For the past 10 years, There has been one game on top. Grimwatch, a unique Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) today, the long anticipated game “Spellcasters” finally releases.
Kugo Oh, a first year junior high student was a top player in Grimwatch, He retired three weeks ago to prepare for the launch of Spellcasters.
Beside him, his best friend Kaito Saita, a first year junior high student. He is also an exceptional gamer.
As mentioned before, Today is the launch of Spellcasters. Kaito and Kugo are at an internet cafe getting ready for it to drop.
Spellcasters is a fast-paced 5v5 elemental multiplayer online battle arena where players wield melee weapons and harness elemental abilities to capture objectives and defeat their opponents. Matches typically last for 15 minutes, during which players aim to capture two zones - both worth one point. Players accumulate points for their team through kills and objective captures.
Within the game of Spellcasters is a character build system. Each player will build a character to their specific playstyle and needs. There are 8 elements: Fire, Ice, Wind, Lightning, Dark, Energy, Poison, Earth. Each element has 50 abilities. Players must choose 9 of those abilities and the 10th selection must be an ultimate. There are archetype abilities such as;
Burning attacks, Explosive attacks, Area denial attacks, Control and Debuff attacks, Supportive attacks. These archetypes would be based on certain elements.
“The game of the future”
“I’m going to destroy everyone in this game.” Kaito said while refreshing his browser, anxious to download the game.
“I’m excited to try something new!” Kugo remarked.
After a long wait. The game finally downloaded, The player base jumped largely only being out for an hour or so.
Kugo clicked on a tab of the game that said “customize” He made his character a tall man with black disheveled hair and a face mask. He instantly got started on his fire character build. There was a variety of weapons to pick from.
A sword, a long sword, a spear, a large hammer, double daggers, and a glaive which is a long pole with a curved blade at the end.
Kugo selected the glaive, it intrigued him the most. He assumed that the glaive would be the easiest weapon to use with his character build that was great for closing distance.
After a while of Kugo and Kaito customizing their builds they finally got into a match.
“Does anyone have microphones?” Kaito asked the team. No one responded except for one person.
“Isn’t there an age limit on this game?” The person questioned.
Kaito ignored him, he was obviously poking fun at Kaitos age. He sighed and looked at Kugo.
“I’ll follow you, hold my right angle while we grab the “A” objective.” Kaito said.
Kaito and Kugo sprinted together to the “A” objective.
An enemy appeared in front of them, Kaito quickly sliced the air with his sword causing strong winds. The enemy withstanded the attacks. Kugo leaped into the air and swung his glaive.
The enemy launched electricity out of his sword, hitting Kugo further into the air. Kaito dashed to the enemy and swung his sword. The enemy blocked his attack and kicked him.
“Don’t worry Kugo, he’s mine!” Kaito shouted.
Kugo landed on the ground and spotted another enemy approaching behind the original enemy. Kaito is too distracted fighting the original.
Kugo stammered to get a word out, he wanted to say watch out but he wouldn’t have enough time.
Kugo ran towards Kaito.
Kaito swung his sword at the enemy again. The enemy blocked it. Kaito backflipped and fired short blasts of wind out of every direction knocking the enemy back.
“Kaito!” Kugo shouted.
Kaito looked back at Kugo who’s running towards him.
“Behind you!” Kugo shouted.
Kaito looked back at the enemy, Instead of just one there are now two enemies standing side by side.
Kaito slammed his desk, he sighed and looked at Kugo.
“How’d you let him sneak up behind me Kugo!” Kaito yelled.
“It was an obvious bait, If you didn’t push up when I got knocked back we would’ve both been alive right now.” Kugo said.
“You better kill both of them, Don’t tell me I died for no reason.” Kaito said.
Both enemies rushed after Kugo, one swung his sword while the other shot a chain of electricity.
Kugo’s eyes widened.
He ducked underneath the sword swing, He then used the bottom of his glaive to knock the enemy off his feet. He swung his glaive sending the first enemy into the air.
Kugo stood frozen, He had no idea what he’d do next. He gripped his mouse in confidence.
Just before the chain of lightning reached Kugo, he dashed to the side and struck it with his glaive causing a burst of electricity knocking Kugo back a little bit.
The other enemy quickly appeared in front of Kugo.
The enemy swung his sword, Kugo ducked underneath it. He swept the enemy off of his feet and launched him into the air, with both enemies in the air Kugo knew he had already won.
While both enemies floated back down to the ground. Kugo charged his attack and performed a critical fire attack. Incinerating both enemies.
“I killed them both, didn’t I?”
After many games of similar outcomes, Kugo’s ranks soared to the top achieving him the coveted “Legend” rank. Kaito struggled to even play in the same matches as Kugo. After a couple of weeks Kaito and Kugo’s rank disparity was too high and they could no longer play the competitive game mode together.
“It’s your fault! All you do is bait me to get your kills!” Kaito yelled.
“Sorry Kaito, I’ll play by your side in the game more.” Kugo said.
They played another game and the same result followed; Kugo on the top of the leaderboards leading his team in kills, Kaito at the bottom of the leaderboard leading his team in..deaths.
“That entire game you did nothing but bait me for your kills!” Kaito whined.
“I don’t even know why you’re playing this game, you’re so bad!”
“Why are you blaming me? You walked to your death every round..” Kugo said.
“You know what.. If I want to get better I can’t play with a trash player like you.” Kaito said.
Kugo’s heart sank, was he really a bad player?
“It’s best if we stop playing together.” said Kaito,
“What about our dreams?” Kugo asked tearfully, “We were supposed to go pro together!”
“It’s not worth playing with someone that doesn’t know how to win with his teammates.” Kaito said.
Kugo looked at him. Sure, Kugo was selfish but he never meant to make it seem like he was purposely being selfish. In Grimwatch each team had a player they could rely on as the carry of the team. Kugo was so used to playing that role that he didn’t even think about working as a team in Spellcasters. That’s when it clicked for Kugo, teamwork was essential here. But Kaito had already made up his mind.
“I’ll make sure you never touch the pro league, this isn’t Grimwatch. You can’t carry every game.” Kaito said,
“You’re a disgrace to the future of this game,” Kaito said, truly angry at Kugo and the circumstances.
“And if you even try to form a team, I’ll crush them and show you what real teamwork looks like.”
Kaito left the party,
In honesty, Kugo wasn’t trying to bait anyone for his kills. He was simply playing the game the only way he knew how. Now it has dawned on Kugo, he can still be a good player and help his team. He vowed to help his team as much as he could while still being a good player. Kaito on the other hand vowed to destroy Kugos dreams of going pro.