(Nov. 22, 2016): It's a sad day today. What I once accidentally did with Reinhardt, I today did with Zarya :'( - LINK
(Dec. 2, 2016): And now I just got under 1 min on Mei! Dammit! This new system where we can't play as more than one unique character per team sucks. The game FORCES me to enter the game as someone else without my concent. Sucks when I join a game, which is ONGOING, and someone has already picked Mercy, if I hit escape to bring up the menu (to leave the game), BAM! I'm sent into the game with some lame other character. Need to ALT+F4 to be safe I guess, will try that next time... or wait till I get kicked for inactivity. Wish I knew what I know now when this new system first went live. I would have had only Rein then.
(Oct. 9, 2017): Meh, was being extra lazy, silly and careless today that I didn't notice I misclicked and selected Symmetra (was busy chatting). So, now I have a 4th.
(Feb. 28, 2018): People have reported me and I got a warning from Blizzard:
I don't get why people report me for being "toxic" in the chat. I don't say bad stuff and don't report anyone no matter how foul-mouthed they are. I'm sure I'm being reported for playing my own way, which varies. Usually I pocket Widowmakers, which means the rest of the team doesn't get much healing, unless they are close to me, as I go wherever Widowmaker goes. I always tell them to get a 2nd healer if they want healing, or to come to me, thus I often get lots of complaints in the chat. It's just QP, yet people complain and take it more serious than competition. Winning is overrated to me, I can have fun without winning, sadly most others can't, so they get salty and mean as fuck to me and then report.
Now, as I've never reported anyone I don't know what options there are. Can you only report people for being toxic in the chat? I mean, that's what I've been reported for, yet I don't say bad things, it's only my "actions" (pocketing etc) that could be considered "toxic". Weird they all get me silenced from the CHAT/VOICE when THERE is not where they find the problem with me.
I contacted Blizzard support and asked what exactly I've been reported for, as I don't say bad things in the chat, and that I know the system is automated, just like YouTube - if people report for something, the system shuts them down without any employee taking a look at it first. So I asked them if I get banned or whatever, if I can contact them so they can have a look at the logs or whatever to see if I REALLY said/did ban-worthy things. They just pretty much told me that I must have said bad stuff, and if people say bad stuff to me (they often do) I should not say bad stuff back, which I in my first message said I DON'T, yet he claims I do or I wouldn't receive so many reports. *sigh*.
(Mar. 9, 2018): OK, got silenced from chat. Noticed when I typed "gg", which I always do, doesn't matter if we lose. All games are gg to me. Winning is overrated. Says only 2 days, but when I came back out to the menu, the whole screen had a message saying something about my account has been silenced from any communications (chat and voice) without saying any duration (print screen didn't take for some reason. EDIT: OK, got it again when I logged back in LINK), so guess it's 2 days like the smaller one said. It was a game where some of the enemies were chill and started dancing, so I joined them for a bit before it was back to action. Who doesn't "have fun" like this every now and then? I see it all the time. More annoying is players who rage quit when we lose the first point, leaving us undermanned, they do the same if it looks like we won't win closer to the end of a match (I read it's mainly to not get negative stats, or something). I bet they don't get reported, but often loses us the game.
I often get lots of friend requests from people who tells me they had a blast and they agree it's not all about winning in QP, but those who are tryhards (again, I play only QP) report the shit out of the rest and get them banned and stuff.
"Ironclaw, how can you say "gg" when we lost?" - Well, I had fun. Winning is overrated. I made Widowmaker get a ton of damage and even PotG, mission accomplished.
"Well, you fucking suck and I'm reporting you for not healing the team!" - It's just QP man, chill. Most of the time I play like a normal healer, but sometimes I just like to chill and have some fun, pocketing and stuff is fun, even if we lose. I'm not TRYING to lose, but I'm not a tryhard at winning. Most of the time when I pocket someone, there has to be a 2nd healer on the team first, even then I heal nearby players. Heck, doesn't even matter if I play normally and heal everyone, because if someone dies, usually FAR away from me or not in line of sight, they yell at me for not healing them and thus make the conclusion I heal NO ONE. But they see at the end when the stats show and I probably healed a ton. Usually they don't because they like to rage quit... *sigh*, but not before throwing out insults.
That's usually how it goes, but with really toxic language and stuff about my mom etc. I even defend other players who get jumped on for not playing the way the rest of the team wants, for not being good enough, for not doing what one is supposed to know in certain situations, like this poor Widowmaker (I don't always pocket them, just sometimes, so not this time):
Having played just Mercy and no one else ever for 1200 hours is kinda boring, so to make it fun so I can continue to play I MAKE it fun for me. But yeah, people don't like it (except whoever is being pocketed), and I get that and wouldn't like it either if I met someone who didn't heal the entire team (again, I mostly only pocket when there's a 2nd healer, and even then I still heal nearby players), but I still wouldn't mind it enough to REPORT them. If I wanted tryhards I would play comp. Still, even when I pocket, we usually win.
