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Guide Captain_Oof's Guide to Sky bridge Rushing

Discussion in 'Annihilation' started by Captain_Oof, Aug 12, 2014.

Guide - Captain_Oof's Guide to Sky bridge Rushing
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  1. Captain_Oof Regular Member

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    Sky bridges are a common strategy on many maps since they allow players to bypass the map's terrain and go over the enemy's defenses. Due to Cronos, Kingdom, and Skylands having nexuses exposed to the sky, sky bridges are most common and effective on these maps. They are common but not as effective on Coastal, Canyon, and Hamlet since players would need to go underground to get to the nexus. They are very rarely encountered on Collis because of how tall the mountains are and how resource expensive it is as a result.

    Part 1: Materials and Classes
    Wood is the most common material for sky bridges because wood regenerates and 1 block of wood can be made into 4 planks. Lumberjack is ideal for this part because of their efficiency 1 stone axe and chance of getting double wood drops. Builder can also be useful since they get passive experience while making the sky bridge and can get blocks every 2 minutes. Although wool can only be broken with shears, it takes longer to obtain and is inefficient for sky bridges. You can also break certain structures within your base to get materials such as the bridges in Andorra and Coastal.

    Part 2: The Stairs
    There are 2 ways to do this. The first way is less expensive but is not as fast to climb up.
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    The second way uses stairs to allow faster travel both horizontally and vertically but it also takes more resources to create.
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    The height limit for building is y=160 (y=128 prior to May 2014 and Collis). The stairs should go up at least 32 blocks to reduce the chance of archers hitting your team off the side.

    Part 3: The Bridge
    Once you are at the desired altitude, convert your remaining material into slabs to cover twice as much distance with no extra cost. Sneak and face away from the stairs than place a few slabs. Then you will need to rotate your view so the edge of the slabs forms a downward diagonal line.
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    Hold onto the S and D (or A and S if downward and to the left) buttons and the right mouse button to continue building it. This takes advantage that you sneak faster diagonally. Keep this up until you are above the enemy's base.

    Part 4: The Sky base
    Once you are close enough to the enemy's nexus, use any remaining slabs and build a platform at least 5x5 with a 1 block high wall around the edges. This makes it less likely to be shot off the side. If someone has transporter, they should set one end of their portal system in the sky base to put the team as close to the enemy team as possible. A launchpad should be placed at the far end of the sky base. It is done by placing a stone pressure plate on top of an iron block, gold block, or redstone lamp.
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    The launchpad provides brief fall damage immunity in addition to giving players a high horizontal speed.

    Part 5: Optimizing Speed
    Climbing up the stairs can be done fastest by holding on to Ctrl, W, and spamming the spacebar to repeatedly sprint jump up. Holding Ctrl, W, and spacebar is the fastest way to travel the bridge once at the top. Launchpads have an interesting property that they do not affect the vertical component of a player's speed so the player can increase the distance they travel by sprint jumping and landing on the pressure plate. Acrobats don't need a launchpad to enter the enemy's base since they are immune to fall damage. Any other condition granting fall damage immunity such as using leap as Assassin or recently being hit with a Scorpio's hook can also work for this.
    Transporters can set one end of their portal near spawn and the other inside the sky base to send teammates to the enemy team fastest. Tinkerers can also set their coal and redstone blocks to give haste and speed to rushers for more efficiency. Archers can assist the rushers by shooting at enemy defenders rather than directly going to the nexus. Miner and Handyman are ideal for mining the nexus because of having the best spawning pickaxes and not requiring xp to obtain. Often, the massive amount of players is enough to overwhelm defenders and destroy a nexus.

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    A sky base designed with tinkerer pads and a transporter's portal. Green wool is under the portal to make it harder to break.

  2. Triceratops Silver

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    The launchpad should really be one block up with a wooden block beneath it.
  3. Agent_PvP Platinum

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    Also in maps like coastal you can use the resources of the bridges (slaps, stairs, and wood)
    'A' if you are doing it to left side :wink:
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  4. Drago265 Regular Member

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    if a tinkerer is supporting your bridge the base would be too small.
  5. Captain_Oof Regular Member

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    I have updated the thread with your suggestions.

    Seeing a tinkerer in game is rather rare but the coal block (the one that provides haste) could be placed between the nether quartz ore (transporter's portal) and launchpad.
  6. TheBrainTrain Silver

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    Don't forget to put wool on all sides of the teleporter, enemies can come from below and kill the tp.
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  7. maximus930 Regular Member

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    Another way of getting off of a skybridge that I have seen is to put water in a dispenser so that the water only goes down and the enemy can't come up it. The launch pad is certainly more effective and easily obtainable, but if for whatever reason people would rather go get a dispenser and a water bucket...
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  8. MOAB4leader Platinum

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    Dats dum, they would see the water and the player coming...
  9. maximus930 Regular Member

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    Like I said, the launch pad is more effective. and it's easier to shoot the player coming down with an arrow, but it's still better than just putting a bucket of water off the end and calling it good, right?
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  10. Captain_Oof Regular Member

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    After some people have mentioned the sky base being too small, a larger one with tinkerer pads has been added.
  11. themaster1357911 Regular Member

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    Nice guide :stuck_out_tongue:. However with slabs, you can make stairs you can run up quickly, for no extra cost (2 wood per block climbed).
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  12. Captain_Oof Regular Member

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    The issue with slabs is that it has slower speed vertically and often the terrain will get in the way since the sky bridge doesn't rise quickly enough. Slabs are useful horizontally since they are twice as efficient as using full blocks. Ladders are slower vertically and it is easier to be shot off ladders than a staircase making stairs most desirable for vertical travel.
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  13. scloughley Silver

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    Good guide.
  14. Captain_Oof Regular Member

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  15. DerekSamu2ai Regular Member

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    Good guide, I'm trying to improve upon my horrible sky bridging skills, and this guide helps.
  16. sjsisk_the_white Regular Member

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    me also... thanks
  17. Dudwithacake Regular Member

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    Another trick for saving materials: When building the stairs using stair blocks, use slabs for the supporting blocks.

    When building bridges using builder, alternate blocks used. If you can throw in a wool every few then the bridge becomes significantly harder to remove by the enemy team.

    When using a skybridge, attack with engineer. The explosion caused by your TNT and your death can destroy items that the enemies are using to defend themselves with. Plus if an enemy is towering up, drop some explosives on their head.
  18. phos07 Regular Member

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    Good guide, however i already knew most of these... some i didn't know, so this is a great guide.
    keep adding to it :D
  19. xcw Silver

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    That thread revival though...

    You can also use Gold Blocks/Diamond Blocks (?) + Stone Plates for a launchpad that launches people really far,
    so you won't waste a ton of wood/other on your skybridge.
  20. mycins Silver

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    This necro...

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