Battletag: fractl#1536 Region: NA Trade Only?: Yes, you go first
I don't play battlegrounds much, but I figured I'd try to finish my weekly quest by playing battlegrounds. I just played a game where I had two Mama Bears on board. When another card generated 2/2 beasts, each Mama Bear would give the 2/2 minions +4/+4 and they would become 10/10 minions for just a split second, then each 10/10 would quickly become a 5/5 before anything else happened.
Could someone explain why the 10/10 minions generated would immediately become 5/5. I came in second place, and would definitely have come in first if the minions had stayed 10/10. I have no idea what was going on.
Just to clarify, the minions would increase to 10/10, then decrease to 5/5 really quickly. You had to look close to see it happening. And it did all of this before moving on and resuming with the attacking.
I played battlegrounds early on, but didn't play it a lot until this new patch. At first, it seemed like fun, but, now, it really seems like almost every game plays out the same.
Four or five of the eight players fight for elementals. Those players are usually at the bottom in the early game, because they are progressing slowly, because they are all grabbing the same cards. If you don't play elementals, and if you play really well but don't get some extremely lucky draws and synergies, you can be on top for around two-thirds of the game. Then, a couple of the four or five elemetal players get what they've been competing for, and you get blown out of first by an OP elemental comp.
So, you end up fighting for third or fourth, and the other three top four places are usually elemental comps that got the best draws. And first place is often the person among the people playing elementals that has the best hero power.
Sure, you can just fight for elementals yourself, and I've done that as well, and that's where all of my first place finishes have come from. But the problem with that is, if five people are fighting for elementals, and even the others are grabbing Little Rags, you just do crappy if you're not lucky enough to be one of the couple of people who gets the best elementals first.
What I'm saying is that this is really just too predictable to not get boring. There are some exceptions, but, in playing a few dozen games, this is most of what I've seen. Try for elementals, get first or second if you draw well, finish poorly if others get elemental draws first. Or go with a different tribe or mixed tribes, and usually get knocked down from the top late in the game and try to stay in third or fourth.
I'm not necessarily complaining. I'm just a little disappointed, because I was enjoying myself, until I realized that almost every game was following the same pattern. If you're not playing elementals, you get beaten by elemental hands when they mature. If you play elementals, your success pretty much depends on your draws, then your hero power to differentiate you from your opponent, if both of you drew well.
Maybe I was expecting too much, and I know it's just an auto-battler, but it would be nice if skill played a little more of a factor and if winning wasn't more a matter of who draws the best elementals and has the best hero power. I'm not pissed or being bitchy. It's just that with 90% of the matches playing out with the exact same scenario, it's getting harder to feel as though there's a reason to continue. Like I said, maybe I was expecting too much.
Battletag: fractl#1536 Region: NA Trade Only?: Yes, you go first (Posted a few hours ago, but nobody PM'd me, so I crossed out the post and am reposting, so my post wouldn't get lost or people wouldn't assume I'd completed the quest.)
I just played a few more games. Last game, the game generated a random Vargoth for my opponent, and then the spell that resurrects the same minions. After the game gave him such gifts, he had a full board of minions, and I watched as he obviously struggled because he wanted to play some extra cards just to rub things in. He finally attacked a minion of mine, even though he had lethal, just to show me that he could do extra besides just kill me. Then, you could see him struggling further, just to try to find something else he could do extra, but, if he attacked another minion, he wouldn't have lethal. So, reluctantly, he killed me. It never occurred to him to be thankful that the game helped him out, be a good sport, and say gg. He was just so strongly compelled to try to humiliate me as best he could. It just so distasteful, regardless of winning or losing in a silly game.
It was soooo important to him just to be able to play extra cards and show me how superior he was. I really, really, really don't understand how people don't realize that doing things like that don't show people that they are the opposite of superior, a petty little jerk who needs to try to humiliate his opponent in a children's card game to to make him somehow feel better about himself. Feel better about yourself by being lame and by being a bad sport? Not even a bad sport about losing, but a bad sport about winning? I mean, it's just so drastically opposite to a healthy attitude it's really disturbing. Like I said, an occasional sadist or sociopath or just plain douche bag would be sad, but somewhat understandable. But such a incredibly high-percentage of people? I don't care about the silly game. It's just indicative of something really wrong with our society, I think.
I like the game, but it just sucks being around such lousy attitudes all the time. I keep on uninstalling the game, because of the attitudes, then reinstalling it because I like the game. Einstein said doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results was a sign of madness. I guess I'm a little crazy to expect things to change.
Almost every single time an opponent of mine has lethal but has mana to play extra cards he does. I understand that douche bags exist, but how can 90% of the people I play that are in this situation act like this? Nobody at all has any idea what good sportsmanship and bad sportsmanship is or why it's better to be a nice person than an asshole? Nobody cares if they're failing at being a human being as long as they win a children's card game? Is this what the world is now, and why it's in such bad shape, because a lot of socially-challenged people have been taught by a small amount of sociopaths that this is the way that you act?
This sucked before, but, with all the death and suffering in the world right now, this is all people can think of, treating each other badly, trying to make people unhappy, and just wasting their time on Earth? And, no, it's not people 'showing me their hand', or, most of the time, playing quests. It's just backward people gaining pleasure off of causing other people displeasure. It's sadism, and it's pitiful. I could understand an occasional asshole, but so many people, with no one even comprehending how shitty they are?
And, no, I'm not being overly sensitive. I'm a grown-up, and I care more about how people treat each other, especially at a time like this, than a silly little children's game. What almost more upsetting is that everyone's so desensitized that how people treat each other so badly in this game isn't even a subject. Yes, I should give up the game if I feel like this, but I like Hearthstone, and why should I let a bunch of little douche bags take that away from me?
I know life isn't perfect, but how can any human being, of any age, be that petty? I mean, we're talking about a hell of a lot of people learning stupid, anti-social habits that are going to be hard to unlearn and that are really going to hold many of them back. It's just really fucking sad, and no one would ever get away with any similar behavior in real life. If you can't see that, or of you think it's OK because it's online and not in real life, thn how fucked up is that, to think that you should only be nice when there are consequences.