I come to these forums a lot and hear people talk theory about guns and scenarios. I hear a lot about the necessity of teamwork and people being unable to win alone. I hear people saying that they can dominate with a lancer, and that they NEVER have problem with wallbouncers. I hear a lot about strategy, tactics, and coordination.
But the thing with me is, very rarely do I see all the things that people talk about here put into play in the real game. I play QM KotH mostly, and when I go into games, I almost never see the things that people pride on this forum being played out. Rarely do I see teamwork, and even the few times that I do, the strategies that people use aren't so great that I really need a counter-strategy to overcome. I, personally, have never needed a team to be successful. I've got a 3.2 WL and that's mostly from me playing alone.
I think that all the forum theory about how the game works lacks a lot of practical relevance. The average player of this game isn't very good at all, and though all the theory about needing a team and all that good stuff may technically be true, it really doesn't translate into law when it comes to the actual players of the game. Because the average player sucks, I am capable of going into a match and carrying the entire team to victory all by myself. Because the average player can't comprehend teamwork, I can dominate all the power weapons in a map by myself. Because the average player doesn't know the shotty metagame, I can consistently win fights where I should be at a disadvantage.
I'll skip to the point of this thread now: When it comes to applicable game strategies, the theory of teamwork is a lot less relevant to the actual game than individual skill. That's what I think, and I think so because I carry teams all the time. Through experience and bettering myself, I've come to understand the game mechanics and the playstyles of different players so well that I can change the course of an entire match by myself, and this, I think, is the skill that is the most relevant to the actual game. Teamwork and tactics and all the theory is good, but only when the players can put it into practice, and you simply can't do that when you're playing with randoms, which is what MOST of the gears community is doing. So if someone ever asks me how to get better at the game, I won't tell them to be a team player. I'll tell them to practice making themselves better. Learn to wallbounce, learn to strafe. Learn different wallbounce styles. Observe player habits. Think of ways to beat a specific thing that another player did to you. My advice to anyone is foremost is to be the best player that they can be. Yes, put everyone else behind you and do what YOU can do. It works for me.