PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds can be rough. Fighting against one hundred other players takes a combination of good gear and precise aiming. But I’ve discovered the game’s most powerful tool: bushes.
My initial strategy when I first started Battlegrounds was to leapfrog from house to house. It was an effective process that earned me a victory the first time we livestreamed the game. But over time this strategy became less viable. Players grew most competent over time, and houses proved to be deathtraps packed with shotgun-wielding campers and cheeky grenade spammers.
This weekend, I adjust my tactics. I started going into houses only to grab loot—otherwise, I spent the majority of my matches hiding in bushes or the shadows of large trees. I became the Poison Ivy of Battlegrounds, living with the green, sniping unsuspecting fools who dare trample upon my forests.
By embracing the power of shrubbery, I’ve broken into the top ten of matches with alarming consistency. This weekend, I earned two second place finishes, a fourth place run, a fifth place showing with tons of kills, and many more solid rounds. Seriously, why is no one looking in these damn bushes? People have gone prone next to me. They’ve walked right up to my character and done nothing. To quote a friend, I am a ninja shadow barely perceived. Occasionally, an enterprising sniper figures it out, but otherwise I have been free to pop out of the bushes like a rabid, assault rifle-wielding mongoose.
I hate to give away trade secrets, but the numbers don’t lie. This one simple trick will up your game and have everyone lining up to give you high fives. Stop rushing into buildings to see if you can get one extra energy drink or a rinky dink micro Uzi. Embrace nature and relax for a while. I promise you’ll see instant results.