I love Medics. I love the supporting role, the direct healing of players, and using the tactical capabilities of the class to bring out the performance of my teammates. And in many games, I have flocked to the Medic class as my favorite. Evolve is no different. I love what Val and Laz bring to the team and see myself playing many rounds as them. However, not but 2-3 games into the alpha, I had to deal with what is a fact of life in all FPS-ish games that use a Medic class:
People commanding, chiding and faulting the Medic for any failure (personal or team-based).
Now don’t get me wrong, there ARE bad Medics; people who show no real skill for the class and would be better put towards other roles. But I’ve already seen commentary on Alpha gameplay where people do likewise and complain about the Medic and fault them for not being able to carry the team, despite the glaring mistakes they themselves are making.
So why is this nature in people? Why do they seek to shirk the responsibility of their action and part in the team as well as look to blame someone else for failures. Personally, I’ve always been of the belief that “We win as a team, we lose as a team.” But it’s uncanny how many times people choose the Medic as the scapegoat. My thoughts are this:
Many “failure” criteria involve the death of all players. Because the Medic has a role in providing health for a player, the blaming party assumes that since all players achieved a loss of life, the player with the ability to add health to players was not “doing his job”. I think this stems from the player not understanding that Medics cannot act as sustainers of life when taking direct damage, and that because of their role, they are actually prioritized for death, and will fall first when the team cannot effectively protect their own medic.
Many blaming parties expect the Medic to provide them with dedicated support. They feel their role is so important that it warrants the Medic to basically “pocket” them at all times in order to ensure their well-being. Realistically, though the Medic can “combo” with other classes at opportune times, the act of sticking with 1 player means you are failing your role in aiding the other 2 classes. Often, too, players are so focused on offensive roles, they do not realize they have defensive capabilities that could help the Medic continue to assist the team.
The blaming party always provides “after the fact” hindsight “backseat driving” on how the Medic should have performed when the Medic does not behave in a manner they expect. Nobody cares for this, but I note that I never hear anyone ever tell Assault how to play, or the like. People feel, for whatever reason, they are entitled to command and instruct Medics how to play their role, but wouldn’t hear of someone else telling them how to play. Should the assault be faulted each time we don’t kill the monster? Should the support be faulted each time a player takes damage for not shielding? This is unrealistic idealism of gameplay; best case scenarios.
So what’s your take on if/why people choose to badger Medics. Do you primary Medic?