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Why do dbd players hate meta builds so much?

I frankly cannot stand the absolute hypocrisy and whiny complains of the dbd community of killers and survivors running pure meta. Ruindying, UB+DS+DH+BT, etc. People will see these builds and scrape their eyes out screaming in pure agony like they've just witnessed some form of eldritch torture. Its genuinely extremely pathetic how some players cannot handle even the most minor amount of effort from the other side. "Sweat" is a constant entitled pejorative we use against anybody who is trying even remotely hard to win. If you've ever posted a clip of yourself using ruindying or DS+UB the comments will just be flooded with complete brainlets crying about your build, despite the fact you likely never acted in a toxic manner in the clip. Why are DBD players so against people having fun with their strongest builds?



  • InspireInspire Member Posts: 123

    Same reason why people hate survivors that sit on gens, or killers that tunnel off hook.

  • RaSavage42RaSavage42 Member Posts: 3,227

    It's because that team is meant for killers (and some survivors)... even though it's a both sides issue

    "It's the same 4 perks" or "every killer camps and tunnels" "gens go to fast"

    Even though it might be a higher skill thing (I am not apart of that)

    But the use of certain perks/playstyles create the use of other perks/playstyles

  • dspaceman20dspaceman20 Member Posts: 3,444

    I think its because of these. If you notice all of these perks is mostly ment to counter the most effective strategies both sides have.

    Survivors gen rushing and killers tunneling.

  • FrenziedRoachFrenziedRoach Member Posts: 2,585
    edited August 2021

    It's not a DBD thing, you see this in other games as well.

    What it gets down to is there are certain players who can't adapt. And rather than actually putting in some effort or just plain old accepting that sometimes they're just going to get their ass handed to them, they deflect their shortcomings on to other.

    Quite frankly, most of it is just a case of "I can't accept it's my fault, so I'm going to blame the meta built or this tactic being used"

  • bibibib8bibibib8 Member Posts: 844

    Because its the same meta for years now. The dev have no intention of mixing it up they said that in a Q&A some time ago

  • gilgamergilgamer Member Posts: 1,922

    Because playing meta in dbd is easily the most boring form of dbd like how genrushing and tunneling is boring as ######### to play against. If people only played meta this game would die within a month.

  • RenRenRenRen Member Posts: 1,124

    well for survivor perks you literally get rewarded for bad thing rather then good things besides bt SOMETIMES. As for killer it's not fun to see the exact same build over and over and over again even if it does have counterplay.

  • Aven_FallenAven_Fallen Member Posts: 11,549

    Why do you bring up High Level Play? The Killers complaining about it are not even at High Level Play, including the popular Streamers complaining about it.


    It is pure hypocrisy. It is fine to run strong Perks, even tho I personally think, some Killers dont need to go over the top with their Builds. Like, a Blight does not need Ruin/Undying/Tinkerer, Blight is strong enough to be played with no Perks for the most part. But personally, I have more problems with that being Slowdown-Perks than being strong Perks, since I use strong Perks as well on all of my Killers and my Survivor Build is also full Meta.

    I also doubt that Killers who complain about Survivor Perks will not use them - at least the majority will also use DH, despite complaining about it, as an example. I dont think that Killers who complain about the Meta will use Deja-Vu and stuff like that when playing Survivor and Survivors will not use Monstrous Shrine when playing Killer.

    Like, there is a German Streamer with over 10k hours. Horrible dude, complaining when he gets a 3K (which happens rarely, since he is really good at Nurse and plays her most of the time and only uses the most broken things on every Killer), especially complaining about BT and DS, despite him tunneling all the time. And when he plays Survivor, he does not use those Perks, but uses Plunderers Instinct to get a Key every game.

    Which is like...eh. Even worse in my opinion.

  • Kira4EvrKira4Evr Member Posts: 1,643

    I wouldn't say that I "hate" meta builds. I just dislike them because they are so boring. And they are boring because almost every player uses a meta build in my experience.

  • ThiccBudhhaThiccBudhha Member Posts: 5,844

    They are mad jelly of my Hawaiian BBQ stacks.

  • FobboFobbo Member Posts: 441

    If you play games optimally and trying to win you can quarantee some salt

  • Duke_RagereaverDuke_Ragereaver Member Posts: 210

    i personally dont mind meta perks, just ignore them dude, the majority of the time its just salt that they lost anyways, or its a toxic streamer telling you in front of a group of people that you are basically trash because you use iron will sb. stupid ass ######### regardless considering that guy was also using iron will, but its not a crutch meta perk when he uses it oddly enough.

  • truegod_10truegod_10 Member Posts: 393

    I personally dont mind meta perks, but if it is obvious the other side is playing sweaty then I will as well.

    I think most people dislike people who play the game super efficiently (tunneling, meta perks, gen rushing, etc...) because it makes the experience less fun when you are on the other side. However people are not going to play how you want them to.

