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Camping is viable, but is it fun? Killers who do it why?

This thread isn’t to insult campers, or even discuss if it’s legit or bannable blah blah blah. Also this isn’t endgame camping because both sides can usually agree once doors are powered it may be the smarter move.

But people who down one person and stand there the entire game, even whole other gens are popped and the door opens WHY? Is it really fun for you? If it is then have at it but I can’t imagine “playing,” a game for 10 minutes but literally only 1 minute of it being actively doing something and the rest just standing in one spot.

I admit when I was brand new I thought a genius strategy as wraith was hook someone, go invisible and just stand there constantly rotating who you hooked. Obviously smart players, DS, BT and adrenaline make this a bad strategy quickly.



  • MoundshroudMoundshroud Member Posts: 4,460

    People camp for all sorts of reasons. Unless applied tactically for a good reason (such as bait) it is usually a losing prospect. You can't win a war on the defense, and that is what camping is... a defensive strategy trying to hold on to a single Survivor while the rest run rampant.

  • OkKiLLerOkKiLLer Member Posts: 118
    edited August 2020

    When low rank survivors get camped a lot of the time they will just kill themselves on the hook and don’t care about there teammates. And the fact that in low ranks, survivors don’t gen rush when someone is getting camped. so camping is an easy way to get 3ks and 4ks. But if we’re talking about doing it in high ranks campers will rarely get more than 1 kill.

  • MoundshroudMoundshroud Member Posts: 4,460

    I only "Face Camp" when someone disrespects me. I camp/honeypot whenever it is tactically wise.

  • RelentlessShadows009RelentlessShadows009 Member Posts: 192

    For me, I will camp if survivors are too damn sweaty. Best example I have is: I find a survivor and chase them. I down them. Takes about 10 secs. Then suddenly here's the whole team, one with a flash light like "Oh no you don't!!" That will make me camp.

  • xEaxEa Member Posts: 2,972

    I dont know why people do it, i guess it gives them the illusion of some sort of power they dont have in RL. Probably they got bullied and want to let off their frustration on somebody. The even more sad part is that they dont realise how embaressing they are.

    If i get facecamped after a 5 gen run, its the ultimate trophy for me and the killer is just feeding into it even more.

    If i get facecamped from the beginning on for no reason, he is just throwing the game and gives me time to do something really quick.

    If i get facecamped when the gates are powered they admit with it that they lost the game horribly.

    Whatever reason they might have, camping make them look even weaker if they would not have camped. On top of that, they get less bloodpoints aswell. The best part of it is when they get their 1K and come up with something like gg ez. They usually go totally nuts when you just response gg wp. Its the best feeling you can possibly get in this game 😁

  • RoobnusRoobnus Member Posts: 375

    So that means it's no problem to facecamp you, you're always happy about it? I wish more Survivors were like that, please teach them ;-)

  • sulaimansulaiman Member Posts: 2,336
    edited August 2020

    If i camp as killer, there are 2 reasons:

    First, the survivor morse code messaged me to camp him and the other surivvors via teabagging. Ok, my morse code is not that good, i might get it wrong, but i am pretty sure thats what most people mean by teabagging. So i just fullfill their wish.

    Second, bad matchmaking often pairs you way of your skill league. So if you get your first survivor and 3+ gens are done, well, you allready spend so much time with him, wouldn´t it be rude just to leave him because he is hooked?, Nah, you can stand together for the rest of the game, its nearly over anyway.

    I dont like camping, but if matchmaking doesn´t give you fair matchups, is one of the few ways to take at least some controll over the game back.

    Actually, there is a third reason: If you lose without kills, survivor insult you after the game anyway. If you camped one or two to death, they still insult you, but at least they don´t enjoy it as much, while i do.

  • MoundshroudMoundshroud Member Posts: 4,460

    You make it sound like you get "Face Camped" all the time, which is very different from Camping in general. I wonder what you are actually doing to warrant that. I've found Face Camping is the exception, not the rule and usually reserved for really obnoxious behavior.

  • edgarpoopedgarpoop Member Posts: 5,106

    Sometimes camping or proxy camping is the correct play depending on gen layout or hook states. You shouldn't ever give survivors something for free.

