KEEP IT CIVIL
So I am doing it, lets have a conversation (not an argument) regarding the casual vs. competitive sides of the game because there are clearly some strong opinions out there and it may be good to get them aired out here and maybe shed some light on things and what better time than to do so before the new year hits so we can all start fresh!
I fully expect all the mods to have meltas primed, ready and aimed at this thread so lets just remember rules of engagement when it comes to debating your points, key ones being attacking the argument, not the person and lets try and keep strawmans and slippery slopes out of this best we can.
I will open as a player with a competitive axe in hand. Since my beginning days of card games, my first tournament in a small anime convention (it was Yu-gi-oh and it was fun) I developed a strong desire to be competitive but not blindly. Despite following top tiers, I always played around with my own creations and by all accounts in my local shop between me and my friends (who I also put the competitive edge into), we were regulars in top 3 out of tournaments with 8 players (and and there were only 2 other more novice players really, the rest weren't pulling punches).
Coming back to 40k, this carried over. I am a competitive player and enjoy playing the game at the highest level I can and seeing others do the same. To me, there is no game more great than both players giving it there all and not holding back. This can often seem negative for people but for me, to hold back is to be rude, an insult of "you aren't worth the effort" sort of thing. To me, playing hard is the way to go as seeing something flounder around and not have impact just makes me feel...bad. I can see the fluff, I can even enjoy a fluffy list now and then but ultimately I find it sad not seeing a unit live up to its full potential.
To me, the matched play rules enhance the game for not just competitive players but for casuals too. I can understand however it can be frustrating when the game style you like to play isn't the MO of your group at the time (trust me, I get that).
Some common ground I think we can see eye to eye on, or at least a little:
Power levels are dumb and horribly executed. "Don't fix what ain't broke".
8th edition IS an improvement from prior editions, not arguing for best but it shows promise and improvement overall unlike prior editions.
Some matched play rules have had positive impacts on both competitive and casual games.
I would like to hear, see and get a proper understanding from the community about this matter rather than a sparked discussion de-railing another thread that already loaded emotions. Lets talk and keep it level, civil and above all respectful of how players like to play their games.
After all, some people like their Tea sweet, some like it without milk, end of the day don't let it ruin a perfectly good day!