How to deal with a raging teammate 101

Learn to have fun when no one else is

By on June 4, 2010 1:23:56 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

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One minute and thirty seconds: The average time ingame that passes before suddenly realizing your teammate is a royal douchebag. (and I'm not talking about noobs)

Three minutes: The amount of time you must suffer the verbal abuse of said douchebag until you can begin enjoying yourself at his expense.

Player chemistry plays a huge part in the success of any given Demigod team (and enjoyment of the game in general), so it comes as no surprise that when players don’t get along, tempers flare and people’s days are ruined.  This is partly because people get too into the game, and forget what they’re doing – playing a videogame.  Your annoyance and rage – it’s all in your head!  Learn to suppress this rage, and suddenly a world of delightful mischief will open for you.

We’ve all played with the royal douchebags before.  You know who they are: the arrogant, bossy, I-only-play-to-win folk, to whom the smallest error on your part is suddenly a horrendous slight upon their very person, and who chastise you for putting your left foot in front of your right.  They invariably assume the position of captain of the team, without prior discussion and usually based on their inflated sense of self-worth according to a (meaningless) win ratio, and proceed to order their teammates around and basically expect them to dance to their every whim.  Inevitably, these players will begin verbally abusing and insulting their teammates when things start to go wrong – the bigger the douchebag, the sooner the insults begin to fly. (the current record is just over a minute into the game for one of my teammates)

Many players, usually less confrontational or less aggressive ones, will be intimidated into submission, whereas more aggressive players may begin verbally sparring with him, especially if there is a disagreement on tactics.  I say, both options are wasted opportunities.  Here’s why: in both of these situations, no one is having any fun.  You are insulted and treated poorly by your teammate, and even if your team manages to win you may be left with a foul taste in your mouth.

So what do you do?  If you’re the mentally unstable type, it might not take much for you to go off the deep end and start purposely feeding the enemy while you slander your teammate in ALL chat with caps lock on.  That might be amusing for a brief period of time (mostly for the other team), but there is so much more you can do, much of which can be so much subtler and prolong your enjoyment of making life miserable for the asshole who’s making life miserable for your team.  The following is a compilation of my favorite methods of causing grief to douchebag teammates.  Enjoy, and feel free to add your own!

 

GENERAL GAMEPLAY STRATEGIES


Send your monks on a heroic mission to cap the enemy portal.  Nevermind that this is impossible and doesn’t make sense.  If you are a general and Mr. Douchebag is an assassin, he will assuredly order you to share your monk.  If you delay just a few seconds you might be subjected to insults like “hurry up dumbass”, “f*cking noob”, or “my grandma can play better than you. And she’s dead.”  That’s certainly not pleasant.  Here’s what you do: Send him both of your monks.  Yes, both of them.  When they arrive, have them continue on past the battle site towards the enemy’s portals.  If they make it, camp them at the enemy portal till they die.  Your teammate will soon curse you for your incompetence.  You respond:

“I’m capping their portal.”

“What?”

“Don’t worry, my monks are gonna cap their portal.”

“…  

“YOU DUMB PIECE OF SHIT”

Depending on the level of douchebaggery, you may soon be laughing at rage worthy of a South Park episode, or you might not.  The more creative your responses, the greater your enjoyment will be.

 

Warp in to help your teammate in need, then immediately walk away from the battle back to base while the asshole gets nuked by the enemy team.  When he inevitably rages at you for being an idiot, tell him you were “oom”.  And leave it at that.

 

Steal XP from your teammate with Heaven’s Wrath.  Make sure to do this frequently, and always in his lane.  If he protests, be sure to apologize profusely, then resume at a later time.  If he protests again, rinse and repeat.

 

Use capture locks on inconsequential flags at inconsequential times.  For example, lock your reinforcement flag or your portal flags on Cataract in the early game.  When questioned by your teammate, utilize one of the following responses or make up your own:

- “I accidentally bought too many cap locks, just freeing up space in my items bar.”

- “Nowhere is safe.  Nowhere.”

- “I’m flag capping for science.”

 

Buy items that do not complement your demigod’s abilities/strengths, e.g. speed boots for Rook, gloves for Sedna.  Of course, this may result in you dying a lot, so use discretion.

 

Upgrade the death penalty reduction at the citadel.  If you are discovered, inform your teammate that you are “planning for the future.”

 

Don’t buy a single tower regen or currency upgrade.  Ever.  Always have an excuse on hand, and always blow your money on other shit when asked to make such an upgrade.

