I played Corpsman on a big red pred round last night, I played Combat Technician on a pred round on Kutjevo last night, and I played Combat Technician on a pred round on Kutjevo as of 10 minutes before this report would put up.
Hunting predators in the first place isn’t against the rules, let’s just clear that up right now. Secondly, even if I was exclusively using said roles to fight predators, every single one of these rounds listed have open slots on the manifest, meaning that I am not “taking” a limited role from anyone. Thirdly, I was not hunting preds on these rounds.
The closest you could call “hunting preds” was on the Corpsman round where I followed two marines fighting predators, and then more came after me for the gear. I relocated to the ship to restock my gear and bring the body to research, and ended up fighting another pred there, where I asked for AP ammo to deal with. Around the time I killed them, the round ended before I could move back to the front. In the two engineer rounds, they came after me, they interacted with me, and I killed them.
I use a particular strategy as engineer called a “Killzone”. I don’t want to go deep into it because it relies on the target being oblivious, but it is designed for killing backliners with ease using Combat Technician tools. For both of the engineer rounds that I was accused of “hunting preds”, I sat in the same spots.
For the first one, I killed 2 preds and the round ended before I could relocate closer to the front. For the second round, I hunkered down near LZ2 on Kutjevo, and killed 4 lurkers, a few other xenos, and a predator that I didn’t want to fight due to a broken chest. Logs will even show me trying to dissuade it from fighting me because of my wounds, but since it wasn’t leaving, I told it to fight me in the sentry room, which it did, and I killed it.
Ironically, the round where I’m being called “useless” for not helping the marines and “Hunting Predators” by sitting in the same spot on LZ2 all game, I ended up having the highest kill count in the marine force. I offered to try and bait one into the LZ2 fortifications to kill it after they had attacked and killed several marines to my knowledge.
At the end of the day, this report mainly focuses on the engineer rounds I imagine. Employing alternative strategies to kill backliners is not a rule break, and it’s certainly not “Hunting preds” to sit in the same spot and them come to me.
Preemptively ahelping for “hunting preds” when they attacked me is also ridiculous. Anyways, that’s my side of this.
TLDR; Medic round I followed hunters, Engineer rounds they came after me. Killing preds legal, Alternative engineer strategies legal.