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Teabagging: Tactical or Classless?

That moment when you get killed in a game fills you with disappointment. That pixelated life, so memorable, so filled with adventures once had and now cut so short by that of another player.

As you look at your digital corpse upon the screen only to find your death was the least of your troubles. You see the player that killed you hovering above your corpse. What are they doing hovering above you?

Dread washes over you as you look helplessly upon your corpse as the player begins crouching up and down in that oh so horrific situation. That is right. You are being teabagged.

Nothing incites anger in an esports competitor like being teabagged. Teabagging is the act of crouching up and down upon another player in an attempt to simulate the dropping of testicles upon said face and or mouth in a display of dominance.

Typically this is done by killing another player and then celebrating your triumph by showing said, other player, that you are alive and they are not. That they are now helpless to prevent you from mocking them by disrespecting their corpse.

Teabagging…but Why?

What is the reason someone could possibly have for teabagging someone? How could someone think to disgrace the articulate sportsmanship and high competition standards that we all hold so dearly in the video game world by such a crude action?

Well, this is situational of course, but… in many cases, because it is funny. Not usually funny for the person being teabagged of course but rather funny in the responses that can be elicited from said action.

The Taunt

The act of teabagging is a blatant taunt at your opponent and is considered quite disrespectful. It could be that the person was dominated in a certain situation or that it was an extremely close exchange which was barely won.

Just like scoring a touchdown in a football game and having a celebration in the end zone. This is just another form of celebrating…with digital balls…on your opponents face.

Let’s be honest here. Taunting is nothing new when it comes to any form of sports since taunting your opponent seems to have been a part of competition as long as anyone can recall.

The difference in this particular arena is that your opponent is not directly face to face with you. You more than likely have no means in which to communicate with them. But yet…you wish to get in their head. To intimidate them.

An intimidated opponent is a weaker opponent in many cases. They are not performing at their best ability because they for some reason or another have become intimidated by you via the teabagging. Thus taunting them can force them to attack you and instigate them further.

They don’t want to get killed by you because they know that you will ridicule them further. This can result in pushing them from playing it safe to charging into danger, using super moves or abilities at a bad time to go all out. You made them play their hand.

The Mind Game Expanded

The taunting and intimidation factor is not the only reason the employing of teabagging is used by many players. There is an actual psychological portion of this gaming playstyle as well. The act of teabagging an opponent itself does not necessarily incite all of these emotions into a person, however, certain circumstances can have a greater impact on an opponents psyche then they might even realize.

A person being killed by an opponent happens all the time, and they will generally move on to the next opponent. Yet an opponent who is killed, and then teabagged, will then react differently one would expect. They will want revenge upon that person who teabagged them. In the back of their mind, they now cannot let this person defeat them again because they know the end result will be more bagging.

Upon the next altercation with this individual and the recognition that this was the opponent who teabagged them will change their typical rules of engagement. This causes hesitation, doubt, fear, and other emotions in order to try and defeat this opponent. The change in tactics however in order to accommodate this opponent has already done its damage. Your opponent has gotten into your head.

The pure act of teabagging your opponent after each successful kill can result in them changing their game plan from a smart and steady to a play style which involves rushing in furiously, guns blazing, directly into your trap. This is where a successful psychological game plan comes in.

They are no longer thinking tactically but playing your game now, based on what you wanted them to do. They might have abandoned their well thought out plans in order to get revenge upon you for teabagging them. They might ignore their team and the objective in order to pursue that revenge to their own detriment.

Bad Sportsmanship and Bad for the Team

Teabagging is an accepted and common practice within esports of all types. It does not come without risks of course. Even in tactical situations, it is sometimes considered rude and over doing it can become a problem. If you are consistently teabagging players you are not able to play at an optimal level.

You are in many cases exposing yourself and position to the other team for reprisal. This can be used in a tactical manner if you have your teammates awaiting the situation, but in many cases, it may just expose you to enemy retribution and give your position away.

This is extremely prevalent in team based esports. In these circumstances, one must always remember that they are not just impacting themselves and their direct opponents. They are also impacting their team.

Your teammates may not appreciate your overuse of teabagging or the forced taunts you are using against the other team. If you are exposing yourself to enemy fire or putting yourself in bad situations constantly to teabag, requiring them to then bail you out of the situation, this can begin to cause a rift between you and your team.

This is why it is important to keep in mind the type of team dynamic that is in place and how they feel about the tactics that involve taunting and exposing one’s self to psychological mind games verse their opponents. A teams strategy must coincide with the mind games that are being played and tactics one intends to use.

Types of Teabagging

Now just because the act of tea bagging is just crouching up and down on an opponent does not limit the ways in which this can be done. Based on the type of esport that is being competed in can change the type of teabagging. Let us discuss the types of teabagging and where the tactical uses come into play.

