for me a "balanced" state in a game is that there is a reasonable way for me/my team to win every game if we play well
i think the more the stars have to align in order for you to beat a team, the less balanced the game is... especially once you start just surviving and praying for them to make mistakes.
so i guess s7/s8 i felt more than any other season there was a reasonable way to win almost every matchup as most comps, especially because the skill ceiling was higher and there was more you could do.
its funny how years of wow turned so many of us into relentless grinders
its like the game conditioned me to want to sink a bunch of time into some out of reach reward forever
and when the wow titles stopped mattering because we didnt respect the game anymore we just ladder grinded other shit
everyone i know from this game is doing some form of grinding. a ton of people got into lifting, ive always been a fan of the classic bmw e30 so im grinding out extra work contracts waiting for a clean one to show up
Would it be any different when playing with a sub or combat rogue? What about insanity or does it still suck?
exactly the same. i havent played much rpd but nahj and hozito played a ton early on and wound up running spikes against almost everything.
with spikes you can often do enough damage to force small cooldowns like hunter sac and ironbark without popping orbs or using silence
basically any comp that you have to run for your life, can never cast, and turtle the entire game you can maybe run insanity which is really only a good sub rmd for me.
as godcomp ill run insanity against a good sub rmd where i just get trained relentlessly and cant get vt's off. the playstyle vs that is completely different though and you just turtle like a total idiot with short silence and using fear as an interrupt. with insanity you can guarantee a block from the enemy mage if you just purge and insanity flay with orbs/novas during deep poly.
The responses here are very interesting. Some people seem to excuse the many failures of this tournament because of personal negative feelings towards Bailamos, the perceived good intentions of the organizers, or because the rulings went in their favor.
It comes as no surprise that Unseenz can forgive the corrupt and biased decisions of the admins, and I laughed when he casually summed it up to "irregularities in ruling". I can assure you his team had a completely different attitude on the PTR when the decisions weren't going in their favor, with the first games ruled 2-0 eHeroes.
Also interesting that Unseenz brought up the Bailamos RBGFL, because his team claimed to drop out for the same reasons we dropped out of this tournament. The only difference was that the RBGFL rules were concrete and strictly followed (Bailamos made a smart trade right before roster lock and they were salty). In this poorly ran tournament, the admins ignored their written ruleset, and even tried to make up bogus rules and apply them retroactively to completed games.
For a tournament that was admittedly inspired by Bailamos' World Series of RBGs, they sure didn't take very many notes. That event was completed without a hitch, with both parties exhibiting respect and fairness. This tournament was ruined by its own staff.
There is audio evidence of Reinhart (main admin) conspiring against us with the opposing team. That is simply inexcusable.
Our team had over five disconnects the first time we played EOTS on Friday. We informed the staff that EVERY grip knockoff was causing a disconnect, expressly against their rules, but they didn't care. They chose to leave it in the rotation. Our team practiced countless hours perfecting our positioning on the map, finding spots where we could heal while avoiding the knockoffs. The staff complimented us for this positioning on Friday in our games vs Datacus. Then, Sunday, AFTER our win, they called it exploiting and asked us to replay. Compliment us on Friday, penalize us on Sunday. What a joke.
Could we have replayed and won? There is no doubt in my mind. But we shouldn't have had to. We won fair and square. I don't think anyone here is trying to argue that healing EOTS from the bottom is exploiting. The majority of the stream chat was in complete disbelief. Reinhart was going to use any excuse at that point to make us replay our win.
This is the best part: the tournament had a panel of four referees to decide on challenges. After the tournament we discovered all of them unanimously ruled in our favor, that the series should be 2-1 and move on to the next map. Guess who overturned that decision? Our angry russian friend with a proven disdain towards Bailamos. If I had any doubts about withdrawing from the tournament, this removed them.
Make no mistake, Unseenz's team did not want fair games. They were happier taking a DQ win than trying to beat us in a fair series. We were happier dropping out than continuing to be on the receiving end of a corrupt admin's vendetta. We are the better team, and we were willing to prove it by continuing to beat them on Warsong Gulch and other maps.
The golden rule definitely applies here. You run a tournament with a toxic admin making decisions, you will be met with toxic disgust from the community and its viewers.
I've already had one of the admins apologize to me personally, and I appreciate that, but you could have easily avoided putting yourself into a position where you needed to.