Q&A with Fro99yWo99y1, the World’s Fastest Sparrow Racer
[url=http://www.destinymassivebreakdowns.com/2016/12/21/episode-23-qa-fro99ywo99y1-worlds-fastest-sparrow-racer]Recently on Destiny Massive Breakdowns[/url], we shared an interview with the world’s fastest SRL Racer on any console or course: Fro99yWo99y1. It was really informative, and I meant to share the transcript here sooner
[quote]Just got through listening to the podcast and I loved it, I also really liked the additional input you guys had on the things I failed to mention. -Fro99yWo99y1[/quote]
[b]How to be the very best, like no one ever was (at SRL)[/b]
[i]So tell us about yourself: How did you get started in Destiny? What do you do when you’re not setting world records in SRL? Anything else you’d like to share?[/i]
I’ve always been a fan of the Halo games and thought I’d give Bungie’s new game a try. Little did I know it would quickly become one of my favorite games of all time. I’m currently a college freshmen looking to major in computer science so life can get busy at times, but luckily SRL lined up perfectly with my winter break.
The GameCube version of Mario Kart was my first video game ever and really started my love for racing games in general. I also have a hobby where I try to solve Rubik’s cubes as fast as possible, so this combined with my racing experience fit together perfectly in SRL.
[i]Let’s talk about your SRL speedrunning methodology: What’s your preferred Sparrow? Any general tips for racers looking to follow in your ion trail?[/i]
If the overdrive on the raid sparrows is used enough it ends up being much faster than trick sparrows, so naturally I prefer to use them. I specifically use the timebreaker, but the graverobber works just as well.
This year in SRL it seems that Bungie made some changes to how the raid sparrows work. The destruction overdrive (which happens if you hold the overdrive for too long) is about twice as fast as it was last year, and can be used to make up a lot of ground as you approach the finish line. Sadly, with these changes a glitch was created that causes the raid sparrows to randomly explode which I will try to explain later.
As for some general tips, I would recommend learning the maps and practicing with trick sparrows before making the switch to the raid sparrows. The raid sparrows have much worse handling and are very punishing if you miss a gate because of their inability to do tricks to regain boost.
If you are looking to try out the raid sparrows, then you’ll want to make sure you’re pushing the overdrive to its limit throughout the whole race to get the maximum benefit. I typically use the overdrive in between gates and let it rest as I go through them, but as long as you use it to its full potential you should be fine.
When taking a turn, you want to try and position your camera in the direction you want to go and side boost through gates to maintain top speed. Also, you’re going to want to use the full racing gear, especially the helmet with the air control perk which allows you to pitch your sparrow to reach the ground faster.
[i]Those are some great tips! Taking a quick aside, your SRL times are one thing, but you also won a contest on reddit for getting Sparrow wrecking balls in Trials – tell us about that. How much time, effort, and wiping went into it?[/i]
That was a fun little event where the challenge was to see if you could get two wrecking balls while only using your sparrow. I just figured since I was so good at hitting gates in SRL, maybe I’d try my luck on hitting a few guardians in Trials.
Finding people to do this with was hard because no one wants their kd to be ruined by some guy goofing off on a sparrow. I ended up having to search through the casual trials section on LFG and found some guardians wanting to farm for passage coins. It took about 8 hours to get both wrecking balls and a lot of luck. I just kept trying to bait the other team into the building on First Light and eventually it worked out.
[i]That’s awesome! Your dedication is no less impressive than the skill it took to pull that off. Bringing our focus back to SRL, let’s talk about each map one at a time:[/i]
[i][b]Campus Martius[/b]: The Mars track is full of twists, turns, and obstacles, and has a well known shortcut, too. You finished 2nd in the world here last year, and have bested that time by 4 seconds already this year. What are your best tips for finishing first on the red planet?[/i]
Towards the beginning of the track there is a split in the paths, you can either go over or under. If you hit the gates properly the under path ends up being faster than the over path because with the over path you miss a gate which causes you to lose speed.
Then comes the downward spiral turn which is probably one of the hardest turns to master in the game. You’ll want to have at least three side boosts to take this turn properly by cutting along the left wall and repositioning your camera with each side boost.
I see a lot of people having trouble clearing the gap after the man cannon on mars while using the air control helmet. If you enter the center of the man cannon and pull back slightly as you go through it, you should be able clear the gap with ease.
The fans can be tricky, but aren’t too bad once you get used to them. Instead of focusing on which fan blade you should avoid, try focusing on the open spaces in between the fans to try and position yourself so you can slide through them.
The reason I have been able to beat last years time on this map by such a large margin is by using a trick that I believe was discovered by Epicookiez over on Playstation. He found that if you use the destruction overdrive to blow yourself up as you enter the man cannon, it will spawn you right in front of the gate before the fans. This is likely because there’s a gap between the man cannon and the cliff edge, so if you die in the air it will spawn you at the next closest area with solid ground. This saves about a second per lap if you can time it correctly.
[i][b]Haakon Precipice[/b]: The Earth track takes us on a slalom course up and down the side of the Felwinter Peak area, through dangerous snowy environs filled with impressively difficult obstacles – but I notice it’s your second fastest time. Do you have any advice for Guardians troubled by rotating satellite installations, the woods near the end, or that f@$&ing forklift?[/i]
The beginning of this track is fairly straightforward, just try and cut the turns as close to the wall as possible and make sure you are using the air control helmet after the large jumps to get to the ground as fast as possible.
There’s two places where the paths split left and right. In my opinion the left paths are faster, but I haven’t tried timing each one to confirm this.
For the rotating pillars, I try to determine where the they are going to be based on how far away I am from them. You’ll sometimes be forced to slow down in order to hit the gates, but with the raid sparrows you can use the overdrive to speed up if you see that a pillar is about to get in your path.
That darn forklift has ruined a couple runs of mine, but if you angle the camera correctly and side boost through the gate before it, you should be able to pass on the left side of it every time. Also for the trees just keep your sparrow in a straight path as much as possible and you should be able to dodge them.
Infinite Descent: Venus is a location you conquered last year, and you’ve improved on that time this year. With sharp turns and long straightaways, it’s the fastest track in the rotation. What are things to watch out for (and things to take advantage of) as we try to optimize our time in Vex territory?
This track is my personal favorite because it’s the only track without any obstacles blocking gates and it also has the most potential for the raid sparrows because of the long straightaways.
After the first few turns there is a split in paths where you can go either left or right. The right path ends up being faster in this situation because it eventually crosses over to the left and lines you up with the next gate outside the cave.
After this is the waterfall drop where you’ll want to use the air control helmet to get to the ground and pull back right before you hit the ground to prevent taking fall damage. The ‘shortcut’ on this map where you would go left through a hole in the wall instead of taking the S curve ends up being slower because you skip a gate.
Right after the S curve you’ll hit a ramp where you’ll want to pull back to stay in the air long enough to be able to clear another bump in the road that would slow you down otherwise.
It turns out that because Bungie buffed the speed of the destruction overdrive, on the third lap it’s about a second faster to skip the last gate and instead begin the destruction overdrive right before the second to last gate and hug the wall while side boosting to the left into the finish line.
[i][b](continued in the comments)[/b][/i]