So as you may well be aware, I made a blog last month charting my progress in this, my first ever online shooting experience.
I wasn't sure whether there'd be a Part 2 but I figured why not as there's more to tell.
So it turned out after my last blog moaning about how Slayer1189
kept stealing it from me
, in my very next session after writing my blog, I ended up getting it with Gibraltar of all people and simultaneously breaking my kill record with 5.
Ofc, that's still a LONG way away from what people can do consistently but you can't expect that level from a total newb straightaway.
In fact, I ended up getting it twice that session IIRC, making me wonder why it took so long for me to achieve it.
The Rise And Fall Of Gibraltar
This is where the tale took an unexpected turn.
At this point, I was starting to believe I actually would become good at this game as it seemed to be coming together and I was doing well overall, though ofc, some games not so much.
All of a sudden, though, I started to not be hitting my shots most of the time. I couldn't work it out for ages and I kept getting downed. I mean, aside from the Pathfinder hitbox bug, which still hasn't been fixed (I don't think), it made literally zero sense as some shots DEFINITELY should've been registering.
So I went from being a decent(ish) player and getting in amongst the kills/damage to being a total newb again somehow and I have to say, it REALLY got me depressed. Like seriously, was in such a foul mood for days.
Though it turned out even Shadow_Kisuragi
was having problems there at times, I don't think Slayer did, though...so I couldn't tell whether it was my internet playing up (or at least contributing) or psychological.
I mean, how do you go from making such great strides improving to consistently playing like crap?
As such, my Gibraltar win was a real crapshoot as I did like 60 or so damage and was carried to victory by my 2 random teammates.
At this point, though, I was happy to be done with that character as he has next to no redeeming qualities, what with his massive hitbox and even with subsequent patches, not enough health to offset it.
In the end, I ended up taking an almost month long hiatus from the game as I needed to sort my head out and figure out what was happening. Did that Gibraltar Kill Leader game give me false hope of becoming good at this game? Or was there more at work than I first thought?
So last week, after almost a month, I returned to the game and with the return of recent internet problems, I decided to switch to Wi-fi as I have this weird set-up for Ethernet (plugs into the mains) and as soon as I did that...the internet problems EVAPORATED all but completely!!!
Then when I played my next games...lo and behold, my shots were registering again!!!
So as it turned out, my internet DID play a significant part in my decline and my subsequent complex. It was such a relief, I tell you as I thought I was legit going crazy.
Ofc, as it had been a month, I was rusty at this point so it took me a little while to get back into it...but eventually, I ended up getting some more good games (and getting Kill Leader a few times) but could I make it to the finish line and get all the trophies???
At this point, all I needed to do was get damage with a few Legends, reach Level 50 and get a win with another Legend (either Caustic or Octane) so to begin with, I was just grinding for damage and getting back into the game whilst doing so.
Then I reached the level I could unlock one, so I chose Octane and my goodness, he might well end up being who I main as I LOVE how he can use his special ability to zoom in and out of danger as and when needed.
It'll either be him or Bangalore as it stands but I still need to learn how to use some of the Legends, mainly Wraith and Pathfinder, who I think it's safe to say A_Tennis_Giraffe
is somewhat obsessed with, given her various statuses of late.
However, would the Octane win come? Would it heck as like! I played the game with pretty much all the time I had available but couldn't quite cross the finish line.
Also, some people kept sniping him from me so I had to be Mirage (the last Legend I needed damage with) and ended up getting 5 kills again in one match, I got a little overexcited as Slayer will attest as I thought that might've been a D-D-D-D-Double Figure Kill Count!! the way that was going but alas, wasn't to be.
There was also a near miss with randoms while playing as Octane where my 2 guys were down, I downed a Lifeline, went to heal as the other 2 had pelted me and one of the randoms was pinging like crazy. Hindsight sure is a wonderful thing as they must've been reviving the Lifeline after I'd run around the back of a building. If only I'd climbed on top of the roof and pelted them from there, I could've at least knocked another and rinsed and repeated.
But the real kicker was yet to come...
Yesterday, my dinner was almost ready, so I was like: "I'll play as Mirage and get the last bit of damage I need from him and come back to Octane after"....and we only went and WON THE SODDING GAME!!!
I don't think you'll ever have heard someone so mad at WINNING a game as I was then!
There was another game I played as Mirage as Octane had been sniped from me, I believe and we came 2nd, I think I'd have been inconsolable if that had been a win too...
But it's just as well all this happened as something extraordinary (for me at least) would happen...
So I said to Slayer after my dinner that I had thought about maybe being Team Leader occasionally in our games together...only for him to drop me right in it there and then and say I was in charge.
After a few games where I kept dropping hot (as that's what he likes to do), I figured "nope! Let's go somewhere else and try and work our way to victory!"
The game started and we were the Champion Squad (our random being the Champ) so no pressure...
So I looked at the map and thought about it a little...we dropped into Runoff, got some stuff and killed a team that approached us. So far, so good.
So after a bit longer looting and such, I decided to guide us to another area (I believe it was Slum Lakes but I'm still not 100% sure what the names of them all are even now lol)
but our random said to push further into the map to avoid the encroaching ring, which made perfect sense so I followed.
He and Slayer found another team and downed them before I even got there but I was approaching the scene at 100 mph, honest!
As the game progressed, we got ambushed by another team, they managed to down a couple of them but then THEY were downed, it was all up to me...
Fortunately, it ended up being way easier than it could otherwise have been as they were reviving so I got 2 kills from that encounter.
At this stage, I had to make a plan, I saw the last remaining squad in the distance and figured with where the ring was situated, the only way to get the win here was to approach Artillery via the west tunnel and take the high ground in there.
At this point, Slayer offered a suggestion to take the balloon that was just inside the ring to get onto a place you could only get to there, so we did.
Still no sign of the other team, the ring closed ever further and we had to move to the other side.
Then that team appeared.
Slayer and the random went into the fight while I stayed on the high ground, I ran to flank them while still up high, they'd downed one and I saw a Caustic running above them. I started shooting, missed, reset myself and all but downed him. Once the enemy Gibraltar's shield went up, I knew we probably had it, went to approach and my team finished them off!
What a way to win! I was buzzing for hours after it! Save for not downing the Caustic and being a bit quicker getting to that other fight, I played the game pretty much perfectly, guiding us to the win, while listening to advice and we all played our part as a team!
So now I have the completion in the bag, what's next for me with this game?
Well, I will definitely still play this game and try to max out my level/continue to get better and try to aim for 10+kills and 1,000 damage, then push from there if possible.
It will also be interesting to see what changes Season 2 will bring! I hear Solos/Duos will be added, as well as the new Legend, Wattson. I suspect/hope a couple of new maps will be added eventually as well but I guess we'll have to wait and see...
I will mainly focus on Trials Rising for a while but hope to play some Apex here and there besides. Would also like to play with some of you guys on my list who I've yet to play with as well.
For those of you not interested in this game, I want to try and write some new blogs sooner or later, it's just finding the time, really as my monthly summaries take hours to write the way I do them...and I have a fair few other topics bubbling in my head I hope to talk about in the future.
Hope you're all doing well, until next time!