Eclipse Feb 12, 2013 @ 3:46pm
Black Box or Default?
I've really been putting some thought into my loadout recently, and I have a question: Why do so many people prefer the default Rocket Launcher? The Black Box is my preferred rocket launcher because of it's health/hit gain. I figured that giving up another loaded rocket was worth it (no damage reduction, blast radius reduction, speed reduction compared to default etc...).

Is it because of the "feel" of handling it? Is it because all the pros who do commentaries prefer it? Is the fourth rocket that important even though you should be watching your clip? Am I missing something here?

Please add your opinion on your preferred launcher.
Last edited by Eclipse; Feb 12, 2013 @ 3:49pm
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Angel Feb 12, 2013 @ 3:48pm 
Black box is for when you will have no medics or dispensers. Default rocket launcher is for when you need to keep a healthy supply of ammo and either you have a healing source, or health is not a priority.
Octavia Feb 12, 2013 @ 3:51pm 
Assuming that you don't kill an enemy with three Rockets, or are engaged in a prolonged fight, it's an initial minus twenty five percent damage; due to that extra Rocket, it's much easier to fight in an extended fight if you're not taking large amounts of damage. There's also the fact that the upside is nullified if you have Overheal on you, and becomes less significant if you have a Medic; a good Medic can generally give you some healing rather consistently, which limits how beneficial the Black Box is.

I personally prefer the Stock Rocket Launcher because the fourth Rocket allows me to dish out more damage, and I generally don't need the extra healing; I say generally because, depending on the circumstances, an additional forty five health will not help me against a class that easily deals that in a second or two, while a fourth Rocket could finish them off before they get that chance.
ownomics Feb 12, 2013 @ 4:02pm 
Originally posted by Ahrim:
Black box is for when you will have no medics or dispensers. Default rocket launcher is for when you need to keep a healthy supply of ammo and either you have a healing source, or health is not a priority.
Instead of swapping a weapon when there are no medics or healing facilities, you should just become a medic.
Eclipse Feb 12, 2013 @ 4:03pm 
That makes sense unless your team is really taking a beating.
Zyroxeon Feb 12, 2013 @ 4:27pm 
Because you can usually rocket jump twice and still kill a full health anything apart from Heavy.
TheGoodTheBad&TheGibus (Banned) Feb 12, 2013 @ 5:10pm 
Originally posted by ownomics:
Originally posted by Ahrim:
Black box is for when you will have no medics or dispensers. Default rocket launcher is for when you need to keep a healthy supply of ammo and either you have a healing source, or health is not a priority.
Instead of swapping a weapon when there are no medics or healing facilities, you should just become a medic.
That kinda defeats the purpoes of the original thread and its focus on the soldier :/
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