Monday, October 21, 2013

The guy you want on your team...

Ok, this is Owen (machinegunnerusmc) and he streams here:  Hands down this is the guy you want on your team.  If I had a company I'd offer him a job in a second and sponsor him otherwise.  He swears at times, he smokes - and I guess that in popular culture that would make him an anti-hero, but he comes closer to being the ideal teammate that I've ever come across (yup even compared to movies).

I came across his stream from Zalrium (a player on League of Legends) and have no idea where Zalrium found about him.  If you've played multiplayer online games like League of Legends you've undoubtably come across people that rage and troll and make the experience unpleasant at times...  But occasionally you come across someone that's fun as heck to play with: maybe they teach you something new or point out something that you are doing wrong (in a nice way) or invite you to play with more good people.

The key thing is that you don't know anything about who they really are - they could be a 13 or 80 years old, they may be great players or they might just have a talent for explaining what they see - they could be down the street or across the world - who and where they are in real life doesn't matter.  Players can make a huge difference in somebody's day without ever knowing it.

Owen has insanely great skills at the game - but that's not what makes him the ideal teammate...  On his stream he plays with normal viewers (even low level) and some of the best people in the world.  While he gives lots of hints and explains his thought processes while playing (guaranteed you will learn something), he points of streams from other really great players - but what makes his stream special is that you get to see how he interacts with every type of person.  You get to see his true character (and yup this guy has more character than any marine scripted in the movies).  He really is the guy who can bring people together and make things happen - he's the type of person you want with you when things go wrong...

If he's streaming and you have time watch for a bit.  I have no idea why he doesn't have more viewers (maybe he recently started streaming) but he's the type of player that ought to be held up as the archetype of the who you want on your team (whether it's in a game or real life).

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Ok, I'm still learning this game (+League of Legends) and I make lots of mistakes - I know I'm not good at many things - but when I play I want to learn something new each time and have fun.  
If you haven't played it (it's free) - it's a very interesting game.

I'm certain that every player has had those insanely great games where a blind solo 5v5 queue magically ends up with a set of players that had the "wrong" balance of characters and everyone makes silly mistakes, but somehow a real team formed during play and your team came back from what everyone would expect to be a total loss and you made it an epic win.  I love games like that (they don't happen so often - but nothing makes me happier than to be part of the underdogs in a game that turn it around to win - that's where I learn the most).

Of course I want to win (everyone does) but as long as I learn something in each game I feel like I accomplished something -> even if it's just what my limits are today with a given champ, where not to position against a given player, how not to be sucked into a trap, when not to chase, when to adjust an anticipated build order, when to dive into a team fight and when to head to the other side of the map an pop a tower/grab buffs instead, how to bait a gank/counter bank - (of course the list is endless).

Those games where 5v5 become effectively 3v5 or worse (afk/trolls/quits) still have the opportunity to learn for the people that keep playing.  Never give up/never surrender no matter what happens.  I've had game where our team had one tower and the nexus (they had only one tower down) and we pulled together, got an ace, took baron, got a second ace and won the game - that feeling of having a team just form out of the aether and everyone suddenly playing far better and smarter than minutes before is amazing).

All I really want to do is learn something new each game and preferably play with a team of people that want to have fun and learn something new each game.  I don't think it's fun for anyone to have that caustic player on their team that makes everyone else unhappy.  I don't think it's fun for anyone to have a problem in lane or skill matchup and be left alone to suffer (as a team lanes can be reordered, ganks can rebalance the levels if it's done early, even a tiny bit of advice about a player or an opponent that might be basic to you could help the suffering player fix the problem (maybe they don't know if, maybe they do but the stress of the situation is making them panic and their focus is lost).  I love it when after the game players on both sides explain exactly what each side did wrong/how they took advantage of it/how to fix it/what plays were lucky/which one failed/better uses of champions in certain situations/better adaptions to builds to counter certain champion combinations in chat.

My guess is that there are a lot of people (most?) that really just want to play to have some fun and learn something whether they win or lose a given game.

So… feel free to send a friend request to me (Tanukifu) or add your name below and I'll be happy to join a custom game of yours or invite you to a custom game I run whenever I'm playing.  
It doesn't matter to me what you want to work on (maybe just cs/last hits - warding - jungling with a given character - counter juggling - AD/AP carry - support combinations - push strategy - heck, maybe you just want to get a lot of kills in a given game - maybe you just want to get better at positioning (not dying)… I won't judge you if you try and don't do well at it as long as you try to help other people achieve their goals as well (teamwork wins, not just personal accomplishments)).

Tell me what you want to work on and I'll do my best to help (which in a given circumstance might not be enough, but in another might be excellent) - I won't quit - I will learn everything you teach me as fast as I can - I will always put the other members of the team before myself (I don't care if I die so that the AD/AP players can get a kill or escape) - I am never caustic or abusive - I never report anything other than continued abusive language at another player (and that's rare for me to see) - I don't care if you make mistakes - I don't care if you try something and it doesn't work - I don't care if we win or lose (but winning is a little better of course). 

It doesn't matter to me what level you are or what your ranking is - only that you want to play and try to get better.  Maybe you only play bots because of bad experiences in normals.  Maybe you are very low level with this player but know the game very well already.  Heck, maybe you are a high level ranked player that's having a bad day and just wants to feel useful by teaching other people how to play - that's cool too.

No matter what happens in a given game, if people on our team (and ideally the other team as well) all learn something then it's been worthwhile.

Make a friend request on league (Tanukifu), send an email ( or post below and people that feel the same way can have a better chance of enjoying the game and getting better and having fun.