I decided to spend all day today playing Dota 2. The idea is that, having 48 hours in game under my belt, I would get to 60 hours today. That would theoretically greatly improve my skill at the game, or at least let me learn a LITTLE more of Lich. Sadly, it didn’t really work out. I’ve played four games already today, it is noon, and I have lost all of them horribly. The only game that was close is the game from the image above. At that point in the match I had been doing great, we all had except for Huskar, but two of our players dropped above five minutes before that picture was taken. We were quickly pushed back into our base, but the three of us were holding them off, and even pushing top lane back with the possibility of doing some damage. Then we got roped into a team fight and, being 2 down, we got squashed. That’s when they entered the base and finished us off.
I honestly don’t know how much longer I’ll be playing Dota 2. The gameplay is fun, but I have dozens of PVP games I own and can play. Most of them have MUCH better communities as well, as there isn’t a game that goes by where someone doesn’t call me a dipshit or worse in Dota 2. I understand that competitive play brings out the worst types of people, that’s fine. Dota 2 and Valve clearly aren’t interested in trying to change that, and why should they? Their target market loves it and that is fine. Just not fine FOR ME. As such, I think I may try to hit 60 hours and then quit. By the 60 hour mark I feel I can tell myself I’ve gotten my times worth out of the game, I have experienced much of what the game has to offer, and things aren’t going to change much from that point on. If I’m not enjoying it by then, and at this point I doubt I will be, then I’ll probably uninstall and focus on a different MOBA, or take a small break from the genre and PVP in some other game.
P.S. Of course this is a skill thing, partly. Some will accuse me of quitting because it’s hard, and that is honestly partly true. If I won more games than I lost because I was better at the game, I would get more enjoyment out of the game. At the same time, my win/loss record leans heavily toward the wins and my skill, while not great by any means, is slightly above average. I am just not finding much JOY in the game, and that makes me ask myself “why am I even still playing?” Still, gotta get to 60 hours played, I’m at 52 now. Let’s see if 8 hours over a couple days can change my mind.
The nights PVP started out fine. I played a game of Dota 2 and I picked Lich for the first time. It was the mode where you are presented with three champions and you have to pick one, so I went with the support. I always go with the support in MOBA games, partly because I suck at them. I got better at LoL, and now I’m back to square one with Dota 2. I really miss the combat of LoL, but I hate the runes/summoner spells that mean that no one is on an even footing necessarily.
The second game I was invited to a group by my best friend, who happens to be a massive curse for me. Everytime I group with him in any game it turns into an exercise in frustration and anger. That’s weird too, since we are both pretty good at the games we play, him usually better than me. But whenever we combine our powers, we get stomped. Tonight was no exception either, I played Lich again, trying to get better with him, and he played Drow. We took bottom, and we were holding our own. Sadly, our middle wasn’t doing anything and our top was getting destroyed. That’s when my own “skill” left and I started feeding the other team no matter how hard I tried not to. We ended up with only the towers in our base and we held them off for a good long while, and this is where I started getting back into my groove. We pushed back for a bit and it looked like we might have a small shot when we had a bad group battle and we all died. That was the end of the match, and we decided to take a break from Dota 2.
We moved over to Team Fortress 2 and this time my wife joined us. She is the best Medic I have ever seen in TF2, and that is ALL she does. Have I EVER seen her be anything else? Nope. Does she ALWAYS make a massive difference on the team she’s on? Yep. We started the night with me and my wife on one team, and my friend on the opposite. It became pretty apparent that the game was pretty one sided. Me and my wife can generally turn a match around together, me the Heavy and her the Medic, but we were stopped at every turn. Often they would cap a point and within 5 seconds have the next point capped as we had no rear guard. We lose several matches in a row, badly, until my friend was able to come over to our team. We managed to do pretty well that time and actually held the attackers off for most of the match, only losing in the last few minutes. This is when the server decided to scramble, since it was obviously not fair that we didn’t get squashed right away. I ended up on a team alone, and had to endure my wife and friend wiping the floor with my dignity for two matches before we all agreed that it was time to grab some dinner and take a break.
Meanwhile I’m sweating, angry to the point of shaking, and frustrated beyond belief. That is not good, I’m trying to stop myself from getting like that. Luckily my wife is awesome, we grabbed some dinner and we have some ice-cream in the fridge. As long as I take it easy the rest of the night I should be ok, but I can already feel that PVP adrenaline/frustration headache starting. Gonna grab some asprin and relax. See you all tomorrow with a new Let’s Play video.