I get it, I’m not the first to make a post like this so it’s going to get ignored, I just need to vent.
Blizz why did you have to go and make the game competetive? Remember in 2016 when everyone loved the game for how casual it was. There were obvious balance issues and nobody knew what the f*ck was going on. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate comp for two things. 1) It separated the players who wanted to keep it casual from the players who wanted to tryhard. 2) It started the real balance changes.
Shouldn’t need to be said that I exclusively play qp (and since the addition of role queue, qp classic)
About a year later point 1 was irrelevant. Now everyone was trying their balls off in quickplay to the extent of not having fun themselves and actively bringing the experience down for the people who just want a good time. I, personally always have and always will, play to have fun rather than to win. Because what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t have fun.
Coming from tf2 and maining the demoknight since he was given the eyelander I wanted to see if there was anything similar when I first played overwatch. And I found Reinhardt. Over the years I’ve become pretty decent at Reinhardt. Not in the way that you see everyone else doing where they hold a shield up all the time and absorb damage into the big blue rectangle, no, I’ve become good at 1v6ing with reinhardt and using the barrier to block important shots. And that to me is fun. I adore the melee system in this game, especially compared to tf2 (that system sucks, you can only hit one person no matter how large your melee weapon is so what it does is scan for a target and hits the first one it connects with, which can even be your own teammate, so the game counts a melee hit on your teammate but because they’re a teammate it does no damage and is a useless swing. Doesn’t stop me charging in like a maniac though.) It makes me disappointed that there isn’t a full melee dps yet (doomfist doesn’t count given his primary)
Reinhardt has always struck me as a hero who you should not get close to under any circumstances. I loved the fact that no hero could kill reinhardt faster than he could kill them. It felt like a reward for getting to the enemy. Does this make me a bad teammate? That’s for you to decide but keep in mind that I win most of my reinhardt games despite what i’ve said and am going to say. But as of now, Rein doesn’t feel good to play, because he’s lost the thing that made him special to power creep. He’s pretty much stayed the same while everyone he used to counter gets stronger and stronger each patch. I can still pull off my playstyle and come out with a win but it’s so much more stressful.
I also ask my team at the start of the game and periodically throughout if they’re ok with the way I want to play, and if they say no, I switch. I’m not a complete dick, I don’t want to ruin the game for people. Unless they’re pricks about it. If they are I ignore them.
CC. There’s simply too much crowd control in this game. The big offenders for me being sombra and mei. Sombra being because of hack. It lasts too long and takes such a small amount of time to activate that it feels completely unfair to any hero who can’t just stick a barrier down and block it.
I fcking hate mei. Why is she allowed to have her ult as her primary fire? I wouldn’t mind but it’s the only primary fire beam that can penetrate players and hit people behind you. So it literally is just her ult bound to a different key. She’s currently the only enemy pick that will make me switch heroes or just leave entirely. It just so happens that since sombra was added most qp teams have had both a sombra and a mei. What fcking joy.
But because the pros don’t have a problem with these, blizz doesn’t feel the need to change any of it. Because blizz have done a complete 180 and changed the game from a casual game to a competetive esport. Which doesn’t work in my opinion. Look how stale the meta is. Every team is the same, and with the addition of role queue nobody is allowed the freedom to mix up their teams. This is the main reason I play classic. Tanks are my favourite class but I play my own, “fun” way not the way that people expect. I wouldn’t call myself “good” at any of them, so queueing for tank and arriving on a team that is expecting me to play the way everyone else does isn’t going to work. So I switch roles mid game if my tanking isn’t tanky enough, and usually people fill in the gaps without issue.
The balancing doesn’t work the same way in this game as it does for most other games. What do you think about the state reaper was in last year? Oh no, he now actually stands a chance of being picked because he has lifesteal. Let’s ignore the fact that symmetra can do 552 damage per second whilst slowing her targets down by 60% because she doesn’t get picked in pro games and therefore clearly isn’t a problem. Meanwhile people in their qp or solo queues are getting destroyed by her because she’s unbeatable against disorganised teams and reaper doesn’t get picked there because he can’t do sh*t against it. This sort of thing happens all the time and it’s getting frustrating. And so point 2 I made all those paragraphs ago became irrelevant too.
As a side note, the advice always given as a way of countering symmetra sucked. “Just melee the turrets they die in one hit” What morons were you playing against that just put the turrets in melee range? I still think the turrets are a wee bit too powerful but she’s not much of a threat to me personally.
This post has gotten off topic so many times that i’m done trying to make it coherent. Think of it what you will. In essence, I don’t like blizzard’s pandering to the pro scene while completely shutting out the casual/low rank side and I think that they’re trying to fill the game with too much stuff that actively makes the game unenjoyable. Namely CC which completely removes your ability to play the hero you picked.
As of now I’m done trying to make people happy. If I get banned for playing rein as a dps in a f*cking casual game mode, I couldn’t care less. And until you give me a pure melee dps hero that can do the things I’m currently doing with rein I’m going to keep doing what I do best; blasting bagpipes through my headphones, charging in like Mad Jack himself and coming out with a team kill.
Casual overwatch, will ye no come back again?