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My advice for grinding Competitive solo
EDIT: I doubt this will matter by this point, since this post is getting downvoted so much, but maybe actually skim through and read some of my points. If I genuinely have nothing new of value to add to the discussion then sure, downvote me. But it's kind of pointless to downvote when there's some new advice that could genuinely help certain players. I guarantee that this post isn't the same as every other post about grinding Comp. So, I managed to get to Fabled last season completely solo and unlocked 3 pinnacles weapons all at once. And I haven’t touched a Hand Cannon ever since. Anyway, at the time, my KDA was around 1.04; not terrible, but not great. I started thinking about how I played, changed my strats, (switched to Hunter), and my KDA has risen to 1.09 this season. Not much, but something. Anyway, I’ve seen some Competitive advice posts, and I thought I’d post my own. This is advice meant for solo players who are just okay at PvP, like me. Yes, some of this advice might contradict itself. Yes, some of this advice might be bad. But, this is what's worked for me. And yes, maybe some of this advice is obvious to some of you, but it's not obvious to everyone. EDIT: And yes, I am aware that some of the advice is the same as in other crucible advice posts, but a lot is stuff I haven't seen posted before. This turned out to be a lot longer post than I expected. A lot, a lot longer. I call this advice the 4 C’s of Crucible: Calm, Cooperation, Combat, and Communication
Calm (staying calm and avoiding stress):
The point of playing a game is to have fun. So, it’s important to stay calm and relaxed. This can be hard to do in Destiny 2, especially in Crucible, especially especially in Competitive. And keep in mind, half the teams in Crucible win and half the teams lose, every day, no matter what. The statistics are against you. But playing stressed out and angry defeats the point of playing at all. And people who are stressed and frustrated tend to play worse, and people who are calm and relaxed tend to play better. Recognize the game is unfair and move on:
The classes aren’t balanced. Some weapons are better than others. There’s nothing you can do about that, so just try to ignore it, even though that’s easier said than done. Just try and play your best. Dwelling on the flaws in the game will only make you hate playing the game, and what’s the point in that?
Remember, even a game like Chess, a nearly perfect strategy game played and "patched" for over a thousand years, isn’t completely balanced because whoever goes first has the advantage.
Recognize that luck is a big part of winning and losing:
Sometimes your actions make or break a game, but not always. Sometimes you just get lucky or unlucky. Sometimes half your team quits. Sometimes half the opposing team quits. Sometimes your team has one player, named like skillz666 or something, that carries you to victory with 34 kills. Sometimes you’re just having a bad day. Sometimes you’re in a shootout and an opponent spawns right behind you. Sometimes you respawn right in line of sight of two opponents and die before you can move. It happens. Don’t dwell on it, just try to ignore it and focus on the next moment.
Try to ignore the bad and focus on the good:
Yes, I know it’s easier said than done, but try not to dwell on the bad, unfair, unlucky moments you have in the game. Try to think about the good things that happened. The time you managed to kill two opponents with only half health. The time you rescued your teammate who went on to get heavy and win the round. The time you defused the bomb because the other team was hunting your teammates on the other side of the map. Etc, etc. Try to dwell on the good moments; this won’t eliminate your stress and frustration, but it’ll help.
If you’re not having fun, or you hit a lose streak, stop playing for a while:
Here’s a strategy I used occasionally, and when I did, it greatly lowered my stress levels: Keep playing if you have a win streak. Once you lose two games in a row, stop playing. Do something else, in the game or in real life. Stop playing for an hour or stop playing for a whole day. The point is to get some distance from the game and to relax. Also, it’s possible that you you were playing Competitive during a particularly bad time when a lot of skilled players were on, so just come back to it later.
Don’t give up, don’t quit a match:
You usually don’t know if you’ll lose a match until it’s over. I’ve been on a team of 4 against a team of 3 and lost. I’ve been on a team of 3 against a team of 4 and won. I was on a team of blueberries against a 4 stack and we steam rolled them. I’ve gotten destroyed on the first couple rounds only to rally and win the match. I’ve been on teams where we lost 5 rounds in a row and then rallied with 6 wins in a row and won the match; the opposite has happened too. You don’t know how a match will play out until it plays out; don’t get discouraged because of a bad start, there’s still a chance. All you do by quitting is ruin the game for your teammates.
Don’t get intimidated by stacks:
I was once on a team of blueberries against a 4 stack and we obliterated them. We beat them so fast that my super hadn’t even charged. Another time, I had a good match in competitive so one of the blueberries suggested we all team up. We became a 4 stack and we lost the next 2 matches in a row and everyone left the fireteam. Just because you see a stack doesn’t mean they’re any good.
Adjust your playstyle to relieve the most stressful parts of the game:
When I first started in Crucible I used roaming supers because I saw everyone else using them. But then I realized that I’m not good with roaming supers. But I also hate how helpless I feel against Spectral Blades or any Titan super (I mean, Sentinel Shield has a shield, is a damage sink, has a powerful melee, AND a ranged attack, ANNNNDDD the ranged attack bounces off of walls apparently forever?? WTH Bungo?!?! What is balance even? No, don’t think like that, got to stay calm...). So, I switched my loadout to quick, panic-button, super-killers like Slova Bomb and Blade Barrage. This greatly improved my time playing and reduced a lot of my stress.
Also, as I played, I moved more towards snipers and pulse rifles and a big reason was because I was doing terribly at close or mid range. I don’t have the twitch “skills” a lot of players have and swinging my view around really fast just makes it hard for me to tell what’s going on, so long range combat eliminated most of my frustrations with that. Also, sniper kills in crucible are perhaps the most satisfying feeling in Crucible next to getting a headshot with a knife as a Hunter. If you adjust your playstyle to avoid frustration and to have the most fun then you’re just going to enjoy playing that much more.
Blame Bungo and vent in chat:
If anything bad happens, just blame Bungie. Write in chat “bungo’s matchmaking is garbage”. Feels good doesn’t it? “I HATE BUNGO!” That’s right! Bungie has earned your hatred with their terrible game! “destiny 2 should be banned and all copies should be thrown into the sun” You have MY vote Mr. or Mrs. President! “titan supers are OP” YES! Yes they are! Let your team know about it! “wtf blade barrage curves around walls?” Apparently?!?! IDK!?! “JOTTTUUUUUNNNNN” ArrrgggghghhhhJotun!! “the class and weapon imbalance in destiny is a clear violation of the geneva conventions” If you start a legal fund to send Bungie to the Hague, I’ll donate my life savings.
None of this helps you win matches, but it can help relieve some of the stress.
Cooperating with your team in a team based game is obvious. But cooperation is especially important when you’re a solo blueberry and it’s much harder to do than when you’re playing with friends. I hate using voice chat or having friends, so this is what I’ve learned: (EDIT: After a conversation in the comments I feel I need to mention: KDA or Efficiency/KAD is more important than straight KD. Going for a high KD encourages people to not play as a team and to ignore their teammates, because helping teammates means you could lose kills to them. KDA and Efficiency (KAD) is a more accurate measure of how good you are in a team based game. By valuing assists as equal to kills, Bungie is encouraging players to work as a team and help each other out.) Stick together:
Don’t cluster, but stay close to your team (clustering gets you killed with rockets and that thousand voices nonsense). Work together to take down opponents. Hang back. Don’t rush forward, don’t rush ahead of your team. Pick off damaged opponents or damage opponents so your teammates can finish them off. Look at where your team is moving and move with them. Look at who your team is shooting at and shoot with them.
Move as a team:
This is so important that I’m repeating it. In game types like Survival and Clash there’s really not much reason to split up; hunting like a pack is a winning strategy most of the time. That’s probably why Saladin keeps talking about wolves and what not during Iron Banner. Countdown and Control have more reason to split up, but if you’re attacking in Countdown then there’s usually not much reason to.
If your teammate is shooting at an opponent, shoot at that same opponent; don’t shoot at someone else.
You can focus fire roaming supers:
This only works if you stick together, team shoot, and have some space. You can focus fire a roaming super as a team. Snipers, rifles, shotguns, whatever. I’ve stopped a few spectral blades with a split second, hipfire shotgun blast because the Hunter was already damaged by my teammates. One time, I saw a Titan cast Hammer of Sol behind cover and when he came out I shot him with a sniper round. It didn’t kill him (took 3/4s of his health), but the rest of my team was there and shot him with hand cannons. He only had time to throw one hammer and never killed anyone.
The “Back and Forth”:
This is an advanced version of “Team Shoot”. One player will be firing and then moves back into cover as the other teammate moves out from the same cover and keeps firing at the same opponent. The opponent is basically fighting one Guardian with double or triple or quadruple health, depending on how many players are doing this. You can do this without communication just by paying attention to your teammates and by them paying attention to you. I’ve been up against three opponents at a time and broken all their shields, but killed none of them because they kept moving back into cover and my own teammates went galavanting off to who the hell knows where while I was aiming down sights.
