Why do EU Players switch to NA Servers? | Overwatch

Why do EU Players switch to NA Servers? | Overwatch


“YOU’RE RUNNING THE WRONG DIRECTION, MERCY!” “You guys got baited to the highest degree.” There is nothing quite as divisive in Overwatch
as Competitive Play. We keep talking about optimal ways of approaching
the system to make for the best gameplay experience possible, and to gain as much SR as we can,
at the end of the day. One such discussion has been held since what
feels like the dawn of its implementation: And it’s about whether or not taking the
hit in ping is worth it, to have better competitive matches. Whether you want to switch from East to West
Coast or go from Europe over the pond to the US. A lot of memes have solidified over the years
leading, especially high ranked players to believe that every one step is an upgrade. East Coast makes for a better experience than
EU and West Coast makes for a better experience than East Coast. But where does that consensus come from? And are these things really to be believed,
considering a lot of them are said in joking fashion? I mean, there are a lot of players out there
who firmly believe that to be the case. Well, in today’s video, I want to unwrap
the history of the server switching culture. Through observation of many different players
on many different servers, and my own experience of playing on NA for about a year, I want
you to be able to join the discussion. So without further ado, let’s get right
into it. The first thing I want to get out of the way
is the fact that there are good reasons for why people believe all of these things to
be true. With LA being on the West Coast, and LA being
the home of the Overwatch League, you are going to find a lot of Pro Players when participating
in matches on those servers. Now, truthfully, an Overwatch League player
playing in the Overwatch League usually displays a different level of performance than an Overwatch
League player on ladder. A lot of them really aren’t trying anywhere
near as hard because they just do it for fun, rather than for work, but needless to say
that a lot of them are better than most of us at the game, even when they’re not trying
very hard. Following the trend of trying to get pro players
on your team, some people out there do go out of their way to try and VPN over to those
servers. And as such, you are left with more players
on East Coast who don’t take the game as seriously as those who specifically try to
improve their match experience by getting into matches with pro players. How much of a drop-down effect does that have
on ranks below GrandMaster? Honestly, I have a hard time commenting on
that, as I really don’t have any experience playing on West Coast, with Overwatch defaulting
me to the closer East Coast servers. Needless to say that, with many serious players
leaving for West Coast, East Coast embraced its meme nature with wonderful compositions
such as the “East Coast Special”. Which, really, is any composition that doesn’t
have any right to be functional, but somehow ends up winning. And where does EU stand in that whole equation? Well, considering the heavy ping penalty that
you get when trying to VPN from EU over to West Coast Servers, it isn’t actually the
most prominent thing to do. Where East Coast matches have degraded over
time with West Coast becoming the home of Overwatch Pro Players, Europe, too, lost a
lot of strong ladder players to the pro scene. But why would EU players bother switching
to East Coast, considering that they are suffering the same problem? A big reason that you will often hear is communication. Due to the obvious issue of language barrier,
communication isn’t anywhere near as prominent on EU than on NA. But there is another reason for why players
have started migrating. Content Creators. Now, we all know about stream snipers trying
to get into matches with Content Creators to then mess with them because they are jerks
like that- But there are very good reasons for following them over to NA, even if you
don’t specifically snipe their matches. For one, America’s Content Creation Scene
is much, much more prominent than Europe’s. You will find more well known faces over on
the NA servers, and because a lot of YouTubers and Streamers are friends across nations,
you will find many of them switch over to play with their buddies on NA. And that further adds to the degradation of
match quality on the EU servers, considering that Content Creators are much more likely
to be taking their matches a bit more seriously. But there is another side effect that goes
with that. Players who are in a match with somebody who
is a.) currently livestreaming and b.) fairly well known, are feeling a bit of social pressure. As much as we know that stream sniping is
a problem, if we disregard those isolated instances, then more players, in large, feel
like they are held accountable for their actions. KarQ has highlighted how he rarely comes across
players bad-mouthing each other when he is in their match, but then hears much more of
it on an alt-account where nobody knows it’s him. So besides the obvious “Oh my god I love
your content.” type of players, others are trying to get
into those matches so that the social pressure drives their teammates to actually try their
best. Thus contributing to better match quality
over all. All of that is fine and dandy for GM players,
but what about us? You know, us people who are not well known
and us people who are not high ranked enough to get into matches with Content Creators? Well, worry not, my friends, because your
friendly neighbourhood no-name has the answer. Really, it doesn’t make a big difference
to me. A couple years back I made a video highlighting
the differences I found playing on EU versus NA servers, and I came to the conclusion that
EU players display better mechanical skill, as they are hugely reliant on themselves with
a lack of communication, while NA players are making up for mechanical deficits by superior
teamplay. At this point, it kinda depends on what kind
of person you are. I personally have grown very annoyed of the
constant stream of communication because a lot of the things that NA player deem worth
communicating are just useless information to me. And as such, it is more distracting than anything
else. “Uh, just to, like.. Quote, what they said that they THOUGHT was
