I'm considering getting back into SF4 or trying smash, and will probably make SF5 my main game when it comes out. The cross-play feature they are promising between PC and PS4 has huge potential. Nobody has really pulled it off before.
It has a lot of reasons to actually get good at the game. There aren't many (if any at all) players making 6-7 figure salaries that literally just play 24/7. Arguably the most popular and well known player Daigo, up until Madcatz sponsored him 2014 had a job working at a nursing home 5 days a week.
There are of course sponsored players and those that do make a living, same as WoW streamers, but if you're a beginner in games like League you will probably never reach the top while maintaining an actual job or education. I get why SC2 got huge respect, the inputs per second were insane. I was an MLG coach throughout high-school for Gears, and anybody in any competitive scene ever knows fighters are the most technical, difficult and most respected competitive genre.
My entire rational between considering SF4 over today's Mobas is although Moba's are hugely popular, supported, highly accessible etc., the fundamentals aren't so different from WoW arena. If you have thousands of hours into learning the ins and outs of them that's really all it there is to the game. You aren't going to get recognized if you don't give it all up. What's the point of playing a competitive game without that recognition? Mine as well go play some RPGs or PvE.
Why be a gold, diamond, challenger or whatever the fuck you are when there is a squadron of teenage highschool dropouts getting paid to play it 24/7 that will always be better. The big shitstain part of the whole thing is that there's fucking 6 buttons (really only 4 combat buttons) and it's click to move. The major competitive aspect of Mobas is game knowledge and teamwork. When (and it's when, not if) the next big thing comes round those dropouts will be fucked, and time you put in is effectively wasted.
There was a tournament at my College last month for SF and MVC, 15 minutes from my house. There are local tournaments in Toronto like every other week. Capcom hosts huge tournaments like Blizzcon 4 times per year for different regions, and a world championship series. They also host online tournaments with serious prize pools. That's just capcom. There was a Redbull tournament in Paris with a serious prize pool last month, and there is Evo every year. Capcom supports all of it, and there are NO bots, NO cheating, NO ddosing, NO wintrading, NO pilots. Your success revolves around you getting better at the game and challenging others.
Skills you have there are transferable to other games which is a plus. The genre will never die and has always been around. There is no team synergy, you won't be fucked out of tournaments because you can't find partners, you don't get fucked if your class isn't good this season, etc.
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It's kind of why I still arena, you can be a R1 player without quing each and every day. You can be a "top player" while it's your hobby. If I ever started another MMO it would be casually. Pouring your life into an MMO is a mistake because they are made to be time sinks, not to be played competitively.
It's a shame really. Blizzard (Activation, actually) has a great game that players clearly care about a lot and love, and the PvP scene could be huge but honestly negligence and empty promises has turned arena to shit. I can only imagine if GCDTV never took off there would literally never be queues (in US). The only way to actually play arena these days is to queue Friday and Saturday night when GCD teams are practicing. Otherwise, you can have some luck between 12pm est and 3am. Usually there are owls that wake up at like 9pm queing then. Hopefully you get lucky enough you don't get alts of alts sniping people with counters. GL, HF. Also, SHIT rewards! Not a single goddamn person liked the S15 mount.
TL;DR: Don't play MMO's competitively unless you want to PvE hardcore or play casually with friends
Play a game like CS or any shooter really besides CoD.
Play a fighter, Smash, SF4, MVC etc..
Don't bother with MOBA's if you want to go big, unless you want to give up everything or be a spec of sand in a desert. They are good for fun and with friends, but just as toxic as korean grindfest MMOs in terms of time sinks.
Well said fellow Tdot resident. The amount of time put into WoW is just not rewarding now and to a certain extent, it isn't even fun. Speaking for myself, I think I've hit that age when people start sucking at games because of slow reflexes, and because of this, I have started to suck immensely. Sucking can contribute to not having fun.