- Jul 7, 2011
anyone who spams 1 strategy with 1 civ 10 hours a day is engaging in behavior indicative of a pitifully low amount of skill. just my opinion though.This is an interesting point to make, because it's subjective.
What definitively makes a strategy low-skill? Who gets to decide? Is it some sort of council of whatever 800 ELO pleb is in charge of balance changes for DE, who frequently bases their opinions on the highest of ELO, or famous streaming twitch players? Certainly, plenty of folks claim Hoang's most famous civ (Celts) playstyle is "low-skill," but all in all it's just a different prioritization of vil gathering and hotkeys. Further, very few can replicate the success he does. I would say Hera has probably top 200 monk micro. Not bad, but no where near his meta, preferred playstyle. What makes spamming scouts in Feudal, or queuing hussar in late game "high skill?"
Another example would be Vinchester's Trush on Arena. It requires a significant amount of timing and macro adjustment to remain viable, but is exceedingly difficult to defend appropriately -- to the extent that the Arena clowns have started making their stone walls have MORE HP during tournaments due to copycat (though I dare say far less effective than Vinchester himself playing it,) prevalence.
Vil fighting is another example some have claimed is "low-skill," but vil fighting micro is quite intensive and can be quite costly as it pertains to an idle eco and the potential for lost villagers.
Why is it not fair to question how low-skill dancing around someone's woodline or berries with militia is, but suddenly someone perfects a build order to maximize the market and one's macro capabilities to perform an even more all-in attempt that quickly dies to almost any counter -- and it's verboten? What makes dancing around with archers to avoid shots "high-skill," and not just a "cheese strategy?"
In this aoe2 subcommunity, one can almost substitute "low-skill," as merely a different way of what they truly intend to say - "a strategy I prefer not to be employed against me."
It's all a silly game a few people play to justify their own preferred playstyles and to nerf alternatives, and is a toxic mindset that should be nuked from orbit.