Flanking! Don’t stick together?:
Sometimes splitting off from your team and flanking the enemies is an absolutely devastating strategy. If your opponents aren’t paying attention then you will catch them completely by surprise and steamroll them. Or if they notice you, they’ll shoot you instantly and get a free kill. It can go either way, so I don’t have any great advice on when to do this except “use your intuition”.
Run Away! Regroup!:
This one is pretty obvious, although almost no one ever does it, including me. It’s so easy to get stuck in Destiny’s combat loop that when your teammates have died and you’re personally up against 3 Guardians it’s easy to forget that, “Wait. I can just run back to spawn and regroup with my team. I don’t have to just die.” If you find yourself suddenly alone, with enemies closing in on radar, literally just run away. Regroup with your team and try again. You’ll keep the opposing team from getting a cheap kill and you can lend support to your teammates faster than by dying and respawning.
One time I spent 15 seconds (a lifetime in Competitive) dodging and sliding away from a couple guardians who had me surrounded in a room on Vostok (EDZ map at the saltzwerkz). I have no idea how I made it out of there alive, but I did. My opponents got aggressive chasing me down and ran right into my teammates who I just regrouped with. I didn’t make a single final blow, but I kept the opponents from getting an easy point and gave my teammates 2.
Regroup even when you’re not in danger:
Even if there are no opponents around and you find yourself alone, look for your team and regroup with them. Don’t try to go into battle solo. If you can go solo against the other team in Competitive then you don’t need any of my advice.
Pay attention to what your teammates are doing:
Look at your teammates. Where are they going? What route are they taking? What weapon are they using? Try to adapt your strategy to support your teammates. Are your teammates running up ahead? Then maybe cover them with a sniper or a scout rifle. Are your teammates running down a certain path? Maybe run down a different, but nearby path so you can shoot your opponents from another direction? Is your teammate grabbing heavy? Guard them so they don’t get sniped. Did one of your teammates behind you start shooting somewhere else? Turn around, run back, and help them take out the opponents trying to flank you. Those examples probably aren’t the best, but the point is: just look at what your team is doing and use your intuition for how to respond.
When in doubt, follow the guy at the top of your team:
Just follow the best player in your team. They seem to know what they’re doing and maybe you can get some assist points off of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I have a funny story about this. On a second round of Survival I was the person with the most kills. As I ran forward I checked my radar to see where my team was going and… oh no, they’re all following ME. I’m assuming they were following me because I was at the top of our team, but I started panicking. “What if I lead them into a slaughter???” So, we were playing on Solitude (big Cabal building on the edge of Martian cliffs) and I ended up leading my entire team in a giant circle around the entire perimeter of the map until we reached the enemies’ spawn location. The enemy wasn’t there of course, so we moved into the middle of the map where we found the enemy in a very confused state. We did end up winning the round, but I dropped to third place in my team and my team stopped following me after that. Lol.
Every crucible advice post says the same thing, and I’ll repeat: control heavy. You don’t even have to get heavy. You just have to keep your opponents from getting it. One time I was playing as a Hunter with that spinny staff super that deflects shots. Our teams start having a shootout over heavy, so I activated my super and ran out there spinning my lightning staff. The enemies started running backwards to get away from me. I ended up chasing them all the way back to their spawn and then dodged behind cover when my super ended and ran back to my team. I didn’t make a single kill, but my teammate got heavy and the opponents didn’t get a kill either, so I consider it a successful maneuver.
Use heavy as bait:
Heavy can be so important that many people get greedy over it and make mistakes. One of my favorite things is to do is to leave heavy sitting there as I wait for someone to show up. I hang back, crouch, with a sniper or a pulse rifle, and I try to pick off anyone who goes for it. Doesn’t always work, but sometimes it works amazingly and I keep doing it until my teammate grabs the heavy.
Distract your opponents, keep them occupied:
You don’t have to kill your opponents to help your team. Distract them, draw their attention towards you. This takes their attention away from your teammates who can then move in while your opponents are distracted. Sometimes even just being a presence on your opponents’ radar is enough to distract them and make them nervous as they try to figure out where you’re coming from. I mean, this isn’t the best tactic, but if you don’t have any other good options it can do in a pinch.
Do something unexpected to distract and confuse your enemies:
A big part of any multiplayer game boils down to predictability; you do routine strategies and deal with predictable behavior from your enemies with routine counter strategies. Sometimes, rarely, when someone does something unexpected it makes people freeze and can throw things into chaos, and sometimes it can give you an advantage.
One time on Wormhaven (Hive map on Titan) I stood on that balcony with the glass wall (it kind of looks down on heavy and Point B). I stood on the side of the glass overlooking Heavy, my opponents stood on the other side of the glass in the hallway leading to their spawn area. It was a stalemate because no one wanted to rush and get shotgunned. I said, “To hell with it” and popped the tea drinking emote. Three opponents stared at me through the glass, watching me drink tea, not knowing what to do. They probably didn’t want to rush because they thought I was taunting them into a shotgun trap, which I was. So, they kind of just strafed back and forth, occasionally shooting the glass, until some of my teammates circled around, killed two of them, and started chasing down the third. This usually doesn’t work on players who know what they’re doing, but a little bit of the unexpected can sometimes tip the scales in your favor.
Killing even one opponent can make them break:
Sometimes killing just one of opponent in a group is enough to break their defenses and send them into chaos. Not always, but that first kill can make your opponents retreat or try to go separate routes, which means they’re splitting up while your team is sticking together.
Play the objective:
PLAY THE [email protected]#$%^&* OBJECTIVE! … stay calm… stay calm… Okay, so play the objective, fellow Lightbearers. We can't win Control unless we control the zones, no matter how many final blows you get. That’s the ticket! Excellent work! gj. nj. glhf.
Lord of Wolves? More like bored of wolves, amiright?
I don’t worry about the meta too much. I honestly never used Lord of Wolves when it became “OP” and I did fine against it with regular shotguns. When it did become a problem I switched to a long range loadout and killed wolf lords from a distance. Your teammates are probably already playing the meta anyway so you might as well diversify your team’s tactics with something different. If you like the meta, go for it, but don’t feel like you need to play a certain way just because everyone else is.
Do something to appease Machi, the God of Matchmaking:
You know what’s easier than cooperating and working with your team? Just lucking out in matchmaking. Destiny 2 doesn’t use algorithms to make teams. Destiny’s matchmaking is entirely done by Machi the God of Matchmaking, whose inscrutable and indecipherable will cannot be predicted nor understood. Luckily, you can get on Machi’s good side through a variety of actions. Here are the things that please Machi: telling a friend how much their friendship means to you, equipping Jotunn, finishing your homework before playing video games, playing as a Titan, eating all your vegetables at dinner, playing as a Titan, sacrificing a black bull with a silver dagger and sending its heart to Bungie studios, or equipping Jotunn. Give it a try!
Okay, so you’re staying relaxed, cooperating with your team, but you still need to play good, or at least good enough. So, here are some things I’ve learned playing Competitive, and playing Crucible in general. Staying alive is almost as important as getting final blows:
When you’re alive, you’re distracting your opponents and making them more hesitant. When you’re alive, you are charging your super; when you’re dead, you’re not. When you’re alive there’s a better chance of getting into the “flow” of gameplay; when you die, it breaks your rhythm. When you’re dead, your team is basically down one player until you can regroup with them. I could go on, but you get the point. Staying alive is important.
Don’t get stuck in a rut, don’t act out of habit:
If you pay attention to why you’re doing badly, you’ll notice it’s often because you’ve fallen into a rut or bad habit. Are you in a long shootout in the same spot and no one is really dying? Move to some other spot. Do you keep dying very quickly after spawning? Maybe it’s because you’re rushing and being too aggressive; break that habit and hang back. Etc, etc.
Sometimes I’ll be playing and not hitting any of my shots. I’ll mentally step back and pay attention to what I’m doing and realize… I’m not even aiming at my opponents, my aim is slightly off! Maybe it’s because my eyes are getting tired from looking at the screen for too long, I don’t know. But I’ll start focusing more on how I’m aiming and I’ll start to do a little better.
Shoot where your opponent is going to be, not where they are right now:
There is physics and latency in Destiny. Shoot where your opponent is going to be in the next split second. I sometimes find myself falling into the habit of shooting where the opponent is right now, and then I have to consciously remind myself to change how I’m aiming.
Shoot before you see the enemy (with primary ammo weapons):
If you’re shooting right when you see the enemy then you’re wasting precious milliseconds. Start shooting before you even see them because by the time you see them your bullets will already be hitting them. If you’re behind cover and you know your enemy is off in the distance, start shooting as you leave cover so that you’re shooting the wall as you move. If your opponent is behind cover, start shooting before they pop out of cover.
Get behind cover before you think you need to:
This is sometimes hard to do because we get stuck in a rut of trying to kill our opponents no matter what. But there’s no point in dying when you can stay alive. Move back behind cover before you think you actually need to. Sometimes this means moving out from cover and immediately moving back into cover while shooting the whole time.
Keep shooting until you’re back in cover (with primary ammo):
As you’re moving back behind cover, keep shooting at your enemy. Don’t stop until you’re shooting wall.
