For some reason, I've been trying to play and enjoy the Ronin Titan in FD, despite never, EVER playing it in PvP. I didn't even know it had the voice of Reaper from Overwatch... It's been a pretty uphill battle since the Ronin doesn't seem to have either staying power or damage output comparable to other Titans, but I've managed somehow. And yet, I can't seem to find any tips about playing it in FD - just tips for other Titans and discussions about how the Ronin sucks in FD.
So... What would you guys recommend? As a Ronin player, what should I be doing in a typical Frontier Defence match? I obviously can't hang with the Ogre Titans brawling on the front lines since I don't have the health. I obviously can't stick with the Atlas titans sniping from the sidelines. So what do I do? I mean, the Ronin is tagged as a "Roamer" Titan, at which it's pretty good, but I still need to actually DO something when I get there. Here's what I've sort of figured out so far:
*Never fight AI Titans from the front if you can help it. Either circle around to shotgun them from behind or wait around a corner to catch them as they approach. If fighting Titans in melee, never let them face you. They can punch through your sword strikes and knock you out of range. Especially important for Scorches as they can deal a lot more damage to you with their Flame Shield than you deal to them with your sword.
*Ambush AI Titans by emptying your shotgun in their weak spots, phase-dash through them while reloading, empty your shotgun in their back again, see what happens. If they're on low enough health to be doomed by a sword strike or two, do it and execute them. If not, break sight, reload and wait for them to "forget" you.
*Whenever possible, tag-team with other player Titans. The AI Titans will typically focus on what's in front of them, making them very vulnerable to being shot from behind or from the side without responding to it. The Ronin is almost uniquely equipped with enough mobility to put itself in a position to exploit that.
*Abuse the Sword Core as much as possible. At the best of times, the Ronin isn't particularly powerful. However, the Sword Core is **** powerful if you can maintain it. Get the skill which extends (read: resets) Sword Core cooldown for scoring a hit. Abuse the **** out of your near-infinite dashes during Sword Core, too, in order to cover ground and find more AI Titans to feed to your Sword Core.
*Act like an opportunistic coward. Never, ever pick a fair fight. If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, phase and disengage. Pick a different fight. Always keep an eye on the map, look for Titan columns you can strike from behind. Run towards those and engage them early. Do what you can until you run out of decent cover, then disengage and look for something else to fight. What you excell at is very limited, make sure you're always in situations where you can excel.
Even with the above, though, I rarely feel like I'm contributing as much as I could be. I mean... OK, I can usually get first place on Combat Score unless we have a Scorch spawn-camping the AI Titans on the Canal map, but it still feels like I spend an inordinately high amount of time running from point to point as opposed to fighting. Whenever I do get into a fight, it can be really touch-and-go. Sometimes I can rip AI Titans to shred with the Broadsword, sometimes they seem to have supernatural aim and timing, knocking me off-target with melee and dealing excessive damage with their guns. I still can't quite figure out why the same tactic works some times but not other, seemingly identical times. It's why I'm hoping for anyone with developed strategies for the Ronin.