Is Quake Champions Dead?
You’ve stumbled here searching is Quake Champions Dead? This tells me a few different things.
You either really love the game and want it to succeed or you are having that feeling that there is no real sense of community.
Or, you are trying to “prove” to your hardcore Quake loving friends that the game you are bad at, is, in fact, dead or dying.
So, is Quake Champions Dead then?
The answer is a big fat NO. Quake Champions is NOT dead by any means. In fact, I’m going to prove to you in multiple different ways that it is still alive and kicking.
Alright, let’s try to break it down into 3 parts. What I see are the issues with Quake Champions. How to fix those issues and or suggestions to improve Quake Champions. Then all the great communities you can join so you can have a better sense that people love this game as much as you do.
Current issues with Quake Champions
Really people like to complain about every single game. So what game isn’t riddled with something you don’t necessarily agree with? Some of my favorite games of all time have issues! Nothing is perfect people. You must also understand THIS GAME IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT. Which means it is NOT FULLY RELEASED meaning “is quake champions dead” is a stupid statement.
That being said, sometimes the developers don’t seem to be listening or maybe they are listening to the community. As of writing this post, I couldn’t tell you how many times CTF(Capture the Flag) has been mentioned as a game mode. Still, there is no CTF.
New Champion Issue
Every time a new champion comes out for Quake Champions. The Champion seems to make the game very unbalanced among the rest of the cast.
I couldn’t tell you how many complaints I’ve seen on /r/quakechampions about Death Knight about press “F” to win. Then you have the newest champion Athena who can literally swing across the map at an incredible speed. Easily gaining map control in Duels on maps like Blood Run almost instantly. She seems to be decently balanced in modes like TDM and other but Duels is where most of the problems are heard.
This isn’t an uncommon thing whenever it comes to online games especially MOBAs. Normally the newer champion is way overpowered and no one really knows how to counter the new champ at first. After a patch or 2 and people gaining more knowledge, it seems to go away and balance is restored.
Whenever I think people are searching up or thinking is Quake Champions Dead? The most likely issues for this in my mind is the Matchmaking system. Sometimes you can literally set in the queue for 30 plus minutes before finding a match. 2v2 matchmaking seems to be the worst, yet there ARE people playing.
There are some many complaints on this, eventually, they are going to have to address it. Below is some example from Reddit of people having issues with matchmaking and I completely agree.
- Example 1
- Example 2 – I did comment on this thread very funny post.
- Example 3 – That one more feeling is a big issue for me, maybe we are all just old Quakers though.
Quake never has been used in a “matchmaking” system before so it was weird to get used to at first. Is the player base that low? I don’t think so because I’m able to find private matches quicker than I can the in-game matchmaking which is an issue.
Lootboxes and Runes
Does anyone truly like Lootboxes? Unlike similar loot crates/boxes like the ones on CS:GO you have an opportunity to make money off a skin. On Quake Champions though, it’s merely just cosmetic. WHICH IS FINE. If the game is going to be Free To Play anyways it needs something to keep the servers up, I’m completely fine with that.
The issue is that you get a DUPLICATE every single time, whether its a RUNE for a champion you love or a skin.
The issue with Runes is that they are COOL things to do, but they are tied behind if you are LUCKY getting them on a loot box.
I’m unwilling to drop a mass amount of money on this game then I may never get all the runes. Which is dumb in my opinion. I’ve already bought the champion pack what else do they want me to do? I’m not a fan of gambling away cash for virtual skins that I may.. or may not get.
Unwanted Game Modes
Seriously did anyone ask for a “Search and Destroy” type game mode for Quake?
While I honestly don’t think Slipgate (aka Counter-Quake or Shitgate) is all that bad. I think it would be better if they got rid of the terrible 3rd person mode when you are dead, and developed maps just for it. That being said, who in the world asked for this? I don’t remember anyone in Quake forums, or QuakeChampions Reddit asking for this.
CTF? Sure that’s been requested a billion times.
