full overheal and stick with them during push, then go back healing everyone.
Logoncal21 Feb 12 @ 4:11am 
Do not uber someone with low ammo. Let him get the ammo first or find someone else.
A uber has 8 seconds of duration, meaning that maybe half of their total ammo is used.
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madcusbad Feb 12 @ 4:17am 
Originally posted by OEOHFPPE. | Spüd-Männ:
Heal everyone but when push is about to happen make sure powerclasses have full overheal and stick with them during push, then go back healing everyone.

Yeah, it's a bit more circumstantial than that though. I often find that the classes like demoman and soldier who are the best uber target is theory do not get played to their potential, meanwhile heavy and pyros are inferior uber targets most of the time but get better results because they're just so much easier to play as. Then there are the odd scouts and spies who happen to be incredibly good at aiming hitscan. I prefer ubering these type of players on the rare occasions that I find them, but I hardly ever get that opportunity because they're probably spending most of their time on MGE duels. But they consistently get 2-3 kills per uber easily.

Edit: did I just call the heavy hard? oops, meant soldier.
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Counter-Life™ [GER] Feb 12 @ 6:08am 
Stick with a a good pocket class (Demo, Solly, Heavy and maybe Pyro), mainly heal him but also heal others if they are in the need and try to give them overheals. And yeah, it's always good if the medic uses a mic so he can tell his teammates when he will über and stuff.
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The Derper Feb 12 @ 6:33am 
I don't usually act as a pocket medic, unless I have a full charge and there's a good player nearby. I usually just run around healing everyone who doesn't have full health. That's why I use the quick-fix.
Satsujin Jiken Feb 12 @ 6:37am 
What everyone says: don't pocket.
What everyone does: pocket.
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