The Standard Bag

You have your standard teabagging which is just a player crouching up and down. Typically 2-3 times is a sufficient bagging for most players and then they move on. This action is typically performed on a corpse of a player or a downed opponent.

Excessive bagging occurs when the player continues to teabag until they have a reason not to. For example, in a first person shooting game, an opponent may teabag the corpse of their downed opponent until that person’s teammates arrive.

In this situation, the downed opponent may not be able to respawn until either the round ends or they are revived by their teammates. This person must sit there watching the screen of their corpse being teabagged ever so gloriously.

However one cannot forget the golden rule of teabagging, the longer the bag the more the risk. The longer a character is concerning themselves with teabagging the longer they are opening themselves to a counter attack.

The Quick Bag

The quick bag is the most common bag and is just performed as fast as possible when finding a downed opponent. You don’t want to take the time to mock and waste position time for opponent recourse.

It is important to you, however, to make sure that opponent gets teabagged and they know it. A very good taunt in which you get the point across and are not exposing yourself to the consequences.

This particular taunt is also quite effective to be used in fighting games on a downed opponent in between combos or when they are laying there unconscious if you want to add that extra salt in the wound. Making them extra salty for sure.

The Slow Bag

Much like standard teabagging but this is just being very slow with the up and down motion. Different than your standard bag and quick bag in terms of the risk applied to it and thus its effectiveness.

You are deliberately mocking your opponent and letting them know you have time to mock them. When performing this bag it expresses that you are in no hurry and there is nothing they can do about it. This is typical in many MMOs like World of Warcraft where you are waiting on them to resurrect so you can kill them again.

This bag method is very risky in most first person shooters because of the time it takes you away from the action and the chances of someone stumbling you in the process to exact vengeance upon you. However, when one chooses to slow bag that opponent after a marvelous headshot, it is spectacular and quite satisfying.

The Group Bag

It clearly is exactly what it sounds like, a group teabagging. When one or more teammates teabags an opponent and thus the result is a group bag. Tactically you are as a group and therefore have the power of numbers on your side if opponents were to launch a counter attack.

One should not get cocky in this particular situation however because this can get your entire team killed by a well-placed rocket or grenade. Whenever teabagging as a team, one must utilize caution and remember to watch the back of your teammate’s sac.

The Drive-By Bag

This particular teabagging is rather infuriating and can only occur in multiplayer games. The drive by bag occurs when a person who literally had nothing to do with killing you runs up from seemingly nowhere and tea bags you.

Tactically this is a great taunt because the person who got teabagged might be even more infuriated than usual for being mocked by someone who had literally nothing to do with their demise. It’s a quick way to get someone worked up in a team game without doing the work yourself

The Ranged Bag

Finally, we have the ranged bag which is primarily utilized in fighting games as a method of taunting your opponents. This type of taunt is a staple in mostly all fighting games and many professional esports competitors base their playstyle upon it.

It is just the act of crouching up and down away from your opponent and daring them to make a move. Fighting based games are highly psychological so this type of taunt is extremely effective if done properly.

Recently at the NorCal Regionals a player by the name of Victor “PG Punk” Woodley utilized this strategy to devastating effect to gain first place according to Kotaku.com claiming himself to be the “alpha” of teabagging.

He went toe to toe with other teabagging professionals and reigned supreme. Victor is a staunch defender and self-proclaimed teabag master utilizing this ranged bag technique. Allowing for his opponents to grow angry and take advantage of their mistake.

Why Teabagging Matters in esports Betting.

The discussion of teabagging has been very enlightening I am aware but it actually has some rather important things one should consider when placing their bets on particular esports. Many players base their actual play styles around being able to teabag an opponent because they utilize the psychological aspect greatly in certain games.

This is very prevalent in fighting games, especially where the person that usually gets the starting combo will chain these together into a vicious onslaught their opponent will not recover from. These games utilize the concept of cat and mouse and a players ability to mess with their opponents to push the wrong button at the wrong time could mean the match.

This type of taunting is the backbone of many play styles and certain players utilize this method to great advantage. However, teabagging has sparked debate in many fighting communities and in an article from January on Eventhub.com the discussion became real.

There was talk of teabagging becoming banned for the Killer Instinct World Cup which brought outcries from many. In the end, teabagging remained a part of the tournament and it was joked about by the organizer claiming to be a trolling of the teams, but this brought about serious questions to be had, especially when considering who to bet on.

What if teabagging were to actually become banned from certain tournaments or if there were penalties incurred like football touch down celebrations? If there were team penalties imposed by just one player teabagging.

This would definitely have an impact on how you would bet regarding certain players or teams. One thing is for certain is that esports is an ever evolving beast that must be closely followed and will only continue to experience continued growth and change.

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