Originally posted to the subreddit under Developing VerminSkills: Notes from Someone Still Learning.
TL;DR: Development comes from lots of playtime and can be accelerated through additional means of learning.
I’d been sitting on this post for a while, but eventually decided there was never going to be a point in my development where I’d ever feel qualified to post it, so posting it anyways.
As someone who, over the past couple weeks, has had to relearn how to play Vermintide from the ground up, I’ve found myself compartmentalizing my development, and how to better fast track my “VerminSkills” and growth as a player.
There’s obviously no one way to grow, so this is just what’s helped me thus far.
This post might get a bit lengthy, so I’ve broken down these points into things that can be done in game and out of game.
GENERAL DISCLAIMER: I strongly believe you’re not going to learn much if you don’t have fun. If it’s not fun for you in some way, don’t do the thing.
Play Games, and Play a Lot of Games
One of the best ways to get better at Vermintide is to just play Vermintide. And play Vermintide a lot. This can be quick play, modded, bot solos, true solos—whatever you find fun. What constitutes “a lot” is variable and there’s no real time mark to see development. If an hour every other day is your limit, do that. Play what you can, when you can, and make sure it’s enjoyable for you.
Play Challenging Content
One of the fastest ways I saw improvement for myself was playing stuff I died miserably on. Are you struggling with figuring out QP pubs? Start doing solo queues. Done too much solo QP and struggling with teamwork? Play Onslaught. Finding Champion too easy? Play Legend. Work to challenge yourself until your challenges are less challenging. Then find a new challenge.
I’ll be the first to admit that these are not for everyone because they can be lonely and boring; but I found really drilling down and doing isolated practice in modded realm with creature spawner and spawn tweaks helped a lot in helping me understand how to react in certain situations or better hone in on my weaknesses (like pajama parties ). This also gives you a safe environment to practice weapons you might be rocky on and learning combos without fear of failure and judgment in pubs.
I think as anyone can attest, people in the Vermintide community love to help and teach. But ultimately, much of your own learning and play style will come from you experimenting with different things and learning what works best for you. If meta says one thing, but you prefer another, do the thing that works for you! As a player, you can only grow from self-discovery, your successes, and your failures.
OUT OF GAME
Watching Others’ Gameplay and Analyzing Their Decisions
(Also happens in game when you die. )
Vermintide 2 has created an explosion of content from players with a wealth of knowledge. On Youtube can find anything from Legend pub runs, to true solos, to modded difficulty duos. Find someone’s play style you like and admire, and spend some time watching and learning. Usually, you’ll have a knee-jerk reaction somewhere and think, “Okay I would have done X here, why is this player doing Y instead?” Spend some time ruminating on that, and see if you can come to a conclusion on why that player did things the way they did. And when in doubt: ask!
Vermintide has a bunch of discords, a subreddit, an official forum, streamers, and people who generally just really love the game and teaching. When it comes to learning, I take the route that “there are no stupid questions, and the only question you will come to regret is the one you never asked.” So go out, seek answers about what confuses you, and see what advice you receive. You may get a ton of variety, but now you are equipped with knowledge to test and try out (see point about “experimentation” above).
One of the best things about this game is that people you meet in-game or in the community are generally willing to share knowledge. If something clicks and you’re willing to learn and the other person is willing to teach, you wind up with someone to proverbially “hold your hand” during the development process. Whether that’s someone introducing you to your first legend run, your first hypertwitch, or someone devising very creative ways for you to repeatedly die in game, having someone (or multiple people) guide you on your path to development is a huge boon.
What’s helped you in your growth as a player?