Airsoft Tactics: Speed verses Strength


Speed verses Strength |

Sometimes to understand the purpose and usage of advanced tactics, you have to go back to the mentality behind them.  Most tactics, on the very basic level, emphasize either speed or strength to accomplish their purpose and be effective on the battlefield.  In this post, I’ll show you a couple of real in-game scenarios that demonstrate this:


Scenario 1: Rushing The Flag

A common scenario I play at fields is “Domination”.  This scenario requires you to capture an objective and hold it for a period of time.  In one Domination round, my team decided to make a rush at the very beginning of the game and capture the objective before the enemy team could react.  Making a unified attack  and not worrying about securing other positions or protecting out flanks, we were able to overwhelm the enemy operators and win the game almost right off the bat.  By using speed tactics, we were much more effective then if we had taken a strength based approach.


Scenario 2: Flank and Protect

In a large outdoor game I was involved in, a similar “Domination” scenario to the one above was presented.  Some of our team was able to execute a small rush up the field at the beginning of the game; but I quickly realized that the enemy team’s snipers would make any further attempts costly and prone to failure.  I took the time to transition to a flank, set up shop in a protected position, and proceeded to eliminate multiple players approaching on that flank.  By the time the enemy team had gathered enough manpower to stop the slaughter, the game was essentially over, and our team claimed victory!  Strength based tactics, like outflanking and defending, made me more effective and served my team better than if I had continued to rush up the field.



When To Use Speed or Strength in an Airsoft Game?

Now that you have seen how speed verses strength (or vise versa) looks in a gameplay situation, here are some criteria to help you analyze which is better in a given situation.



  • Aggressive Offensive: Speed tactics, like rushing, are great for a fast pace offense!
  • Playing at a Smaller Field: You don’t need to spend a lot of time planning or outflanking, so take advantage of speed!
  • More Players with Fast Respawn:  Speed based operations can have high casualties. But, if you can keep the momentum of the operation going even if you lose a lot of team members, go for speed!


  • Solid Defense:  Take strong tactics, like base of fire and proper use of cover, to enhance defensive operations.
  • Need To Hold Key Points:  Use strength based tactics to keep objectives and hold strong points.
  • Better Planning:  If you have time to plan, use strength tactics to take advantage of that extra time and increase the tactics level of your op.
  • You Have Great Teamwork: Strength tactics work best with numbers and teamwork.  If you have good players that work well together, implement strength tactics to get the most out of your game.


I hope this post has given you a better understanding of how tactics work and when to use them.  If you have any questions or thoughts on speed verses strength, be sure to leave them in the comments!

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