Don’t engage the enemy until you’re fully healed:
This isn’t possible in every situation, but when you can, stay behind cover until you’re fully healed. Many of us get behind cover when we’re shot but we have this instinctive urge to immediately pop out again right away. This is just a good way to get killed. Wait till you’re healed up or run to a different location to give yourself time to heal. This slows down the pace of the game, but greatly improves your life span.
Keep shooting even when your enemy is behind cover:
If your opponent has dropped behind cover, keep shooting because they’ll probably pop out right away and you’ll kill them. If they don’t pop out right away then you’ll need to a different tactic, obviously.
Never stop shooting:
Never stop shooting.
Start shooting before you aim down sights (with primary ammo, mid range weapons):
If you see an opponent and you're going to aim down sights, start shooting at the same time as you start aiming down sights, not after. This doesn't make much sense long range, but with mid or close range, the few bullets that hit your opponent while you're still hip firing or in the process of aiming could make the difference between victory or death.
Swipe your aim/"Draw" bullets along your opponent's body:
This may seem strange, but with long range weapons especially, like pulse and scout rifles, I find it helps to "swing" my aim along my opponents, swinging my crosshairs along their body up to their head. It's almost like I'm painting a line with bullets. I don't know how else to describe it, but swinging my aim while I'm shooting helps me with accuracy a lot.
Pay attention to your radar:
I can’t count how many times I got flanked because I was staring down my scope instead of checking my radar regularly.
Pay attention to your surroundings:
Where are you standing? Where are the lines of sight? Where are your teammates? Do you have cover on your left and right so you don’t have to worry about getting sniped from the side? Are your teammates to your right or your left so you don’t have to worry about getting flanked?
What about those players that are dancing left and right as they kill you in two handcannon shots?:
I don’t know how to deal with them. They are lunatics. That’s why I usually stick to long range weapons when I play matches against those maniacs.
Find Your Playstyle:
You gotta figure out what works best for you. I’ve learned over time that I’m more of a long range fighter, so I prefer pulse rifles and snipers. As I approached Fabled last season I felt like getting more aggressive so I switched to shotgun + ace of spades. Recently I went back to sniper + pulse. But sometimes I'm just in a more aggressive mood and I'll do some combination of Recluse, shotgun, hand cannon.
Don't be afraid to adjust your loadout during a match:
Some maps tend to have more emphasis on long range combat, some maps feel like there tends to be more close to mid range combat. So, adjust your loadout appropriately once you know what map you’re playing on. Obviously every map is designed for opportunities for all types of combat, but some definitely tend to skew more towards one end than the other (cough, cough, Equinox). Also, regardless of map, some matches just tend to be more close ranged than long ranged and vice versa, depending on how aggressively your team and the opposing team are playing. There have been many matches where both teams were playing really aggressively, which results in a lot more close range combat, so I took a moment as I was respawning to change my loadout to something for mid and close range (shotguns, Recluse, hand cannons) and it improved my game alot.
Pick your battles:
Bungie’s map designers go to a lot of work to make certain areas of a Crucible map play out in a certain way. Some areas are meant for close to mid range cat and mouse style fights, other parts are clearly meant to function as long range/sniping arenas. Choose to fight in an area that works with your playstyle and loadout as much as possible. I have beaten many players who are much better than me just because I was fighting them in an area of a map that favored my loadout and playstyle over theirs. Also, if you keep doing badly in one part of a map, maybe try engaging opponents in a different part, if possible.
Try to think several steps ahead of your opponents:
Your opponent just went behind some cover. Which side do you think they’ll pop back out of (once you start paying attention, you’ll be able to intuit what they’re doing)? If it’s a pillar or block, your opponent will usually appear on the other side of the cover from where he hid behind. Start shooting on the side they’re going to pop out of BEFORE they actually pop out of it. Let’s say you’re playing Control and the other team is capturing one of your zones. Once they capture it where do you think they’ll go? Let’s say you see an opponent on your radar that’s just around the corner? What do you think: are they a) waiting for you to come out so they can shotgun you, b) getting ready to pop out and throw a grenade, or c) waiting for their shields to charge hoping you don’t rush them? After you’ve seen enough of these situations you can usually intuit what your opponent is about to do and what’s the best strategy to use.
Sniper Advice (1/3) cover the usual routes and wait:
Snipers are kind of a unique in Crucible, in my opinion, because they rely on thinking ahead of your enemies more so than any other weapon. One of the keys to using a sniper successfully is to know the routes people usually take through a map, go to that route, aim at head height along that route, and just wait. Then when your opponents show up they practically put their face into your crosshairs. And that's when you shoot. You might have to adjust or twitch your aim a little, but not much. I've started multiple matches killing two opponents in two seconds with a sniper because they were both running the exact same route and I barely had to shift my aim between shots.
Snipers (2/3), long range firefight:
This is, again, about aiming where you know your opponent will show up and waiting. You just aim where their head will be, wait for them to pop their head out of cover, and you shoot. Sometimes you’re the one behind cover in which case you aim at the wall at the same height that you think your enemy will be, move out of cover, and shoot. Many times me and an opponent shoot ourselves simultaneously doing this; it always makes me laugh and makes me wish we had “death emotes” that we could use while dead so I could give my opponent a thumbs up or just laugh.
Snipers (3/3), swing your shot (sniper bullets curve around walls):
This might only be possible with mouse aim, I don’t know (no, I am not trying to throw shade at console players). But basically, when I see an enemy and my aim with the sniper is off, or they’re jumping or running, I just swing my aim in the direction of their movement and let my instincts click the mouse. A lot of the time they end up dead and I don’t even know how. I have shot opponents using this method as they were moving into cover and they died from my sniper shot AFTER they were already behind the wall. Now this is probably due to a combination of bullet physics, visual latency, internet speeds, etc., but I like to think that swinging your aim makes the bullets curve around walls. I usually have a sniper aim perk on one of my armor pieces, so that probably helps too. But I cannot stress how many times I have swung my shot with a sniper rifle and gotten a kill without having any idea of how I actually pulled it off.
What about those players who can shoot a sniper round between three obstacles and get a heashot, while sliding?:
I… I don’t know… I think… I think they might be demons. Bungie should look into this. Could be trouble down the road.
After writing that last point I actually managed to headshot someone with a sniper while sliding, and I still have no idea how I did it. Maybe I was possessed by a demon in that 2 second moment.
Weapon and Armor perks are probably important:
I don't pay too much attention to perks or mods in Destiny 2. I make sure my armor is giving me extra Resistance, make sure I get some Aiming perks and secondary scavenger on my armor, and that's it. I usually get a super mod for my armor to make sure my super is charging as fast as possible. But that's about it for me. However, paying close attention to your perks probably can give you a big boost to your KDA. I don't have any advice for this, but I'm sure there's some build guides out there.
Just play as a Titan:
Just like weapons, some classes are just better than others in PvP. By which I mean Titans. Warlocks are amazing at PvE, but Titans are clearly the PvP class. When you play as a Titan, you have more damage resistance than other classes. Your melee let’s you dive from across an entire room and kill your opponents in one hit. When you play as a Titan, any other class’ melee does nothing to you, NOTHING. You get a stupid mask that heals you every time you kill someone. Your supers are better than everyone else’s. When you play as a Titan, Bungie gives you a special chest piece that turns your opponent’s bullets into Bitcoins. When you play as a Titan, Bungie sends a team of doctors and nutritionists to your house to make sure you’re fueled up for peak performance. That’s how much Bungie loves their Titans. I have a friend who works at Bungie and she said that for the Shadowkeep expansion they’re renaming the Titan class to the “Master Chief class” because that’s how much Bungie loves their Titans. I’m an idiot because I’m a Warlock main with a Hunter alt. Don’t make my mistake, kids.
Just play as a Titan (serious version):
In all seriousness, some classes and subclasses are better in Crucible, or better in certain situations in Crucible, than others. I got to Fabled last season exclusively with my Warlock. This season I started a Hunter character and I do so much better in Crucible with my Hunter. That dodge ability ALONE is responsible for extending my life expectancy and keeping me alive in situations where I’d die with my Warlock. So, pick a class that works well for you in PvP, which of course is going to be a Titan because OMG TITANS ARE SO OP IN CRUCIBLE!!!
When you’re playing solo, and you’re not using voice chat, then there’s not many opportunities to use chat effectively. But, there are some. Get everyone onto the same page:
I honestly cannot count how many times we’ve lost a couple rounds and then me or some other blueberry will type in chat, “hey lets stick together” or “let’s go B this time”, and suddenly the next round our whole team is sticking together and wiping the floor with the opponents, leading up to our eventual win. Seriously, it is shocking how well this works sometimes. Other times you’ll say “let’s stick together” and everyone still galavants off to be a lone wolf hero and you lose; it happens. But it doesn’t hurt to remind your teammates “we need to control heavy” or “play the objective, we need zones”. It sometimes can make a difference. But remember to be polite about it. No one is going to listen to you if you act like an ass.