Sacrifice back in normal matchmaking? You betcha.
But, a Counter-Strike mode? No.. that wasn’t asked for.
I’m really thinking this mode was brought in as an attempt to take over as an eSports or competitive mode. Let’s all be honest it doesn’t really work that well for quake, at least not as a serious standpoint. Many people have quit simply because of this mode.
They’ve also been trying to ram it down our throats to play it since it released.
Is Quake Champions dead? I don’t think so but if game modes keep coming out like this its a good possibility.
Suggestions and Fixes for Quake Champions
Now, I want to start off by saying. I’m just a huge huge, fan of Quake.
I mean I have a flipping Quake III tattoo and I’m not even that good at QUAKE. I just love the series (besides 4) and Quake Champions is no different.
It is easily one of my favorite games currently out! So obviously writing about it, talking about it, playing it I might just love this game. My opinions are my own gathered from information from others as well on what I think would work.
On to the suggestions and fixes so we can fix that mindset of is quake champions dead.
Make Awesome New Champions
Bethesda and ID Software have tons of games to pick from. Eisen already seems like a terrible coup out champions. Stealing from the Engineer from Team Fortress and Overwatch.
It’s almost too obvious that everyone sat around at the developer’s table and said,” OH EVERYONE Like’s THOUGH DEFENSIVE ENGINEER DUDES.”
Listen they are fun to play, at times. For a very high skill like Quake, it just seems off to have a champion have the ability to have an auto turret. I’m just hoping it doesn’t come out completely broken and unbalanced but I’m sure it will.
My suggestion would be to use the already awesome champions in Quake III ARENA. Where is freaking ORB at? Uriel, Bones, SARGE. Commander Keen come on guys this is to easy. Get the rights to freaking Duke Nukem he fits right into the mold. Seriously a guy named Eisen with a Turret.
ID you are better than this, Bethesda you are better than this, SABER come on get with the program. I’m saving QC one blog post at a time.
Another note, what the hell is wrong with Athena’s face?
Bring Back Server Browser or Community Servers
This really is the most disappointing thing about Quake Champions. Zero Mods and Zero server browsers.
Server browsers have gone to the waste side it seems for most if not all the modern games. I know recently that Quake Champions decided to go with new Amazon servers that scale. This was a decent idea, but it still doesn’t give you a real feel of how many people are currently online.
Server browsers you could see how many people are playing along with open slots. IT WAS AWESOME.
If you guys are so worried about server costs, clearly you are with scaleable servers. Why don’t you give the community a chance to help out and host some servers? I mean the closest server to me is Virginia and it freaking sucks. I’d love to host a small server right in my own home like the good old days.
With no mod support which is just very un-quake like but, I sort of understand it. QC has gone the way of F2P always online so you kind of have to lock down your assets now.
Still, it’s on steam, no workshop support?
Anti-Cheat Anti-Wall Hacks Anti-Aimbot
There is none, add it. No one has 75% Lightning Gun.
No wonder people are searching or thinking is quake champions dead. They are doing nothing to cheaters.
Fix it and fix it now. That is all.
Runes and Lore
Lootboxes I’m ok with as it doesn’t affect the gameplay. What I’m not ok is that you get duplicate items. I still haven’t completed one RUNE page simply because I don’t have the runes.
There has to be a better way for this, make them easier to get. TAKE the duplicated runes OUT OF THE LOOT TABLE.
Perfect MEME from the quake champions subreddit.
After playing so many matches, or playing with a champion so long, make the runes available.
Opening backpack after backpack and getting 10 blood shards, sucks. Fix it.
Wanted Game Modes
I’m just going to make a list.
- Capture The Flag – Lot’s of people want it, it should almost be the number 1 priority.
- Unranked Duel – So people can practice without having to make private matches.
- Unranked 2v2 – Same as Unranked Duel people need to practice and it’s a fun mode.
- Sacrifice – Put it back in matchmaking why is it gone?
- More Arcade Content – Remember Excessive CTF and TDM? Yea, let’s bring those back.
