No Support, No Tank…Yet

Since everything is a story in itself, and serves for inspiration for whatever anyone may do, let me tell you of my adventures in gaming–namely Paladins.   Paladins is an online multiplayer FPS (First Person Shooter). Similar to MOBAs, but it’s in first person. It’s closer to Overwatch than it is to Smite (Hi-Rez makes both games Paladins and Smite, BTW) .

I started the game a while ago, however abandoned it for a while. Yesterday was the day to get reacquainted.  Why the abandonment? I was playing multiple games, and this one was frustrating me.

I was frustrated because even though I was equally new, the team composition was always off. Everyone wanted to be the damage dealer or flanker. We had no one playing support (heals and/or protection),  or tank (soaks up damage and could stay on the point).

The formula was simple, a support could help keep the tank alive with heals, while the flanker and damage dealers picked off the enemy team.  Since I was too logical for my own good I would either play tank or support, and it annoyed me because if I was the tank, I had no back up. If I was the support, the enemy flankers could pick me off. No one stayed on the point to capture it.

So I returned to the game, to be refreshed and try my hardest to make do with what I have to go with.  Many of the games, the same thing happens. No tank, or no support. I still play both roles, but not at the same time. This is a for better or worse deal as I’m determined to enjoy the game and get the basics down.

Now image if these were people critical to your team, and they all want to be the top damage dealer and score kills (success, sex, or wealth). I say story motive.  Also quitting a team or abandoning them because you’re frustrated with your role.

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Paragon V 43 Misadventures

Yesterday was psyched when the game, Paragon which got a major visual update and characters adjusted, however as I played, complications ensued.

First the lag was UGLY. And by ugly I mean the character’s stalled, attacked seconds later after I pressed buttons. Even worse, when I backed or moved, there was a jump cut, and I was in a position I wasn’t supposed to be.  Very frustrating.

In my first game, my team didn’t really play well together. I was support (Phase), and I was ready to test out my utility deck which was about healing the team, wards (for enemy reveals), and using my kit for more heals.

It was comically awful, as I was destroyed several times, and lag didn’t help, but we made it to win. It took that late game build and  the team learning to work together.  My heals, and their damage was the right combination.

I played another game (Zinx), hoping the lag was done, but the game crashed…twice. I immediately logged back in, each time, of course, to complete my match. but I STILL got an AFK (away from keyboard) AKA you abandoned the team warning. Needless to say it was time to stop playing the game. This was disappointing as well as frustrating.

So this morning, Paragon developers puts out a patch for the game. This will hopefully make it a bit more playable than last night. I’ll test it later this evening. Despite its flaws, its a fun game, and it looks AMAZING.  Paragon team don’t let me down today. I’m all excited to try again.

Games in Before the Storm

Hello, there’s a storm approaching, and as always the Carolinas is a little chaotic. I played some games, which calmed me down. It’s another MOBA called, Paragon by Epic Games. It’s more action oriented, and fast paced.

All you need to know is I’m supposed to keep my towers from being brought down by the enemy team and vice versa. My character, Zinx has a lot of sustain, and I tried to capitalize on that.  She however has no real escape.  So trade off, in my opinion.

Red Star Athena

This is me playing Smite with a friend. The game mode is joust, which is a 3 vs 3 match.   I’m playing with a friend (he’s playing Medusa), and it was fun.  Athena is a guardian class character, which means she’s all about being tanky, and using crowd control to draw the enemy’s attention to her.

The build I made is nearly all physical protections with aura to help the team, and hinder the enemy.

Enjoy.