Start the round with Resurrect so that you earn money faster. Use inexpensive weapons and never purchase more than $200 of ammunition. When you have $2,000, buy Gust. You will be able to tear the enemy up when trying to get the Artifact, and while they are trying to capture. Continue with weapon until you have enough to purchasee Strangle. From this point on, quick captures will be easy. To get an easy capture, first start the round ready with a weapon and magic powers set to comfortable slots. Run up the ramp from the Ventilation Platform/Transition Tower, then cast Strangle on the enemy. Exit to the lower bridge. Jump off to the lower bridge, cast Gust at ground to absorb damage from landing, grab the Artifact, and jump off lower bridge. Now make a run for the second enemy exit below the lower bridge, twenty feet away from the one you should have cast Strangle on. It should only be about seven seconds into the match. A couple people should be there, if any. Make your way toward the entrance to the Lower Garden/Satellite Relay and cast Strangle again on the Doorway to keep followers out. Grab the Artifact, climb up the ladder, and make a run for the scoring area. It should be about fifteen to twenty seconds into the match. As long as you are an elf you should be running fast enough to beat your enemies to the area.
Buy a Glider and Gust so you can perform a Gust Jump. Look straight down and Gust, then use the Glider immediately afterwards. This will cause you to be launched high up in the air. Gust Jump is the essential component to glitch out of most open maps.
Buy Teleport first, then drop into the sewers and run until you are "Inside Yellow". You should be directly below the Sewage Pit. Allow your teammates a couple seconds to get in there and get a small distraction. Teleport straight up into the Artifact area. Teleport from directly beneath the Artifact. Grab the Artifact the moment you are above ground and run to "The Mouth. Run down the ramp. Once at the bottom of the ramp, run up the ramp from the Mouth. Turn left, take the first right, and you should be in Brick House. After that it should be a straight run to the drop zone. Beware of people using the "Ninja" strategy as they can easily catch up with you and make you bleed out. If they are chasing from the start they should catch you near the Brick House, but it you should be fine most of the time.
Recommended weapons -Use Smartlink with a rifle (regular) and also purchase a shotgun. You will be able to destroy almost anything with this combo.
-Do not purchase a rocket launcher as it is not at all worth the hefty price. Even though it is strong, its lack of ammo nullifies its usefulness.
Recommended magic Purchase Resurrect as this is one of the most useful spells. Teleport can be also be useful at times.
Recommended races Play as an Elf with Katana with Wired Reflexes so you can deflect bullets and, if you get behind someone unaware, they will bleed out. Pair this with smoke and you will almost never die.