In my previous angry rant, I went off on some BoLS commentors who are clearly idiots. It isn’t just that they have strong ideas about what the game should be, it’s that they feel that their ideas are superior to everyone else’s’ and consequently anything contrary is to be dismissed, and dismissed with maximum indignation.
WhenI talked about scrub mentality on 3++, I was NOT talking about them. As I admitted in that article, I have my own self-imposed rules and limits about what kind of army I would play. These rules do probably limit how competitive my armies could ever be, but there is always a chance that my rules would happen to coincide with what’s good, and I could end up playing a hyper competitive army. But really, the point is, my rules are for me, not anyone else.
Unlike these BoLS commentors, I don’t think the type of lists I prefer should apply to everyone else. I don’t think that the level of competitiveness I prefer to play at is the only level everyone else should play at. I cannot fathom being under the delusion that my happy medium is what everyone else should be forced into.
So this brings me to my conclusion. The scrub mentality is completely different than the loser mentality.
A scrub would say: I only enjoy playing foot lists, but I try to have the best foot lists possible and I love smashing people’s mech armies.
A loser would say: Full mech armies are WAAC garbage and if I see my opponent put down 8 razorbacks I’ll pack my army up and leave.
I have no problem with the scrub mentality, and I’ll admit I have strong scrub tendencies as do most competitive players in the hobby, simply because aesthetic appeal of the armies and units is a strong reason to play a particular army. Playing an army you hate aesthetically just to be as competitive as possible seems really rare in the 40k community.
I have a big problem with the loser mentality. Whether they use fluff, or “what the game designers intended,” or claim to not be competitive, they are similar to the scrub. But the scrub holds only himself to these rules; the loser tries to hold everyone else to them.
The 40k community is, in fact, a community. The key to being a member of a community is understanding that people can hold incompatible ideas to yours, but rather than “packing up your army and leaving” you learn to coexist. If you don’t like playing against hyper-tuned competitive opposing lists: don’t play against them. Find members of the community with a similar interest to you, and play against them. There is nothing wrong with asking your opponent before the game whether he is bringing a tournament testing list or a fun list. Packing up your stuff and leaving is a sign that you are not ready to be a member of the community, and it’s seems clear to me that if you’re that upset you should probably avoid playing publicly.
Thoughts? Comments? Questions?