In summary, I'm looking for a game suggestions for a competitive game that fits these requirements. Maybe it doesn't exist.
- Fast Matches - <20 mins (on average)
- Active community
- Interesting Meta game
- Strategy dominates twitch skills (Not twitch based shooters like COD)
Background - I used to play tons of COD with friends. I never was a big fan of the game, but I loved team matches and had a blast especially with Domination and Headquarters. I still think those games are great but I've long since tired of shooters and don't have the reflexes I once had.
I have played tons of Hearthstone (although I believe Duelyst is the best), but want a competitive experience like that, but that has a team element. I thought that Atlas Reactor would be the perfect fit, but just doesn't seem to have a large enough fan base (same issue with Duelyst) to support the competitive environment I'm looking for.
I have tried the MOBAs and I won't rule those out, but it seems like matches are too long and there are not enough interesting decision points along the way and game were determined by twitch skills over strategy choices.
Character shooters like Overwatch I have also given a shot, I like them, but they don't seem to hold up for me, again they reward fast skills over strategic ones (I think maybe am wrong, make the case).
If I were to describe this Holy Grail I'm searching for it would be like this :
- A metagame like Hearthstone, where tech choices before a game starts can really matter
- A team co-op experience like MOBAs where good coordination beats micro
- A gameplay loop that feels like playing Civ on steroids, forced to making interesting and important choices regularly
I have an old PC but ran Heros of the Storm fine when I tried it. Also have PS with PS Plus and an xbox but haven't had Live in a long time.
I have tried lots of things Duelyst actually was the closest fit (if it was 2v2 and real time I think that'd be it, but not a large enough community (unfortunately). I have thought about trying more board games online, so maybe something there, I do love the couple of plays of Gaia Project I've been able to do.
Thanks in advance.