Giving directions in text?:
Should you use text chat to tell your teammates where opponents are or whatever? Like "they're going to tree" or "all at B"? Eh, probably not necessary. With voice chat it makes sense, but text is usually too slow. I've seen a text chat help a team sometimes, but usually gameplay goes by too fast to make a difference.
Compliment your teammates:
It’s never hurts to compliment your teammates. It’ll make you feel good, it’ll make them feel good, it’ll relax everyone a little and people usually play better when they’re relaxed. It can be something simple like “nj”, “good job”, “well played”, or “*extremely shaxx voice* THAT WAS AMAZING”. I was once playing a Survival match, it was the last round, it was overtime, just me against one last opponent. I’m standing on the overtime zone with Luna and one shell left in Parcel of Stardust. I’m strafing back and forth behind a block of cover trying to anticipate which direction he’s going to attack me (left?, right?, is he going to jump over the box?), he pops around to my left, we see each other, we fire wildly with our shotguns, we’re both hurt, neither of us are dead, and then I melee him and win the game. My teammate wrote in chat, “MYYYY BOYYYYY!!! HE CAME THROUGH IN THE END!!!!”. I have no idea who this guy was, but that made my day. Complimenting your teammates or commenting on something cool they did just makes the experience more fun and relaxing for everyone.
Don’t be toxic; your own attitude is preventing you from enjoying the game:
There’s is no good reason to be rude. It doesn’t help you, it will make you feel worse about your losses, and it just makes the game worse for everyone. If I get killed by cayde$weed420 and he teabags my corpse, I tend to feel pity for him. Because if he’s gloating over one kill then he’s playing with a mindset that’s going to cause him to have a tantrum when he inevitably loses (statistically he’ll evenutally lose no matter what) and the game is going to be a lot less fun for him. It’s like a pendulum: you swing it too far in one direction (gloating about “pwning” the noobs) and eventually it has to swing to the other direction (getting furious about getting “pwned” by the noobs in return). The more calm you remain, the less that pendulum swings.
Also, don’t ever insult your teammates. There is literally no point in being rude to your teammates. That sort of behavior just stresses people out and people usually play worse when they’re stressed, so you’re just hurting yourself by making your teammates play even worse than you think they are. Don’t ever call your teammates “trash”, especially not when you’re at the bottom of your team list; you know who you are, I’ve played with you. Here’s a good message, “we can beat these guys if we don’t rush and we stick together”; here’s a bad message which I actually saw in chat once, “smdh you could beat these guys if you stopped rushing and stuck together”. Being condescending or judgmental isn’t going to help you or anyone else. And by being toxic it makes you focus on the worst parts of the game which in turn makes you even more frustrated which in turn makes you play worse, so why do that to yourself.
Respond to toxic gamers by being a cheesy doofus:
A lot of these toxic players are people who take the game too seriously. You can’t have fun if you’re taking the game too seriously. In my opinion, the best way to deal with this behavior and keep it from ruining your own experience is to be cheesy. If a toxic teammate is saying “you all are trash”, respond with “no, we are recycling”. This is exactly the type of dumb, dad-joke level tomfoolery that is the exact antidote to toxic chat. And what can the toxic player do in response to that? Nothing. Dad jokes are impervious to criticism because everyone knows they’re dumb, you know they’re dumb, so what’s even left to say? Nothing. Like, if they respond “i'm at the top of the list. ur trash” all you have to do is repeat, “no no. we are recycling. like newspaper.” HOW THE HELL ARE THEY GONNA RESPOND TO THAT??? THEY CAN’T! YOU’RE INVINCIBLE! Or what if a toxic teammate is like, “you are trash, why are you even playing comp”. You can respond with, “I thought this was CP... casual playlist?” If they don’t get that this is a joke and say, “no! this is competitive playlist go play quickplay if you suck this bad”, you can just respond, “no no, this is casual playlist, bungie said so.” There’s nothing he say to that. You’re impervious with your nonsense dad joke lameness.
Or you can just turn off chat/ignore it.
Actually, one time I did the “i thought this was casual playlist” joke and one of my other teammates wrote “actually yeah it basically is these days”. Hahahaha! Bungie. Fix Competitive.
Anyway, I hope that helps some of you loners out there. Good luck and have fun.
[H] Bioshock: The Collection and Other Bundle Extras [W] Assassin's Creed: Origins
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Hello! My name is Slava Mikhalkin, I am a Project Owner of Crowdsale platform at Platinum, the company that knows how to start any ICO or STO in 2019. If you want to avoid headaches with launching process, we can help you with ICO and STO advertising and promotion. See the full list of our services: Platinum.fund I am also happy to be a part of the UBAI, the first educational institution providing the most effective online education on blockchain! We can teach you how to do ICO/STO in 2019. Today I want to tell you how to sell and transfer cryptocurrencies. Major Exchanges In finance, an exchange is a forum or platform for trading commodities, derivatives, securities or other financial instruments. The principle concern of an exchange is to allow trading between parties to take place in a fair and legally compliant manner, as well as to ensure that pricing information for any instrument traded on the exchange is reliable and coherently delivered to exchange participants. In the cryptocurrency space exchanges are online platforms that allow users to trade cryptocurrencies or digital currencies for fiat money or other cryptocurrencies. They can be centralized exchanges such a Binance, or decentralized exchanges such as IDEX. Most cryptocurrency exchanges allow users to trade different crypto assets with BTC or ETH after having already exchanged fiat currency for one of those cryptocurrencies. Coinbase and Kraken are the main avenue for fiat money to enter into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Function and History Crypto exchanges can be market-makers that take bid/ask spreads as a commission on the transaction for facilitating the trade, or more often charge a small percentage fee for operating the forum in which the trade was made. Most crypto exchanges operate outside of Western countries, enabling them to avoid stringent financial regulations and the potential for costly and lengthy legal proceedings. These entities will often maintain bank accounts in multiple jurisdictions, allowing the exchange to accept fiat currency and process transactions from customers all over the globe. The concept of a digital asset exchange has been around since the late 2000s and the following initial attempts at running digital asset exchanges foreshadows the trouble involved in attempting to disrupt the operation of the fiat currency baking system. The trading of digital or electronic assets predate Bitcoin’s creation by several years, with the first electronic trading entities running afoul of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in late 2004. Companies such as Goldex, SydneyGoldSales, and Ozzigold, shut down voluntarily after ASIC found that they were operating without an Australian Financial Services License. E-Gold, which exchanged fiat USD for grams of precious metals in digital form, was possibly the first digital currency exchange as we know it, allowing users to make instant transfers to the accounts of other E-Gold members. At its peak in 2006 E-Gold processed $2 billion worth of transactions and boasted a user base of over 5 million people. Popular Exchanges Here we will give a brief overview of the features and operational history of the more popular and higher volume exchanges because these are the platforms to which newer traders will be exposed. These exchanges are recommended to use because they are the industry standard and they inspire the most confidence. Bitfinex Owned and operated by iFinex Inc, the cryptocurrency trading platform Bitfinex was the largest Bitcoin exchange on the planet until late 2017. Headquartered in Hong Kong and based in the US Virgin Island, Bitfinex was one of the first exchanges to offer leveraged trading (“Margin trading allows a trader to open a position with leverage. For example — we opened a margin position with 2X leverage. Our base assets had increased by 10%. Our position yielded 20% because of the 2X leverage. Standard trades are traded with leverage of 1:1”) and also pioneered the use of the somewhat controversial, so-called “stable coin” Tether (USDT). Binance Binance is an international multi-language cryptocurrency exchange that rose from the mid-rank of cryptocurrency exchanges to become the market dominating behemoth we see today. At the height of the late 2017/early 2018 bull run, Binance was adding around 2 million new users per week! The exchange had to temporarily disallow new registrations because its servers simply could not keep up with that volume of business. After the temporary ban on new users was lifted the exchange added 240,000 new accounts within two hours. Have you ever thought whats the role of the cypto exchanges? The answer is simple! There are several different types of exchanges that cater to different needs within the ecosystem, but their functions can be described by one or more of the following: To allow users to convert fiat currency into cryptocurrency. To trade BTC or ETH for alt coins. To facilitate the setting of prices for all crypto assets through an auction market mechanism. Simply put, you can either mine cryptocurrencies or purchase them, and seeing as the mining process requires the purchase of expensive mining equipment, Cryptocurrency exchanges can be loosely grouped into one of the 3 following exchange types, each with a slightly different role or combination of roles. Have you ever thought about what are the types of Crypto exchanges?
Traditional Cryptocurrency Exchange: These are the type that most closely mimic traditional stock exchanges where buyers and sellers trade at the current market price of whichever asset they want, with the exchange acting as the intermediary and charging a small fee for facilitating the trade. Kraken and GDAX are examples of this kind of cryptocurrency exchange. Fully peer-to-peer exchanges that operate without a middleman include EtherDelta, and IDEX, which are also examples of decentralized exchanges.
Cryptocurrency Brokers: These are website or app based exchanges that act like a Travelex or other bureau-de-change. They allow customers to buy or sell crypto assets at a price set by the broker (usually market price plus a small premium). Coinbase is an example of this kind of exchange.
