This brings a tear to my eye
(RE-UPLOADED DUE TO LOCKING) - Original post name "Why I am quitting SSM after 6 years"
Mate yeah I saw that but the fact that all that got closed xd
But yeah I feel the same thing with a couple of things... 100% agree with reason 3 like fr the teaming is really excessive...
Welp! I hope ya find something else you enjoy!
I bet the whole post was not read, I bet it would have not been locked if I had not shared experience, the main idea was I wanted to know whether others shared my grievances
SSM has been part of my life for years, almost 6 as a matter of fact. I currently stand at 1998 wins out of 4956 games. Pretty lackluster. I plan to retire tonight once I hit 2000 wins. Its been fun but also an addiction and a plague. What is the purpose to play, to win?, because it is fun?, to make friends?, those questions have plagued me and I wonder if they have plagued you as well.
I remember back in 2014 when I first saw the game from a letsplay by skydoesminecraft. Everything about it excited me, double jumps, mobs, the attacks, it was the most exciting Minecraft minigame I had ever seen. I remember how happy I was the first time I won a game on that cool evening in August of 14. I remember the heartbreak of the the loss I took being a creeper with 4 lives against a skeleton with 1 and was shredded over a 30 minute period. Back then creeper wasn't the beast it was now, Sulphur bomb was a joke and explode was a easy to detect. I remember grinding for a week to get skeleton horse only to be disappointed by its giant hitbox. I often envisioned kits in those days, i imagined "pink sheep kit" with its 180% knockback (was almost right) and later guardian kit 3 years before it was added. I remember the morning in April 15 that the smash crystal got added and how fascinated I was with it. Back in 15, I wrote a book which meant a lot to me, the ssm mob book and I would show it to people despite them not having a clue about it. I mained pig, skelehorse, and creeper as of december 2014. I main pig, skelehorse, and creeper as of May 2020. What do those kits have in common, they are considered the "skillless" kits. Back in 15 pig won a large poll for most annoying mob, I was constantly verbally abused for using pig since the old creeper made me useless and I became extremely toxic and irritable as a result getting muted 5 times in 2 weeks for up to a week at a time. By 16, my enthusiasm had waned but I still played consistently
The squid meta and the witch meta were tough times but I still would fight despite the fact I would often quit on seeing a squid or witch. I did not understand why I could not win, my computer? my mouse? It would take me 4 more years to figure out. There was a rather bleak time betweeen 2017 and 2018 which I played and mostly lost losing 5 or 6 before winning one game and quitting for the day. In summer of 2019, I fired up again. To the new ssm. Now, I had slowly watched creeper go from one of the most useless kits in the game to the most exhilirating bane of the game, speed, lightning shield, the sulphur bomb, and even explode were all buffed. I reunited with my good old creeper just like old times, but this time, I did not go down so fast.
However the verbal abuse soon came into play, my reason 1. I have heard people state the ssm community is a great group but the only difference I see is that there aren't guilds going to war with eachother each match, verbally it is the same. By 2020 I had reached my prime as skelehorse and creeper, Every time I dared to beat a zombie or skeleton, id get yelled at "cleaner," "creeper main," "coward," "worthless," why? because I dared to outplay them. The skeleton and zombie mains who used to dispose of all the kits who lacked any range and caused many players to drop the game are now rallying against the melee renaissance, I have heard threats of a creeper nerf constantly and I don't plan to adapt to it. When I dare to hide behind a tree to not lose 7 hearts before I reach one of these clowns they mock me. I have even had players who blatantly state they will target me for running creeper or horse while gleefully laughing about it.
I would boil reason 2 down to myself, I only get 6cps, my mouse is cheap but no matter how hard I try I cant break 6.2-6.4. I hear of 8cps and 12cps constantly and wonder how that could be legitimate, much like sports I simply was not born to do this. I also have an abysmal aim making me incapable of being one of the community. My cps is not good, I dont have a good arena IQ, and my shifts are slow. I was not meant for this competition, i could only imagine the nightmare of ranked ssm which basically the community unofficially made. I lack the skill so I gravitate towards kits that utilize the little skill I have and that should be 100% accepted as these kits help expand the community and enfranchise new players and verbal abuse and blatant targeting simply kills and stalls the game.
Reason 3, the soft teaming plague. In over one fourth of matches parties cozy up to each other through either soft or blatant teaming. One will attack while the other will watch, and they will tag team so it does not look like a 2v1. This strat can be fair when one player has a life advantage it is always parties doing it, I know my experience differs from most the community but this I can assume everyone has been through. The only solution I can think of is not allowing parties which would raise a firestorm or add an SSM duels version where it is only 1v1's and no smash crystal. But that would require development and ssm is no longer the juggernaut it once was for the previous reason that the skeletons and zombies domination lead to an insane skill curve leaving only an niche and extremely competitive community which is blatantly hostile.
I was considering linking screenshots but I will not cite any names as this is not a hitpiece but an expression of an experience. It is all in the past, but the past is in me, I still think of future kits like in 14 like ravager kit and evoker kit and polar bear kit that would add more dimensions to the game and shake up the meta. But the appeal of 1.8 reigns supreme and development is expensive so I doubt those kits will ever be realized. I can never undo the 6 years I spent here, but I hope my input can influence the next 6 years. I will remember this game as a microreflection of life, competition, victory, defeat, success and failure. Tonight I aim for my 2000th win and bid ssm farewell, may the community prosper and hopefully one day, rise again. Please respond with your takes or experiences and give the poll a visit.