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I understand that being flanked has a negative impact on defense. But is having the cover on the wrong site (opposite of the enemy) worse than standing completely uncovered, or the same?

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To check that I interpret the question correctly: I think you are asking whether there is any difference between

Enemy --- Player

and

Enemy --- Player --- Cover

The answer to that is "no", in either case the enemy will have an increased critical hit chance and the cover's defense will not apply.

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Yes, that's my question. So knowing that the enemy might come from a side to which I can't reach useful cover it's still not harmful to cover the "wrong" direction just in case? –  Zommuter Aug 31 '13 at 10:03
    
@Zommuter It's not actively harmful, there are better things to do with your turn, like a full-team sprint back to a position which will guarantee cover. –  Fadeway Aug 31 '13 at 10:33
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It's not harmful but, as @Fadeway said, on anything above Easy mode - certainly Classic or higher - knowingly letting yourself be caught out of cover is suicidal. –  Simon W Aug 31 '13 at 14:39
    
As David B's answer shows, it is actually harmful, since flanking gives an increased critical hit chance –  Zommuter Aug 31 '13 at 19:32
    
@Zommuter test it for yourself, he's wrong. It makes no difference. The video he posted doesn't show an out-of-cover enemy's crit chance either. –  Fadeway Aug 31 '13 at 19:46
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Flanking gives a critical hit bonus to the attacker. It is better to be out of cover than to be flanked.

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Both situations give 60% crit on Impossible with vanilla troops. I just tested it, though I couldn't take a screenshot for some reason. –  Fadeway Aug 31 '13 at 16:12
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I'm pretty sure that the extra crit chance applies whenever the shield icon is yellow - so whether you are the wrong side of cover or whether you are out in the open. I'm away from home, though, so I can't test it. –  Simon W Sep 1 '13 at 6:35
    
@SimonWaldman You're right, although I guess David meant to say "it's better to run away from an enemy (even if it leaves you uncovered) than giving them a chance to flank you" –  Zommuter Sep 1 '13 at 8:26
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@SimonWaldman When you are not in cover, you do not get the yellow shield icon, but still give 60% crit chance. –  Raven Dreamer Sep 1 '13 at 12:14
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