In any game type, you will run faster with your pistol out.
Purchase a Glider and Gust to 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.
Play as an Elf with Katana and Wired Reflexes. You will be able to deflect bullets, and if you get behind someone unaware, they will bleed out. Pair this with smoke and you will almost never die.
Use Smartlink with a rifle (regular), and also buy a shotgun. You will be able to destroy almost anything with this combo. Do not buy a rocket launcher as it is not worth the hefty price. Even though it is strong, its lack of ammo cancels its usefulness.
Buy Resurrect; this is one of the most useful spells. Teleport can be also be useful at times.
Start the round with Resurrect. It helps earn money faster and will benefit your team. Use cheap weapons ($750 or less), and never buy more than $200 of ammunition. When you have $2,000, buy Gust. You will be able to mess the enemy up when trying to get the Artifact, and while they are trying to capture. Continue with this weapon until you have enough to buy 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 the ground to absorb damage from landing, grab the Artifact, and jump off the lower bridge. You must now make a run for the second enemy exit below the lower bridge, about twenty feet away from the one you should have cast Strangle on. It should only be about seven seconds into the match. Few 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.
First, buy Teleport. Drop into sewers and run until you are "Inside Yellow". You should be directly below the Sewage Pit. Allow your teammates a few seconds to get in there and get a small distraction. Teleport from directly beneath the Artifact up into the Artifact area. 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 (using Katana, Wired Reflexes, Smoke, and Glider). They can easily catch up with you and make you bleed out. If they are chasing you from the start, they should catch you near the Brick House, but it should be a solid run most times.