When I started playing online Duck Game, the first truly big name – the first unstoppable force – I heard about was This Guy. I had no idea who This Guy was, frankly, and I questioned whether he really was as good as the few people that brought him up claimed that he was, because I did only just start playing online, and, I have no problem admitting to it: I was terrible. Everyone good seemed like a mountain I couldn’t overcome.
After a few weeks of playing randoms I ran into Lucid, who, after some time, asked me to participate in his Feathers Will Fly competition. I had no illusions that I would lose, but I thought, “Hey, why not? It could be fun.” That was the tournament on the 17th of November (remember, remember), where by some cruel joke or malign miracle I made it into the quarterfinals to find myself pitched against a familiar name: This Guy – and he lived up to his name after planting my duck face firmly on an undisclosed rock somewhere between Mars and Jupiter.
If you are a part of Feathers Will Fly, you might be familiar with This Guy.
This “Won More Tournaments Than Anyone Else” Guy, or
This “He’s a Camper” Guy, or, most famously,
This “R.I.P. I’m In the Same Bracket as This Guy” Guy.
With the record amount of 11 Feathers Will Fly victories (not including his team victory with the help of Goat-on-a-stick), he sits atop the Feather Throne (this one goes out to all of you Game of Quacks people) with the most won tournaments of them all, and by a wide margin; the first-runner-up, or the second-place position, has three different people with 2 gold medals each. That’s a 9 tournament lead.
At this point, you may be thinking that I am here solely to praise this duck, but you would be severely mistaken. I am not here to praise This Guy; on the contrary, I am here to roll him in tar and cover him in all of his own ripped-out feathers.
Let’s get to the point, then, shall we? What makes This Guy a force to be reckoned with?
Sitting at 707 Steam hours and 20 tournaments, Guy has developed a competitive style that, frankly, is difficult to counter. I am going to pull it apart, so that you, too, can try to take him down. A word of warning, though: Bring a saltshaker for the salt.
This Guy is more defensive-minded than most players that you see. If he sees the chance, he will set up a camp complete with a grill, a tent and a mosquito lamp just to keep you out. Of course, this makes approaching him difficult, which gives him control of the situation, and that is exactly what he aims for. This usually involves him sitting at a higher ground with either a gun or a crate, leading his opponent back and forth until there is an opening.
When without a weapon, he oftentimes runs around with a crate for defense and slides into corner with it when necessary. He can disarm his opponent and steal their gun
for a lethal counterattack.
At the beginning of most maps, he will grab the nearest or second-nearest weapon and rush for the gun he sees as best on the map; this could be a net gun, a virtual shotgun, or a laser rifle (the one that you hate), and then the onslaught begins – because now you have to deal with that gun, not him.
As any top-tier Duck Game player, This Guy has his basics down. He can shoot diagonally with a high rate of accuracy; his timing with grenades is more often than not on point; he exploits the map layout to his advantage.
He has developed a style strictly optimal for competitive gameplay, utilizing the available resources to his best advantage. This might seem like an unstoppable force, however that is not the case; there are a few key weaknesses that this style has available to exploit.
If his opponent gets to the gun he wants first, he will recede to a defensive position and stop his blitz. If pressure is put on him, he begins to lose ground, and so the general strategy for dealing with him is to rush him down when he tries to find a defendable position on the map. Knock his grill over; trample his tent; smash his mosquito lamp, and keep the pressure on.
With all this taken into account, it seems that the Feathers Will Fly 12-time winner has forgotten how to tie his shoelaces recently.
In the 21st and 22nd Feathers Will Fly tournaments, This Guy was eliminated in quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, consequently getting violently thrown off the back of his high horse.
With an hour of play every other day, not including tournaments, our duck has fallen behind the meta. As an example, while he has learned how to wall-shoot, he has not learned to watch out for others wall-shooting. The meta has somewhat changed over the past weeks and players have taken to new pathfinding on maps with more elaborate strategies of dealing with their opponents.
This Guy has gotten his feathers ruffled more than a handful of times due to just this, and if he does not keep closer watch on his opponents, he may just find himself losing his title in a few weeks, as the challengers keep arriving, and the bar only keeps on rising.
Whether or not he keeps up with that evolving meta, This Guy has left an impact on this tournament. With 12 victories and 20 tournaments under his belt (which is three more than the founder of Feathers Will Fly himself has attended), almost every duck participating in Feathers Will Fly has heard about him referred to with sugar, spice and salt, as the duck that just keeps on going.
Until we see more of him, we are left with such memorable quotes as, “I’m grossed out you said that with proper grammar,” or, “That’s a bad name for a dog.”
Ah, and if you happen to find yourself in a bracket with him these upcoming tournaments, then I have only one thing to say to you:
Make sure to check out This Guy’s Twitch channel here.