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The objective of most CTF games is no longer capturing the flag

Discussion in 'Capture the Flag' started by Weather512, May 30, 2021.

  1. Weather512

    Weather512 New Member

    Feb 23, 2021
    I have noticed an awful lot something happening in CTF in the last year or so. We see CTF games go by in less than 5 minutes. This is something that REALLY bugs me. I will admit that I, myself, have been guilty of doing this in the past, but we really need to address this. My complaint is about what somebody called "kill-whoring". If I am correct, the meaning of the term is when most players on one team are more concerned with getting a lot of kills in rather than the actual objective of the game: capturing/defending the flag, leaving only a couple players to unsuccessfully defend, and/or recover the flag. I myself REALLY hate this, no matter if it is my team doing this or my opponent team. If my opponent team is doing this, it makes the game boring not that much fun, as what's the point? If my team is doing this, it makes me very frustrated. When both teams actually try defending/recovering and capturing the flag, it makes the game fun, even if my team loses. Unfortunately, the developers possible made the situation worse by increasing the amount of credits received from a kill (without increasing the amount of credits for let's say killing the carrier, recov, etc.). The developers really need to disincentivize this practice. People have been saying the CTF is dying. I don't want that to happen. I really enjoy playing it. It might help, however, to really encourage playing the actual game's objective by only awarding 1 credit for each kill, unless it is in certain range of a flag, or something along those lines. The game is not fun for me when most players on one team, whether it be the opponent team or my team) are more concerned with getting the most kills in instead of actually playing alongside the objective of CTF.
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  2. Avalanche14

    Avalanche14 Oldie

    May 16, 2020
    I don't think adjusting credits would do much honestly. Some people just find it more rewarding to get a bunch of kills rather than try to capture the flag as if it validates 'skill' somehow. However, I do think offense needs to be more attractive/strong so that more people will try to capture.

    Side note, it's also very hard to determine when someone is deliberately playing the game to farm kills rather than playing defense. There's always going to overlap there unfortunately.
  3. Soundkld

    Soundkld b1.mcctf.com

    May 19, 2015
    It is and it will

    None of us do :frowning:

    It's a crazy fun game!

    Not sure about that.

    Like Avalanche said, some players are definitely out to get kills, while others just play mid. A lot of players get bored waiting in the flag room for someone to come try to capture, which leads to exiting the flag room and looking for a fight.

    Bigger CTF matches (that are rare now, sadly) typically have a balance of conflict throughout a map, but because of these 8v8s-16v16s it's just at a weird place.
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  4. FlagCTF

    FlagCTF Member

    Mar 16, 2018
    This is casual ctf so you should probably expect people to do strange things.
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  5. Zarpin

    Zarpin #1 6ᴏʙʙʏ ꜰᴀɴ & ʙʀᴀᴡʟ ᴠᴏᴛᴇʀ (◕︵◕)

    May 27, 2020
    This would counter the recently added 12 credits per kill when near the flag carrier. This was added to convince others to support their flag carriers which would classify as playing the objective.
    This is why competitive CTF is more appealing to a lot of players. It focuses more on playing the objective rather than running around killing people.
  6. Mnkynoodles

    Mnkynoodles Annihilation Member

    Oct 22, 2019
    casual is literally 2 people on offense vs 40 people in the flagroom, and it has been like this ever since quarantine started
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  7. ZBoy3210

    ZBoy3210 Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    From my viewpoint, it is a matter of the way people view CTF and other team PvP games. I predominately play defense with an amount of running around killing people. Really my personal play revolves around team support. Therefore, that play style can be viewed as revolving around kills despite my opposition.
    Although, I wouldn't say focusing on kills in a PvP game is bad. After all, CTF is also team PvP (despite casual's severe distortion). "Kill-whoring" is certainly annoying, although not very common to warrant major changes. I don't think disincentivizing kills in a game with PvP is a good thing. After all, most CTF matches nowadays are usually a few regulars dominating a game with selective killing and messing around. What is a problem is blatant targeting - which is commonly addressed. When it comes to the topic of CTF's demise, this is not a significant problem in my opinion.
    With that said, I do agree that the objective of CTF is no longer capturing the flag. Brawl CTF is commonly a 15-30 player server with just about only regulars doing whatever they want. If you think that is killing the server then you would be correct.
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