How often have you seen people saying...
"Competitive players are assholes"
"Competitive players just want to win and hate losing"
"Competitive players have bad sportsmanship"
"Competitive players take the fun out of the game"
"Competitive players are destroying the hobby"
What i hope to do with this thread is draw a line. A line that most people seem to ignore. A line that this hobby NEEDS to draw to better understand the competitive players intentions.
This line is the line between being a Competitive player, and a WAAC (Win At All Costs) player.
Lets start with the WAAC player.
The WAAC player is the type of player who only plays to win. They take pride in their wins, and seek to achieve them in any way possible.
When a WAAC player is defeated, typically they are disappointed, and dont take it very well.
Their tactics generally involve exploiting certain loopholes in the rules, which often take the fun out of the game.
If the WAAC player loses a couple of games, they will seek a new army list off the internet that somebody else had success with, and try again.
The problem is that the WAAC player is typically "lumped" into the same category as the competitive player, which drags down the reputation of the competitive players.
Think of it like young "hoons" that do burnouts and race on the roads. While it is true that all young hoons are indeed young drivers, it doesnt mean that all young drivers are hoons. Yet the hoons are lumped into the young drivers category and subsequently the reputation of the young driver is ruined.
The same goes for the competitive player and the WAAC player.
While it is true that all WAAC players are competitive players, it doesnt mean that all competitive players are WAAC players.
So, what is a competitive player?
Well, i consider myself to be a competitive player. I like to use effective units, and pride myself on building lists that can adapt to all situations.
I am very interested in the mathematics of the game, and constantly use mathhammer and certain strategies during the game.
I am proud of my wins, as i can reassure myself that my strategy both on the table and building my army list was effective.
I enjoy having fun a LOT more than i do winning, it is a game after all.
Losing is not the end of the world for me. I am actually quite happy for somebody to beat me, as it gives me another aspect of my army or a tactic that i need to improve.
I am a very fun player to play against. I always try to congratulate the opponent with everything that they do. Even if its something as simple as them winning a combat, i will always say "nice work
" or "well done
I usually find myself in the top 10% of sportsmanship scores for the tournaments that i attend.
Being a competitive player is perfectly natural. Even animals and plants compete against each other, its what our species does to survive.
Some people are competitive at playing, some are competitive in their painting, some in their modeling. It differs between people.
However, there is a line. This invisible line that needs to be drawn. Not with pencil, but with a great big paint roller so everybody can see.
I have been harassed by certain people on the internet (who shall remain anonymous) claiming that competitive gamers like myself who use mathhammer are destroying the hobby, and assume that i am a terrible person to play against.
If they actually played against me, they would see that i enjoy having fun FAR more than i enjoy winning, and can guarantee that regardless of who wins that we can both walk away having thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
This thread is purely to try and make people realize that there IS a difference between a competitive player and a WAAC player, and i hope that people can try to draw a line in their mind between the two.
Im sure that there are plenty of players who have the exact same view as me, and are sick to death of being categorized as a WAAC gamer just because they build competitive lists.
This thread is for you.