Edit Important Note: Keeping this up top so hopefully people read it first. Unless you have the IQ of a goldfish it's blatantly obvious to anyone who wants to play competitively that you have to practice a lot if you want to be good (it's kind of how most things on planet Earth work). So please spare me the "YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE, PLAY PUGS, SCRIM, PLAY MATCHES, REVIEW DEMOS, BLA BLA ETC." I KNOW I have to practice, but instead of tanking through years of competitive play on my own, I'm hoping to capitalize on the fact that people have been doing this for over half a decade and will probably have more nuanced information that they've come across over the years. Believe me, I'm aware that I could eventually do it myself even if it meant practicing the wrong things for a long time before I figured out how to do the right things, but clearly I'm trying to mitigate the learning curve by using the wisdom of people who have already been through it. I will still practice I just want to practice the most effective things and save myself a lot of trouble!
After playing soldier very exclusively for the past, maybe half a year, I decided to start looking for a really comprehensive soldier guide for competitive.
!!!KEY WORD COMPREHENSIVE!!!
I really mean a guide that doesn't necessarily NEED to include the basics. Like, there are jumping guides out there and whatnot and knowing game modes isn't what I'm talking about either.
In regards to soldier:
I'm talking about a guide that includes all but is not limited to:
Different soldier roles
Different loadouts (their pros and cons/when to use them and on which maps and situations)
Different rollouts for different maps, different goals of rollouts
Goal in team structure
How to play in different maps, different points, offensive, defensive, neutral
How to pick good positions to hold
What to look for in enemy teams
How to pick/prioritize targets
How to most effectively use ubers, how to most effectively counter ubers
What calls and comms are important to make, and which should be neglected
Which teammates to work with and how
Different methods of protecting a medic
Roamer strategies and locations
How to work on DM (comprehensive guide, including aiming strategies, when to use shotgun, when to use rocket launcher, when to conserve ammo, HOW to aim in general)
Maybe even strategies for best way to go for an airshot (or maybe when shotgunning is better?)
How to identify which fights you should run from
How to best review demos
And anything else an experienced player might think of
Edit: Possibly netcode settings, or settings in general that might be important (someone said having shadows on could help a lot, things like that or settings in general that aren't publicly known)
If anyone knows of any good resources or guides I haven't seen that are fully comprehensive on the role of a certain class, I would greatly appreciate it if you shared the link.
If not, if you could spare any information that is preferably more involved or more nuanced than the general things you might pick up by googling how to play soldier, I will try and put together a more organized list of anything people have to share.
Thanks a lot to anyone who has any constructive contributions!