Direct Trading Platform: These platforms offer direct peer-to-peer trading between buyers and sellers, but don’t use an exchange platform in doing so. These types of exchanges do not use a set market rate; rather, sellers set their own rates. This is a highly risky form of trading, from which new users should shy away.
To understand how an exchange functions we need only look as far as a traditional stock exchange. Most all the features of a cryptocurrency exchange are analogous to features of trading on a traditional stock exchange. In the simplest terms, the exchanges fulfil their role as the main marketplace for crypto assets of all kinds by catering to buyers or sellers. These are some definitions for the basic functions and features to know: Market Orders: Orders that are executed instantly at the current market price. Limit Order: This is an order that will only be executed if and when the price has risen to or dropped to that price specified by the trader and is also within the specified period of time. Transaction fees: Exchanges will charge transactions fees, usually levied on both the buyer and the seller, but sometimes only the seller is charged a fee. Fees vary on different exchanges though the norm is usually below 0.75%. Transfer charges: The exchange is in effect acting as a sort of escrow agent, to ensure there is no foul play, so it might also charge a small fee when you want to withdraw cryptocurrency to your own wallet. Regulatory Environment and Evolution Cryptocurrency has come a long way since the closing down of the Silk Road darknet market. The idea of crypto currency being primarily for criminals, has largely been seen as totally inaccurate and outdated. In this section we focus on the developing regulations surrounding the cryptocurrency asset class by region, and we also look at what the future may hold. The United States of America A coherent uniform approach at Federal or State level has yet to be implemented in the United States. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network published guidelines as early as 2013 suggesting that BTC and other cryptos may fall under the label of “money transmitters” and thus would be required to take part in the same Anti-money Laundering (AML) and Know your Client (KYC) procedures as other money service businesses. At the state level, Texas applies its existing finance laws. And New York has instituted an entirely new licensing system. The European Union The EU’s approach to cryptocurrency has generally been far more accommodating overall than the United States, partly due to the adaptable nature of pre-existing laws governing electronic money that predated the creation of Bitcoin. As with the USA, the EU’s main fear is money laundering and criminality. The European Central Bank (ECB) categorized BTC as a “convertible decentralized currency” and advised all central banks in the EU to refrain from trading any cryptocurrencies until the proper regulatory framework was put in place. A task force was then set up by the European Parliament in order to prevent and investigate any potential money laundering that was making use of the new technology. Likely future regulations for cryptocurrency traders within the European Union and North America will probably consist of the following proposals: The initiation of full KYC procedures so that users cannot remain fully anonymous, in order to prevent tax evasion and curtail money laundering. Caps on payments that can be made in cryptocurrency, similar to caps on traditional cash transactions. A set of rules governing tax obligations regarding cryptocurrencies Regulation by the ECB of any companies that offer exchanges between cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies It is less likely for other countries to follow the Chinese approach and completely ban certain aspects of cryptocurrency trading. It is widely considered more progressive and wiser to allow the technology to grow within a balanced accommodative regulatory framework that takes all interests and factors into consideration. It is probable that the most severe form of regulation will be the formation of new governmental bodies specifically to form laws and exercise regulatory control over the cryptocurrency space. But perhaps that is easier said than done. It may, in certain cases, be incredibly difficult to implement particular regulations due to the anonymous and decentralized nature of crypto. Behavior of Cryptocurrency Investors by Demographic Due to the fact that cryptocurrency has its roots firmly planted in the cryptography community, the vast majority of early adopters are representative of that group. In this section we cover the basic structure of the cryptocurrency market cycle and the makeup of the community at large, as well as the reasons behind different trading decisions. The Cryptocurrency Market Cycle Bitcoin leads the bull rally. FOMO (Fear of missing out) occurs, the price surge is a constant topic of mainstream news, business programs cover the story, and social media is abuzz with cryptocurrency chatter. Bitcoin reaches new All Timehigh (ATH) Market euphoria is fueled with even more hype and the cycle is in full force. There is a constant stream of news articles and commentary on the meteoric, seemingly unstoppable rise of Bitcoin. Bitcoin’s price “stabilizes”, In the 2017 bull run this was at or around $14,000. A number of solid, large market cap altcoins rise along with Bitcoin; ETH & LTC leading the altcoins at this time. FOMO comes into play, as the new ATH in market cap is reached by pumping of a huge number of alt coins. Top altcoins “somewhat” stabilize, after reaching new all-time highs. The frenzy continues with crypto success stories, notable figures and famous people in the news. A majority of lesser known cryptocurrencies follow along on the upward momentum. Newcomers are drawn deeper into crypto and sign up for exchanges other than the main entry points like Coinbase and Kraken. In 2017 this saw Binance inundated with new registrations. Some of the cheapest coins are subject to massive pumping, such as Tron TRX which saw a rise in market cap from $150 million at the start of December 2017 to a peak of $16 billion! At this stage, even dead coins or known scams will get pumped. The price of the majority of cryptocurrencies stabilize, and some begin to retract. When the hype is subsiding after a huge crypto bull run, it is a massive sell signal. Traditional investors will begin to give interviews about how people need to be careful putting money into such a highly volatile asset class. Massive violent correction begins and the market starts to collapse. BTC begins to fall consistently on a daily basis, wiping out the insane gains of many medium to small cap cryptos with it. Panic selling sweeps through the market. Depression sets in, both in the markets, and in the minds of individual investors who failed to take profits, or heed the signs of imminent collapse. The price stagnation can last for months, or even years. The Influence of Age upon Trading Did you know? Cryptocurrencies have been called “stocks for millennials” According to a survey conducted by the Global Blockchain Business Council, only 5% of the American public own any bitcoin, but of those that do, an overwhelming majority of 71% are men, 58% of them are between the ages of 18 and 35, and over half of them are minorities. The same survey gauged public attitude toward the high risk/high return nature of cryptocurrency, in comparison to more secure guaranteed small percentage gains offered by government bonds or stocks, and found that 30% would rather invest $1,000 in crypto. Over 42% of millennials were aware of cryptocurrencies as opposed to only 15% of those ages 65 and over. In George M. Korniotis and Alok Kumar’s study into the effects of aging on portfolio management and the quality of decisions made by older investors, they found “that older and experienced investors are more likely to follow “rules of thumb” that reflect greater investment knowledge. However, older investors are less effective in applying their investment knowledge and exhibit worse investment skill, especially if they are less educated and earn lower income.” Geographic Influence upon Trading One of the main drivers of the apparent seasonal ebb and flow of cryptocurrency prices is the tax situation in the various territories that have the highest concentrations of cryptocurrency holders. Every year we see an overall market pull back beginning in mid to late January, with a recovery beginning usually after April. This is because “Tax Season” is roughly the same across Europe and the United States, with the deadline for Income tax returns being April 15th in the United States, and the tax year officially ending the UK on the 6th of April. All capital gains must be declared before the window closes or an American trader will face the powerful and long arm of the IRS with the consequent legal proceedings and possible jail time. Capital gains taxes around the world vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but there are often incentives for cryptocurrency holders to refrain from trading for over a year to qualify their profits as long term gain when they finally sell. In the US and Australia, for example, capital gains are reduced if you bought cryptocurrency for investment purposes and held it for over a year. In Germany if crypto assets are held for over a year then the gains derived from their sale are not taxed. Advantages like this apply to individual tax returns, on a case by case basis, and it is up to the investor to keep up to date with the tax codes of the territory in which they reside. 