of value: “I killed two, how did we not win this?” You get what I’m saying? That’s peak voice chat usage right there,
dude. Peak voice chat usage.” But if you want better, more communication:
Then yes, taking the ping penalty might be worth it for you. Back when I was actively grinding ranked,
I would switch over to NA servers to hit GrandMaster for my bonus competitive points, because I
learned that they very often completely fall apart without proper communication. I mean, I had people literally throw games
because somebody wasn’t in voice chat. At which point, superior mechanical skill
is making these matches much more easy. Europe, by comparison, demands more individual
skill to make up for the lack of communication. And because you can practise yourself into
getting better, but you can’t practise your teammates into actually communicating, I found
that playing on EU is a tad bit more difficult. But that is also only my experience. You will hear of people telling you completely
different stories, because it takes 6 players to make a match pleasant, but only 1 to ruin
it. By sheer luck, or the lack thereof, you can
come to a much different conclusion. As somebody who has been playing Overwatch
for many years now, and as somebody who is not good enough to be mingling at the top
of the top with all the other streamers, I personally value a good ping, and I much prefer
the european mindset. When it comes to toxicity, some people will
tell you that europe is much worse than NA, but I think it’s a matter of perspective. “It’s just banter m8.” has become a
meme for a reason- It’s because we live in a culture where making fun of each other
without malicious intent is kind of normal. But to outsiders, it probably comes off as
toxic. “I swear to god.. If I nano boosted my soldier, he would find
a way not to hit shit while having aimbot on.” “I’m not even kidding.” On NA, I get the urge to want to smash my
head into a wall because rather than blunt toxicity, NA players feel the need to discuss
every last thing to the tiniest detail. No, I do not care about why our Genji was
feeding on the first point when we are still trying to defend second. No, you do not know how to play Reinhardt
better than this Reinhardt one trick that we currently have on our team. So please, just.. Stop arguing. Over the past few months of me playing Competitive
Play again in Masters, I have come across a surprising amount of players who are actually
willing to communicate on EU. Whether or not that makes me lucky or if it
suggests that more communication is taking place these days is hard to tell, given the
small sample size. But I just prefer people being blunt and direct
over passive aggressive and petty. [gibberish from teammate about how he’s
not getting healed] “Maybe he would heal you if you weren’t
such a little bitch, jesus christ, man.” “Somebody had to say it.” And obviously I get to keep my better ping. And if you are worried about how much the
ping is gonna mess with you if you do decide to switch- Trust me when I say that, you can
definitely get used to it. But you might have to alter your playstyle
a bit. You should be recalling a bit more preemptively
as Tracer, because the ping can still get you killed while in the recall animation. You shouldn’t be aggressively peeking snipers
because you will definitely get fragged around corners.. And your shield uptime on Reinhardt should
take the ping into consideration, as you are still going to take damage for the first second
of your shield being visibly up on your screen. Usually it takes me a couple days to get used
to the ping and lead my shots properly on Zenyatta with that disadvantage in mind, but
I am also not your average pro player. So I am sure that many of you can adjust even
more quickly than that. I do suggest committing to one server though,
especially if you play projectile heroes, because the way you aim is a tad bit different
in how much you have to lead your shots, so for the best, consistent performance, whether
on high or low ping- Try to get used to one of them, rather than switching on a whim. In conclusion:
No matter which of the servers you decide to go for, there will always be a hefty dose
of luck involved in the result of your matches. Are people going to communicate? Are the things people will talk about even
gonna be useful? Is somebody gonna be toxic? Are we going to be able to form a proper team
composition? Every last thing is up to the matchmaking
lottery, and considering my own experience, I figured that the difference between East
Coast and Europe is negligible, and it comes down to what kind of general player mentality
you prefer. Wanna increase the chances of people talking,
period? East Coast is gonna give it to ya. Even if the things they talk about aren’t
always useful. At least they’re talking. Prefer banter over useless arguing and wanna
keep the good ping? Just stay on EU. Yes, I did manage to get to GM on NA for what
I consider “free”, but we’re talking about a 200 SR difference, going from 3800
to 4k just for the reward. Going from EU to NA isn’t gonna turn a Diamond
Player into a Top 500 one the basis of communication alone. But if you are in the GrandMaster range of
SR, then there are good reasons for playing East Coast over EU. Because you are improving your chances of
running into Content Creators in your matches, which also increases the chance of your teammates
taking the game more seriously, because they suddenly feel like they are held accountable
for their actions. On top of that, communication becomes increasingly
more important the higher in rank you get, so there is a good reason to be switching
to NA at that point. But you know what, I am only one man that
can play the game for only so much time, and only watch a limited amount of streams.. So what are your experiences? Anyone below Diamond who can confirm an improvement
in match quality going from EU to NA? Or maybe any fellow Masters players who made
completely different experiences than me? Feel free to share all of your thoughts surrounding
the subject in question down in the comment section below. While you’re down there, don’t forget
to drop me a like on your way out if you enjoyed the video, subscribe if you want to see more,
and I hope to see you guys next time.

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