solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

This team, I mean... this team. It was one of those who went way too far forward at every opportunity and yet wouldn't get on the point - we took it the first time because it was clear and I was the only one willing to set foot on it - and where I knew, as soon as we lost the point, we weren't taking it again. And I was wrong, but only because of this. (I also killed the fifth of six enemy team after this clip ends.)

After this, they knew who to keep down, and won easily. But at least I got POTG.

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

BARRAGES! GETCHER JUICY BARRAGES TONIGHT AT THE NIGHT MARKET! ROUND-WINNING BARRAGES, RIGHT HERE!

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

Pay attention to what's going on behind you, I'm just sayin'.

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

Click to play with sound, because honestly, it's the sound that makes it.

solarbird: (Default)

Let's start this game off right.

Amazingly, they managed to contest decently in the second round, at the control centre, despite my rather effective Tracer play. (Better K/D ratio than as Pharah in the rest of the game, in fact.) But we still won.

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

A little bit of everything, really. Barrage, Boop, and sadly rocketshot does not begin with a B. Bitchin' rocket? Good enough. And it was one of those teams I couldn't quite drag to victory, but I came pretty close.

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

This is how you start a game: by killing half the enemy team with a boop, then taking out their healer as the bolts for the point. I assure you, it gets their fucking attention. (⌒▽⌒)

(I was on comms going PLAY. OF. THE. GAME. RIGHT THERE. I'M CALLIN' IT.)

I'm struggling a bit, despite this - my good controller with the paddles (the Scuf) is having serious issues in the left stick, and I've had it like... two and a half years now? And I'm afraid it might be giving up the ghost. Which is awful, I love this thing, and they don't make this model anymore. So today I've been playing with a standard controller and it's like playing with a lump of pancakes with buttons. So mushy. ˚‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·˚.

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

This was nice. We took back the point here, and won the game, and despite it being quickplay, you can see the ult stack at work.

(As always, click for higher resolution and sound.)

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

Played only one game in comp last night, but won it, so that's nice. This is where we stopped their last push on offence. Defence was... tight, but we made it. I started as Brigitte, but had to change to Tracer to get us over the line, because nobody on our team except me and my groupmate paid attention to turrets. :/

(Click on the image for audio.)

solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)

Competitive last night was kind of crazy. Lost one game where we were doing quite well, one person dropped, then three more, and we were two on six, and we still captured a third of the second point after we were down four.

Yeah. That's right. We took a third of a point two on fucking six. It was a C9, of course - I kept them entertained at spawn while my sole remaining teammate snuck over and captured a third before the enemy team still alive could get back. I also chained over there after they got her, killed a couple of ‘em, sent it into overtime, and my Moira managed to get there in time after I went down to send it into overtime again. Best loss ever.

Then another one where we were doing pretty well in Hollywood, on our way to the second checkpoint, I guess 2/3rds of the way there, and we lost a player - and proceeded to make it to the second checkpoint, and the third checkpoint, and hold them on defence and win. Down one most of the game and won anyway.

The screaming, I can still hear it. ♥

But even aside from that, I was an absolute murderbot as Pharah last night. I don't know what was clicking, but something was. Four POTGs, most of them in a row, two other saved highlights that are clearly better than at least one of the actual plays of the game.

Click through for clip versions with audio. Let's go.


the one where we lost

Nothing magic about it, and we won this round. We lost the third in City Centre because enemy Zenyatta figured out who the fucking problem was and had my number instantly. I had to change to Brigitte to get any work done and we weren't competitive that way.


the one where we won

Five-four victory, I was the one who got us home on offence to tie it, and I'm the one who won it for us, right here. (Actual POTG was enemy team's Zarya, stopping one of our earlier pushes pretty much single-handedly. Deserved the POTG call, even if her team lost, it was amazing.)


first play of the game

Juicy barrage, I liked how I picked up the Ashe afterwards. (Big hat, big target doesn't just apply for Widowmaker. ( ˘ ³˘)❤)


second play of the game

I love me some environment kills, I do. So good.


third play of the game

Honestly don't remember the details on this one except that I was kind of surprised it was POTG. Our Roadhog was doing good work.


fourth play of the game

2-0 win. A lot of shot-caller endorsements on this game. Enemy team simply couldn't cope with me, at all, not even in the village, much less here.

So, yeah. I could use more nights like that in competitive. A win down 5 on 6, a partial capture down 2 on 6, and a lot of juicy victories, including one as Tracer I don't have but wish I did. Just a lot of nice.

solarbird: (Default)

My housemate thought this was worth posting - pharah, booping Solder: 76, ulting Roadhog, rocketing Lúcio to hold the point 'til my team got back.

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One of three POTGs in a row, this one a double double-kill. It was fun.

