Before I start, I would like to first say that this thread is NOT:
-Intended to be an attack on hardcore Gnasher users (though I'm sure some people will take it that way)
-A trolling thread (though I'm sure some people will take it that way)
-A thread detailing how the SO is better than the Gnasher
-An "adapt" thread (I used to hate those as usually the people who said it actually weren't very good)
-An attempt to convert those comfortable with the Gnasher or who want to learn to be confortable with the Gnasher to the SO (as I believe you need to learn to use both to be successful)
-For those who didn't take the time out to read it because it was too long, and want to advertise their laziness/illiteracy with "tl/dr (10 char)" (but do commentas every comment bumps this thread to the front page)
This thread is :
-Intended for those who aren't comfortable with the Gnasher but don't want to switch for fear of being seen as a noob
-For people who already use the SO and are good with it, but feel they must "upgrade" to the Gnasher
-For people who blindly look down on SO users based on other people's opinions
-For people that are ashamed for using the SO
-An attempt to validate the SO playstyle to the aforementioned parties by derailing common myths associated with the gun
And now that that's taken care of, let's get started...
As a corner camping tool, despite the wide spread, the SO very ineffective at corner camping due to its longer reload time and shorter range. The optimum loadout for the corner camper is Gnasher/Retro as both are very effetive at holding a corner, especially against smarter, more aware opponents, while the Gnasher is still as effective at taking out the less aware opponents that round the corner.The SO is only used for and by corner campers.
I put these two together because they are often lumped together by those that perpetuate this myth. Despite the wide angle of effectiveness, the SO does require a significant amount of aiming. However, unlike the Gnasher, the SO presents a unique challenge as the effective range of the gun starves the user of the luxury of hardaiming. While the Gnasher is harder to aim, missing with the Gnasher is not penalized as hard as missing with the SO. In addition, the Gnasher isn't exactly a sniper rifle, and is blind-aimed in the exact same way as the SO in close-range combat. As for skill, most of the skills a skilled Gnasher users needs are very necessary for the SO, especially when going against Gnasher users and other SO users which leads me to my next myth:People who use the SO do so because it doesn't require aiming/skill.
I personally love this myth, because I like the surprise that Gnasher users get when they discover I wallbounce just as well as they do. Due to the hit-and-run playstyle of the SO, it is required that in order to get away to live to fire another shot when dealing with a skilled Gnasher user or even another skilled SO user, one must be able to dodge their opponent's (or opponents') shots for the time it takes to reload their gun (and possibly to get back in range). I found my wallbouncing and dodging skills got better when using the SO.SO users don't/can't wallbounce, use cover, and/or generally maneuver as well as a Gnasher user.
Because of the long reload time, teammates with other weapons, the man-up rule, scarcity of ammo for the gun, scarcity of SO players, the long reload time, and the general playstyle of the SO, among other things, SO duels generally don't happen. That doesn't mean one isn't impossible, though, but they are very rare. I've only gotten into one that I could remember and I've been playing since around October (not counting the beta). I'm willing to be in one, but usually, like other SO users, I just pull out my AR, which bring me to my next point:There is no such thing as a SO duel.
We already discussed the aiming myth for the SO, and this isn't a debate about Retro Lancer myths. The Retro Lancer is actually a great companion to the SO style of gameplay as it heavily involves fighting Gnasher users in their peak range. Without going deep into SO tactics against Gnasher users, the power of the gun along with the spread and the Retro Charge are great tools in turning the tables on a Gnasher users. Of course, there are occasionally times where the long range of the Hammerburst, or the infinite clip and chainsaw on the Lancer are preferred, and a good SO user does switch accordingly. I'm sure there will even be SO users in the posts after this one who prefer using the Lancer or the Hammerburst as opposed to the Retro.SO users all use the Retro Lancer because both guns require no aiming.
This one is actually very tricky since Rod Ferguson released this statement in the Gears 3 Q&A:The SO is for noobs to get used to the feeling of Gears. It's the equivalent of training wheels.
"We recognize people really like the shotgun gameplay so we wanted to find a way to let new players have that same experience who aren't talented with the Gnasher for example. So we wanted to make a weapon that doesn't require the twitch gameplay of the Gnasher but allows them to have that close quarters combat fun. I know it's a controversial weapon. "
This is interpreted by Gnasher enthusiasts as "the Sawed-off is for noobs who can't cut it with the Gnasher" insead of how it should be intrepreted, "the Sawed-off is an alternate weapon designed for people who just don't want to learn how to use the Gnasher." The SO is supposed to be to the Gnasher what the Hammerburst is to the Lancer, which is an alternate loadout option. Just as you don't use the Hammerburst to get better at the Lancer, you don't use the SO to get better at the Gnasher, or even at Gears of War. You use it because it's better at extremely close ranges than the Gnasher is, and that's the intention. In fact, Lee Perry explained the range capabilities of the weapons as:
Sawed-Off → Gnasher → Retro Lancer → Lancer → Hammerburst
If the Sawed-Off was supposed to be a dumbed-down version of the Gnasher, it wouldn't have its own range. In fact, if it was supposed to be just for newbies,then why is it usable outside of Casual Mode, a mode literally created for players level 10 and below (a.k.a. newbies)? And why is it easy to hardaim down a SOuser with the Gnasher before they could even get to you (if you hit them at the proper range, of course)? Why is it that Gears vets can even use the SO? Of course, this is a very controversial area, but looking at those questions should make you think.
This is actually partially correct. The SO is a hard-counter to the Gnasher...at its proper range. Any skilled Gnasher user worth his/her rank will tell you the Gnasher has no problem with the DBS, as long as you are aware of the range and capabilities of the gun. If you treat the DBS user like you treat another Gnasher user, you will find yourself splattered on very wall you bounced off. However, if the DBS user goes charging in, a Gnasher will have no problem hardaiming the **** out of him/her. All the weapons in this game are balanced by range, and which weapon is best to use at what time is determined by how far the target is away from you. That's why a Retro Lancer can beat a Hammerburst at close range, but the further away you get, the greater the advantage is for the Hammerburst.The SO is a hard-counter to the Gnasher.
I hope this post was at least informative for those planning on using the Sawed-Off or who already do. I would like to restate that it is not my intention to turn anyone off from using the Gnasher or berate any hardcore Gnasher fan, but instead that this post made you accept our Gears who prefer the SO and the playstyle that goes along with it. Of course, if you didn't, I don't ****ing care