Assuming you play against the TR in ESF: 1st rule: You can absolutely not have anything else certed than Flares. You will die. This is no longer a choice if you hope to be doing anything else than hide behind a rock...preferably between multiple rocks. This in itself is silly...why are there even other things to cert in. 2nd rule: If you get locked you need to bail immediately and far. You do not have time to locate the source of the fire. If you want to have a chance of surviving you need to run instantly. Extra AB tanks help alot. This is a huge problem with the striker compared to AA MAXES. AA MAXES can lock down an airspace, that's fine...because they are for use against air only...and you can locate their position and have a possibility to use other types of forces to take them out. You can also avoid some of the flak by skilled maneuvering. You can not avoid Strikers, and furthermore the Strikers will take out ground vehicles too. If you have a foolproof way to avoid Strikers besides the bs 5-10s flare/smoke sanctuary (assuming you are in a vehicle with flares/smoke), please share in a video. Currently, it is almost impossible to loose lock with a Striker unless the target actually disappears from sight for a long time. If you move your crosshair away from a locked target (green reticule will start spinning), you can STILL fire locked missiles against the target. All you have to do to regain lockon and reset the timer, is move your crosshair quickly over the target. Voila! The only way to loose lock-on is by loosing LOS completely . IF it would have been impossible to fire a missile from the Striker unless you are currently pointing crosshair at target (stationary reticule, not rotating)...it might not have been so OP. Then you could at least try to snake your way out of the fire - not the actual lock - but the fire. You would have to spend all your focus on it...in all effect being locked from other activity...but you'd have a chance to survive. Playing in a slowmoving vehicle against Strikers is even worse. Currently the following two launchers are total bs: Phoenix, Striker The Lancer is maybe UP atm, but at least they reasoned that they would procede cautiosly not to make it change the game too much. That was good reasoning. They will buff it slowly until it is good. Obviously this was not the case with the other two. And they both have a HUGE impact on the game. Not a positive impact imo.