Between spending the entire weekend getting ****ty and then spending the past 3 days at work for 10+ hours a day, I’ve barely even touched WoW this week. For better or worse, I didn’t exactly miss anything. Arena has reached a point where it is actually less interesting than grinding levels. That’s not saying it couldn’t be fun. It’s been fun in the past. The current problem is that there’s just a massive lack of interest in arena ranging all the way from the good teams to the random 1100 slaves. You’d think that with all of the upcoming tournaments you’d have a lot of people wanting to play. Not even teams practicing, just a widespread spike in arena interest (kind of like how you have infinity people mobbing the tennis courts when wimbledon is on).
People aren’t playing because there simply isn’t any reason to. To really captivate a player, a game has to be emotionally stimulating in addition to being fun to play. WoW used to be like that. People used to get pissed when they’d get ganked or lose a BG. Guilds would interrupt their raids to go grief other guilds outside of the raid zone. World bosses/events were a whole fun time having extravaganza of nerd rage. As a result of catering to casuals, WoW is constantly progressing away from what we once knew and loved. Blizzard knows who their target audience is. A dev really put it clearly -
There is no drama left in WoW, most of the drama and fun happened when there was random ganking or fighting over outdoor content. Games are memorable when they create emotion. However, there are separate issues with outdoor content. Usually large guilds dominate. They can create server lag. What do you do when your tank gets cycloned. Also flying mounts have ****** outdoor bosses. Also casuals don’t like emotion in games. They don’t like getting ganked, they don’t like feeling like they’re not skilled, they don’t like other people having things they can’t get. And unfortunately, there are 1000 casuals per 1 player like you or me.
When 2.0 hit people instantly stopped caring about all things that weren’t arena. Even in pve, first kills became increasingly marginalized as simply the result of brute forcing an encounter. Between flying mounts, summons, and being able to queue for dungeons/bgs from anywhere, your chance of actually encounterring another player outside of dalaran are hilariously low. Arena interest died quickly as well though. Because of the ladder system, you can essentially defeat an opponent without ever directly confronting them simply by queue dodging, sniping, or counter comping. Unless you’re korean, people don’t even give a **** if you win a tournament.
The point I’m getting at is that this game has long since been in a death spiral of there being less to do, and people giving less about the **** they’re doing. The result of this is that direct, hatred fueled nerd-on-nerd combat has entirely died out. Whether or not people will admit it, I know that they do care. Or at least they wish they still did. I think a lot of it has to do with a trend away from talking **** and GETTING SERIOUS. No one ******* gloats anymore or shoves a loss in someone’s face. Everyone wants to be bff’s with everyone else.
When I play smash bros, there are honestly more items thrown around the room than in the game and even people that aren’t playing are talking ****. No one really cares about smash bros, but by getting into it you start caring about winning simply on the principle of bragging rights.
For the most part, BGs back at 60 were no different. Especially before cross server bgs went up, you know who you were going up against and you definitely cared about owning them. Ya honor mattered, but for the most part you wanted to win just so that you could talk **** and they couldn’t. Don’t lie, we all know it to be true.
I’m making a request that everyone immediately start constantly talking **** when they play. I believe the last instance of nerds talking mad **** was chumpjohn’s “feels like 22 points.” You do not have to start off with this, but it’s alright to aspire to such greatness. Keep it simple if you aren’t an avid **** talker, especially if it’s a complete stranger you’ll be insulting. Simply drop a “pathetic.” if you can’t think of anything better. Insantly message someone if they forget to bubble/block or do anything even slightly wrong that you can play off as the sole cause of their team’s loss. Playing with Crysalid has allowed me to inherit such gems as “that was easy” and “you actually think this game takes skill. pathetic.”
If you’re looking for an easy target, seek out neurological for that is where the hidden treasure lies. He gets unreasonable bent out of shape about any trash talked. He got mad after I won a duel and told him that it was easy and said I only won because of pve gear. I simply replied that he couldn’t expect to defeat a full god when he’s not even a baby god. I received essays of rage as a result. It was glorious.
Feel free to get more personal. Make fun of minor for being a walrus. Ask realz if his target acquisition software malfunctioned that match. Tell morphe that if he wants his character to advance in rating he should just pay minor to play for him again. /meow at zilea or create a macro that chains /use hearthstone /stopcasting. Hate on talbadarfor actually wearing jean shorts. Call into question trance’s filipino half (and pray that he doesn’t lucy liu rage on you and collect your head). Ask enforcer how he feels about the overkill nerf. Give seastonez **** about being declared not good enough to play with cirranis. Somehow relate snutz’s loss to his MDMA induced experimentation with mogorash. Name every single TR character some variation of bens.
Especially when people don’t know what you look like, insulting how they look is super effective. Call zyz beiber. Give inflame **** about wearing a wife beater and looking like eminem. Tell mayo and kalimist to fix their dirty ******* hair.
“Nice choke, didn’t see that one coming” is particularly appropriate for spoh. Video below for those of you that haven’t seen it. I wish there was still such shame in the eyes of players after suffering defeat.