By Nate Parkes– June 5, 2012
Dear Double-Monster Format:
I have a confession to make. I can’t believe I’ve never told you this before; maybe I was afraid of what you would think, or that it would put too much pressure on our relationship. Even now, I’m afraid you’re going to freak out when I tell you this, but I have to get it off my chest:
You were my first, Double-Monster.
It’s true. Remember that Voltron event back in 2010? I was running Sky Sentinel and Voltron, and I hardly knew what I was doing? That was the first time I’d ever played a full game of Monsterpocalyse. Oh, I’d messed around with Single-Monster a bit, but I’d never gone all the way–not before you.
I’ve heard from a lot of other people that their first time wasn’t so good–that they were confused, or nervous, or overwhelmed. When I tell people that my first time was with you, they usually assume that was the case. I mean, you’re a lot to handle, Double-Monster–especially with a pentamorph. But that first time was magic. There was so much possibility–so many targets to pursue, so many avenues of attack. You made me feel like the whole world was mine to smash.
Of course, after that, I started playing Single-Monster. I’m sorry if that hurt you. Single-Monster was just so much more popular than you. I’m sorry if that makes me shallow.
I’ve had fun with Single-Monster, I won’t lie. Things are… simpler, I suppose, when I’m with Single-Monster. There aren’t as many ways to break a screen, and there are fewer threats to consider. Single-Monster makes me feel like I’m more in control. It’s… safer, I guess. There’s less risk of getting hurt–especially when I’m running healers.
There were times when I would be playing Single-Monster and I would look across the room and see someone else playing Double-Monster, and I would remember how you had made me feel, and wonder why I wasn’t playing you.
I never told Single-Monster this, but sometimes, when I was playing Single-Monster format, I imagined it was Double-Monster. Does that make me a terrible person?
I don’t care anymore. I’m ready to confess my love to the world.
I love you, Double-Monster format. I’ve always loved you, more than Single-Monster, more than Cowboys and Indians or Attica, or any of the other formats I’ve played.
I love you because you make me play Monsterpocalypse the way it was meant to be played: aggressive and dramatic, more focused on offense then defense.
I love you because you make the stakes higher. When I’m playing you, one careless mistake might cost me two forms–and that’s how Monsterpocalypse should be.
I love you because you open up more possibilities, more strategies, more risks and more rewards.
I’ll be honest: Single-Monster just feels a bit… used up, you know what I mean? God, that makes me sound awful. But everybody’s has played Single-Monster for so long, it just feels like there’s not much left to discover. But when I think of the almost endless possibilities that you offer me, I get excited again. I could spend the rest of my life playing you, and still not experience every possible combination. With you, each new matchup is a surprise.
I can’t promise to be exclusive to you, Double-Monster. I’m not that kind of person. But I did want to tell you that you are my favorite format, and you’ve always been. If I could only be with one Monsterpocalypse format for the rest of my life, it would be you.