    I think people also dislike meta builds in particular because they are so common to go against. It makes the gameplay a lot more stale when you vs the same perks all the time or feel forced to play the same perks all the time if you want to win. This is mostly due to the lack of any system (like a point system) that encourages running varied loadouts, in addition to how few actually great perks there are (especially for killer). People dont feel rewarded for running other perks, or they see other people have success with certain perks and do it themselves (similar to how everyone switches to the new meta gun in warzone after buffs/nerfs go live).

  • Entity_Lich94Entity_Lich94 Member Posts: 306

    Its more to do with that fact they end up being the only thing you ever see when you get to high ranks and it just becomes really stale and boring after seeing it over and over again. With that being said alot of those who do complain most likely do the same thing themselves so I do agree alot of people are most likely hypocrites with this topic

  • SeraphorSeraphor Member Posts: 3,000

    Because it's boring.

  • lordfartlordfart Member Posts: 538

    I feel like DBD by nature of being a pretty intimate game with you having to invest a decent amount of time into a session, it leaves more room for people to fester and stew over mildly annoying things lol

  • The_KrapperThe_Krapper Member Posts: 2,182

    Because they're all a bunch of cry babies, like adult children that feel entitled, run whatever you want its just a game as long as you have fun it doesn't matter what you do , this community is filled with some of the biggest whiniest people I've ever seen it's gotten to the point where I make them mad on purpose hoping they'll realize what a little ######### they sound like

  • NaigEtaripNaigEtarip Member Posts: 60

    Long ago, might find the quote if necessary, i read about how players always strive to find the paths of least resistance.

    Essentially if a game has the paths of least resistance to be unfun, it's bad design.

    Unfortunately it applies to Gen-Rushing, Tunneling, Camping... as most of the time these strategies block/deny the opposite side of displaying competence and they don't require much competence either on their respective role.

    Now wanting to influence others' to behave a certain way is the opposite of what should be done, as exploiting those paths or suggest changes to devs should be the way to go in my opinion.

  • GhosteGhoste Member Posts: 1,516

    A huge part of the fun in this game is the variety. It's not fun playing against the same builds match after match. I don't even mind the meta - it's the stale perk pool that bothers me. And on top of that, certain Killers have kits that just don't work with most of the perks, so their options are even less diverse to begin with.

  • TacitusKilgoreTacitusKilgore Member Posts: 1,381
    edited August 2021

    accidentally made a comment on this thread instead of another, ignore this comment

  • DouubleYouDouubleYou Member Posts: 28

    Ego is a big factor too. I feel like the survivors that complain about the tinkerer, ruin, pop, corrupt etc are the same ones that run BT, DS, kindred, dead hard etc. Their ego's are just hurt that their meta perks didn't win against the opposition meta perks.

  • TunnelVisionTunnelVision Member Posts: 1,310

    Because games today are so full of try hards, people forget to have fun and must use the best build at all times.

  • AlohaSnacBarAlohaSnacBar Member Posts: 64

    I really just expect it now. So I'm kinda over getting upset about it if they wanna sweat hard that's fine I'm just gonna practice on things I need to improve on at that point.

  • TurboTOneTurboTOne Member Posts: 185

    I personally hate using Meta Perks. I Love experimenting around with Perks. The Problem is, the other Side doesnt. You just want to try out some fun Builds but you are not gonna have any fun with it when going against a Ruin Undying Tinkerer Blight. It seems like the only way i can have "some" fun, is by bringing Meta Perks so i get a chance of playing the Game. Yes i rely on Second Chance Perks. Because some Killers dont leave me a choice. DS doesnt activate if you dont tunnel me, and im not using Dead Hard. If the Killer wants to Slug at 5 Gens, Unbreakable it is. And because im getting left on Hook by my Solo Teammates till i hit second Stage, i bring Deliverance.

    Im not doing it to be Toxic, but to have a chance of playing the Game, Cause i keep Ranking up and go against Red Rank Killer even though im ######### as a Survivor.

  • MdawguMdawgu Member Posts: 388



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    1. the state of not flowing or moving.
    2. "blocked drains resulting in water stagnation"
    3. dead by daylight when every match feels identical
    • lack of activity, growth, or development.
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  • ZarathosZarathos Member Posts: 1,738

    You've got a wide expanse of cool perks that just aren't good enough. So they don't get used. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of killer and survivor perks that are straight flexible and always strong regardless of how they play. Like most people I would love if we see a perk get pushed in terms of power for a week or two. Small tweak's to numbers just anything to bring in these perks that can add some spice to dbd.

  • SPADESinstSPADESinst Member Posts: 65

    I'm not even gonna lie. I'm literally just not good enough to start messing around with perks and finding good combos on both sides. At least for now. I really only been playing this game for like what...4 months with 400 hours(but half of it is because I leave the game open sometimes)? I rather just take my time learning how to be better at the game with whatever meta perks I feel comfortable with using before I feel like I don't need to run them all the time anymore. I'm not really a 'sweat' but just a casual player. I don't really care what anyone else runs either.

  • SnowbawlzzzSnowbawlzzz Member Posts: 1,121

    Same mental fatigue that affects MOBA players, tilt. Meta builds & combos coming up repeatedly in a pattern of losses cause an increasing level of spite towards the tactic.

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