Been playing QL again, won two matches and placed in a third before taking one extra for the effort.It was kind of hilarious in it's own sick sadistic way... I won because of applied tactics. The matches were free for alls, and on maps where shotgun, plasma, lighting, and rocket weapons are the most common upgrades to your starter kit: machinegun and gauntlet (buzz saw).
After so many years in [SAS], it's a triviality for me to be able to calculate the most 'ideal' target to engage first with whatever weapons stock I've got available.... heard of baddies, shove explosives or paint'em blue with plasma. Even use of the virtually useless machine gun can be useful in a pinch: to pepper the loosing half of a brawl or as a hair cutting follow up to a couple crippling rockets or a plasma flourish, which can sometimes be more expedient then scoring another good splash with the rocket launcher before the enemy manages to kill you lol.
Having always prided myself on piloting skills Mech Warrior, coupled with a heavy knowledge of tactical movement from life in [SAS], it's also possible to calculate more ideal movement patterns for giving myself a small edge. Once you get used to the games controls, you either master movement quickly or die a noobs eternal death.
Combine all that with effective area / equipment denial techniques (king of the kill!) at the choke points, makes for scoring huge numbers of frags quickly unless the swarms of enemies manage to frag you fast... the key is not dying.
Good clean manoeuvring - always being aware of enemy positions, power ups, and obstacles, while taking care to evade enemy fire as you set up a lethal volly. On the first match I won, it was surprising no one accused me of using an aim bot or some kind of crystal ball for the efficiency with which I nailed enemies while snatch power ups, like a maniac on steroids >_>.
Simple bits of psychology, instinctive/near mathematically determined engagement patterns, mental timers, and ever increasing ease of manoeuvring through the game environments multi tasking nature.... and volia, you rack up frags until someone out does you.
In a way, Quake is probably the most addictive action game since the original DooM was released! I've never really cared much for Q3A or UT style gladiatorial games, but a few games of Quake are much better at cleansing stress then playing Raven Shield. Experience as shown me, never play RvS when pissed, or you will have a vein popping out of your head lol.