I stepped away from the game in a big way maybe 5 months ago. I had not been playing heavily for a long time, but this was the first time I really committed to not keeping up with the game. I was disappointed with Rogues heroes, and the lack of real meta or balance changed, but more so I just wanted to spend my time on other things after VG being a part of my life for so long.
My Sappy Story:
Fast forward to a couple days ago, and I get a message from an old friend from my guild who I used to play with religiously back in the day. We have not talked in over a year, and he’s wanting to call to catch up. We chat for a while, and end up playing one or two games, it’s fun, but I have some lag and they just aren’t the best matches while he’s still re-learning the game. We have to wrap up and plan to play again some time over the weekend.
We hop on earlier tonight, and… it’s tough to describe. Do you guys remember the nights back in 2016-17? You have a couple friends you’ve managed to line up. Maybe one of you says you only have time for 1-2 games. but you get into ranking and after each one you spur each-other to play another. The thing that really surprised me is how much genuine novel fun I had playing the game. I expected to just have a nostalgia trip, in recent memory the game has really lacked any magic and I often felt very disaffected while playing. I got into that zone of just directly engaging with the game and trying to win. Not thinking about trying to have fun, what I think of the new heroes, not comparing my experience to VG in the past, just enjoying some 3v3 ranks with a friend and trying to win.
There was that buttery VG magic. Oh my goodness it brings me back. This game is so f***ing refined. League of Legends is not just better VG, there is something special about the way this game is designed. There are so many flaws, for most people it’s not going to make it worth it, but when you got a good friend and get into the zone of tryharding you can still find it in whatever mode you enjoy. I’m not trying to say VG never should have gone to 5v5, or never should have changed, that was not where things went wrong. I just… idk I miss this game guys. I’m going to miss this game so much more if it shuts down. I made so many friends and spent so much here, and we are going to try and get together every week for a while and gather some of the old people we played with. I don’t know what’s going to happen to VG in the future, but we are enjoying VG now.
PS: wow 3v3 still has a dedicated player base. We got fairly high quality match ups after 5-7m searches.