Why Are People So…?
As many may already know, within the past few months, there has been a sizable influx of transferees to Lakshmi from a variety of servers, most notably Fenrir. I must admit that their reputation precedes most of them in terms of manner, skill, as well as knowledge of the game. Unfortunately, the typical NA style of Ballista revolves around slaughtering and completely domination over other players through solo effort. Practically none of them actually play Ballista for the game itself—a team game in which involves quarrying, scoring, and teamwork—but rather for bloodshed. For some reason, I’m apparently ‘cheap’ for using—say—a max potion during the midst of battle. If quarrying is part of the Ballista, how exactly am I being ‘cheap’ for using a mechanic that’s part of the game? And hell, it only gets worse from here. It’s also apparently ‘cheap’ and cowardly to work as a team with allies—in other words, working as a team is synonymous to being a coward. Other than with Lazurus, I consider myself patient in terms of dealing with these types of people, but even I can hardly maintain my composure sometimes. Yeah, that’s me using Ukko’s Fury in town. Out of fury.
Let’s be honest here, though. A lot of the new transfers are garbage and ruin the balance of official matches with their absence of skill. The trash talk through shouts and emotes is endless, as well. It’s no wonder that the JP have slowly been abandoning this wasteland and transferring to Carbuncle. Take Zahara, formerly known as Nathien, for example. He probably needs no introduction, as he’s quite notorious on multiple servers—second only to Feiwong, I would presume. For those who don’t know who this joker is, this should sum everything up:
According to him, Evv and I ‘hack’, and for some reason, he used Laz’s and my name in the same sentence. Now, that’s just embarrassing. Oh, and I’m also a ‘Noob’ with a capital ‘N’. The way he types simply amuses me. I must admit that I’m impressed, though. He manages to piss off every person whom he makes contact with.
Typically, when a player examines another, he’s checking to see whether or not you have any petras on hand. This isn’t the case for our friend Zahara, though. He seemingly takes it as a challenge to a duel of some sort, but unfortunately for him, he needs to learn how to land his weaponskill on his opponents first.
In terms of handling Zahara, I should definitely learn from Yozen. He’s basically like Yoda. Black list Zahara, you must.
By the way, this is his Youtube channel if anyone wants nightmares: Zahara’s Youtube. You’re welcome.
Zahara isn’t the only nuisance, though. What truly bothers me is the fact that practically every NA Ballista player doesn’t know how to play Ballista. I find them too fixated on their implied goal to be obtain a status of a war veteran of some sort—much like The Last Samurai. They always tend to want to kill people through solo efforts in a team game. In turn, their mentality is skewed such that their attention is focused on the strengths of jobs through one on one. However, the reality is that teammates cover for each other’s weaknesses in combat, as—I can’t stress this enough—Ballista is indeed a team game. Often, NA players will have conversations like the following, completely centered around individual jobs in one on one duels:
Sayomi claims that his DRK can easily defeat PLDs in uncap when he’s buffed. Why would anyone sit around and wait for the opponent to buff before engaging in a fight? That only happens in Dragonball Z where one person powers up to Super Saiyan 9000 while the other quivers in fear and eventually gets owned. If Sayomi is indeed as skilled as he claims to be, then I really wonder why he got schooled in all four Ballista games in Diorama a few days ago.
We had a practice Diorama session with some of the new transfers: Ryolen, Aboutsixmidgets, and Sayomi. The teams and job setups were fixed as follows:
The subjobs for DRK and RNG had to be accommodated for Ryolen’s and Aboutsixmidgets’ lack of having SAM as a subjob. Either way, though, the results were relatively predictable. The ’20 point win’ rule wasn’t applied, so the final scores were as follows:
[Griffons – Wyverns]
Game 1 results: 0 – 28
Game 2 results: 1 – 29
Game 3 results: 0 – 28
Game 4 results: 0 – 14 (naked)
Game 4 Video:
I only uploaded the fourth game, since the first three were meaningless one-sided games. That was also the case in the fourth game, but at least my team was naked and thus provided some sort of entertainment.
Anyway, after getting steamrolled in the first three rounds, Sayomi senselessly blamed his team’s losses on equipment, claiming that they couldn’t do anything against us due to our higher defenses. Heeding his accusation, my team decided to remove our head, body, hands, legs, and feet pieces, subtracting well over 100 defense in gear. For whatever reason, Ryolen, who was on the opposing team, wanted to join our ‘no pants’ party, but regardless of our nude play, the results of the match were still the same. After they lost the fourth game, despite my team doing the undie run, Sayomi admitted that his team lost due to lack of teamwork but never put any blame on himself. It seemed as though all of them simply blamed each other for the team’s downfall, never once admitting that they themselves could use some improvement. If an individual doesn’t admit his flaws and mistakes, then making corresponding amends and improvements is impossible. This is one of the reasons why NA players don’t succeed in the Ballista. They don’t admit fault. They seem to have some belief that they’re almighty, omnipotent, and flawless. This, however, is not the case and never will be for anyone. People who have played Ballista since its introduction to FFXI are still learning and improving. There’s no shame in admitting fault, as they can only be amended. If these newcomers could actually abide to this mentality, perhaps they can change. It’s certainly not likely, but nevertheless, it is a possibility.
As a side note, Chancellor T booted Sayomi from the LS, so that’s certainly a thumbs up.
Yes, I do realize that I sound like a pretentious douchebag, and by no means does anyone need to listen to my gibberish as to why NA players are meager in Ballista skill. So, instead, I happened to have asked two notable JP Ballista players, Saffier (formerly Kyanos) and Byrnie, relevant questions pertaining the skill levels of NA players several months back. Perhaps people would rather listen to JP players than some random NA whose name is the 22nd letter of the English alphabet. It all began with me questioning why most JP lack interest in uncap. Enjoy.
Well, there you have it, folks—opinions from two respectable JP Ballista players. As Byrnie said, there’s no Ballista handbook for dummies, so learning how to play Ballista properly is primarily based on the player himself. Although players who know the correct ways of Ballista can aid in helping others improve, all efforts would be meaningless if they themselves don’t accept the reality of how Ballista should be played: “if not agree it. live alone shutting eyes and ears.” Essentially, NA players need to adopt open minds and acknowledge some ideas that may be otherworldly to them. Undoubtedly, practically every NA Ballista player has had some sort of misconception of the game at one point, but by keeping an open mind, they may be able to learn proper and effective Ballista strategies—fundamentally accepting a new mentality for the game. Otherwise, stubbornness in this sense would only lead to ignorance, denial, and consequently poor gameplay.
This reminds me a lot of that forum troll Alhanelem/Tahngarthor who I call Abraham because I can’t read for shit. Ridiculing him, however, would have to wait another day. I’ll also do a blog post on improvement some time soon, and I’m open for any suggestions on how to go about this. Believe me, I’m more than happy to help people in improving in Ballista as long as they’re responsive and willing to learn. Don’t forget, though, that I’m still learning, as well. As such, I can’t say that I know everything but will do my best in terms of helping.
Anyway, I promised some people that I would write a blog post today, as well as uploading that ridiculous video, so there you have it. Thanks for keeping me up till 3am, jackasses. Good night.