(gfycat)

solarbird: (tracer)

The new gods have risen, ready, at last, to grapple with a world of heroes. Moira O'Deorain herself has been reborn, now made one of the creations her previous self meant to rule, and she works with her wife - the goddess Mercy - and their ensemble of new deities to remake the world, to improve it... for everyone.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Ascension
Fragment s11,2: Vesuvius, Alight

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Angela helps Lena and Fareeha put up a comms tower, and Lena learns something Fareeha wishes she hadn't.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Ascension is a continuance of Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Creation, a side-step sequel to The Armourer and the Living Weapon. It will be told in a series of eddas, sagas, interludes, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. To follow it as it appears, please subscribe to the series.

solarbird: (tracer)

So last night, yeh? Comp. Lijiang Tower. I'm Pharah, we win in the garden, but barely - honestly, I'm surprised we win it. Then Night Market, and we're utterly crushed. It's the kind of thing where I go in with a barrage, kill four, and we still don't take the point.

So I change to D.va in Control Centre because our one tank switches off, and as we're in initial contest for the point, somebody drops.

But I realise we're 5 on 3 at that point because a couple of us are on comms and coordinating and go we can take this point. we can because at that point we should and I just want a moral victory.

And we do, right? We should, we're 5 on 3. But... then we just cruise. It's not even close. Suddenly we own them on every level, despite being down one. They can take the point from us briefly with ult stacks, but we retake it immediately next push, every time.

The amount of shrieking on the other team must've been truly legendary.

And... I still just can't get over the clear and obvious fact that we were a dramatically better team one player down than we were with a full stack, when the player who dropped was not an obvious griefer.

solarbird: (widow)

A comment in reaction to this highlight (kills 18, 19, and 20 in a 22-kill streak as Widowmaker):

PRESS TRIANGLE TO ULT????? CONSOLE?!!!

Achievement fucking unlocked.

(For those who have no idea what this means: it is much harder to do precision aiming on console systems, like the PS4 and XBox One, because of the limitations of a controller vs. keyboard/mouse. Dramatically harder. Most heroes have a lot of target boost to comp for that - like Hanzo, in particular - but Widowmaker does not. So this is someone going "on fucking console?!" in reaction to that highlight.)

Even when I'm on as Widowmaker, I still take a lot longer to sight than I should. Like, more time than other Widowmakers also on console, and my tracking just isn't as good. I need to figure out how to address that.

Also, I had fun as Pharah at Blizzard World and, honestly, no matter what I did, I could not drag this team to victory as Tracer, tho' as that clip shows, I certainly tried.

solarbird: (tracer)

Of Gods and Monsters
Edda 8: Quicksilver-Eyed Moira
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And then, one day, one simple suggestion changed everything.


Of Gods and Monsters is a side-step/alternate-ending sequel to The Armourer and the Living Weapon, told in a series of eddas, sagas, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. Eddas and Sagas appear late Sunday/early Monday, fragments, texts, and standalone cantos appear Thursday and/or Friday. To follow the story as a whole, please subscribe to the series.

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solarbird: (tracer)
Triple-kill and then two more in a Pharah Play of the Game. They knew who the problem was, they just couldn't do anything about it.

Two double-kills in a Tracer POTG. That was satisfying.

Starting with three out the gate as Widowmaker let them know that I needed to be dealt with, and it took them until the final five metres to figure out how to do it, but unfortunately, they did.

I feel like I'm putting in a lot of work and not getting much of anywhere, though. I'm still stuck in silver, which is awful, half the time I'm literally trying to teach people how to play. Several people have told me you really can't climb much full-time solo-queueing, but I never have groups in which to play, 'cause mostly people I know who play are on PC.

Also, is anybody still reading any of this? Last time anybody reacted to anything I posted was.... 45 posts ago, back on March 12th, 11 weeks ago. I'd hoped Dreamwidth would take off a bit after last year, and moreso with the most recent Facebook hellstorm, but that obviously hasn't happened. Nobody really bailed on Facebook, and everybody just keeps on going along with whatever the fuck Zuckerberg feels like doing next. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
solarbird: (tracer)

Of Gods and Monsters
Fragment s4,2: January 1st, 2078
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The Weapons and their friends are hanging out together late on New Year's Eve and into New Year's Day, waiting for the ball to drop in New York, when Sombra starts asking a lot of very carefully considered questions.


Of Gods and Monsters is a side-step/alternate-ending sequel to The Armourer and the Living Weapon, told in a series of eddas, sagas, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. Eddas and Sagas appear late Sunday/early Monday, fragments, texts, and standalone cantos appear Thursday and/or Friday. To follow the story as a whole, please subscribe to the series.

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Of Gods and Monsters
Edda 4: The Ostrich Feather of Ma'at (a.k.a. The Ever-Shifting Balance)
solarbirdy and bzarcher

Talon scrambles, reasserting its positions in the aftermath of its civil war. Moira O'Deorain's control over the board grows, as she brings on ever more allies, while simultaneously looking for even more candidates to be Changed, to further extend her influence.

But her adopted daughter - and loyal Weapon - Lena "Tracer" Oxton is unhappy, as are her wives. They demand, unexpectedly, that nothing else proceed until Angela's wife Fareeha is properly fixed, and her unsettled mind calmed, once and for all.


Of Gods and Monsters is a side-step/alternate-ending sequel to The Armourer and the Living Weapon, told in a series of eddas, sagas, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. Eddas and Sagas appear late Sunday/early Monday, fragments, texts, and standalone cantos appear Thursday and/or Friday. To follow the story as a whole, please subscribe to the series.

Because this is a co-authored work, I'm only posting links here.

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