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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


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
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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