I was asked who I consider to be the best warg on my server and whilst it seems to be a fairly straightforward question at first glance it actually proved incredibly difficult to answer. It got me thinking too, what exactly defines ‘best’? I ended up considering the question for quite a while and I thought I might share my reflections with you here.
It sounds like such a simple thing to answer: who is the best? What does ‘best’ mean though? Is it the player that gets the most kills? The most killing blows? Perhaps the player with the highest rating? What about the player that dies the least? Or the player that wins more 1vs1 fights than anyone else? As you can see there are a multitude of criteria one can use to define ‘best’.
Perhaps it is better to say that such and such a player is the best at one particular thing? That’s a bit of a cop-out answer though. It still doesn’t answer the question of who is actually the best overall. I thought that maybe I could say the best player was the person who managed to combine all the various criteria and achieve success in them all. He might not be the best at each individual thing, but overall he would be able to combine them all into one package and achieve more success than anyone else. Again that feels like fudging the question.
If it proved difficult to decide on ‘the best’ the opposite was a lot easier. Spotting poor players is relatively easy. Now I don’t mean new players, those learning the ropes, because they aren’t poor players, they are simply learning. There is a difference. A poor player is someone who knows what to do, or at least should know, but consistently fucks it up.
I have found over the years that the surest way of spotting a bad player is to watch for people bragging. The loudest are usually the worst. Not always, but it’s a general rule of thumb that seems to hold true for the most part. There are many players who can talk the talk, but they’re writing cheques their butts can’t cash.
That though leads me back to the best players. Whilst I have found that the loudest shouts come from those with next to no ability the reverse seems to be true as well. Those who stay quiet and don’t get in your face every time they kill you, for the most part, seem to be relatively good players.
There Is No Spoon
I am still no closer to answering the question of who is best. I’m not even any closer to working out how to answer the question. It is almost paradoxical in nature; on the one hand it can be said to be subjective as people have their own opinions on who is and isn’t good, but at the same time one can use quantifiable measurements such as kills, etc to say that someone is successful.
Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated. As always the comments section is open.