2013 Bull run vs 2017 Bull run price Analysis In late 2016 cryptocurrency traders were faced with the task of distinguishing between the beginnings of a genuine bull run and what might colorfully be called a “dead cat bounce” (in traditional market terminology). Stagnation had gripped the market since the pull-back of early 2014. The meteoric rise of Bitcoin’s price in 2013 peaked with a price of $1,100 in November 2013, after a year of fantastic news on the adoption front with both Microsoft and PayPal offering BTC payment options. It is easy to look at a line going up on a chart and speak after the fact, but at the time, it is exceeding difficult to say whether the cat is actually climbing up the wall, or just bouncing off the ground. Here, we will discuss the factors that gave savvy investors clues as to why the 2017 bull run was going to outstrip the 2013 rally. Hopefully this will help give insight into how to differentiate between the signs of a small price increase and the start of a full scale bull run. Most importantly, Volume was far higher in 2017. As we can see in the graphic below, the 2017 volume far exceeds the volume of BTC trading during the 2013 price increase. The stranglehold MtGox held on trading made a huge bull run very difficult and unlikely. Fraud & Immoral Activity in the Private Market Ponzi Schemes Cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes will be covered in greater detail in Lesson 7, but we need to get a quick overview of the main features of Ponzi schemes and how to spot them at this point in our discussion. Here are some key indicators of a Ponzi scheme, both in cryptocurrencies and traditional investments: A guaranteed promise of high returns with little risk. Consistentflow of returns regardless of market conditions. Investments that have not been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Investment strategies that are a secret, or described as too complex. Clients not allowed to view official paperwork for their investment. Clients have difficulties trying to get their money back. The initial members of the scheme, most likely unbeknownst to the later investors, are paid their “dividends” or “profits” with new investor cash. The most famous modern-day example of a Ponzi scheme in the traditional world, is Bernie Madoff’s $100 billion fraudulent enterprise, officially titled Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. And in the crypto world, BitConnect is the most infamous case of an entirely fraudulent project which boasted a market cap of $2 billion at its peak. What are the Exchange Hacks? The history of cryptocurrency is littered with examples of hacked exchanges, some of them so severe that the operation had to be wound up forever. As we have already discussed, incredibly tech savvy and intelligent computer hackers led by Alexander Vinnik stole 850000 BTC from the MtGox exchange over a period from 2012–2014 resulting in the collapse of the exchange and a near-crippling hammer blow to the emerging asset class that is still being felt to this day. The BitGrail exchange suffered a similar style of attack in late 2017 and early 2018, in which Nano (XRB) was stolen that was at one point was worth almost $195 million. Even Bitfinex, one of the most famous and prestigious exchanges, has suffered a hack in 2016 where $72 million worth of BTC was stolen directly from customer accounts. Hardware Wallet Scam Case Study In late 2017, an unfortunate character on Reddit, going by the name of “moody rocket” relayed his story of an intricate scam in which his newly acquired hardware wallet was compromised, and his $34,000 life savings were stolen. He bought a second hand Nano ledger into which the scammers own recover seed had already been inserted. He began using the ledger without knowing that the default seed being used was not a randomly assigned seed. After a few weeks the scammer struck, and withdrew all the poor HODLer’s XRP, Dash and Litecoin into their own wallet (likely through a few intermediary wallets to lessen the very slim chances of being identified). Hardware Wallet Scam Case Study Social Media Fraud Many gullible and hapless twitter users have fallen victim to the recent phenomenon of scammers using a combination of convincing fake celebrity twitter profiles and numerous amounts of bots to swindle them of ETH or BTC. The scammers would set up a profile with a near identical handle to a famous figure in the tech sphere, such as Vitalik Buterin or Elon Musk. And then in the tweet, immediately following a genuine message, follow up with a variation of “Bonus give away for the next 100 lucky people, send me 0.1 ETH and I will send you 1 ETH back”, followed by the scammers ether wallet address. The next 20 or so responses will be so-called sockpuppet bots, thanking the fake account for their generosity. Thus, the pot is baited and the scammers can expect to receive potentially hundreds of donations of 0.1 Ether into their wallet. Many twitter users with a large follower base such as Vitalik Buterin have taken to adding “Not giving away ETH” to their username to save careless users from being scammed. Market Manipulation It also must be recognized that market manipulation is taking place in cryptocurrency. For those with the financial means i.e. whales, there are many ways in which to control the market in a totally immoral and underhanded way for your own profit. It is especially easy to manipulate cryptos that have a very low trading volume. The manipulator places large buy orders or sell walls to discourage price action in one way or the other. Insider trading is also a significant problem in cryptocurrency, as we saw with the example of blatant insider trading when Bitcoin Cash was listed on Coinbase. Examples of ICO Fraudulent Company Behavior In the past 2 years an astronomical amount of money has been lost in fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings. The utmost care and attention must be employed before you invest. We will cover this area in greater detail with a whole lesson devoted to the topic. However, at this point, it is useful to look at the main instances of ICO fraud. Among recent instances of fraudulent ICOs resulting in exit scams, 2 of the most infamous are the Benebit and PlexCoin ICOs which raised $4 million for the former and $15 million for the latter. Perhaps the most brazen and damaging ICO scam of all time was the Vietnamese Pincoin ICO operation, where $660million was raised from 32,000 investors before the scammer disappeared with the funds. In case of smaller ICO “exit scamming” there is usually zero chance of the scammers being found. Investors must just take the hit. We will cover these as well as others in Lesson 7 “Scam Projects”. Signposts of Fraudulent Actors The following factors are considered red flags when investigating a certain project or ICO, and all of them should be considered when deciding whether or not you want to invest. Whitepaper is a buzzword Salad: If the whitepaper is nothing more than a collection of buzzwords with little clarity of purpose and not much discussion of the tech involved, it is overwhelmingly likely you are reading a scam whitepaper. Signposts of Fraudulent Actors §2 No Code Repository: With the vast majority of cryptocurrency projects employing open source code, your due diligence investigation should start at GitHub or Sourceforge. If the project has no entries, or nothing but cloned code, you should avoid it at all costs. Anonymous Team: If the team members are hard to find, or if you see they are exaggerating or lying about their experience, you should steer clear. And do not forget, in addition to taking proper precautions when investing in ICOs, you must always make sure that you are visiting authentic web pages, especially for web wallets. If, for example, you are on a spoof MyEtherWallet web page you could divulge your private key without realizing it and have your entire portfolio of Ether and ERC-20 tokens cleaned out. Methods to Avoid falling Victim Avoiding scammers and the traps they set for you is all about asking yourself the right questions, starting with: Is there a need for a Blockchain solution for the particular problem that a particular ICO is attempting to solve? The existing solution may be less costly, less time consuming, and more effective than the proposals of a team attempting to fill up their soft cap in an ICO. The following quote from Mihai Ivascu, the CEO of Modex, should be kept in mind every time you are grading an ICO’s chances of success: “I’m pretty sure that 95% of ICOswill not last, and many will go bankrupt. ….. not everything needs to be decentralized and put on an open source ledger.” Methods to Avoid falling Victim §2 Do I Trust These People with My Money, or Not? If you continue to feel uneasy about investing in the project, more due diligence is needed. The developers must be qualified and competent enough to complete the objectives that they have set out in the whitepaper. Is this too good to be true? All victims of the well-known social media scams using fake profiles of Vitalik Buterin, or Bitconnect investors for that matter, should have asked themselves this simple question, and their investment would have been saved. In the case of Bitconnect, huge guaranteed gains proportional to the amount of people you can get to sign up was a blatant pyramid scheme, obviously too good to be true. The same goes for Fake Vitalik’s offer of 1 ether in exchange for 0.1 ETH. Selling Cryptocurrencies, Several reasons for selling with the appropriate actions to take: If you are selling to buy into an ICO, or maybe believe Ether is a safer currency to hold for a certain period of time, it is likely you will want to make use of the Ether pair and receive Ether in return. Obviously if the ICO is on the NEO or WANchain blockchain for example, you will use the appropriate pair. -Trading to buy into another promising project that is listing on the exchange on which you are selling (or you think the exchange will experience a large amount of volume and become a larger exchange), you may want to trade your cryptocurrency for that exchange token. -If you believe that BTC stands a good chance of experiencing a bull run then using the BTC trading pair is the suitable choice. -If you believe that the market is about to experience a correction but you do not want to take your gains out of the market yet, selling for Tether or “tethering up” is the best play. This allows you to keep your locked-in profits on the exchange, unaffected by the price movements in the cryptocurrency markets,so that you can buy back in at the most profitable moment. -If you wish to “cash out” i.e. sell your cryptocurrency for fiat currency and have those funds in your bank account, the best pair to use is ETH or BTC because you will likely have to transfer to an exchange like Kraken or Coinbase to convert them into fiat. If the exchange offers Litecoin or Bitcoin Cash pairs it could be a good idea to use these for their fast transaction time and low fees. Selling Cryptocurrencies Knowing when and how to sell, as well as strategies to inflate the value of your trade before sale, are important skills as a trader of any product or financial instrument. If you are satisfied that the sale itself of the particular amount of a token or coin you are trading away is the right one, then you must decide at what price you are going to sell. Exchanges exercise their own discretion as to which trading “pairs” they will offer, but the most common ones are BTC, ETH, BNB for Binance, BIX