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Give your tips to someone who has never even thought about pistol starting and now wants to do it.

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An annoying habit I have when playing continuous is that I tend to avoid picking up powerups like soulspheres as much as possible and even hold off on using my more damaging weapons like the plasma rifle and BFG; I usually try to kill all the enemies in the map first and then I rush back and grab the power-ups and as much ammo I can hoard so that I'm overstocked for the next map.


With pistol starts, I feel like I can just cut loose and use all the resources placed in the map liberally. I'm gonna start the next map with just a pistol, 50 bullets, and no armor anyways so I'm gonna pick up all the damn spheres I want and use that damn plasma rifle because what happens in this map, stays in this map!

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I'm not sure if you know this about the pistol, but when you shoot and wait for the animation to finish firing like clicking on it instead of holding down makes it much more accurate test on a wall and its pin point accurate. I feel so dumb for not knowing this after playing doom for almost 10 years.

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I personally replayed all of Doom 1 & 2 to get used to pistol starting. Also made me appreciate the design of the original games more.

So if you're looking to get into pistol starting then I recommend starting from the OGs and then moving to pwads of your choice.

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