I have played a decent amount of Heroes of Newerth. I have played even more League of Legends. While I have experienced some of the most exciting moments in my gaming career playing these two time-sinks, I find that more often than not I am actually quite miserable. It’s not because the game itself is bad, It’s because the MOBA community itself contains some of the most jaded, angry, rude, and egotistical bastards that have ever walked the Earth. Games of HoN/LoL/DoTA can get downright hostile, and its the only game i can think of where you are more likely to be verbally abused by your own teammates than your opponents.
In addition to a really high learning curve, the belittlement that new players are subjected to is more often than not what causes a novice to not want to hop in queue for a second match. Statistics have shown that the ones who are lucky enough to escape the incessant harrassment that occurs during the first fifty matches of their MOBA of choice, are 90% more likely to become giant jerks.
In order to help curb this, I have decided to create some commandments that we all should follow. The aim is to both correct bad play habits of newer players, and to end this false sense of superiority that all of us MOBA vets have experienced from time to time.
Thou shalt have no other things before game
Seriously, If you are about to eat dinner, leaving the country in 15 minutes, or dying on your hospice bed, don’t start up a match. Nothing is worse than the traditional “HEY GUYS SORRY I GOTTA GO MY HERPES ARE FLARING UP” that you will undoubtedly experience any time you sit down to play one of these games. It is annoying, and we all hate it.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven errors
We’ve all seen it before, the bonehead move that is permanently engraved on the face of a match; The one dumb thing that we did that made the battle fall just out of reach. Next time you think its OK to Baron/Roshan/Kong when the whole enemy team is MIA, remember that its a terribly stupid idea, and don’t do it.
Thou shalt not insult others in vain
Don’t be a poor sport when you are losing. Don’t be an ass when winning. There’s a distinct difference between simple trash talk and utter douchbaggery, and in case you can’t tell the difference, I present to you an example of both:
“Hah! you missed me by a mile!” – a simple poke at someones inability to hit you with a skill shot, it gets it’s point across well, and doesn’t sound overly condescending
“DUDE YOU F@*&ING SUCK AT SKILL SHOTS GO DIE IN A FIRE YOU [insert racial slur here]!!!!!!!!!!” – pointless garbage, its obviously rude and loses any effective insult weight because 1) You just proved you are one of “those guys”, and the likelihood of you getting muted just shot up ten-fold, and 2) You used the wrong racial slur and just sound completely uneducated.
It’s fairly simple. Do the former. Avoid the latter. Everyone wins.
Just to recap, you have already learned to not start a game when you don’t have enough time to finish, don’t make imbecilic game changing decisions, and don’t needlessly insult others. If everyone would just follow those three at a minimum, I GUARANTEE that the MOBA genre would be a much better place
Tune in next time for a continuation of the list.
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