 

Let yourself get killed by the enemy teamThis is the holy grail of inciting rage, if done properly, infrequently, and with perfect timing.  You must make it look somewhat genuine, to avoid accusations of purposely feeding the enemy team.  Thus, it must be done infrequently (this takes a bit of skill, of course)  And finally, there are moments when a death can come at the most inopportune moment for your team.  You must be on the lookout for these opportunities!  Here are a few instances when a death will really set him off:

 

- A critical fight at the portal towers (on Cataract), in which your death results in the loss of the towers and/or your portal

- Losing a close 1v1 battle to an inferior demigod/player

- Chasing an enemy close to death, but getting knocked out in the process, and before you make the kill

 

 

DEMIGOD SPECIFIC STRATEGIES


Always heal yourself instead of your teammate when he needs it the most.  Tell him you clicked on the wrong demigod.  I do this quite a bit, just on accident, so it’s actually a legitimate excuse.   Just make sure to do it every time.  If your teammate is killed, you get extra points for Sedna fail.

 

Shield your teammate when no one is around.  And when he’s at full health.  How do you explain this one?  “I thought Reg was gonna snipe you.”  If there’s no enemy Regulus, then: “Sorry, this is my first time playing Oak.” Oh boy will they love to hear that.

 

As Rook, use no abilities other than Structural Transfer.  Over and over again.  Their towers, your towers.  Give in to your structural transfer desires and suck that rock good and hard, and don’t stop.  Be sure to enlighten your teammate on the joys of sucking through use of sensual narrative.

 

Line up snipes on reinforcements.  The most enjoyable part of this is seeing if they notice.

 

As Beast, only ever get the first level of Spit, and don’t tell your teammate.  He will see you using spit and think you are somewhat competent.  But in reality you’re just wasting mana.  If he’s observant enough, he may call you out on it – in which case you should immediately call into question his ability with basic math.

 

Suicide off your own vampiric poison potion.  This is difficult to pull off.  You need to have died earlier in the match (with the potion still lying around), and then take enough damage to be low enough on health for a vampiric potion to kill you.  You will die and – I believe – even get cash for the “kill.”  In ALL chat, brag to everyone in the game about how l33t you are.

 

 

Really, there are hundreds of unique, enjoyable ways to get back at asshole teammates.  Take advantage of their proclivity for raging, and make them rage even harder, to the point where the rational part of their brain shuts down and mindless gutter language flows forth like the flood waters of the Nile.  Use your imagination, keep your cool, and you may find yourself laughing so hard you temporarily stop breathing.  In the process, you may actually enjoy yourself playing Demigod (*gasp*) and perhaps have a truly memorable experience worthy of telling your friends.

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June 4, 2010 1:46:08 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 Best post I've read in a while.

Upgrade the death penalty reduction at the citadel.  If you are discovered, inform your teammate that you are “planning for the future.”

Max (Howboutnoo) does this every single game, I still have no idea why...

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June 4, 2010 1:53:34 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

You should do nothing at all. Doing these things on your list doesn't make you any better than the raging team mate.

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June 4, 2010 2:38:08 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I think there is someone on the forums cooler than me now.

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June 4, 2010 2:50:45 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums


As Rook, use no abilities other than Structural Transfer.  Over and over again.  Their towers, your towers.  Give in to your structural transfer desires and suck that rock good and hard, and don’t stop.  Be sure to enlighten your teammate on the joys of sucking through use of sensual narrative.

This was the funniest part.

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June 4, 2010 2:57:31 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Rook has the best named Achievement. 

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG ROOK!

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June 4, 2010 3:00:45 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

And MANHANDLER

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June 4, 2010 3:09:05 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Spooky__ has missed the value of the comment entirely. It is as if Scotty beamed up his comedic recognition element and left the rest to dwell with us.

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June 4, 2010 3:36:41 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Spooky = 

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June 4, 2010 3:42:53 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting Pfizzyhead,
Spooky__ has missed the value of the comment entirely. It is as if Scotty beamed up his comedic recognition element and left the rest to dwell with us.
Giardia's post seems rather serious. At no point does he indicate that this is only a joke. He blatantly provides a griefing guideline, which is something you should always avoid, even if your team mate is rude and raging, otherwise you'd also step down to his level.

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June 4, 2010 3:52:17 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Spooky__,

Spooky__ has missed the value of the comment entirely. It is as if Scotty beamed up his comedic recognition element and left the rest to dwell with us.Giardia's post seems rather serious. At no point does he indicate that this is only a joke. He blatantly provides a griefing guideline, which is something you should always avoid, even if your team mate is rude and raging, otherwise you'd also step down to his level.

Can you give negative Karma for lacking a sense of humor? 

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June 4, 2010 3:58:18 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

As another stick-in-the-mud, I believe Spooky_ has a point. By encouraging bad behavior in others you enter into a downward spiral of griefing. Consider this, if one does follow the guide, would the teammate causing you such annoyance be more or less likely to behave in the next game. Odds are he will not change in a positive manner, but may decide to behavior even worse. I don't think that this sort of behavior should be encouraged.

