We had a big turnout last night, managing nine and almost a full 5punker vs 5punker Dota 2 match. Alas it was not to be, and with so many cats to herd there were many games suggested but few played. Such is the plight of 5punkers in large numbers. Still, it was nice to have Pete return to us with recent convert Noodz.
I arrived late to the party and everyone was playing Planetside 2. That’s good for me, I love the game, but the sounds of frustration over Teamspeak hinted that maybe we weren’t doing so well. Arriving in a Scythe I found a small skirmish going on so a I dropped a few rockets on the bad guys with little effect. Pretty soon thought enemy fighters turned up, and by the time I respawned after getting chased off and shot down there was a large counter attack under way. We were taking a pounding, and between those who aren’t so keen on the game and those who hadn’t been playing it long people started to get frustrated. I managed about five minutes in the game (with three deaths for no kills) before everyone quit. Such is 5punk.
There was some discussion over what to play next. Pnut suggested Dota 2, which is predictable but at least we all knew we had it. Later on he declared it was too early for Dota 2 and denied all knowledge when we told him he’s suggested it. He was right, it was too early because once we start we usually don’t play anything else, but no alternative was forthcoming. Let this be a lesson, 5punkers: if you see Chivalry on sale and you have the money, grab it.
We played five games last night, but only completed three due to arsing about with game modes. Generally in 5punky games we will play All Pick mode, where you can choose from the whole range of characters. We then all hit the random button. So we tried Single Draft instead, where each player gets a pool of three heroes to choose from. Or at least that’s what we wanted – we got the name wrong and began with Random Draft, in which each player chooses from a reduced pool of characters in turn. Very confusing.
The games were exercises in domination. Game one saw Joose taking Luna (not the last time she appeared last night), whose shouts of “Come Nova” had us all speculating about a missing ability. His end K:D ratio of 36:10 was hideous, and the other side got trashed despite League of Legends veteran Noodz putting up a good fight in his first proper game (as Sniper, admittedly). The stats don’t really demonstrate it, but Mr Johnsonseses Elder Titan was a pain in the tits all game. I rolled Morphling, complete with new bra item. I can’t say I enjoyed him, but hanging around Pete (Rubik) and stealing his kills put me to max level before we lost.
In the next game I rolled Sniper. I took him, since I rolled him, to much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the other team. Sniper is an easy character to play, and can be a killing machine if left to become powerful. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but consensus was that I’m one of the better 5punky players and that I should be banned from playing Sniper. At the end of the game I had 24 kills for 0 deaths and a lightning proccing, crit-spamming machine gun, which I used to hilariously chase Mr Johnson into his own base and kill him. So maybe they’re right.
The last game was fairly even looking on paper, but Pete, Johnson and I got trashed by Joose, Bits and Fab’s team. I rolled Skeleton King, a character Pnut has been known to play pretty effectively but who I was woefully inadequate as. I probably fed the other side, although I’ve had worse games. The result was due to a great combination on the other side, I think. Joose’s Bounty Hunter picked off stragglers and Bits’s Medusa crowd controlled, while they had a pretty effective bot playing Witch Doctor. Bizarrely though their man of the match was Fab with Batrider. I’ve played Batrider before and didn’t think a great deal of him, but damn if he wasn’t a flapping, napalm spewing weapon of destruction. The bastard. For whatever reason, Fab seems to be very good at playing weird characters.