So, I thought I would start writing about my experiences as a fairly new player in CS:GO. The game is extremely fun, very well made, and also a bit on the frustrating side. When I first started, I hadn’t looked into the elo rating system, and I didn’t really think of it much on the competitive side. I didn’t know much about the game, and was new to the franchise. I started out with casual games, and enjoyed them. That is until I queued for a competitive game for the first time.
My team was amazing. They were doing all of these call-outs that I had yet to learn, and they seemed so organized. Three games in, and I was addicted. After that, I lost a few, but pressed forward. I got my first rank (Silver I) and had a beer to celebrate. Later, I learned that this was just the beginning of my journey. I played many games, winning and losing, trying to figure out how to get better. A friend introduced me to the streamers of CS:GO and I started learning more stuff about the game. I started watching YouTube videos to learn the call-outs and grenade tosses. Pretty soon I was quite educated on the maps.
I soon learned the term smurf, and since then, have realized the effect it has on the competitive part of the game. I had trouble ranking up past silver I. I would get on a winning spree, and then suddenly play a few games where the opposing teams top-fragger had double the kills of the rest of their team. People were yelling “smurf! they’re a smurf!” and I wasn’t sure what to think about them, but I started to get annoyed with these smurfs.
Soon, I played with a clan that I had made friends with, and I ranked up three times in one week. I went from silver I to silver 4 in a heartbeat. We were on a roll, until the game with smurfs. We were still trying to get better at this game, but suddenly we were getting our asses handed to us in what was supposed to be a silver game. I then decided to check the profiles of these over-achievers, and realized there was a pattern. The only game they owned was CS:GO. These people were already good at the game, but they were going back to destroy new silvers.
Maybe it’s a learning experience. Maybe it is a challenge to help me get better at the game, but altogether it is a frustrating experience that makes match-making feel broken. I enjoy a challenge, but I should be able to decide for myself if I want one. Not have it forced on me. The broken match-making (smurfing) has given me the feeling of wanting to quit the game more than once now. My fellow clan-mates feel the same way. Do we queue up and hope to get lucky, that we are not playing a Gold Nova… Master Guardian… someone that found the game on sale for 5$ and made a new account out of curiosity, because they wanted to feel bad-ass, or maybe wanting to play with friends?
I’m not sure if there is any way around this, but here is one thing I have to say… CS:GO has no reason to go on sale… It has a high player-base, and there is no reason for people to own more than one copy of the game. Stop putting your damn game on sale, and give new players a chance. I was silver 4, and down-ranked playing against a smurf team. They just laugh and call me salty, when the only game they own is CS:GO with barely any hours. Yeah, you’re better than me. Maybe I am salty… but because you’re better than me, you shouldn’t be playing against me.
I’m addicted to the game. I want to get as good as the higher ranks, so that smurfs won’t exist to me anymore. It’s going to be a rough ride, but I’ll have to deal with it, because there still aren’t any competitive fps games quite as good as CS:GO.
Until next time,