(Mar. 10, 2018): Logged in a bit later to check out my "silence treatment" in more detail. Did a match and noticed this stupid box is stuck on the screen at all times LOL, on top of all places no matter where I go - character select, while playing, while dead, during potg, on the main menu, in options, etc. When the text fades away, the box doesn't LOL :P. Only way to get rid of it is to hide the chat window with Ctrl+Shift+C, but then I can't read what people are saying :/
Can't talk in Match, Team, the other place with white text, not even people I've grouped with (green) or voice. Can only talk to people on my friends list with /w. Sucks now if I join an on-going match where someone has already picked Mercy and I can't ask for her, and people are constantly asking me questions which I can't reply to, so they are like "I think he's ignoring you", "He must be a bot with those hours, maybe report?", "Ironclaw, are you feeling alright?" etc. Some I add as a friend so I can tell them in /w, then remove them immediately :), depends on the questions.
Took some screenies...
(May 8, 2018): Today Blizzard released a Pink Mercy Skin. Blizzard® Entertainment will donate 100% of the purchase price of the Pink Mercy skin to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. So, for once I'm buying a Mercy skin (75k credits and haven't even bought one with those, or anything else), but for real money. €15 doesn't sound like much, but for me it is :)
Still don't have everything with Mercy, even though I could have long ago, I only use her Amber skin (since lvl 10) and have never changed it (same with the icon "Guardian Angel"), doesn't matter what skin. As this new Pink skin is for a good cause, I will FOR ONCE play with another skin (and the new pink ribbon icon) to help raise awareness, but only for the duration of this "event" (to May 21), then back to Amber/Guardian Angel. I know/knew people with cancer.
(June 26, 2018): A bunch of stuff was added/changed today, which made Mercy move a bit from her original position on the character select screen (again). I accidentally picked Lucio and entered the game immediately because it was one of those pre-thingies "looking for players". Man I'm glad it was not an ongoing game or I would have gotten time on Lucio. Damn changes.
(June 28, 2018): I've always said "gg" no matter if we lose or not. All games/matches/rounds are "gg" to me. I also sometimes like to say some random stuff before a match starts, just to have some potentially interesting replies to read and/or reply to (only reply when I'm dead or match is over of course). I never say anything bad, just something random, goofy, something that makes no sense that can get the reader to ponder what the hell I could have meant with my comment. ANYWAY, now whenever I say anything, I'm being attacked for being an "endorsement" whore. They say I only say "gg" etc to get endorsements (they are just salty because we lost... "idiot, this was not gg, so don't say that"). Well, if they knew me, they would know this is wrong. I've always been positive and don't care if I win or lose, or die many times. But yeah, most players don't know me, so of course they think anyone being nice and stuff has only started now and is for endorsements only. *sigh*
Btw, I also don't ever leave an ongoing game, no matter how bad it goes. Can be against top500 tryhards. I won't even requeue to play against others. Losing and dying doesn't bother me. And, I don't care who I play with, level and skill doesn't matter, same with who I accept friend requests from. Most people aren't like this though, which is a shame, especially the part about not leaving ongoing games because - so many leaving ongoing games when a point is lost or one wipe has happened, like "OK I died, fuck this... bye noob team".
(July 10, 2018): So, I got level 4 endorsement over a week ago, people told me they got loot boxes, and I said I never got any rewards. They were only level 1-3. TODAY when I logged in I got a message saying 'gz to lvl 4' and gave me 3 loot boxes. First time I get a reward from any endorsement level. So, are we supposed to get this message for each level? If so, the game skipped the previous levels, or maybe it's 1 box per level, as I got 3 loot boxes, but wouldn't I've gotten 4 then? Oh well, dunno. Here's a LINK to a video where I ding lvl 4, and some other stuff.
(July 24, 2018): Today I finally got endorsement level 5. Took only 3 days of casual playing (only got time for about 4 hours a day) to go from lvl 1-4, but THREE WEEKS to level 5!
According to Google, level 2 takes 50 endorsements, level 3 = 150, level 4 = 350, and level 5 = 1000. Which seems like I should have hit level 5 WAY earlier/sooner, but I got fewer and fewer endorsements as time went on. Either people prefer to endorse lower leveled players first, or they just got bored and didn't care for it at all. Endorsements required can of course vary depending on if you've been reported, left ongoing games, etc. As far as I know I never got reported, and I have never left an ongoing game. I don't care if we with certainty are gonna lose, I still stay for the entire duration and always have.
