CAUTION: LONG RANTS AHEAD! tl;dr summary: Tips and help, good. Abuse, bad. I have been a player of the MOBA genre (yes, its a genre now, deal with it) for a while now, and although I was never around for DotA, I feel I'm a capable player with plenty of room to improve. So, why does every loud-mouthed, wanna-be pro insist I'm a "noob"!? Not much gets me really riled up but loud, stupid people and bad sportsmanship do. It's simply uncalled for. Huh? I'm sorry? "MOBA games involve a lot of meta-game and teamwork; the latter of which is hard to find in a public game. If a team member isn't pulling their weight, it ruins the match." eh? Bull. Shit. Well, they do inherently involve a lot of meta-game, fine, but that's something you can only really learn through experience playing the game. Not enough teamwork? If you don't like public games, don't play them. It's not rocket science. On the second point, does it REALLY RUIN the match? If still yes, will the odd bad match RUIN your life, or general experience of the game? EVEN SO, is useless, repeated abuse gonna help? No, no, and no. I get hit by a good gank and you blame me? YOU get ganked and you blame me? They stick together, have good combos and you run off into the jungle alone, and yet their clinical executions are somehow my fault? Please, good sir, enlighten my. How the fuck do I attain your status as the almighty un-touchable? How do I become the apparent god that your claim to be? What knowledge must I be born with to be an oracle of your standards? Getting angry is fine, I get angry too, but learn to control it like an adult. Have the balls to accept your fault, and learn from it. If someone actually does something wrong or is not performing well in one area, tell them how to improve. If you can't say how they could do better, don't say anything. People have tried to fix this sort of thing. Take for example the Summoner's Code in LoL. A simple, and apparently naive approach, simply outlining explicitly good and bad behaviour for the community to self police with. It used to work quite well. 'Twas a rare occasion that anyone was insulted in a LoL match, but since I left, it's become just as much of a shouting contest as HoN. The slightly more rigorous approach by Valve in Dota 2 doesn't seem to do much good either. I reported many people for their inappropriate attitude, but only one has been reprimanded so far. I don't even know what the punishment is for such a crime. I know it happens anyway, but even the inter-game arguments are just as stupid (Awesomenauts IS a MOBA, it's just 2D and has a sense of humour) I'm not sure what good ranting about this will do, but I need to get it off my chest. Am I the only one? In a perfect world, I would like this sort of behaviour to be treated with contempt by the majority, and be shouted down and punished swiftly. How to make that a reality is beyond me. One little (or large) rant on a largely irrelevant forum is not going to get much traction, but every little helps I suppose. Please, if you play these games, don't be a dick.