Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Am I just having a bad run of luck, or do I suck too?
Let's get on thing straight right of the bat. I am not a playmaker, I am a team player. I am not the sort of World of Warship player who can typically hard carry a match. However, I am very good in a group and contributing to victory as a team effort. But lately it seems the team has been just plain stupid about their game play.
And that wasn't the only incident this past weekend of extremely dumb play. Picture this. You're on the Northern Lights map, so north with pretty lights and a gorgeous moon. It's a capture the base scenario. Half your team takes off up the far east side where D is on the domination scenario. And they keep going. They don't turn west and they don't even threaten the opponent's base. Meanwhile, the opponent makes a concerted push up the three line with all their battleships and half of the remaining ships minus the carrier. You call for help, but no one on the east side is answering. A Fubuki cannot hold the base - ever. Guess who wins?
These are just two of the really bad games I've been in. On Saturday night I had five straight defeats in my Tirpitz and I was high scorer in four of those matches. I was so disgusted I stopped playing for the night on a loss. I've never stopped with a loss. It's not good for personal moral, but neither is doing everything you know how to win only be to be thwarted by the idiots on your own side.
Or is the problem that I suck too? For example, I haven't gotten a Kraken Unleashed yet. I've never earned Confederate, and I've only earned high caliber five times in 891 battles. And let's face facts, I've lost more battles than I've won even if it is very close. I can't help but wonder if I'm rising to my level. Is mediocrity about the best I can hope for here? Yeah, those thoughts are really just depression making noise. It's hard not to get down when you're getting it handed to you game after game. Hell, I had a victory on Atlantic in my Fubuki Monday night and still lost 9000 credits. I'd sunk a very low health Khabarovsk with my guns (only contribution to the game,) but that allowed an enemy cruiser to spot me. I stopped firing, turned around and tried to drop off. I sailed right into the Khabarovsk 's hail mary torpedo launch. That really sucked, and you could take that both ways.
This week Wargaming.net announced they are working on team battles. It'll run like ranked battles, except you get to choose who's in your fleet. I'd like to give that a try. However, finding a fleet with less than a 50% win rate, even if it's close, it probably not going to sell well. I could point out there are certain ships which I am markedly better than the so called average. My Kiev stats are arguably even better than my Fubuki stats.
I'm not particular about who I team up with other than they play ethically and strive to improve. I like ranked battles as I find the cooperation to be extremely in earnest. All seven players want to win, so everyone plays together towards that goal. It works for me. Random battles are always so... well, random. They're like a box of chocolates and Forrest Gump is holding the box.
Anyway, thanks for letting me get all that off my chest. It's not like I'm going to stop playing World of Warships. I am hopelessly addicted to naval combat. I dabble in Armored Warfare too, but I don't find it nearly as compelling as World of Warships. When it comes to armored vehicles, been there and done that IRL. Naval ships are a whole different thing. Anyone remember the really old text based game North Atlantic '86? Oh yeah, I used to play the hell out of that. World of Warships is way better. Alright, that's it. I'm done now. Hope everyone reading this is having an excellent day. Cheers!