GL HF! Need Help? GG! How to Chat Without Being Toxic

This post was written by a guest contributor and may not reflect the views held by Battlecrank.

Battlerite is a game where you will run into many different people. They will all have different ways of interacting with you and they will react in their own ways to the things you say and do. We can write whole essays on how to behave both in game and out of game.

This post will be covering the very basics of how to interact with other players before, during, and after a game in chat. Topics such as griefing and smurfing deserve articles of their own and won’t be covered here.

Nothing in this post is world-changing — all of it is very basic! But it’s so easy to forget the simplest things. I myself have not been a saint in most competitive games but I am trying to get better. If we all join in, we can help keep Battlerite friendly.

Start With a Positive Outlook

How you interact before even the first round starts sets the field for the rest of the match. A simple “glhf” (good luck, have fun) is always nice to see. Remember to send it in all chat as the enemy team should have fun too. Other common favorites include “Hi” and “Hello” or whatever greeting is your preference.

Some players prefer not to talk and that is okay too. It is actually better than “Oh, they have [flavor of the month champion]… gg.” If you have nothing positive (or at least neutral) to say, probably best leave it unsaid.

Starting out with “a smile and a nod” is important for several reasons. One that I think everyone can agree on though is that if you start out salty, the risk of playing less than optimal increases, and as much as many of us like to think “I’m only playing for fun,” playing well and winning (or losing while doing well) is important for that fun factor.

“Don’t Tell Me What to Do!”

Okay, we’ve said hello, picked our battlerites, and are heading towards the arena. Your team rushes into battle. Abilities are flying, heals are being shared. You save a teammate, he gets pulled back in, you re-engage. You have the upper hand, but oh no, the enemies land a wombo-combo and you lose the round.

You think back on the round and you come to the conclusion that your teammates did this or that wrong, and now you want to tell them off. Don’t. Just, don’t. When you tell someone what they are doing wrong in a game like this, no matter how well you phrase it, their reaction will almost certainly be to feel blamed and attacked.

  • “Who the hell are you to tell me what to do?”
  • “Sure, blame me. Denial much?”
  • “Whatever…”
  • (Or a lot of swearing that’s unfit to repeat here.)

A better way to handle situations like this is to ask what they need or what you can do to help the team win. You can even ask what you are doing wrong, even if you are certain you played better than your teammates did. You might learn something, or maybe your teammates will let you know what they need from you to help them play better.

Some suggested questions:

  • “So what are we doing wrong?” (how can we as a team change things up)
  • “What do you need from me?” (maybe your support is getting pressured while your focus is elsewhere)
  • “What am I doing wrong here?” (again, this is not a confession of fault)
  • “Should I be doing something different?” (another version of the second question really)

By asking questions relating to the team’s performance (and your own performance), you can help prevent your teammates (and yourself) from getting triggered and instead hopefully turn things around.

The Much Debated GG

So the game is now over. Did you win? Great! Did you lose? That’s unfortunate. But did you at least have fun? If so, great! Time to shake hands, part ways, and get on to the next game.

There’s something we should do first though. We need to thank our fellow players for the game and wish them all the best going forward. So, how do we do this?

“gg”

Or if you’re feeling extra fancy: “gg wp”

Good game, well played! These terms, especially gg, have been used in gaming for a very long time as a form of closing statement at the end of games. Lately though, it is often replaced by things like “ez” or “ez no re” or “bg” or a long tirade as to why the game generally sucked. Even when gg is used, it is often seen as something sarcastic and snarky.

It is time to change this. It is time to take gg back and make it an official thing. Sort of like the handshake at the end of a game of tennis. It’s a courtesy. It’s just something you do no matter how much the game sucked. Anything else would just be rude.

I try to always say “gg” or “ggwp” at the end of every game, even when I get horribly stomped. In the very rare event that I actually stomp someone, I also say gg. It is often met with silence or even a “bg,” but at least I can hold my head high and tell myself that I offered my hand across the tennis net, so to speak.

So, join me in taking gg back and say it after every game. Without sarcasm or rude follow-ups, that is. Extend your hand and hope the other side takes it.

To Recap

We’ve been covering how to talk to other players before, during, and after a match. Let’s quickly summarize:

  • Greet your teammates and the enemy team.
  • Ask your teammates what they need from you to succeed.
  • Extend your hand and thank the opposition and your team for the game.

If you follow these tips and stick with them, Battlerite will be a friendlier place for everyone involved. So, in closing: gg!

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Probably spends more time talking about games than actually playing them.

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