Many of you know me as the mostly optimistic forumer in regards to VG and SEMC. With that said, IMO, ranekd 3v3 in NA is officially dead.
Here’s what did it for me:
- 7+ minute queue times
- Higher percentage of toxic behavior
- Poor quality players
Recently, I wanted to play a ranked 3v3 match to prevent my rank from decaying. I’ve taken pride in having the “10”/Vainglorious title next for both 5v5 and 3v3 by my profile the past several seasons. What followed was incredibly long waits, folks throwing, and really, really poor quality of play. Worse than event the muddled talent pool and discrepency of our current 5v5 t10.
I played every role, every hero, and after losing 3 in a row (and dropping out of tier 10), I really focused in and did my best to remain positive, rotate, kite - you name it. A lot of players going off on their own to 1v2/3, really awkward builds, and as mentioned - rude chat/pings. I won a couple, but lost several more (and am now down to 2353). I was shocked. Unfortunately, it does seem SEMC has killed the mode.
The removal of 3v3 casual in addition to delegating the game mode’s spot somewhere discrete within the general UI, plus the lack of balancing geared toward 3v3, has left this game mode in a very depressed state. I don’t blame folks for the toxicity, honestly. I understand it. Especially if they’re old-timers. Their game was taken from them.
Ah well, I shall stick to 5v5 only moving forward. I like 5v5 - but it is a bittersweet feeling to become another one of the one-trick ponies (one mode ponies).