I’m pretty frustrated with player leveling. Why have it in the first place? It keeps me down.
You know what I hear when I see comments like that?
“I want to be rewarded more for playing less than those who play more.”
While I can see your frustration, I think it is completely misplaced. Why are you so upset over a game that you clearly cannot play as often as a 13-year-old stuck at home all summer? The player leveling is not there to hurt anyone, and while it does have its oddities (being in alpha and all), it is a system designed to help players new to the genre.
So how can you do your best to maximize your limited time on Heroes? For one, play with friends or partner up with a stranger. Playing in a group maximizes XP. Secondly, only play the daily quests. This will maximize both gold and XP. Aside from that, there’s not much else. The ranking system is a pretty fair judge of your skill level so playing more does not mean you automatically play better.
If you’re worried about not being able to buy your totes fav hero at the moment and are complaining about gold influx, take it as a learning exercise. One day you’ll be able to play with your favorite, but until then, you are learning the mechanics of every hero, making yourself a valuable asset to other teams. Besides, you may play a character that becomes your new favorite, so don’t be hasty. I know it’s taken me months to settle on a tank.
I’m not condemning criticism. I love criticism and my entire life as an artist revolves around it, HOWEVER b*tching is not the same thing. Before losing your mind over a perceived threat to your masculinity, calm down and take the time to analyze why Blizzard is doing what they are doing and if it will directly impact your ability to play. If it does not, then they are still rightly avoiding the dreaded "pay-to-win" model we all detest.
After all, in the end, this is a video game. A virtual world where nothing is real which will eventually fall to the wayside in favor of the next hotness. Is it really worth getting grumpy over?
Recently the forums have been a call-to-arms for competitive teams. Do I want to do this?
It took a few months to really get going, but competitive teams are starting to shake the cobwebs off and burst forth, preparing for the ever illustrious day when HotS will join the MoBA field of battle to fight for supremacy. The question remains, however, how much of yourself do you want to give to the game?
If you do decide to pledge yourself to the game, it needs to be dedicated. There are many people out there looking to become a serious competitor in the Heroes arena, and if you aren’t willing to put in as much or more as the best teams, you will not be a valuable player. Think of it like playing an instrument professionally. Do you think you just walk up on stage and perform splendidly? Sorry, kid, but don’t get your hopes up. Hours upon hours of practice and study go in to preparing for one event and competitive teams are no different.
If you’re not ready or willing to give all you have, look for a casual team that maintains a schedule you can gel with. This way, you won’t incite any undue anger and can take a casual approach with a team that is on your wavelength. Because of this, they will also be far less competitive, so don’t expect many victories.
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