Maybe not everyone, my point was just that everyone carries them now because they're so powerful. In truth, just one guy can do the job because he can fire a second shot long before your countermeasures return so you have to retreat from the moment you get the first lock-on sound.
And are you supposed to be able to stay airborne for ages if everyone is shooting Stingers at you?
The greatest pilot in the game can't stay airborne for ages if everyone is shooting stingers at him. It's not a matter of skill, it's literally impossible because you can only flare/ECM once every so often, and stingers can lock on immediately from a mile away. Their range is ridiculous.
Before the buffs the Stingers were completely useless and pointless. And it's a delicate balance that goes further than that anyway.... if you make the choppers too hard to kill, then tanks become death traps.
Stingers were never useless, they served as a deterrent. Once the chopper flares away your stinger missile, he's open to attack from your own helicopter, jets, and javelins. It will also cause him to retreat. They were useless in terms of getting kills but they were more about forcing a retreat than about easy kills. If you're capping a point and a helicopter comes over, use the stinger and you'll scare him off so you can capture without getting everyone annihilated.
I have no problem with them getting a buff FWIW, helicopters were overpowered at one point but they've gone too far the other way now, and I swear ECM just plain doesn't work on stinger missiles sometimes.
Edited by ecureuil at 12:29:24 01-04-2013