Since the latest patch, you’ve added in a new “feature” to ping your target to all players on your team. This needs to be removed immediately. Did you really think adding a way for a player to distract, annoy, and spam all players wouldn’t be abused like crazy?
I think I’ve played 40-50 games since the patch was released, and I’d say 90% of those games were FILLED with some annoying twat constantly spamming targets. It’s even better when 4 or 5 of them all decide every target they paint needs to be spammed 10-12 times, producing 50-60 ‘pings’ and also filling up the chat making text communications impossible (though I suppose this could be alleviated if you added voip, but not the annoyance). I think I’ve now played 5, maybe 6 games where the above wasn’t taking place, and people were actually using it reasonably and marginally effectively.
There are only 2 scenarios where this “feature” should be allowed:
1. You are the Captain and most definitely SHOULD be able to paint/prioritize targets.
2. You are in a squad, and your pings ONLY ping to your squadmates.
Aside from the above 2, this crap needs to be disabled/removed, or at the absolute least, reworked.
As for how to rework it, I’ll suggest the following:
Add a damn option to ignore/disable this entirely. This is stupidly annoying enough to make me stop playing entirely. It’s like you wanted to give 12 year olds the ability to aggravate everyone around them.
Change the ping to be one ping only Vasily (per target), and add a 10 second cooldown on subsequent pings.
Make pings ONLY ping to your squadmates. Honestly, this “feature” if not abused makes co-ordination much easier in a squad, but until you add Corp battles, it’s just spam.
Allow pings ONLY in Recon and limit the ability to Captains only.
I realize your intention with this “feature” was to try to enhance co-ordination, communication, and teamwork, but the implementation was poorly thought out and actually has the opposite effect by allowing massive spam and annoyance/distraction to all players.
I’ve since begun reporting players who have been target spamming, and I urge ALL players to do the same. Sadly, you’ll have to wait until after the match is over, but the chat remains, so you can at least still see who was being a twat.
I’d have less of an issue with this whole thing if the Ignore function actually, you know, ignored them, but it doesn’t.
Please devs, disable this for now until you’ve reworked it so 12 year olds can’t abuse it to spam and piss off everyone in the game.