This thread was inspired by a situation that occurred to me in-game tonight. I will talk about this exact situation below but will not name anyone: this thread is not here to shame any player in particular but instead foster community discussion about etiquette. If you choose to reply please refrain from naming any individual players.
So I think there are some behaviors that are universally disavowed. One of these is exiting a room just prior to dying. This is technically allowed by the game but most of the players I have met despise it. Other behaviors are less universally disregarded but many still disapprove:
- Not letting the opposing alpha howl (mark the spot) before attacking
- Entering the game, killing everyone, then immediately leaving
- Strong players running before about to die / never letting the opponent kill them
Now I would like to talk about a specific instance that occurred to me today in order to get a community interpretation. I am certainly willing to accept the fact I was in the wrong so if that is your opinion don’t hesitate to call me out in this thread.
I was on a team of 4 in PVP. All of us were level 50s with HP 6000-10000. I was the one with 6000 HP and the weakest. The opponent had just joined and they were level 50 and slightly stronger than me (we have played many times so I know). There was only 1 player on the opposing team and we were stationed close but not too close to their den. The opponent kept running out and getting creamed because the collection of us was far stronger than just the one player.
After the opponent died several times (4-5) the HP of one member on my team started getting low. The opponent had died many times but hadn’t gotten any kills. At this point my teammate teleported home to heal. The opponent ran out (while my teammate was healing) and died for a last time then left.
My teammate then asked why did they leave the game? At this point I felt i should call out my teammate for what I consider bad bahavior: preventing your opponent from ever killing you even though our team has killed them many times due to an imbalance in strength. The method for preventing them from killing you is irrelevant whether it be exiting the game, teleporting home, or running.
I dislike it when others do this to me so I said: she left because you went home to heal instead of allowing her to get a kill. This seems rather obvious because the main objective of this game is to get stronger. If you can never kill the opponent you won’t get stronger. At this point my teammate got severely offended, called me names, a little boy (I am 26 by the way) etc. My teammate even went so far as to attempt to switch teams to kill me. I know that was bad behavior but this thread isn’t about that.
This thread is about etiquette. Was I originally in the wrong to call my teammate out? Who am I to decide what is proper or improper? Should in game etiquette even be a thing? If it should, then what constitutes bad bahavior?
I would love to hear some community voices on this.