- Slipgate – If you are wanting to push this as the competitive mode, its gotta be ranked somehow.
- Classic Mode – No Difference in Speed/HP/Amor with no abilities just pretty skins, with TDM/DM.
I think that about covers all the basics. I’m really looking forward to the addition of some good ole CTF action if it needs to take time to come out so be it.
A lot of us Quakers are “patiently” waiting.
There are only some other small minor details I would do. Give the option to change your in-game name, for free. Just be sure to make it where someone can’t change it after a certain time period. Not sure why it costs money in the first place, but its very annoying.
In-game voice chat for people who don’t/won’t use discord. This should almost be a giving its 2018 guys.
Let’s get to the in-game action quicker. Seriously it seems like you got 10 minutes before you can get to fragging.
Disable ads while trying to view quake streamers. It’s super annoying to have to wait 60 seconds to want to see someone then have your queue pop right after. Also maybe integrate a way to communicate with the streamer?
Perhaps all these fixes and suggestions can get rid of that “is quake champions dead” feeling.
Communities that get rid of that “is Quake Champions Dead” feeling
I’m part of a lot of the Quake Champions communities. I’ve joined about all the ones I know to join and I know which ones are decent.
Perhaps you don’t know where to look or to go to see other people who love this game as much as you do.
Well, I’m here to help you out and give you a few great suggestions!
So grab you a cup of coffee in your new mug quake champions mug and find where to go!
Twitch and Favorite Twitch Streamers
Let’s start with the #1 person you should defiantly check out.
He goes by the name Liquid Rapha and is basically the #1 Quake Champions player on the planet.
After proving his worth on the PGL Pro Tournament and winning the whole thing. You can tell he is going to be playing for a very long time, he was also a pro in Q3. What a fantastic streamer He also gives helpful tips after the stream ends.
You can check out his streams over on https://twitch.tv/rapha
D3th is a very cool dude. Ultra-skilled at Quake Champions and Quake altogether.
Produces a very cool online stream called King of the NOOPS. You should check it out, how in the world twitch hasn’t made him a partner yet I’ll never understand.
Check him out on twitch.tv/d3th_
Funny with a beard – FortyLions – https://www.twitch.tv/iamfortylions
Girl Streamer – SqzToy has awesome music playing – https://www.twitch.tv/sqztoy
AND OF COURSE MYSELF!!!!
https://twitch.tv/kentuckynerd FRAG FRIDAY’s 10 P.M. EST! Be there!
Discord, Podcasts, and Reddit
First and for most, if you haven’t got Discord installed, do that now.
There are a billion communities, even the official Quake Discord where people are chatting all the time.
We just launched our new Quake Champions Fan Website quakefans.net!!!
Go Check it out for everything Quake!
- For CTF, 2v2 practice and duels join up in the KN QC Discord – https://discord.gg/jkgFqbj
- Quake Official Discord – https://discord.gg/P93Bz3q
- Also Quake NA – I’m not linking until they remove the stupid BIRDS chat.
Only one subreddit that I’m aware of and that is the Quake Champions Sub.
https://reddit.com/r/quakechampions join up its great fun most of the time.
Yes! There is Podcast solely devoted to Quake Champions. I’m not going to lie I’m a little envious of it, as I wanted to start one last year and couldn’t find the people to do it!
Anyways it is fantastic and I’m hoping they will have me on soon. It seems to be doing really well and I hope it continues! Free promotion right here guys remember where it came from!
State of Quake
If there is one thing I want you to take away from this. Is that if you are still having that feeling of “is quake champions dead” you need to join a community. It will help out a ton and honestly will give you better and more people to play with than matchmaking can provide.
The Quake community is great and most of the time extremely friendly. I’ve only run across a few d-bags in my online gaming so far with QC. I really hope that this proves to you reading, that the Quake Community is here, and wanting this game to succeed. It might not look like much at the moment but it is growing and it will be around.
I hope to see you out in the good ole frag land know as Quake Champions.
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