They say that you are rewarded with loot boxes for each level, but I only got a reward message several days after (was when I logged in) I got to level 4, and it gave me 3 loot boxes. Friends have told me they got a message the same day they hit like level 3 + boxes. Wonder if I will get anything for level 5, as I got nothing for 1-3. Probably not. Here's a LINK to a video where I ding lvl 5, and some other stuff.
(July 27, 2018): Got the GZ to endorsement level 5 message today. No boxes though.
(July 28, 2018): Meh, today I was in a group and the leader queued, we got into a game and he left for some reason, then queued again and left, did it like 3-4 times, and I thought the whole time it's server problems or not enough players (sometimes the game doesn't wait longer than a couple of seconds before it decides not enough players), as stuff like this has happened before, so we are back to queuing. So I asked him if he keeps leaving and he said yes because he didn't like a certain player or whatever.
The dude I played with said "Don't worry. If you got demoted to level 4 it would have happened already as it's instant." I told him from my experience, a lot of things in this game is not instant. I even relogged to see if it would update the level, but it didn't. I still wasn't too sure I would get to keep my current level 5. So yup, the day after (29th, ofc), actually after playing for 2 hours already and then getting back to the main menu to queue, is when it happened - back to lvl 4. It was the same with the "Keep it up" message when leveling up. It can appear days or weeks AFTER you level up. I bet it's the same when you level up, you might have had enough endorsements days ago, but you have to wait for the servers to update the stuff for you. I just hope it really IS 50 points lost per left game (asked on reddit and someone said that), so I'm not back to 0 on level 4.
I've already known the risk of this happening when I'm not leader (especially when playing with randoms), which is why I often is the leader. But from now on, I WILL be the leader, unless I play solo - which I also try to avoid, as solo increases the chance of getting ongoing games where someone might have picked Mercy already. So, will no longer accept invites to groups from people on my friends list (because I accept random friend requests every now and then and don't know most of them, and can't even trust those I DO know, as they might forget I'm in the group and decide to leave, as a lot of people like to leave games that doesn't go well), or join groups in the Group Finder. "But what if they make you leader immediately" - I can't trust that, "Then just leave" - no because they might be in an ongoing game and leave as soon as I join, "no worries, you are probably just spectating" - or I can play immediately as they lack players.
Yeah, endorsements are kinda useless. So far I've only ever gotten 3 loot boxes total (afaik). But still, it's just something new that I can actually have for once, as I only play Mercy and QP and am very limited in that regard. Can't even get all the achievements as her. So, level 5 is something I want to keep, no matter how useless it is :).... and it took THREE WEEKS to "farm". Made a little video:
(Aug. 2, 2018): Finally got back to level 5 (again). Wonder for how long THIS time. So lame how we can lose the levels so easily. If you don't want to lose endorsements, you better be the group leader, as people seem to like leaving ongoing games. Even if you are leader you can lose tons, like being reported, or not playing for a couple of days. They say leaving a match = -50 endorsements, seems like being reported is 100 or more. No wonder there's so few level 5s, it's hard to keep, even if you are the nicest person possible and never do anything bad. Some people now seem to be like "Oh, you got endorsement lvl 5? Let's me take care of that for you *reporting for something randomly made-up*" and BAM, lost a level and can take days to get it back again. This makes these levels useless because of a broken system. They are there for a reason. Several level 1s could be the nicest players anyone has ever met, yet they struggle to keep their level because of bad players.
This is one of the reasons I don't say "gg" anymore, well, not often anyway... old habits die hard. To me, win or lose, it's always "gg", but to many, "gg" is seen as toxic if the match went horrible. So often I've gotten "gg???? we fucking lost! how can that be gg??", aaaaaand I probably got reported.
(Aug. 9, 2018): If you wanna know what I think about the different Mercy nerfs, I mention them in the FAQ - question 20.
(Sep. 3, 2018): Today I updated the design of the Overwatch page. I know it's probably slow, but there's not much I can do about that. Speaking of 'about', click on "About" in the menu for more info. Dunno yet what the next part of this site will be, there's so many more things to add. Like a page for each game, one for my projects, one about me, etc.
(Dec. 14, 2018): Meh. Early morning, couldn't find anyone in group finder, so queued solo, selected Mercy and got Genji, was a stupid ongoing game. I HATE ongoing games. If it was a fresh one, no problem.
(Dec. 25, 2018): Today I decided to open my 200 loot boxes, so made a video of it. Got the last 2 out of 3 missing skins, so got quite lucky. It was Devil and Sugar Plum Fairy. The third missing one (Zhuque) can't be had yet as it's event only - Lunar.
