In any asymmetrical multiplayer game, many strategies will emerge, and some will inevitably rise to the top as the most effective. For the killers dead in broad daylight, three strategies are notorious: slugging, tunneling and camping.
Camping is a familiar strategy for any FPS gamer: staying in one place for an extended period of time rather than moving around the map. In dead in broad daylight, camping is mostly about the killer staying close to a clinging survivor. This can be a deadly effective strategy with some Killers, and any Survivor interested in surviving the Trials and earning Blood Points should know how to counter it.
The basics of camping
To understand how to counter camping, players must first understand why camping occurs. While some killers camp carelessly or out of spite, smart killers camp with a purpose. The main purpose of camping a hook is to deny other survivors the chance to save their teammate.
When the Killer camps, the Survivors are forced to make a choice: attempt to save the Hooked Survivor and likely fall in exchange, or let the Hooked Survivor die. Many players hate letting a teammate die and will therefore attempt even the riskiest and most reckless saves, even if it means the death of the team.
Some Killers will stand directly in front of the Survivor from the moment they hook them (facecamping), others will scour the immediate area to scare away potential saviors (proxy camping). Others will chase Survivors normally but will revert to hooking if they see that other Survivors have been slow to rescue and the hooked Survivor is about to reach the next hooked state.
Securing free hook states in this manner is incredibly effective for the killer and can quickly turn a game in their favor. The longer it takes for Survivors to stall, the greater the likelihood that the Killer will return to deny the stall and secure the next phase.
A common method of camping counterplay is trading. In a trade, a Survivor will save the Survivor taken down against the Killer, knowing that the killer will immediately drop and most likely hook and camp them. While it might seem like swaps are pointless because they leave a survivor dying on the hook like before, swaps are actually vitally important.
The newly hooked survivor gives the rest of the team vital time to finish generators, heal, and complete other necessary objectives. When the time is right, the team can return to the hook with a plan to rescue the hooked survivor and hopefully escape together.
The fewer hook states a survivor has, the more advantageous a trade is, because the newly hooked survivor will last longer before dying. There’s nothing stopping a Killer from camping a Survivor from their first hook until they die, but this process takes so long that in many cases the rest of the team will be able to escape.
It’s important to remember that a Killer is only incentivized to leave the hook if there are Survivors elsewhere to hunt, so having all the other Survivors swarm the area will only further incentivize the Killer to keep camping. Having all three teammates fly like flies around the hooked Survivor is the best way to ensure that the killer won’t stop camping, since no generator progress is being made.
Best perks to counter camping
There are several benefits that help fight camping killers. Undoubtedly, the most effective and popular is Borrowed Time (Billing Level 35), which grants the Stamina status effect to a Survivor for 12 seconds after being knocked down. This allows the team to transact much more securely. The rescuer teammate will likely take a hit during the save, but instead of the rescuer going down to a second hit, the rescued survivor can position themselves between the killer and their rescuer. They can then absorb the blow with Borrowed Time and allow the two survivors to escape.
Family (General) is another useful perk against campers. A Survivor using it reveals the Slayer’s Aura whenever they are within 16 yards of the hook. Knowing not just that the killer is camping, but exactly where and how, gives the team crucial information on how to respond. The pig crouching behind a rock, the level III form patrolling the surrounding area, and a face-camping cannibal all pose very different threats to survivors. Information is the first line of defense against camping.
One of the most difficult and risky tactics Dead in broad daylight is the coordinated backup, in which multiple survivors cooperate to rescue a camped survivor. Depending on what Killer is camping, where the hook is, and what the survivors’ perks and health are, a coordinated save can take many forms. Typically, this involves several survivors descending on the hook at the same time, with one survivor performing the rescue. Each available teammate must block the body and take hits so the killer can’t take down anyone.
The killer can grab a survivor attempting a rescue while in animation, just as he can grab a survivor out of generators and other interactive objects. This makes rescuing in a killer’s face risky. A good Survivor can try to play the killer by start and cancel stall animation repeatedly, trying to trick the killer into attempting a grab and doing a basic attack instead. Coordinated saves can be useful in this case, with multiple survivors positioning themselves next to the hook and dividing the killer’s attention.
When to Focus on People
Altruism is often jokingly referred to as the real killer in Dead in broad daylight. Some players, especially when playing with friends, will try to save their teammate no matter what. In some situations and against some killers, doing so is a death sentence. Some killers are simply deadlier than others when camping. For example, The Huntress and Trickster can take down Survivors quickly with their ranged weapons, and Hag and Trapper can turn the basement into an unavoidable death trap.
The most effective camper, however, is by far the Cannibal, able to cut down multiple survivors with his chainsaw, regardless of their health. There is no strategy that will save a Survivor facing the Cannibal’s side, unless the Killer himself makes a mistake. By standing in front of the hook, spinning his saw so he can instantly cut down any approaching Survivor, the Cannibal can camp any Survivor to death. “Basement Bubba” is a meme for a reason, and by far the most effective strategy against Cannibal facecamping is to make generators as fast as you can and escape.
Using this strategy rewards the Cannibal with a single kill and a small amount of Bloodpoints, while playing too selflessly will result in the death of the whole team. If the hooked Survivor has Deliverance (Adam level 35), Dead Hard (level 35), and Decisive Strike (Laurie level 40) they have a slim chance of being able to save themselves, but even then a hired cannibal is unlikely to let their prey escape. Dead in broad daylight can be a brutal game when played effectively, but there’s always another try.
Dead in broad daylight is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Stadia.
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