Team Mode is a game mode in Starblast.io, released on 14 April 2017. In Team Mode, you can join as one of three factions, randomly named and with random colors and facility names. Your ultimate goal is to work with your team-mates and help destroy all enemy space stations and ships.
Players can upgrade up to Tier 3 before needing to upgrade the station to further upgrade. This can be done by depositing crystals into the station depots, which takes time and prevents ships from moving while doing so. Depositing crystals also gives you credits, which you can use to buy pods and secondary weapons. From then on, it is necessary to upgrade the station to upgrade to the next tier. It is vital to upgrade the station as quickly as possible to enable the team to compete. The first team to Tier 4 station is often the one that coordinates most efficiently, and thus generally ends up being the winner. Coordination between players is a must in Team Mode, and it is not recommended to roam the map alone. Sticking together in large bands can decimate most competition. Buying lives is absolutely not recommended, it is almost always better to deposit your crystals to the station. However, if you are on your last life, it may be worth it to buy an extra life to avoid downgrading, especially if the risk of being attacked is high.
In the race to upgrade the station, a fairly good strategy is to skirmish enemies with nearly full cargo's and vulnerable ships, usually with multiple players, while other players remain to mine for the station. This sabotages enemy upgrades. It is not recommended to attempt a full-out assault on enemy stations before attaining fully upgraded Tier 6 ships, for the stations are exceptionally strong. To upgrade to Tier 7 ships, stations need to be Level 4 and have full gem capacity, however, it is recommended to fully upgrade Tier 6 ships before mining to max the base cargo. Tier 7 ships also have zero lives in Team Mode, one death leads back to downgrade to Tier 6. A good choice of Tier 7 ship is the Bastion, which can easily destroy enemy stations.
In Team Mode, revenge markers are not present, and a unique algorithm is used for the initial team-joining check. All three teams are available for joining initially. The conditions for a team to be open to joining is:
- Total shield + energy capacity is less than x+300, where x is the average of energy + shield capacity of all ships in all teams.
- Number of players is less than 20.
- A single team is heavily dominating, in which case, the other two teams remain open.
A maximum of 45 players can join a non-custom Team Mode, with a maximum of 20 per team.
The unique friendly-fire mechanism is implemented in Team Mode, where shots from friendly players pass through friendly ships. Friendly collisions also damage only the ship that was thrusting against the other ship (this is mainly to avoid grieving Barracudas, which used to be a big problem). Ships that re-spawn in Team Mode are immune to all damage for 10 seconds, provided they do not fire weapons themselves. This is to prevent spawn-camping, and is indicated by the ship flashing. Crystal yield in Team Mode is also higher, with the rate being 1.5x, as opposed to 1.35x in Survival Mode.
Once a space-station has been destroyed, no new players can join that team, and any existing ships in that team are immediately destroyed, and the faction is eliminated from the rest of the game. Generally, when a match has gotten to the point where a station has been destroyed, a single team is dominating. Attempting to decimate a dominating team by allying with the other team is often a good option in dire conditions.
It is common in Team Mode for players to not coordinate, often fully filling their cargo's and waiting for others to upgrade the station, or to frequently steal crystals from team-mates. Generally, it is best to ignore such players, or attempt to push them into the crystal depot. If too many such players exist inside a team, switch to another team to maximize chances of winning. Once all other stations have been destroyed, the victory screen will show up and the server will shut down.
If you go to the depot, you can change your laser pattern from offensive to healing, or from healing to offensive. you can also donate/contribute gems.