I very much agree with your statements.
There’s a huge amount of possible tactics to be able to get first place in the end.
You could just avoid getting first during the beginning of the game, because we all know that when someone has a 50k+ lead at 5 minutes, they almost never win…
You could go for a more opportunistic approach: you could try and use the radar system to your advantage, f.ex. by lurring people to a certain place where you know you can easily kill multiple.
On Hedge Maze, a nice strategy for the one in first, could be going to the middle for a short time and by doing that lurring multiple ppl towards the middle. Then leaving to a closeby area asap, letting the others kill each other and trying to collect their money.
I must admit that nooga and dd have a point when they say it’s annoying for the one who is in first, yet there’s plenty of possibilities to limit the negatives of being first.
This isn’t coming from a BBH expert, since I can barely win games… These are just some things I noticed to be efficient over time.