I never played Ar seriously. I took pleasure in eliminating maps. I suppose some people may call it a gaudy reason but everyone plays this game for a reason.
Maybe ar calms them. Maybe they just like to be competitive.
I am not competitive. But I do have opinions. I mean, we all do. I spent most of my time in ar playing unoptimally. I didnt use bonus units. I didnt run the meta. I didnt even use mythics.
Hell. My first few years of playing ar i didnt upgrade my fortress once just so I could enjoy the challenge of disadvantage.
Mostly. I had a chip on my shoulder and I took emminse pleasure in for me… Was punishing the player. Half if not more always shit on units and concepts I appreciated. And most if not all took the ez way out.
It could be that they over used structures specifically the bolt tower (turn one didnt really exsist beyond restore, which failed without debuffs.) Or time passed and they took the ez way out with a simple touch of a button… The worst button. The duo button.
Some duos realsed were quit unfair. Currently duo altina and duo lyn make the ease of which people can win basically cheating. Not everyone had a duo. Some still don’t. Not all maps could be built with one so they cannot feasibly stop it.
Defenses cannot use thier buttons (thank god).
Regardless. The point is I hated running into trash and I needed to get that frusteration out. Because not only did half if not all take the ez way out (who wouldn’t) you would all also trash things I enjoyed because you had an Ez and Optimal way of play.
That way of play didnt possess a skill beyond “I pressed a button” and “I waited till turn three”
So. Essentially. I played the way I wanted.
One day a friend of mine pushed me to at least run the ladder’s. I didnt enjoy the ladders. I mean. If I lost I should be penalised. But whatever.
Anyway, I was told to build a scoring team because people there actually care if a unit dies. And apparently maps are a lot more difficult to beat.
Long story short. I spent a lota time gettin my ass kicked before I figured out how to handle maps better.
I had fun developing strategies for the common map lay outs. And I even dabbled in building a turn one map of my own.
All of which suited my standards. Because I hate all if you therfore you all deserve to blow up to the very units I enjoy.
But It got tiresome. Not defense maps. But peoples ar0s. Tanks became unstoppable. A flyan with far save would gut half of strategy. Tossing lyn with a duo peony gutted nearly everything in a single turn. Duo altina ignored all forms of thought and essentially told a defense “fuck you” by being able to maintain her hp stat and ignore flash + healers.
The progresses tward heavily kill a defense and people who do play the OTHER HALF OF THE GAME were fucked as no matter how cleaver, knowledgeable, or interesting there map was… It didnt matter.
Now after some time I realised. I dont enjoy this anymore. I never played for rewards or ranking. I played because everyone was going to watch me end thier map. I played because the
Revenge REMATCH button was my best friend.
I needed an outlit for my frusterations and making yall watch me end your map with a reinhardt or kempf was golden delish. Even more so because it was by a standard most deemed “unviable” or “outdated”.
But quit a week ago. And seeing this new structure I think I made a wise decision.
I read several times that demanding players to essentially “git good bro” is elitist.
Well. Yea. It is. Thats what it means to competitive. You earn your place among the elite players who earned it themselves. They also were forced to deal with the difficulties of ar and they also made thier way through with the best they had.
They earned it. Because no. A set of +10 mythics may help you become a top 1000 but they wont help you not suck.
So yes. I don’t want people to ignore strategy.
But apparently asking to do so is “gross”
Telling the competive players above you to “adapt” is a joke. These turn one maps existed because they had to adapt to the broken that is AR0. Now that this is gutted because you didn’t want to figure out how to “not bait sigurd” shows just how little you understand about the struggles competitive players work agasint.
Tbh. I wonder if its even elitist to tell people to learn how to play the game.
Either way. I quit a whole while ago. And its good I did. Because no matter what. This mode is damaged beyond what I can find enjoyable.