for Bibox etc., and sometimes Tether (USDT) or NEO. As a trader, you decide which particular cryptocurrency to exchange depending on your reason for making that specific trade at that time. Methods of Sale Market sell/Limit sell on exchange: A limit sell is an order placed on an exchange to sell as soon as (also specifically only if and when) the price you specified has been hit within the time limit you select. A market order executes the sale immediately at the best possible price offered by the market at that exact time. OTC (or Over the Counter) selling refers to sale of securities or cryptocurrencies in any method without using an exchange to intermediate the trade and set the price. The most common way of conducting sales in this manner is through LocalBitcoins.com. This method of cryptocurrency selling is far riskier than using an exchange, for obvious reasons. The influence and value of your Trade There are a number of strategies you can use to appreciate the value of your trade and thus increase the Bitcoin or Ether value of your portfolio. It is important to disassociate yourself from the dollar value of your portfolio early on in your cryptocurrency trading career simply because the crypto market is so volatile you will end up pulling your hair out in frustration following the real dollar money value of your holdings. Once your funds have been converted into BTC and ETH they are completely in the crypto sphere. (Some crypto investors find it more appropriate to monitor the value of their portfolio in satoshi or gwei.) Certainly not limited to, but especially good for beginners, the most reliable way to increase your trading profits, and thus the overall value and health of your portfolio, is to buy into promising projects, hold them for 6 months to a year, and then reevaluate. This is called Long term holding and is the tactic that served Bitcoin HODLers quite well, from 2013 to the present day. Obviously, if something comes to light about the project that indicates a lengthy set back is likely, it is often better to cut your losses and sell. You are better off starting over and researching other projects. Also, you should set initial Price Points at which you first take out your original investment, and then later, at which you take out all your profits and exit the project. That should be after you believe the potential for growth has been exhausted for that particular project. Another method of increasing the value of your trades is ICO flipping. This is the exact opposite of long term holding. This is a technique in which you aim for fast profits taking advantage of initial enthusiasm in the market that may double or triple the value of ICO projects when they first come to market. This method requires some experience using smaller exchanges like IDEX, on which project tokens can be bought and sold before listing on mainstream exchanges. “Tethering up” means to exchange tokens or coins for the USDT stable coin, the value of which is tethered to the US Dollar. If you learn, or know how to use, technical analysis, it is possible to predict when a market retreatment is likely by looking at the price movements of BTC. If you decide a market pull back is likely, you can tether up and maintain the dollar value of your portfolio in tether while other tokens and coins decrease in value. The you wait for an opportune moment to reenter the market. Market Behavior in Different Time Periods The main descriptors used for overall market sentiment are “Bull Market” and “Bear Market”. The former describes a market where people are buying on optimism. The latter describes a market where people are selling on pessimism. Fun (or maybe not) fact: The California grizzly bear was brought to extinction by the love of bear baiting as a sport in the mid 1800s. Bears were highly sought after for their intrinsic fighting qualities, and were forced into fighting bulls as Sunday morning entertainment for Californians. What has this got to do with trading and financial markets? The downward swipe of the bear’s paws gives a “Bear market” its name and the upward thrust of a Bull’s horns give the “Bull Market” its name. Most unfortunately for traders, the bear won over 80% of the bouts. During a Bull market, optimism can sometimes grow to be seemingly boundless, volume is rising, and prices are ascending. It can be a good idea to sell or rebalance your portfolio at such a time, especially if you have a particularly large position in one holding or another. This is especially applicable if you need to sell a large amount of a relatively low-volume holding, because you can then do so without dragging the price down by the large size of your own sell order. Learn more on common behavioral patterns observed so far in the cryptocurrency space for different coins and ICO tokens. Follow the link: UBAI.co If you want to know how do security tokens work, and become a professional in crypto world contact me via Facebook to get all the details: Facebook
This was my response to someone who thanked me for my post last week, as they followed my advice and sold out off all their cryptos, and, of course, saved a fortune: My timing was perfect, but I have to admit that I did get a bit lucky on just how perfect. After all, it was only minutes after my post that Facebook announced their ad ban and, of course, I had no idea about that. In my mind, I figured the cryptos would start tanking within the next 12 to 24 hours, not within a few minutes. But, either way, I’m glad you took my advice and saved yourself some money. That being said, the crypto-rout has only begun. The next stop is below $5,000, and then right down to $2400 after that. There will definitely be some dead-cat bounces along the way, but the party is definitely over, at least for these so-called “crypto-currencies,” which are actually unregulated “crypto-stocks” that the SEC was too slow and too stupid to put a freeze on. What you're going to see next is a new set of REAL cryptocurrencies—meaning, they have the backing of central govs.—as well as closed-loop token offerings within certain defined industries. But that is not where the money is going to be made. Instead, the money is going to be made in companies that use block-chain technology to disrupt various industries, and they will build real businesses around that. The days of speculating in what are actually unregistered "crypto-stocks” disguised as “currencies" are over. As I predicted back in October, there was simply no way that the major governments of the world would or could allow this; for better or worse, controlling the money supply is the key to controlling EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, and they were not going to let that slip away under any circumstance. From their perspective, losing control of the money supply always was, is and will be a patent impossibility. On top of that, the level of fraud and deceit, combined with the various inefficiencies that plague the current crop of cryptos, makes them good for (almost) nothing but wild speculation and the funding of illegal activities. Rather, It’s the next evolution of cryptos where the magic will be, and they will not offer massive upside potential for speculators (as they shouldn't). Instead, they are going to use blockchain technology to make certain types of transactions far more efficient and give power back to the people for things that the various central governments will be totally okay with, like tracking medical records, voting, shipping, the facilitation of various types of financial transactions (that will still be supervised by banks) ... etc. Meanwhile, this whole speculative currency play that surrounds bitcoin and its babies is a complete sham, and it is already starting to cause people massive financial pain, despite the fact that this is only the pre-crash. The real crash is right on the horizon, and will be characterized by a one day decline of at least 40%, with the various crypto-exchanges locking up, which means providing zero liquidity on the way down. And while I'm not sure what day that will happen, it will be triggered by a combination of (1) increased (and coordinated) regulatory intervention, along the lines of what's happening now in India, South Korea etc. (2) the realization that tether was a massive fraud used to support bitcoin when selling pressure came in (3) a coordinated effort by the world's money center banks to make it virtually impossible to use bitcoin and its babies in the real world (4) the discovery that many of these so-called "hacks" were actually cover-ups for other crimes, like nonexistent coins and insider-theft (5) indictments being issued against the players who have been orchestrating the various market manipulations and (6) the previous 5 things leading to the end of what we used to call, back in the day: “the illusion of prosperity," which is what’s actually behind this giant bubble. You see, it’s the illusion of prosperity - meaning, people who bought cryptos thought they' were making money based on the publicly quoted price, despite the fact that if a bunch of them had tried to sell at the same time, they would have found out that they were holding worthless instruments. And while, of course, there will be some people who were smart enough to convert back into dollars and stay out for good, when this all over, that group will be few and far between.
Happy New Year, Infernites! What a year it’s been, and what a year we’re going to have in 2019! We start the year much as we ended the last one: in a holding pattern, waiting for this market cycle to play out one way or the other. In the last few days, we’ve seen an increasing number of people calling the bottom as bitcoin soared over 30% from its 2018 low of $3,122. Conversely, plenty of analysts see it as no more than a dead cat bounce and are waiting for the bears to take over once again. Looking at the charts, it’s pretty neutral. RSI is reading a little oversold on the daily and 4h, but only just. There’s support at $3,600 we haven’t convincingly broken since the bounce from $3,100; equally, though, bitcoin has posted a series of lower highs after failing to maintain $4,250. Combine that with thin holiday trading volumes, and you have a powder keg for manipulation and sudden moves. Volumes have dropped off a cliff over the last week and so nothing that happens can be considered definitive until they pick up again, which will presumably happen over the coming days as the holidays end. https://cryptoinferno.org/analysis/tuesday-inferno-market-update-4/
Conversations with a Dev, Insight into the workings behind our coin.
