the Angry Pterodactyl eats! In case you don’t know what I’m on about – I’m referring to Harriers in Modern Warfare 2. And when I say ‘eat’, I mean ‘shoot’……this all sounded so much better in my head, but I’ve started now, and you’re reading it so it would be rude to drop it.
So here’s the thing, the enemy get a Harrier Strike. There’s two things you need to do:
1) – the mental check – what class am I using? If cold blooded then carry on as normal, if not, get inside.
2) – do I have any anti-air support weapons equipped? If yes, shoot the Angry Pterodactyl down, if not then switch classes for when you die.
Personally, I always attempt to shoot down airsupport whether it’s a team game or free-for-all for a couple of reasons (another list coming up):
1 – It gets you points. These are handy when levelling up.
2 – It pisses off the guy who launched it, especially if you can take it down before it gets a kill.
3 – Every kill it gets is essentially counting against YOU. Even in FFA (I’ll come back to that).
4 – Harriers are usually used as a staging ground to even more devastating killstreaks.
So here’s the thing about #3 – In game modes where the outcome is dependent on the amount of kills a player has, allowing an air support killstreak to wend its merry way should not be an option. On TDM every kill the Harrier gets is one step closer to your team losing – even if it’s not you that’s being killed. If you’re on FFA and have cold blooded you may think “Ha ha ha, that Angry Pterodactyl isn’t going to get me! Ner ner ner ner nerrrrr!” Which is great – but there are only 30 kills needed to win the match. Which means that while you’re running around trying to get the kills, the Pterodactyl handler can sit in a corner while his pet NomNomNoms it’s way through the other player and potentially gives them an easy match win. Which brings us to #4.
Harrier > Chopper Gunner > Nuke. 7 – 11 – 25 (or 6 – 10 – 24 with Hardline) kills. If a player manages to get to seven kills without being shot in the face, his air support is probably going to do the rest for him. Which means you lose – even if you were winning. So if enemy airsupport goes up and you don’t have an anti-air weapon equipped, switch classes – jump on your own grenade, knife your own claymore, or even jump off a building and shoot that bad boy down. You can’t rely on your team mates to do it so be the team player (even in non-team games) and get rid of it.
Now for the Pterodactyl tie-in. Although Pterodactyls, or Pterosaurs if you prefer, are prehistoric winged beasts of doom it’s the name that is analogous with the Harrier Strike. Pterodactyl is Latin meaning “Winged Finger” (due to the elongation of the phalanges of the forelimbs that allowed the wing membrane to form). When someone gets their Harriers up they are essentially giving the enemy side the finger – the winged finger. So think about that – would you allow someone to give you the finger without redress? Of course you wouldn’t – so SHOOT IT DOWN!
Peas and loaves.
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