1) Listen to the SL:
First and most important, listen to your SL and do exactly as they say, there is typically a long warm up time so don’t be afraid to ask questions, but once the round starts you should know exactly what to do to begin with, and should not start questioning the SL when “in the field” so to speak, just do as they say.
Addition to SL:
Always spawn on the Squadleader if not told otherwise. There is a reason we love Classic mode in Battlefield 4, SL spawn only is one these reasons.
Hold your spawn and wait for the SL to spawn in. Also sometimes there is no need for you to spawn in on the SL right away. Sometimes he is in a buggy driving to a flag. Let the SL do the driving and spawn on him, when he arrives at the flag, in this way you are not sacrificing yourself and losing a ticket, because the SL drives over a mine fx.
2) Use VOIP correctly:
Don’t talk bollocks, don’t curse or moan down the microphone, it’s distracting and the rest of the squad could miss other important information, if you need to swear, don’t push the button, be straight to the point when you communicate.
Try to make sure your mic is set correctly, ask if you’re too quiet to hear, or so loud that the rest of the squad shit themselves whenever you speak.
3) Revive correctly:
If someone is down, check it’s clear, if another squad member is going for the revive, cover them, don’t run in with them or you might both end up dead from an enemy.
Make sure there isn’t a whole enemy squad around the body, the revive will likely be pointless, as you will both end up dead, and you will cost your team an extra ticket. However if it’s your SL who is down, it can be understandable, as the rest of the squad can spawn in, or (in the case of robbie) he can bunnyhop away.
The revive paddles range is 3-5m. Use this to your advantage and get your patient up to full health when reviving or revive people through windows and small gaps. This way you can reach people who would otherwise be too far away for you to reach them before 10s is up.
Addition to reviving:
If you’re not a medic and need to revive someone (very important on the SL), take the kit (with ‘R’) from the dead soldier and revive him with his kit. It’s better to be revived and run away with a currently useless engineer kit then dying and loosing the ticket, or even worse: Loosing the SL which is the mobile spawn point for the squad.
If someone revives you, stand up and run for your life. Look for a good point to hide, check your ammo and wether your gun is on semi or full-auto. It makes no sense to be revided and killed again. Also, try to not open the squad or map view while there is a chance that someone revives you. The time needed to close the windows again may cost your life and the life of others.
4) Stay dispersed:
Don’t stay too close to your SL, or the rest of the squad, you want to be within reviving distance, without risking being took out by the same grenade or enemy.
If you’re on a flag, try and cover a separate direction to everyone else, and put something solid between you and the guy next to you.
5) The wonders of flanking:
Quite basic but sometimes underused, if you see one or two of your SM’s go the left of a building, you should take the right, reduces the risk and you can catch the enemy off guard.
6) Know when to fall back:
You can’t break through every time without fail, and in some maps certain positions are difficult to attack and/or defend, you will never lose as long as you know when you can win, e.g. if you’ve just lost half of your squad fall back and wait for them to respawn or try another avenue of attack, or just go around and take another flag, you will lose less tickets.
7)Spotting the enemy:
Make use of your minimap and in the down left corner of your screen, not only does it reveal enemy locations but you can often see where friendlies are, and if they need a revive, and if it’s worth the revive, e.g if there are several members down it’s likely there are several enemies there, or you can simply see how far away they are and if it’s worth it.
Furthermore, you should always try to “spot” the enemy (with “Q”), if you see you are outnumbered, it is often more valuable to simply spot the enemy and wait for the right moment.
If anyone has anything else to add, or if you think I should change something, don’t hesitiate to say.