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June 4, 2010 3:59:12 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting OMG_Splitshadow,
Can you give negative Karma for lacking a sense of humor?
Unfortunately, no

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June 4, 2010 4:37:21 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

In Heroes of Newerth, there is this character that lets you throw your own teammates to do damage (Pebbles for anyone who plays) and I remember when people got annoyed they just threw their own teammate into the battle to die.

That's why such abilities should not exist in games.

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June 4, 2010 4:39:37 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I'd bus Cow sooooo much if I could do that.

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June 4, 2010 5:29:13 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

It's like Tiny from DotA!

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June 4, 2010 5:53:13 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting Ptarth,
As another stick-in-the-mud, I believe Spooky_ has a point. By encouraging bad behavior in others you enter into a downward spiral of griefing. Consider this, if one does follow the guide, would the teammate causing you such annoyance be more or less likely to behave in the next game. Odds are he will not change in a positive manner, but may decide to behavior even worse. I don't think that this sort of behavior should be encouraged.


but in most cases the one whos being an ass will always continue to be an ass so theres no harm in being an ass back to him

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June 4, 2010 6:02:47 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting OMG-howboutnoooo,
but in most cases the one whos being an ass will always continue to be an ass so theres no harm in being an ass back to him
There is always harm in harming people... There is no need for you to step down to the "asses" level, since this makes you an "ass" too.

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June 4, 2010 6:05:25 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting OMG-howboutnoooo,


but in most cases the one whos being an ass will always continue to be an ass so theres no harm in being an ass back to him

I disagree.

  1. Humans are creatures of habit. If you engage in a behavior, you are more likely to engage in a similar behavior in the future. This means that the more often you give in to anger and behave rudely the more you will behave rudely in the future. It is just like any habit, it must be stopped before it becomes prevalent. Otherwise you'll end up being an obnoxious twit like the person you are annoying.
  2. The other individuals in your game will be influenced by your behaviors. What is a new player likely to do when he watches two such players engage in such rude and obnoxious behaviors? The two outcomes are either to give up the game in disgust or to act like the individuals involved. Neither of these outcomes are desirable.
  3. The player you are purposefully annoying is likely to become self-righteous. His treatment of you was completely justified because you were such an idiot. Thus he will be even more obnoxious in the future.

These are the outcomes that come from such a behavioral pattern. The better choice of action is to behave in a just and fair manner. This results in the optimal outcome. It is true that your behavior is less likely to result in an immediate positive outcome for the annoying player, however positive behavioral gains are much more likely to occur as a result of your behavior in this fashion compared to other results. Citations are available, but I'm guessing they aren't necessary.

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June 4, 2010 6:37:04 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

ty Spooky / Ptarth.  That's what I thought when I read this as well.  As a joke thread, it's entertaining, but with the serious tone and intent of griefing, it's not :/

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June 4, 2010 6:43:53 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

I love this post.

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June 4, 2010 7:35:55 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Send your monks on a heroic mission to cap the enemy portal

Clearly this post isn't intended as humorous.

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June 4, 2010 7:51:16 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting ,

Send him both of your monks.  Yes, both of them.  When they arrive, have them continue on past the battle site towards the enemy’s portals.  If they make it, camp them at the enemy portal till they die.  Your teammate will soon curse you for your incompetence.

This is a LOL...I need to experiment this one day haha

Quoting ,

Warp in to help your teammate in need, then immediately walk away from the battle back to base while the asshole gets nuked by the enemy team.  When he inevitably rages at you for being an idiot, tell him you were “oom”.  And leave it at that.

You cant tell u're oom because there is a mod for hp/mp for every one in ur team. So if the douchebag has it, you will be busted ^^

Quoting ,

Steal XP from your teammate with Heaven’s Wrath.  Make sure to do this frequently, and always in his lane.  If he protests, be sure to apologize profusely, then resume at a later time.  If he protests again, rinse and repeat.

Lot of ppl do that and they are not noob. Nothing to understand in that.

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Always heal yourself instead of your teammate when he needs it the most.  Tell him you clicked on the wrong demigod.

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Always happen to me each time i play sedna 

[quote quoting="post"]
Shield your teammate when no one is around.  And when he’s at full health.  How do you explain this one?  “I thought Reg was gonna snipe you.”  If there’s no enemy Regulus, then: “Sorry, this is my first time playing Oak.” Oh boy will they love to hear that.[/quote]

PRO ^^

Quoting ,

Suicide off your own vampiric poison potion.

I hope this bug will be fix in v1.3

Keep doing ur best job ^^

 

Edit: i cant do multi quoting. Its all fucked up. Sorry about that If someone can help me 
 

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June 4, 2010 7:57:19 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

sad part is i do half this shit when people piss me off on vent.

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June 4, 2010 8:12:17 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Oh God what happened here lol.

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June 4, 2010 8:22:37 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

People should do this to me.  I really cant help myself by not cussing out a UB that runs away from a 3v2 fight when we are the 3 =/.  I type cuss a lot I am a total douche to players I don't know,  I'm working on it!

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