Last night I hopped on a little later than what I usually do and was playing through ranked match after ranked match and I started noticing something! I was hitting "Well Played" every match. It didn't matter how terribly I played or my opponent played. It got me wondering why in the world do I do this? As I was pondering this, I hit a match where I made several mistakes in the early rounds that led to me being soundly destroyed. Upon me realizing the futility of the situation, I hit the concede button in order to move on, and there it was... "Well played."
It cut straight to my soul! I was actually really mad at myself from the terrible showing and those two little words felt like salt being thrown in an open wound. As soon as this happened, I grabbed my trusty notepad and began scribbling down the thoughts that would eventually lead to this post, and the first few thoughts I am not too proud of.
As I began to think about various games where you can interact with your opponents, I began to realize how quickly we "GG" or hit that button to signal some other similar phrase. It actually began to amuse me as if I were to be completely honest, then I would have to admit that I rarely mean it. It is like being in the youth sports leagues all over again. You remember that feeling right? That one where you line up and smack hands mumbling good game when in fact it was anything but a good game.
Yes, we should be good sports about losing, but at the same time do we really need to line up, so to say, in the virtual world and say good game? More importantly, when you get soundly thrashed, do you hit that "GG" button or do you silently hit the concede and then quietly (or loudly for some) curse the other person out for getting lucky or having RNG on their side?
So I am making it a goal from this point on to only hit the "GG" button when I truly mean it. If I play a terrible match and a toddler with the basic deck could have beat me, then no "GG" for you. If I feel like RNG robbed me by dropping that Doomslayer in the end game and wiping my board when it was a clear victory, there will be no "GG" for my opponent; however, when I play that person who has spent the time studying the game and put together a solid deck and played it well, regardless of win or lose, that person gets the "GG"! So yes, some of you mech mages and face hunters, might actually start getting a "GG" out of me!