Or, why the people who stomp Left 4 Dead pubs are hopeless.
I am starting to develop a reputation as “that guy who refuses to play against pubs” in the Steam L4D group I frequent. For every person on my friends list who is playing Left 4 Dead and pubstomping in Versus, you can rest assured that none of them will ever bother inviting me into their games.
Well, almost all. I was quite surprised to be offered to take part in a pubstomp by one of my Steam friends about thirty minutes ago:
Friend: Wanna join me in raping some pubs?
Me: You just uttered the 3-letter word. No thanks.
I flatly rejected his request.
I blame this repugnant “pub raping” culture (also known as pubstomping among L4D players) for the current state of our local L4D community. Everyone is so used to pubstomping that when an in-house team comes along and hands them a defeat, their mettle starts to crumble and the excuses start coming:
- “I don’t want to play in-house, too stressful.”
- “I don’t want to lose.”
- “The top teams are taking part… don’t want to play.”
That was the reason why I was unable to form a team to take part in Operation: Blackstorm, a competition that I desperately wanted to play. There were no registration fees, nothing to lose (with some cash and a 1TB Western Digital hard drive to win) – and yet my teammates still had no balls to compete.
Yes, we all know that Wallhackers, MolotoX or Vertex are probably going to end up the winners anyway. Sure, it takes guts and a whole lot of faith to go up against the big boys. The thing is, you never know what’s going to happen until you man up and take that leap of faith.
While I was spectating the finals at Operation Blackstorm, the underdog team, [TTS], surprised me by completely wiping out WCG champions mTx.wH early on in the first map of No Mercy. I was expecting an easy win for mTx.wH and yet here they were, getting pwned on the first map by an unknown team.
So, to every team and player that took part in Operation Blackstorm, WCG ’09, Zombie Mania or Left 4 Dead or Alive, I salute your bravery and courage. Without your participation, none of those competitions would have been possible.
To the rest of you: start playing more in-house matches and take part in future competitions. Who cares if you lose? You’re not at the arcade. You’re not using up tokens as you play. What have you got to lose?
You might just end up with the memory of incapacitating the WCG champions.
Playing L4D exclusively on Steam, I’m unsure if this pubstomping culture applies to Garena. Last I heard, Garena pubs were way better than Steam pubs. Any Garena players willing to shed some light on this? Also, the skill and intelligence level of pubs on Steam has dropped tremendously. How can you pubstompers stand playing against such opponents?