Common Mistakes I see people making
I passed level 50, I'm working on 5*ing all the rift lord maps, and I'm still seeing people making some mistakes that seem to me to be mistakes made early, before you learn the game. I'm also starting this thread in hopes that some people will post some simple mistakes that I might be making unknowingly, but here are the ones I see being made even at high levels. This is mostly for people joining the Q for random matches.
- Being too low a level for a map; this isn't just account level but trap level. Master and Rift Lord cannot be 5 starred the same level you have access to them. If you join a Q at this point you'll be dragging down your team and preventing a 5 star rating unless your partners can carry you.
- Not pressing Z quickly; The goal is always 5 stars, just because its your first attempt doesn't mean its everyone else's first attempt. Go for 5 stars until an enemy actually hits your rift.
- Using the same trap a row multiple times; This is most common with flip traps, though I've seen it with steam vents and push traps as well. The best kill boxes have the traps working together to maximize damage. Lead with CC (Tar or V. Tar), after that alternate damaging traps that are effective against different things, so that nothing overwhelms your killbox. The same trap over and over is never optimal, and rarely effective.
- Don't put multiple flip traps in a row; Yes this a repeat but it's the most common mistake and the worst one I see. Flip traps in particular are the worst trap until the stunning accumulator part is put on it. Then you have to put damage behind it!!! Nearly every match with a pit, I see 6-8 flip traps in a row, no CC in front so the runners mostly run past the flips to quickly, no damage after so the large minions just laugh and laugh.
- Don't just place a random trap; one person should be in charge of a killbox, if you don't see the pattern to the box or cannot keep the pattern, don't place anything. All your doing is lowering the killboxes damage and efficiency. Conversely don't build killboxes willy-nilly (such as by throwing down a billion flip traps), have an idea in your head how to build it so that you maximize efficiency and damage. My first attempt at Rift Lord Banquet hall, the other 2 people I was with, build in the same pattern as me and had the same strategy. We took over first place on the leaderboards from that (others have since beat our score), I cannot stress enough how understanding what the other people on your team are trying to do with their killbox improves your team.
- Everybody bringing the same guardians, and not having the ones to cover all the home slots; Look at the Guardians that others are bringing, try to bring what's needed the most. If you don't have many guardians, select yours quickly so that the others on your team can fill in what's needed. Guardians at home are a quick source of healing and mana, and usually quicker to get to than the rift. So placing one that enemies won't track by can still be useful.