(Feb. 08, 2019): It's the Lunar New Year event, and finally got the last skin - Zhuque. Could of course have had this and the other two earlier if I just bought them, but I don't wanna use any of my credits :), which is why I have 120k at the moment, LOL! All my stuff are from boxes only, and all boxes are from QP, not bought or from any other mode. Still missing all those League ones, but can't get those from boxes, so...
(May. 07, 2019): A new Mercy skin was just added, the "2019 Atlantic All-Stars" skin. Looks pretty dope, so recorded a very short video of some high-res stuff. Just as with loot boxes, I don't spend any real money on them, I bought this skin with the League Tokens I've earned from "watching" Overwatch League streams. Click the mage below for the video.
(July 16, 2019): They finally fixed the deselect bug that has plagued me for about a year now. Dunno exactly when it started, but found a recording I did once from around the time it started, which is about 10.5 months old, so could have started weeks or months earlier, dunno, but it's old and was about time it got fixed. Read on Reddit that some people still have the deselect happen. For me, it happened like in 5/10 matches, but since the patch it's not happened even once, and it's been maybe 40+ matches so far.
Apparently (at least one person said this on Reddit), when your hero gets deselected for you, you still appear to have it selected for everyone else, so no one can steal him/her from you. I often thought about this but never bothered to test it, but seems it can be true, as no one ever stole Mercy from me when it happened, which has been 100s of times.
(Aug. 22, 2019): I played a bit this morning before going to work, but Blizzard had server issues which kept restarting the same map/match, which resulted in me losing SHIT LOADS of endorsements (lost rank 5 + 48 weeks worth of endorsements), taking me down to level/rank 4 again :(
I recorded it + added a bunch of more info etc in the video below:
I of course contacted support and asked for a rollback or even get them back some other way, but got the usual answer (paraphrasing): "Sorry this happened to you, but there's nothing we can do about it, not even if it's our fault. This is your life now, live with it. Thank you for contacting support tho.".
So, got screwed over again. Same thing when I got 4 seconds on Reinhardt due to their shitty game-design. Someone had already picked Mercy, so I pressed ESC to bring up the options menu so I can click the button to leave the game, but what pressing ESC does on the character selection screen if a game is already in progress is entering the game as whatever hero happens to be selected. Sure, that's no problem for most people who don't play like I do, but it wasn't MY decision to enter the game with him. Again they couldn't do a rollback or anything, which I'm pretty sure they CAN, as they do in other games, even in World of Warcraft. So, they've pretty much stolen my mojo as well now because of all this. I'm now playing with such a lack of enthusiasm. Hopefully I get it back.
Speaking of WoW, the shittiest thing that has ever happened to me in a game was when I lost my guild in WoW in early 2012. Had a capped guild called "DOTMASTER RULES". Made it as I don't wanna be in other people's guilds as it offers me nothing, I don't raid etc (more of a solo player), and I wanted to be even more silly. Thought it would be fun to have ppl running around everywhere with that name under theirs, which it was. We had a lot of fun and they helped recruiting new ones until we were capped at 1000 members. ANYWAY, in early 2012, I took a couple of months break from WoW, DURING this time, they released a patch that made it so that ANYONE in a guild can CLAIM it as THEIRS if the GM hasn't been on for more than one month. So, someone did, kicked EVERYONE, got ALL my money and rares/mats/etc I had the guild bank filled with (I only used the guild bank as display to show off my wealth and stuff, no one else could insert/withdraw), and then he changed the guild name to god knows what. I ofc contacted support and told them what happened, but again, they "couldn't" do shit about it. So, stopped playing for like a year or something, and whenever I returned after that, I didn't play much, just briefly testing new content. Gonna play WoW Classic that is out soon, going for the Winterspring Frostsaber first, so during the 2 first months or so, I will do nothing else. I hope they don't fuck that up for me as well, like some new bug that removes it after I've obtained it and they won't bring it back, even though I have proof of riding it and stuff. Or decide to change the game later ANYWAY, despite promising to keep it at 1.12, so that this mount gets 10 times easier to get.
Anyway, here's the answer I got from support about my guild:
(Oct. 09, 2019): Finally back to Endorsement level 5 again.
(Oct. 10, 2019): Just got Diamond portrait! Will make a decent video about it (got a nice idea) eventually, but for now here's a picture:
(Jan. 16, 2020): Today was patch day. As usual some stuff were changed, bugs fixed, heroes nerfed/boosted/whatever, and the "Year of the Rat" event was added. BUT, the shitty thing that happened to A LOT of players was their Endorsement level reset to 0, including mine. On patch day I went from level 5 to 0. From my experience with Blizzard before, I'm pretty sure they won't restore anyone's levels, but one can hope they do THIS time... unlike when they fucked up the servers and a lot of people lost level(s) and they did nothing, which I mentioned above in the previous thingy.
R.I.P Endorsement level 5, you will be missed :'(
Picture taken the day before patch day