I decided to leave Stormpike Militia entirely recently. I didn’t even explain myself, I just left the FB page which I was an admin of, deleted the vent info, and removed the references on my Twitch page.
The reasons kind of kept piling up and I finally had to say, there is no good way for us to go back to a small casual group, and no one apparently willing to put their foot down on anything. Or at least, not be as strong-armed as I was looking for.
It had been pointed out to me on a number of occasions that we’re really destroying the other team. Our scores would be in the high 500’s, taking the other team down to zero without killing Drek. Like, hardly ever. This wasn’t really a problem until I heard people making calls to NOT destroy towers and “HK them down” on more than one occasion. Our top HK’s would be in the 300’s and the top enemy team in the 50’s. That was bad. Additionally, for probably numerous reasons, the other team would have so many rage quits you’d see up to 40% of their team not even filled in. People liked to blame it on games going too long but, you can’t say that wasn’t because of us. We’d even attempt to draw out more HKs for people going for “the Bloodthirsty”.
Doing silly things like running around as pandas was fun, but when I suggested doing it “naked” (no body armor, but weapons) it really looked like we were mocking the other team. I mean I didn’t mean it like that, but apparently playing naked isn’t as detrimental as you’d think, and I stayed alive much longer than I figured. It smacked a bit of bored premades doing stupid tactics like “the reach-around” (Hydra) or “Heaven’s Light” (some stupid premade in Ashran).
If we chose to summon Ivus, it was basically seen as a given and “how dare they!” if the other team interfered. Someone I know killed the druids during one summon attempt, and then the fingers flew at who screwed it up, did someone sabotage it? It must have been the pugs! Wait what, you can’t kill your own npcs, duh.
During one premade vs premade, a call was made by the Cupcakes (Horde premade) leader for us to focus a particular pug on the enemy team. Why? The leader was upset with them. And we complied. That was ‘what the actual fuck’ imo.
Then there were some internal problems that bothered me. The first one was a paladin on our team, who I found to be quite unpleasant for several reasons, including calling me a “cry baby” and telling a raid leader to “fuck off” and wasn’t sure why she wasn’t at least temp banned. I mean other than being close friends with a raid leader.
We also had a guy who was openly “telling it like it is” (aka, being an asshole) who was tolerated simply because they had “really good dps”.
It all came to a crossroads when I made a post about some of these situations on the regular forums by making parallels to us vs Hydra. Some people agreed, some disagreed. That’s all fine. I was told to be careful what I post by a raid leader though, and, I don’t play that.
I did not see any way we could start taking all our queue pops like we use to, without people being left out or not in the ‘good group’.
The real push though was reading posts on the FB page about how it was so much fun to piss off the pugs on YOUR OWN TEAM and make them rage whisper you, while you act like a fuckface in IoC by throwing glaives in the water, or not using the siege vehicles in the proper fashion. Then also laughing when the pugs managed to get a win despite their bullshit. I asked if they purposely troll their own team and got “We have pvp happen, call it what you will.” I called it trolling and griefing, and frankly disgusting. I got called a hypocrite and that I was trolling AV.
That was “ok I’m out” right there. It wasn’t just that one thing, but enough to decide to act. Only one person in that group ever talked to me outside of games anyway so it’s not like anyone will care.
So now I have more time for Overwatch! Not that.. anyone plays that, any more.