I’ve been playing Marvel Snap lately, which is a sort of Hearthstone-ish card-battler, but the matches are a lot faster (which is great) and there’s no buying card packs hoping for good cards (which is also great).
Similar to Hearthstone, even though you battle other people, you can’t actually communicate with them outside of some pre-canned emojis and sentences. Of course, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and some gamers will weaponize whatever is available.
Stripped of all but the most benign communication tools, they still manage to make them feel they radiate with trollish aggression. It’s a little impressive, actually, like finding a way to make smoke signals seem petulant and mocking.
I had one fun interaction with a player where we played the same card at the same time, and then both did the Spider-man point meme at each other, which was awesome. But when I run into a player that immediately snaps turn one, and then starts spamming the grinning Thanos sticker, I’m thankful that mute button is so conveniently placed.