I have a confession: I have develop into an Overwatch meta slave. I not often select heroes other players feel are “bad.” I will not choose risks with our tank-healer harmony. And, most significant, I will seethe when my team does not mirror the holy comp du jour.
Did you select Hanzo on an attack map? I almost certainly scoffed at you. Did you, Genji, really feel we could defend Eichenwalde without Reinhardt? Seemingly, I form in team chat, you could treatment much less about successful. I see you switched from our only healer to Widowmaker on a control issue. Are you major, I grunt into my headset.
In the grand scheme of harmful Overwatch players, I rank small. For heaven’s sake, I’m not telling any Genji players to “kill you.” I’m not reporting all Widowmakers for “griefing.” But I do admit that, more than the very last handful of months, I crossed into “taking Overwatch comp much too seriously” territory. It’s a unhappy spot more than here, verging on necessarily mean-spirited, but at least it’s not lonely. In Aggressive Method, inevitably, there are other people who loudly police hero picks prior to I even have the probability. I are likely to allow them do the talking, unless someone’s way out of line. (I am seeking at you, very last-select Genji. We do not have a healer).
I truly feel at dwelling in Aggressive Method among the my fellow meta peons. So, I cue up for Swift Play infinitely much less than I made use of to. There is just a little something about stumbling into a area comprised of a Hanzo, Widowmaker, Genji, Sombra and Torbjorn that helps make my blood boil. Have you no empathy? I feel, prior to inevitably choosing Reinhardt or Mercy. Who raised you? Swift Play’s disregard for team harmony, deficiency of communication and “fuck it” mind-set has develop into grating.
Overwatch’s Swift Play and Aggressive Method breakdown has develop into the equivalent of mixing oil and drinking water. The strength of Aggressive players’ culturally-sanctioned snobbery bonds propels other people absent. Or, potentially, we’re much less dense.
And nonetheless, there are two difficulties with being offended at other players for not adhering to the “meta.” Very first, meta is developed to mirror players who max out every single heroes’ ability. I am not a wonderful Overwatch player. I’m simply just an obsessive a single who is amazing with Roadhog most of the time. In no earth am I, and five mid-rank randos I achieved on line, playing every single hero to their fullest prospective throughout the entirety of a match.
The next difficulty is the reverse of the first: If a player is genuinely glorious with a non-best hero, there’s a probability they are not really a egocentric, terrible particular person (unless they are a Hanzo primary.) Maybe, in actuality, they are all right. I am loathe to admit it, but I have witnessed an attack-Bastion pull my team by means of the very last moments of a payload map. It harm. But it worked.
I justify my newfound Overwatch elitism like so: I like framework. I like procedures. I like carrying out proper by other people in on line games. I like experience like I’m a portion of the wonderful Overwatch zeitgeist. But you know what else? I, and I suspect, my peers, secretly like having a person, like an ill-advised Genji, to blame to when we eliminate. If only you experienced switched, I say, with a sleight of hand that brushes absent my have and others’ failings. If only you experienced switched.