I honestly don’t mind them. I’d rather have funny/impressive GIFs than people linking their shitty deviantART projects, tickrate circlejerks and people complaining about hero balance which hardly matters in pub games.
To clarify: I don’t mean the game is perfectly balanced but people are just copying what pros are saying. The power level of certain hero’s is vastly different in the competitive scene
When they make megathreads like those I find myself only visiting the subreddit once a week to see the megathread, scroll through a couple pages of nonsense to find any gems, and then ignore the subreddit for the rest of the week. I basically only ever visit this subreddit for the Teaching Threads and sometimes to browse the new section
I don’t visit this sub nearly as often as the HS sub for example. They’ve mastered the art of shitposting to perfection so that’s always fun.
Especially with Overwatch and to a lesser extent HotS I also feel it’s tough to really discuss strategies. Yes, you can talk about comps/counters/maps/shortcuts etc. But in pub games a lot of the time the player with the better aim/APM will win. Doesn’t matter if I know the map better than my opponent, if he’s better and faster at making headshots he’ll probably kill me first.
At a certain point discussing the strategies doesn’t help you much since those strategies become baseline strategies to highly skilled players. I already get how different/niche team comps can completely wreck a meta-based team, when to get camps, the timing of objectives, how to play on certain maps, etc. etc. But at a certain point if the other team wins the more important teamfights, no amount of strategy can help you there.
That’s why I enjoy the teaching threads so much. There’s plenty of lower level players with legitimate questions that aren’t so easy to find answers to — and it gives me a chance to ingrain those strategies into my baseline by teaching them. At a certain point you really have to put in the effort to understand some of the playstyles and strats of this game — which a lot of people simply don’t care enough/don’t have the time to do.