Hey Brawlers! Heist is one of Brawl Star’s game modes. It’s a 3v3 mode where there are two teams: an offense and a defense team. The offense team tries to shoot open a safe, while the defenders try to prevent this from happening.
Heist may seem difficult to master in the beginning, as you either try to stage a hopeless defense or try to crack an impenetrable defense.
However, it’s a fun game mode in brawl stars, and is usually less stress-free than Smash and Grab (where I usually rage quit and the end.) Here are some tips to help you improve when playing this mode.
Top Five Tips For Defense
1. Take Control Of Chokepoints
In Heist maps, usually, the attackers will be forced to come through narrow chokepoints. Take advantage of this and set up traps for the enemy as they come through.
Some great players to do this are Shelley, Barley, and Bo. Shelley can stand in bushes near the entry points and finish the attackers in a couple of hits. Barley can splash a group of attackers and build up his super to completely annihilate anyone standing near the chokepoints.
Finally, Bo with his mines can completely shut off any choke point and probably re-build up his super once the three explosions wipe out the enemy team.
2. Use Barriers To Your Advantage In Heist Maps, the defense team is provided with barriers, as well as a protection wall around the safe.
Brawlers like Spike or Barley can take cover behind them and inflict splash damage on the attackers easily. If you’re playing a brawler which can’t shoot over walls, they still provide enough cover to regenerate health or, in the unique case of Rico, still deal damage to the enemy.
One thing you don’t want to do is to all hide behind the main barrier wall protecting the safe. This allows the enemy control brawlers to splash your whole team at once and also for the enemy team to advance farther than possible if your team was deployed around the chokepoint.
3. Prioritize Targets
If there’s a Barley coming straight at your safe with a full super built up, you want your whole team to focus on him obviously. However, if there’s a lone Bull chipping away at your safe, you don’t want your whole team to give up their positions around a chokepoint to stop him.
I’ve seen many teams do this, and while they stop an additional 200 damage done to their safe, the rest of the enemy team slips through and deals even more damage.
The best option is to send one team member back to stop him. Since communication is tough to say the least in Brawl Stars, then if you see another team member on the job already, you should just focus on defending from the rest of the attackers.
4. Switch Positions Often
If you stay in the same position all the time, the enemy will know to fire blindly into the bushes to your approximate area. Instead, continuously move around and switch between different chokepoints.
Don’t let your team get caught up defending a two man attack and miss out on that Colt coming in with his super charged. Checking on the full defensive area required can prevent damage being dealt to your safe.
5. Don’t Use Your Supers on Existing Defensive Structures
I know this sounds obvious, but in the heat of the moment, a Shelley could accidentally use her super to take out an attacker plus some of the main barrier wall. Whatever you do, try to avoid this from happening. So, try not to place mines to close to walls or use Barley’s
Whatever you do, try to avoid this from happening. So, try not to place mines to close to walls or use Barley’s super against the enemy using a barrier as cover.
So, try not to place mines to close to walls or use Barley’s super against the enemy using a barrier as cover.
Another defensive advantage you have is the grass. It provides cover and ambush sites. However, supers can easily take it out, so try to use the supers before the enemy reaches the grass, not after.
Top Three Tips For Offense
1) Try to Break Down Defensive Barriers
The best characters for this are Colt and Bull. Both supers fire in a straight line, which means they can get past the enemy and get access to the safe. This potential draws the defenders to solely focus on you, which allows your teammates to get to the safe as well.
Splash players such as Brock or Barley can take out the enemy team hidden in a mass of grass while removing the enemy’s cover as well.
Additionally, if the enemy is taking cover behind a defensive structure, you can take out the defensive wall as well as the enemy as a plus.
2) Distraction, Support, and Infiltration
There are three major roles to a successful offensive team. The first is the distraction. The distraction can be a tank such as El Primo or Bull. Both have high health and can draw the defenders to over-committing themselves to stop you.
Besides tanking for teammates, both tanks have supers to move quickly towards a destination, in this case, the safe. They can both deal massive close range damage while drawing the enemy team to stop you. In both cases, they distract the enemy team for long enough for glass cannons like Colt to get past the enemy and deal damage to the safe.
In both cases, they distract the enemy team for long enough for glass cannons like Colt to get past the enemy and deal damage to the safe.
The second teammate should be support for the tank. While the tank is up front, the support team mate such as Barley or Brock should be trying to take out the enemy team.
Finally, while the two man team is trying to engage the defense, the infiltration person (Colt, Shelley) should be trying to slip past the defense and deal major damage to the safe. They can use their supers to take down the major barrier to make the job easier for their teammates too.
3) Support Brawlers Should Take Cover
Usually, there are barriers on the attacking side of the river. Offensive brawlers should take cover behind those in order to deal damage and regen health at the same time. Similarly, if you are assaulting the safe, it’s best to hide behind the
Similarly, if you are assaulting the safe, it’s best to hide behind the spawn point barriers so that the enemy will be forced to move to a parallel position to you, giving you more time to regen or deal damage to their safe
Top Two Tips Overall
1) Pick a Balanced Character
Since there is a ½ chance that you could be placed on offense or defense, it’s best to pick a character good at both. Examples of this are Barley or El Primo, who can both function equally as well on defense as on offense.
Unless you want to gamble or have a strategy worked out with your teammates already, its best not to pick overly defensive characters such as Bo or overly offensive characters like Colt.
2) Communication Plays an Important Role in Every Brawl Star Game
In the case of Heist, communication can help team members dole out roles, or tell which players to go where.
If you do not have in game chatting, you can still work out a plan before hand; this will give you a major advantage over most other teams, who mainly work independently.
If you do have in game chatting, use it to your advantage. Tell your teammates to flank, where to direct their supers, and what to do.
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