    If they try to greed gens and make a last second save, then it's up to the killer to make it costly in the form of an extra hook state or a hook trade.

    If you have 3 or 4 gens near a hook and 1 gen on the other end of the map, you're just throwing the game to go pressure the far gen. It's dumb killer play under the guise of fairness.

    I've never once in my 2k hours seen survivors all stop working on gens because a killer made a bad play. It's wild to expect the killer to not punish bad plays.

  • SMitchell8SMitchell8 Member Posts: 2,344

    Survivors follow killers for insta saves, why walk off and allow a free escape? Survivors juke like crazy, causing the killer to chase them for 3 minutes, why walk off allow that to happen again?

    That's why killers camp. Survivors bully killers in a horror game 🤣

  • HectorBrandoHectorBrando Member Posts: 2,067

    People who camp without a reason do it for the sake of it.

    Trolling is its own reward.

  • noctis129noctis129 Member Posts: 963
    edited August 2020

    Camping is the 1 kind of sure method of killing a survivor who bullied u throughout the game.

    Also to end a ultra altruistic team.

    Also that 1 god tier Looper w a flashlight who harrassed u the whole game even if ur just trying to complete ur objectives. The bully who chases the killer down and intentionally harrassess u.

    This is why the devs should never take away Bubba's camping ability.

  •  Antares2332 Antares2332 Member Posts: 1,087

    If I see a toxic survivor, I won't hesitate to facecamp him :D

  • PryzmPryzm Member Posts: 393

    I hate when you get the whole "..camping is a legit strategy.." type of argument. It could not be further from the truth.

    1. Camping as a tool in the toolbox at specific times is absolutely a tactic that can and should be used. I've had a few times where it was a crucial moment in a match where one is lugged by the hook, one on the hook. 1 Gen left, 2 unharmed survivors nearby as well as a gen at 80% and the nearest hook is near max carry distance. No, I'm not going to leave that area just yet. Make them sweat, let his gen drop to 10%, keep my eye on both survivors trying to sneak up....that is the smart move.
    2. Getting my first survivor down and hooking them is not the time to camp. That is the absolute dumbest thing I can do. I leave at least 2 survivors to work gens while one scopes out my patter. By the time they get that one survivor off the hook, 2 more gens are done and I'm standing there looking incompetent. Half-way decent survivors will smoke someone who hard camps from the first hook on. I'll have to rely on NOED to get another kill. That is purely a crap killer with no skill. Not a legit strategy. That killer will never get better either. They'll rank up due to low-skill solo groups, but then get slaughtered at higher ranks and cry about survivors being too strong...for the wrong reasons, thus drowning out the legit issues with strong SWFs...(I could rant more there).
    3. Camping a "toxic" survivor only gives them joy most of the time. I did it back in the day and eventually realized I was letting them under my skin, which is exactly what they wanted. Hooking their butt and then destroying the whole team was much more rewarding because I could watch them cry in post-game chat about how EZ it was...even though I 4k'd with 3 gens left and they all got less than 10k bp.

    Camping as a whole-game strategy is pure stupid and guarantees you will never get better. Camping at strategic moments is a tool to be used as needed.

  • SweetTerrorSweetTerror Member Posts: 2,319

    To each their own, but camping is beyond boring and only punishes the killer. It gives every other survivor the chance to finish the generators, and the Killer walks away with minimal bloodpoints for having avoided doing anything else in the game.

  • MrDardonMrDardon Member Posts: 3,245

    Did I hear that vaping is viable?

  • TodgeweihtTodgeweiht Member Posts: 3,666

    Camping is not viable. At least not in every situation.

  • FlatskullFlatskull Member Posts: 332
    edited August 2020

    Working of the most true to the term definition of camping-staying at one spot for long periods of time, typically a hook- I don't camp personally, most of the time when I am accused of camping I got confused by a perk or was sure I kept seeing someone when I was about to leave.

