Spirit wrote: CoolGuy wrote: Spirit wrote:
You have to laugh at statements on here that say medals bring kudos and show your skill.
mini bases have loads of medals but no skill as they attack little bases.
many players dump medals so low medals does not imply anything.
It reminds me of youths feeling "on trend" by tucking undone laces in their trainers. They feel big and important, while everyone else laughs at their foolishness. Think medals, think laces.
If you have skills, then why do you need to dump medals? It's because you are incapable of taking on people at your level, so you artificially lower your level to get easier matches. Medal dumping = cowardice.
You have to look at why people dump medals Coolguy. For example, you mention I should be able to take people at my own level. Well as a recent lev7 with lev6 troops it would be nice to see someone at my "own level" to attack in pvp. All I see are higher level bases with 4 shields, 2 dekas and sonics. Others have similar issues.
For normal pvp, I dont mind being outmatched and enjoy the challenge, but if doing the odd conflict, I would like to win more PvPs than I lose, so will dump a few thousand meds before I start.
medals mean nothing to me and lower medals certainly give fairer matches, but never players lower than me.
And for those who think I am wrong to dump medals. I am a casual lev7 most troops lev6. I have not unlocked shocks or decimators or any elite troops. Dumped medals down to 14.5k. Just managed first attack of this conflict, against reb called Bikilefi, Squad same name). Prestige base, prestige walls, 4 shields 8/9, 2 dekas, full quota of turrets ( lev8 and lower). Traps everywhere, inc drop traps and rancor trap. I managed 79% but only 1 star, could not get hq and I cannot destroy traps.
Those who say players like me have it easy, you have no idea.
I was not going to get into this discussion, because it's a waste of time. The OP only asked what was medal dumping, and I think he already got the answer.
Medal dumping, sandbagging, mini base are a way to play SWC when you know the game well and how matchmaking works, so the way you play SWC is a problem for each one. And each one must play as he sees fit.
No. Medals are not proof of ability. Having as many medals as possible is only evidence that you play SWC for a long time, gained many attacks and/or many defenses. Many medal capped players have my respect because I know they play the game at serious fighting the tougher rivals, but I will never play SWC thinking of medals like I played on Windows.
Medals would be proof of skill if there were no Dev bases, sandbaggings or mini bases. On Windows we did not have Dev bases, just real rivals and if you were below level 10, all you would face were rivals 2-3-4-5 levels above you. I remember attacking HQs 5 with my Imperial HQ 10 on Windows not because I liked it, but because most of the time it was just what I had to attack, either that or CNFOs. I reached 45k medals. But as Rebel HQ 6 I was forced to attack HQs 9-10 and be attacked by them all the time regardless of the number of medals I had for that base.
Today, in addition to my two Prestige bases, I have a mini Imperial HQ 6 (2 turrets level 1 and no traps) and a Rebel HQ 6 maxed out, and just because of that, the rivals for that base were HQ 7 and HQ 8, for about 5k medals. What did I do? I reduced medals to 500 and went back to facing HQs 6 again.
If you are HQ Prestige with a powerful Armory, then medal dumping can be considered cowardice as CoolGuy stated because there is no one above you. But if you are facing rivals 2-3 levels above you it is dumb to keep medals when you know the impact they have on matchmaking.
In addition, a game that takes medals into account to set rivals when there are so many ways to fool the matchmaking or get medals is stupid. Win a defense and you can win twice as many medals as if you were winning an attack!
My Imperial Prestige base was attacked 4 times in a week, 3 of the attacks were medal dumpers! One of the defenses gave me 41 medals. I do not give a shit about medals, but I stopped dumping them when I started to win more medals winning defenses than winning attacks. I realized that was pure waste of time. But each one plays as he thinks fit.