After a while of not playing the game, I felt like some good ole' PVKII fun again. Remembering the friendly community, I lit up a joint and joined the Cannabis Club server for a laid-back gameplay experience.
Boy, if only I knew how wrong I was at the time.
As you might already know, Cannabis Club is the last popular US server that still uses a stat system. This means the more kill points you get, and the better your KDR, the higher your rank on that server's leaderboard. One flaw with the stat system is that it makes players treat the game like a death match rather than paying attention to objectives, since you get little to no points from objectives compared to kill points. It also makes for some "stat-wh*ring", but I'll get to that later.
So, after joining the Cannabis Club server, I immediately witnessed some of the "top" players on the server gang-banging non-"top" players and making fun of them. One fellow was getting quite angry, and rightfully so, that these players were abusing their place on the leaderboard to team up and farm for points. On top of this, they would not dare miss the chance to spray your corpse and call you a "fatty" or "try-hard" over microphone for failing to kill them. If there was a poor sportsmanship leaderboard, I think these guys would be at the top of that too.
Even if two "top" players were on opposite teams, they would still fight together against the remaining players until they were the last ones standing. Not only that, but if you were to do well against these players (which is nearly impossible considering they're teamed up against you), they would disconnect and reconnect to the game before being killed anyway. This trick means they would not lose points from dying to you, and is known as stat-wh*ring, a bannable offense on the Cannabis Club server. Some may even abuse spectator to re-balance the teams in their favor, or to sit out a tough game to avoid dying. They might also team-stack with other top players. Some of the "top" players were quick to threaten that they were friends with the server admin too, meaning if you did this to THEM they would report you and get you banned. But if they did it, nobody would do as little as bat an eye, because they have a reputation and many friends on the server. Quite biased, I must say.
Another trait of "top" players is that they will wh*re pickups. This means the game becomes less skill-based, and more about who camps or gets the pickups first. Another "top" player tactic is to kite, meaning they will constantly run/jump from you and be on the defensive, delaying the round and using your impatience to their advantage. Sometimes they will even intentionally cause a draw. Whatever happened to just having fun, not caring if you live or die, but that everyone's having a good time? Well, I think stat systems and leaderboards remove any chance of that.
So, Cannabis Club admin, whoever you are, I implore you to put down the bong for a moment and remove the stat system from Cannabis Club. It is detrimental to the community, and to the overall gameplay experience, as long as it's running in your server. I know if I were a new player I would have quickly uninstalled if this were my first impression.
Thanks in advance,
- Draulius, the best Skirmisher player in all of PVKII.