    I used to camp when I was a newer killer and I only did it purely because of two things: frustration out of being bullied by SWF and a sense futility against them-keep in mind back then it was actually viable for every swf to carry botany and just group body block you in one spot and you wouldn't be able to damage them in time to escape-

    or sheer confused sense of pressure from gens popping. It's fine when you get more experience because you start to percieve gens more as an illusions, all gens can get done and you can still curb stomp even a good group. Gen progression only tends to get very alarming once you're down to1 or 2 and you're still very far behind or haven't even gotten one chase.

    but the game makes every gen pop a big event and heavily nudges you to get a move on every time one is done so when I was new while the game is telling me "PROTECT GENS!" but also saying "lol. Oh those 3 gens popped in one chase. Such is life" you end up just spinning around and going...alright....whatever....at least I can secure one kill because I obviously ain't stopping these gens without max getting two hooks.

  • Alphasoul05Alphasoul05 Member Posts: 487

    I would rather lose than camp because the fun is in the chase.

    Technically speaking you can't say doing gens is a survivors only objective and then ignore the fact that tunneling/camping a survivor out of the game to kill them and making the game more easy for you isn't the killers job. There isn't even a reason to feel bad about it because survivors have enough second chance perks to deal with every situation that often it's detrimental to camp.

  • AnaraAnara Member Posts: 1,176

    I do it when the exit gates are open and can't do anything else

  • ChatkovskiChatkovski Member Posts: 309

    Killers camp because they have so little faith in themselves or have such an accurate appraisal of their deplorable skill that they feel this is the best way to maximize the number of survivors they will kill.

    2k minimum while camping, which is balance, is not uncommon. It's viable, so killers do it, when they deserve 0k.

  • multibinglesmultibingles Member Posts: 32

    Is it a SWF? They gen rushing? If so then ######### you that's why.

  • AnaraAnara Member Posts: 1,176

    By someone who don't play killer at all, you know sometimes, it's the right choice to camp, it's rare, but sometimes we have to do it

    There is a difference between camping and camping

  • Reaver_RazielReaver_Raziel Member Posts: 400

    Im gonna go out on limb here and guess we aren't talking 2 people on the hook camping or 1 slugged and 1 on the hook camping either. Since those would be considered winning positions and abandoning those are...well its fine but its very often not the best play.

    So I will tell you why I have camped before. It may be anecdotal but I believe a lot of killers have done it for the same reason.

    I have camped when I have been so frustrated from one single match that I just want it over with and dont wanna play that match anymore. Take my one target and camp them, if people play dumb I get a lot more kills and a lot more angry survivors. That usually puts me in a good mood again if they were the reason I was frustrated. Otherwise I just apologise and move on.

    I have camped because I gave up. Realising(I was, at the time at least, convinced it was true) that I cant win this because I cant catch people. So if I finally get one hook, no matter how many gens are left (if people have intentionally been going out of their way to flashlight save/sabotage/bodyblock very few gens get done).

    And sometimes its just petty reasons. If someone t-bags or "clicky clicky" spams over and over again. I will take that as a reason that its ok to play a little "toxic" in this match. And camp/tunnel/slug the hell out of anyone.

    I dont actually do most of those anymore, because I dont find it fun. Like you mentioned, I never find camping fun I find that its something I do because its easy and im annoyed with the match/game/players.

    But beyond that, im guessing people that play like that do it for 3 reasons.

    1. If they lose, then they depip and meet easier players (who knows how the mmr system "calculates" this action)
    2. To make people angry because they find that aspect the most fun.
    3. To get easy wins. Kind of 1.5 this one. But people dont like leaving others for dead on hook. So a lot of times altruism kicks in to overgear and they try so save the camped. Losing them the game instead of just doing gens and getting out.
  • ZarathosZarathos Member Posts: 1,748

    So a key circumstance where a killer might camp is if they see two gens pop while a survivor is on the hook for a prolonged period of time. The killer might choose to punish the survivor's who push the gens by using that opportunity to wait out the remaining time on a survivor as oppose to rescuing so they have a better chance at controlling the remaining 3 survivors.

  • bingbongboi90bingbongboi90 Member Posts: 573

    Biggest reason I camp:

    I see every survivor near the hook or when i see Them coming to.the rescue thanks to tracking perks.

    Like why should I patrol the gens in that point when i know every survivor is near the hook lol.

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