*sigh* just wanted to say this outloud. i dont want to "crush" threads of non-competitive players, because frankly, as i've stated lots of times, i realy DO believe there is no right and wrong way to play a game. there is room for both fluffy/scenario/narrative games AND tournament/practice games, and the players that respectively "usualy" prefer one of the two(i dont think there are many players that play only fluffy or only competitive, i think most ppl have their "fun lists" and their "serious lists".)
two things have bothered me:
1. fluff nazis saying that competitive gaming is wrong.
this is ridiculous. it would be like me saying fluffy gaming is wrong. its a GAME. everyone plays the way they seem to have fun. some by a narrative game, others by the thrill of the competition for a prize/title.
2. non-competitive players assuming how the competitive scene looks like.
DONT. JUST DONT. unless you play hardcore competitively, this is a world you cannot hope to understand. this is a world where Paladins were never truly feared because everyone put out ridiculous ammounts of str 8 ap 1/2 shots/fists, a world where Space Wolves actualy had a BETTER win percentage than the Grey Knights that all fluff players THINK had been too overpowered. a world where Land Raiders were never competitive to begin with (due to tons of melta being fielded), that the Vanilla marines have the best practical-use psyker(the "naked" dirt-cheap librarian that was merely using Null Zone to shut down the potential rock unit). a world where the internal balance of a codex is IRRELEVANT, because nobody chooses the bad choices anyway, everyone is expected to just spam the best ones. vanilla players' vanguards SUCK-but they have attack bikes, bikers, and landspeeders; they dont care. (similar stuff applies to other dexes, especialy nids).
i'd feel incredibly better if competitive players stick to writing about competitive environment and fluffy players kept writing about the narrative/friendly games, and NOT making super-wild, mostly inaccurate assumptions about the tournament scene.
*sigh* wrote this down cause i just HAD to say it somewhere and not end up almost hijacking threads.