Today we are going to take a look at a strategy for helping to win in matches of Conquest in BF1 known as Back-Capping. Conquest is by far the most popular game mode in the entire Battlefield series. With constant attempts from the developers to break from that mold resulting in little success, it seems that this will be the case for the foreseeable future. Incase someone is unaware of what the objective of Conquest is, I should lay it out here. Each team starts on opposite sides of the map, capturing flags between each base as they progress. Points are dished out mainly for holding the flags, with a few coming in from kills as well. Inevitably teams fight over control of these flags constantly, hoping to force the enemy out of their entrenched position or perhaps sneakily capture a flag when nobody is home.
While this mode is very fun to play, it does have a learning curve. There are little tricks that you will learn from each game to give you an advantage over the enemy. The biggest thing players have to understand is that they alone can not win the game. The movement of the team as a whole must be methodical or the enemy team will crush you. Eventually though, you will come upon a flag where both teams meet. Neither side giving in. Hordes of players rushing in to their demise over and over with no end in sight, apparently forgetting any sense of strategy or teamwork that they held before. Yes, the stalemate can be both invigorating and frustrating depending on which end of the barrel your character ends up. What is there to do though? The teams are essentially stuck at this middle ground firing off round after round into the makeshift no-mans land of the capture zone in hopes of a kill. In this moment it is once again possible for you as a single soldier to make a huge difference in the outcome of the battle, or perhaps you will even get a few squad mates to help.
As the enemy team is distracted by the overpowering urge to set-up camp at the (often) center flag, it is up to you to make the harrowing decision to break free of this cycle. You will have to sneak towards the flanks of the battle, keeping low and out of sight. Never firing your weapon until the timing is right. Often you will have to let enemies walk right by you for if you start firing the enemy team will quickly be made aware of your sneaky attempts. Run, crouch and crawl your way to safety far behind the enemy team. Go to the furthest enemy flag you can from the battle. Sneak into the capture zone and wait for your squad to (hopefully) join you. Once you have captured the point the entire dynamic of the game will change.
You see now the enemy team will be in shock. They will look upon their maps and see that they have lost a crucial flag. Usually, around half of the players on the enemy team will get scared and run back to save the flag you have captured, while the other half of players will refuse to give up their battle at the center flag. This splits the enemy team in half, giving much needed relief to your comrades on the main front. They will be able to overpower the weakened enemy forces, capturing the center flag and hold off the enemy for now. Of course, if your team doesn’t decide to give you any backup you will most likely perish at the back-capped flag and the enemy will take control back. But fret not, young soldier. You’re death was not in vein. You can rest easy knowing that you took on a difficult mission, and succeeded in giving your team just enough of a chance to take control of the match and almost certainly the win. Glory aside, there will be little thanks for this in game. Usually your team will believe it was their epic K/D ratio that won the hard fought battle. But you know the truth, and for a true battlefield hero, that is enough.