(Disclaimer: the original post was taken down due to "not encouraging conversation," but after talking with others, I decided the post has some valuable criticism about the game, the full version is on my profile, I made this post to ask for others' perspective) SSM has been part of my life for years, almost 6 as a matter of fact. I currently stand at 1998 wins out of 4956 games. Pretty lackluster. I plan to retire tonight once I hit 2000 wins. Its been fun but also an addiction and a plague. What is the purpose to play, to win?, because it is fun?, to make friends?, those questions have plagued me and I wonder if they have plagued you as well. Here are three main problems I have with the state of SSM and how they are negatively affecting the game. However the verbal abuse soon came into play, my reason 1. I have heard people state the ssm community is a great group but the only difference I see is that there aren't guilds going to war with eachother each match, verbally it is the same. By 2020 I had reached my prime as skelehorse and creeper, Every time I dared to beat a zombie or skeleton, id get yelled at "cleaner," "creeper main," "coward," "worthless," why? because I dared to outplay them. The skeleton and zombie mains who used to dispose of all the kits who lacked any range and caused many players to drop the game are now rallying against the melee renaissance, I have heard threats of a creeper nerf constantly and I don't plan to adapt to it. When I dare to hide behind a tree to not lose 7 hearts before I reach one of these clowns they mock me. I have even had players who blatantly state they will target me for running creeper or horse while gleefully laughing about it. would boil reason 2 down to myself, I only get 6cps, my mouse is cheap but no matter how hard I try I cant break 6.2-6.4. I hear of 8cps and 12cps constantly and wonder how that could be legitimate, much like sports I simply was not born to do this. I also have an abysmal aim making me incapable of being one of the community. My cps is not good, I dont have a good arena IQ, and my shifts are slow. I was not meant for this competition, i could only imagine the nightmare of ranked ssm which basically the community unofficially made. I lack the skill so I gravitate towards kits that utilize the little skill I have and that should be 100% accepted as these kits help expand the community and enfranchise new players and verbal abuse and blatant targeting simply kills and stalls the game. Reason 3, the soft teaming plague. In over one fourth of matches parties cozy up to each other through either soft or blatant teaming. One will attack while the other will watch, and they will tag team so it does not look like a 2v1. This strat can be fair when one player has a life advantage it is always parties doing it, I know my experience differs from most the community but this I can assume everyone has been through. The only solution I can think of is not allowing parties which would raise a firestorm or add an SSM duels version where it is only 1v1's and no smash crystal. But that would require development and ssm is no longer the juggernaut it once was for the previous reason that the skeletons and zombies domination lead to an insane skill curve leaving only an niche and extremely competitive community which is blatantly hostile. I was considering linking screenshots but I will not cite any names as this is not a hitpiece but an expression of an experience. It is all in the past, but the past is in me, I still think of future kits like in 14 like ravager kit and evoker kit and polar bear kit that would add more dimensions to the game and shake up the meta. But the appeal of 1.8 reigns supreme and development is expensive so I doubt those kits will ever be realized. I can never undo the 6 years I spent here, but I hope my input can influence the next 6 years. I will remember this game as a microreflection of life, competition, victory, defeat, success and failure. Tonight I aim for my 2000th win and bid ssm farewell, may the community prosper and hopefully one day, rise again. Please respond with your takes or experiences and give the poll a visit.