Now it is official.
The next session I play will be the one when I pass the 1000 hour mark and never did I expect to spend that much time in a game with such a focus on PvP. I bought Battleborn for the story missions, because that was what I exclusively played during the open beta and where I had plenty of fun with trying out all the characters I managed to unlock while it was active.
During the first few weeks after release I found some people I knew from reddit in public story missions and somehow ended up playing a few PvP matches with them and had more fun than I thought. I had already unlocked Deande by then, I had her at max rank and almost had her lore finished (playing with Ambra was the only one missing and she was really hard to find at this time), but my teammates didn’t trust me enough to play anything else than a pocket Miko for the Galilea on the team. In hindsight when I look at my loadout at this time: The distrust was justified.
I solo queued on weekends to be able to play Deande without having to worry about being kicked from the lobby, I had fun with juggling Boldurs and Montanas and I had a few proud moments with her, but I never was someone who stood out with her. In all honesty, Ambra is the only character I could play even when I was the only non competitive player in the lobby - everyone else was pretty much useless in those games. My Deande is and always was hobby-grade level, but she is the character who kept me playing and I still enjoy tinkering with builds for her and trying out different things (with exception of Ground Zero). When our tens started to have more players who aren’t in one of the EU countries I started to experience connection issues which sometimes made playing Deande a real pain. On some days I was just proud of staying in single digit death count and had to apologize for being completely useless when the game looked like that for me:
Still, I didn’t give up on her. I played and recorded a few matches when my connection wasn’t as bad as the clip above and for the special milestone, I could make another montage for the one character who is special to me:
I also want to use this post to just say thank you to @Nemosis327: You’ve been a big inspiration and help for me to become one of the Deande players who are (at least sometimes) trusted enough to make her kinda work even against the worst counter comp imaginable. You spent more time I could’ve ever asked for to analyse some of my gameplay I showed you and gave me some useful hints. Watching your videos and streams showed me a few things I could implement into my own gameplay, reading your guides also helped me tremendously. You also were the one who brought me in contact with my Ambra mentor and turned me into someone who once got a very surprising private message with “How in the world can you carry a match as Ambra???”. Thank you for the help to improve my gameplay. Without you I probably would’ve stopped playing out of frustration a while ago.