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How to get faster at Doom Eternal

Published: 25/Jul/2020 10:03 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 18:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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On July 26, seven top speedrunners will be competing to beat the Doom Eternal World Record with no major glitches in Break the Record: LIVE. It promises to be incredibly competitive as the record has already been broken a number of times in qualifying.

Luke ‘Bloodshot’ Hoffman was one of the players who broke the record when he clocked a time of 1h 16m 47s. Since we spoke to him, he’s beaten his own time by four minutes, but even that’s not enough to put him on top of the leaderboard, with ShiningFace (11136.7) and bowsr (11030.63) ahead of him. Can Bloodshot shave more seconds off his time and return to the top? You’ll have to watch Break the Record: LIVE on Twitch to find out.

Ahead of the big event, Bloodshot told us how to beat the Doom Eternal world record and become a great speedrunner in the process.

Practice

Luke ‘Bloodshot’ Hoffman: It honestly just takes practice. If we’re talking specifics, good combat is essential. You can know all the tricks/skips, and those will save you a lot of time, but to be a top runner, you need to know how to handle every combat in the best/fastest way possible. But no matter how good you are (or think you are), there’s always some improvement to be made, and that only comes with practice.

Grapple

Bloodshot: For a glitchless run, there are a lot of tricks that use the Meathook/Super Shotgun Grapple. The grapple can be used to give yourself an extra jump, or it can give you a massive boost that flings you over a large distance.

This is used for a few specific tricks/skips, but it can also just be used in certain areas to give yourself insane speed that you then don’t have to walk across. These tricks are actually what I really enjoy seeing in the runs, because they look so cool when done well.

Be prepared

Monster cut in half in Doom Eternal
id Software
Doom Eternal’s combat can be tricky to master, but is imperative to a good speedrun.

Bloodshot: I usually just make sure I have some time to do a run (runs are about an hour and a half, so I give myself at least two hours since I won’t necessarily get a good first level right away). Other than that, I make sure I’m feeling healthy and good enough to play for long stretches of time — grab a large cup of water for if I need it, and get into the game.

Get in the right mindset

Bloodshot: Honestly, it changes daily. Sometimes I’m stuck on the first few levels and I feel like crap, since it’s demoralizing to start over a run within five minutes. If I’ve gotten a good early game, then some nerves start to get to me. If I make one mistake somewhere, I tend to focus too much on making up for it later down the line, which starts a downward spiral of losing time.

The best thing for me to do is to just try and not focus on the times or beating a specific time, because the moment I think about it, the moment I start to play worse. I should probably start hiding my times from myself while I play to be honest!

How to practice

Bloodshot: I just do runs, honestly. And that’s probably not the best method. I should be practicing certain arenas or skips that give me trouble, and sometimes I do that, but considering you need to do everything in one go, I find it better to just do runs over and over. If I practice a skip a lot and think I have it down, chances are that by the time I get back to that point, I’ll forget what I’m supposed to do and just wing it.

Run first, learn later

Doom Eternal is a grind
id Software
Doom Eternal is a grind — and speedrunning it even more so.

Bloodshot: If anyone’s trying to start speedrunning Doom Eternal, I’d say just do runs first, learn the run later. I started by playing the game and getting something like a three-hour run. I then watched one of the only other runners at the time who had around 2:18:00, and started incorporating stuff he did. The reason I say run first, learn later is because without knowledge of what the game wants you to do normally, you won’t have any idea of what or why you’re skipping something, or doing something in a specific way. But all that aside, I think learning how to do combat fast is the most important thing, and I can’t stress that enough.

What separates the good from the best runners are their ability to fight fast, and while you might not see the biggest time saves right away by focusing on combat, once you learn a skip you’ve learned a skip, whereas combat you can apply to the entire game. The biggest piece of advice I could give, as cliched as it is to say, is to just have fun. I’ve put in almost 400 hours and I still enjoy it, which is what allows me to keep going. If you don’t enjoy it, it’s not worth putting in that much time.


Break the Record: LIVE takes place on July 26, live on the ESA Twitch channel. Watch to see who can beat the Doom Eternal world record and win the biggest share of the $8k prize pool.

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How to use OP Torb turret placement in Overwatch Junkenstein’s Revenge

Published: 28/Oct/2020 0:20

by Bill Cooney

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Junkenstein’s Revenge is one of the best ways to earn loot boxes during Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event, and there are a few spots for Torbjorn’s turret you should probably know about.

Halloween in Overwatch means plenty of new skins to unlock, including the Ragdoll Echo skin, which is now available until the event ends on November 3.

The only way to unlock the DPS hero’s new skin though is to win 9 games in any mode. If you stick to quick play and competitive this could easily take one or even two whole days, but if you simply grind them out in Junkenstein’s Revenge, the wins will only take a couple of hours instead.

Even though the seasonal PvE survival mode goes quicker than regular matches, you can definitely still lose if you don’t have the right team comp. This means that at all difficulty levels, Torbjorn is still a must-pick for his turret and it’s constant damage output.

Torbjorn Halloween Terror skin
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You won’t get far in the harder difficulties of Junkenstein’s without Torb.

As for where to put this powerful, Zomnic-slaying device, there are several options that all work quite well, and are all fairly easy to pull off too – like on top of the overturned cart right down the middle lane. It has a commanding line of sight for the middle and left staircase spawns, and even covers part of the pond on the right side.

The best part of this spot might be the fact that it’s too close for Zombardiers to immediately target it, and it will hold boss aggro for as long as it’s around.

Next, placing the turret on the railing right on top of the left-hand stairs also gives it a great shot at all three spawns instead of just two, and gives you the ability to run up there and repair it when needed.

Finally, if you’re looking for something extra flashy to really impress your teammates, there’s even a way to get the turret up to the wooden platform just above the door where Widow and Ashe usually hang out.

Step by step for best turret placement in JR from Overwatch

Like in the clip above, head up the stairs to the right and go on to the platform they lead to (the place we all used to place the turret). Then head to the ledge closest to the door and aim at the ridge on the tower above the platform, straight up from the bush on the right side.

Another option is to jump from the edge and throw it at the apex of Torb’s leap if you have trouble getting it there while standing still. Toss it up, and your little guy is all set to rain down death on the army of undead charging the gates, and hopefully unlock that Echo skin a little bit quicker.