This is a copy of a discussion I had with one of the dogecoin Devs, I think it is an important read as the original post dissapeared of the front page pretty quick, it was, enlightening. [–]rnicollReference client dev 8 points 23 hours ago We need a stable reference client whatever we do next. 1.7 will be that client, but we need more testing. We'll hopefully have a beta release in the next few days, but until they any testing on the alpha release would be greatly appreciated: http://www.reddit.com/dogecoin/comments/224vix/dogecoin_17_alpha_1_such_test_wow_much_feedback/ That out of the way; a coin derives value through utility. To make a coin useful, it must be accepted. For it be accepted, merchants must see acceptance as a cost-effective option. One of the issues they're going to wonder about, to my mind, is software stability. We keep having major updates which fork the blockchain or have problems with the RPC daemon. 1.7 is our solution to that; a massively improved client based on the Bitcoin 0.9 client, with a far more in depth testing period than previous releases. It means we're leaping to the front of the altcoins in technical basis, and providing a rock solid foundation for adoption. Meanwhile, we have documentation projects ongoing in security and standards both to further aide adoption, and to enable alternative implementations. Edit: Going to bed, not ignoring any replies, but unlikely to get back to you until after work tomorrow. permalinksavereportgive goldreply [–]Master565[S] 1 point 16 hours ago That sounds great! I wish I could help you test, but I'm on the wrong computer in the wrong country right now. [–]junkyardmessiah 6 points 23 hours ago All things being equal however , as a Dev , do you see a problem is the current Sfire situation , 25gh is pointed at us and he is dumping mass quantities of Doge into the wafflepool for BTC using his asic farm. Last count it was over 1.1 billion coins in the past week alone. I can pull up the graphs, But I think you already know about this. Initial acceptance by merchants is not going to consist of true believers of the 1 doge = 1 doge principal . If you look at BTC and Tiger direct , pricing directly matches BTC = fiat. So any principle based on the idea that merchants are going to look to anything but what the coin can be turned into as an aspect of Fiat is ... silly, I knwo the mantra of 1doge = 1 doge sounds nice , but untill we have inter business trading of the currency between them. 1 doge is going to be worth .0003 cents [–]rnicollReference client dev 4 points 22 hours ago Painfully aware of SFire. Honestly, I'm more worried about the continual drops in BTC/USD pricing. If you follow the price closely, we get further hammered down when BTC dips, so we're getting double the pain. We're losing ground to BTC, and that's not great, but that's about 10% of the total drop we're seeing. I can't do much for BTC though, so lets get back to mining. Okay; merged mining won't fix the price, as far as I can tell. We'd about break-even (I reckon) vs LTC miners dumping DOGE, vs DOGE miners dumping LTC. It would probably massively reduce risk of a 51% attack, but that's all. For that, we take on the risk of any major problems with LTC will also hit us, and as we expand over time it becomes harder to "de-merge" later. Lastly, it would likely trash many of our mining pools, who would be too small to find any blocks, vs LTC miners. Moving to a CPU mining algorithm would probably just hand us to botnets, instead of ASIC farms. I've seen this before, certainly. So lets say we decide to move to a GPU mining algorithm of one sort or another. We still need a stable client we know we can modify, and people report problems with 1.6, so we have to get 1.7 done first. Hence we need testing of 1.7. We then implement a new PoW, and at some point branch. Presuming we don't have any unexpected problems with the branch, or introduce any critical bugs while editing core parts of the code, we make it harder to copy to/from DOGE mining, but if we're still the most profitable coin, people will still mine us (although with GPU farms rather than ASIC). We also inherently accept the environmental cost of all that GPU power. Oh, and we have to remain hopeful that no bright pure maths PhD student finds a way of optimising the hashing algorithm which gives them a huge performance boost over everyone else (essentially acting as a software ASIC). In summary; we're getting to the end of the development period for 1.7 and looking at 1.8 will do, but no answer that's been proposed is clearly superior to all others. [–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 18 hours ago Well I do thank you for the response, Just I really hope we can move towards an answer abit faster. right now we are in the sub 80's and still dropping in value. I think the fact we are tied to BTC as our peg is another thing that is killing us . we need to be tied directly to Fiat if we stand a chance. I'd rather not have our currency tied to possible future Mt GOX events. it really needs to stand on its own, But again value right now is reflected in fiat. This is a bad situation all the way around . But here is the question . is there ANYTHING the community can do to stop this falling value and turn it around, from the obvious. I have bought all of the coin I can right now and am mining my ass off. I am accepting the coin at my business on small items right now but need to pay rent and they don't take Doge. ... yet I don't want the coin so I can just dump it like Sfire does for BTC/Fiat. Is there a crucial thing each of us can do to change the current stalemate of the deflationary machine that is Waffle or multipools?. Where do we toss our Sabots into the gears of our destruction? I am my wits end , all I can see as a clear winner might be that we need a mixed POW/POS algo with 25% Scrypt, 25% Scrypt-n or scrypt jane, 25% CPU, 25% POS. If such a thing were a possible fix . and the devs need money to develop it, .. will you take a check? permalinksaveparenteditdeletereply [–]rnicollReference client dev 1 point 11 hours ago runs back to the thread, out of breath Sorry, so many posts, keep losing track. Well, good news to start with, we apparently just jumped back up again. Praying this isn't a dead cat bounce (seriously, that's a term, I'm not making this up). Hoping other devs will chip in on suggestions; my background is trading-heavy, so I'm mostly thinking about things such as whether we can get UPS to accept Dogecoin (so merchants pay shipping costs in Dogecoin without exchanging through). I'm also wondering about seeing if we can pay taxes in Dogecoin, because I know HMRC takes debit cards, and if Dogecoin is cheaper to accept why not... We've also just had a working implementation of merged mining for Litecoin submitted to Github, which I imagine will be the major topic of discussion over the weekend, as obviously it reduces the work for that route by a lot. If anyone has the technical skills, a P2P multipool would be a way of avoiding Wafflepool scenarios by enabling those who want to make immediate profit to hop target without centralising their mining. This is where someone tells me we have one already, of course... Oh, also, you know we're 14 days (give or take) from halvening? So SFire's rewards will halve on the 25th (again, give or take a bit), along with everyone else's? permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 6 hours ago Well I can hope things will be better by the next halvening But I suspect the percentage of low level miners will drop off since it just won't be worth it anymore. I suspect that regardless of the halvening his percentage of the % total coins mined will be the same. But there is a rumor that with the profits hes made so far that his goal is 50gh. and he has done some testing https://pools.rapidhash.net/pool/5 As for the sudden jump , A whale bought 101 million last night for his attempt to a pump and dump. I am not expecting much. So lets break it down, it is a simple question , What at present is off the table or is just undoable in time to bring our value up by the 10k block rewards. and what CAN be done by the devs. to me there there is only one thing that will guarantee a price boost and keep people mining. Drop the 5 billion deflationary yearly to 1.5 % or drop it completely, if the coin is too cheap and we cannot keep miners on it it is dead. simple enough. permalinksaveparenteditdeletereply [–]rnicollReference client dev 1 point 4 hours ago Off the table? Well, we're not going to merge-mine with BTC, fairly certain of that at least! For 25th (halvening); probably most things would need more time, but most changes we could have in testing and potentially released ready for a higher block number, by then. Changing block rewards would need overwhelming support from the community to do. Honestly, I think people would call for our heads if we tried it. Notably, last halvening the price did nearly double in the week or two beforehand. That's part of why we're mostly favouring doing nothing; historically actually things look bad, but do get better. You can also dig into Bitcoin's history for examples of this. Interestingly, someone just submitted a patch for Litecoin merged mining. I'd definitely not want to be the one to make a call that we know will crush whole mining pools, but it means the option's there if it gained real support. As to changing PoW - I'm going to be talking contingencies with other devs tonight, see what we can come up between us. Again, there's mostly concern that if this goes wrong, we can do a lot more damage to the coin than SFire and a halvening is doing... permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 2 hours ago Thank you for being frank and honest with us , Let the other Devs Know a weekly update on the front page would be really really helpful for bolstering confidence that there is actual direction to the madness that is Dogecoin A big question here is how do we gauge support? It is all over the place, voting system would be nice. with some protections against bots and nobody can vote with an account younger the 5 days from the time of the vote would be good too. Debate could be held on reddit , voting on on dogcoin.com I think a lot of angst and worry is due to the feeling of not "really " having control of the destiny of dogecoin. That it is up to the devs to make decisions on the smattering of posts that are scattered all over this sub. We need a cohesive way to express our opinions . If you make the reasoned case for block reward changes , you might be surprised by the reaction you get. Please put it to the others that if we could have more interaction and more regular updates it would go well for all of us and inspire confidence . which can also help bring our value up. permalinksaveparenteditdeletereply [–]rnicollReference client dev 1 point 1 hour ago It's worth keeping in mind we're still just assembling organisational structure. Clients up to 1.5 inclusive were led by the founders, 1.6 was lleti and rog1121, and 1.7 is now leofidus, langerhans and myself. So; we're working on communication with you guys, as soon as we've got it sorted amongst ourselves :) Attempts so far to have go-betweens assist us with communication have given an impression of an isolated elite, so yeah, it's a work in progress. Anyway; yes, there's predictably been extended and expressive discussion for several hours, and we think we've got a least bad solution. I'm getting everyone involved to confirm they're happy with the idea in principal, but it looks like we're going to try beating the multipools at their own game, by building a better multipool which is less hostile to DOGE. That's as much as is concrete so far, I can literally see the conversation progressing in another window, and the other two core devs are both offline anyway. I definitely want to see if I can get a weekly "What we've done, what we've learnt, what we've thought about but didn't do, what you can do to help" blog post or similar, and I may get the first done this weekend (if not, next). There is a hell of a lot happening (for example implementing the Bitcoin payment protocol for Doge, security whitepapers, writing formal specifications to go to the IETF) that people don't see... permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreply [–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 57 minutes ago Okay that is at least something. It is like trying to pull back the curtain of the wizards of doge only to see them scrambling like mad pulling levers and pushing buttons/ I would like to post this discussion we have had in a new post to get it some more visibility if you would be okay with that. I really do hope the next Halvening will show some results. But I think most expected a lot more out of the last one. I think all of us would like to hear about the "least bad" solution, and what it means for the coin. [–]rnicollReference client dev [score hidden] 43 minutes ago* If you want to see us at work, the #dogecoin-dev channel on Freenode's an excellent idea. I'm there if I'm working, and the other two currently active devs are frequently around too. It's... well, busy, and I can't guarantee you'll see stuff that interests you, but it does let you see what's going on. As to a new post; I'm unfussed. Anything I'm posting I presume I'll come back to discover a few thousand shibes have spotted and suddenly read. That said, because weekends are when I can get my head down and make progress, I'll be less chatty on reddit, fair warning. At the moment everyone in the room seems reasonably happy that the best thing to do is to provide better mining software to pull people such as SFire away from single pools. I think there's also the intent to have the pools generate DOGE by default instead of BTC, but even if that's not something people could work with, we can at least implement much better trading algorithms (that's well within my skillset). That said, others are taking the lead there, I'm going to be focusing on technical documentation; a security specialist is working on guidelines for using cryptocurrency safely (for merchants and similar) with some guidance from myself, and I'm hoping to make a start on formal documentation as soon as the Bitcoin payment protocol stuff is done.
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