Okay... In general, I like what Ninja Kiwi has done with powers, I think it makes the game more dynamic and allows for a wider variety of towers (and upgrades) to be viable. Damage boost for instance lets Lightning Wizards counter regrow rushes, rather than making them worse.
But there are a couple tier 3 / tier 4 boosts that are actually retarded. Case in point: Tier 4 bloon speed boost. This boost increases several bloons speed by 80%. 80. That's nearly twice as fast.
I lost 3 games in a row to this boost. IT IS INSANE. Regrow Rainbows become so fast that by the time I reacted to the sound effect of the boost being hit, the rainbow bloons would already by 1/3 the way through most maps.
Not only am I not able to micro this rush on reaction, I'm not sure if its humanly POSSIBLY to micro the rush without another boost like Spikestorm (tier 4), Glue Storm (tier 4), Juggalanche (tier 3), or multiple Corrosive Glue (tier 3).
So what do I even do? If you build up defense for this rush before round 13, you fall behind by AT LEAST 1-2 farms. In the midgame, those 1-2 farms are enough for the other person to either build a massive farm lead against you, or be able to greed for a BIA early on.
Long story short, there was an account simply called "Ellie" that rapidly rose through playing Doomfist and Hanzo to be in the top500 NA. This account was fairly new, and nobody really knew who it was. This is obviously a little suspicious, and people figured it was a smurf- no big deal.
"Ellie" would soon be signed onto an Overwatch Contenders team. This ended up raising more suspicion because unlike every other player on contenders, "Ellie" did not have a listed IRL name associated with the account.
People began questioning this, and a few days later the contenders team that took on "Ellie" announced that Ellie had resigned from the team due to 'unforseen circumstances'.
Games "Journalists" immediately jumped to make articles on this, claiming that "Ellie" had quit due to sexist remarks.
Within a few days, it was revealed that "Ellie" DID NOT EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE. "Ellie" was the smurf account of a top500 player named Punisher who had created the account as a social experiment. What that social experiment was intended to be has not been stated (to my knowledge), but I find it likely the experiment was seeing if Punisher could get onto a team more easily if teams believed the account applying was a girl.
The entire situation has COMPLETELY blown up in the face of game journalists who jumped the gun on making the story, and sites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun are on frantic damage control trying to shift the blame away from themselves.
The specific comments made by games journalists makes it all the better. On Polygon, one writer made a comment that "Esports are not a meritocracy" (because of sexism and made up words for male oppressors). The first part of this statement is correct- Signing Ellie would have been good, and being a female in an Esport draws attention, even when that attention is unwanted (as in the case of Geguri :/) but the reasoning the author used for it is completely backwards.
So in all: A top500 player went on a smurf acting as a female, got signed onto a team, people said the account was likely a smurf or someone else, games journalists jumped the gun, and then got completely exposed for it.
A late Christmas gift, but an excellent one nonetheless.
In For Honor I've been playing Peacekeeper, and after I hit players with a guardbreak, a common habit a lot of people have is to immediately hit a button afterwards, whether thats a charge, side heavy, etc. The players who have this tendency will do it both if I land a triple stab or if they counter guard break.
Thing is Peacekeeper is fast enough that it just means I get to land a free top light. Every. Single. Time.
I feel like I am improving very rapidly at this game, even compared to other games I have gotten very good at