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Proper Smurfing Etiquette

The topic of smurfing is a controversial issue in the online gaming community. And yet, there are still gamers who continue to create smurf accounts to steamroll newbies, which is often considered as deviant player behavior.

And to some extent, it is also considered as a form of cheating…

But Jeff Kaplan, the game director if Overwatch once said, “Smurfing – and I know this isn’t what you want to hear – isn’t really that big of an issue…” He also stressed, “I know there is a very bad perception of smurfing. But the reality is, skilled players are moved rapidly out of lower skill situations…”

So basically, what he’s trying to say is that is the act of smurfing is not bad at all. You just have to follow proper smurfing etiquette to uphold the fairness of the game. And that’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s entry.

Playing For The Sake Of Good, Clean Fun

One of the biggest negative assumptions why some players create secondary smurf accounts is that they want to toy around with less skilled players. After all, it’s what Shlongor and Warp (progenitors of smurfing) did when they created their first smurf accounts.

But this is not always the case since highly skilled players just want to play the game the way it should be played, and yet they have a hard time finding other players who want to play with or against them because of their high ranks. Heck, it’s not easy to find a worthy opponent who’s willing to play with you if they know you have already mastered the game. That’s why they create secondary accounts to shun away the intimidation factor and re-experience the true essence of playing the game, and that is to enjoy it with other players.

Of course, the definition of “fun” may differ from player to player. But as long as you follow the smurfing etiquette of playing the game for the sake of good, clean fun (meaning, you’re intention is to enjoy the game and not to troll other players), then you are not doing anything wrong.

Avoid ‘Boosting’


Boosting is an act when you (a high level player) try to “carry” a low skilled gaming partner in a competitive play to help boost their rank. This is a big no-no when you do smurfing.

As an online gamer, you have to realize that a player’s ability to play skillfully in a game cannot be obtained through cheating.

Yes, you may help them to acquire some playing skills just by playing with them using your smurf account, but all the efforts of ranking must be done through their own initiative.

In short, you can help them become a better online gamer using your smurf account, but not to the point where you have to carry them in every competitive game. Every player’s rank must be rightfully earned.

Practice, Practice, Practice

And lastly, using your smurf account to devise new gameplay strategies is an acceptable smurfing etiquette. After all, it takes practice to master certain tactics and improve your character’s skill set even further.

As an experienced gamer you wouldn’t want to harm the rank of your primary character just because your plan had foiled, right? So using your smurf account to practice new approaches is always okay as long as it is done without malice or any act that might harm other ‘fair’ players.

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