Resource: Anther’s Ladder (Super Smash Bros.)

Anther's Ladder, Smashladder
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Throughout many of our blog posts we constantly talk about getting the right type of practice. This has included tournaments, online or in person. Training partners or teams. We’ve even talked about ranked match making, and the usefulness we can obtain from that.

For the Super Smash Bros.  players, we want to introduce Anther’s Ladder. Smashladder.com is an incredible website dedicated to matchmaking. It’s completely free and gives you the ability to match up with players that are in your skill bracket. Your able to ensure that you get a solid connection as well, so there is less guess work.

We absolutely recommend using this website for tournament preparation, or just overall skill building. They have a great community and everyone is willing to give advice. Also, the added ranking system (bronze to master) really helps you build confidence, and make you feel like you’ve got something to play for. Of course, it’s not all about points. You should always be trying to get your best practice for tournaments. But it does add an extra layer.

We whipped up a quick tutorial for you to get started right away.

Lose The Battle, But Win The War

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Before you dive into this blog post, I would like to tell you something, that you may not know or may not have been told. YOU are AMAZINGSKILLED, COURAGEOUS, and VALUED.

Not because of your wins or losses, social stature or your expertise.  No, you are all of the above because you choose to compete. You go out and test your resolve; mentally, emotionally, and socially time and time again. Take this moment to reflect on all of your experiences. Think about those hard fought games, the ups and the downs. The way they made you feel during and after. Think about the way people reacted to those games. Really put yourself there again. Now think about the people you’ve met. Your training partners, your teammates, your friends.

All of these experiences shape you, and drive underlying motivations for why you compete. But there was a time before you had all of these motivations. However, you didn’t let that stop you from competing. So what is stopping you now?Continue Reading–>

Foundation #1 – Technical (Hands/Eyes/Mind)

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In our last post Enhancing Your eSports Mindset, we briefly touched on the topic of practical improvement. In that section we spoke about what we believe to be the major foundation to your performance and improvement. We broke it down into three categories.
One – Technical (Fine Motor Skills, Hands)
Two – Meta (Strategy, Game Knowledge)
Three – Mindset (Emotions, Confidence)
You must have equilibrium with these three things if you want to be successful in eSports. You won’t be able to perform if you don’t know the buttons. There is no way you’ll be optimal if you don’t know the ideal strategy and, the first two will suffer greatly if you aren’t in the proper mindset.
For this post, we are going to hone in on the most important of the three. Technical (Hands, Eyes, Mind)

Right Place, Right Time, Every Time

Have you ever watched a grand finals set in Super Smash Bros. Melee? Watched the stock counts go back and forth so rapidly, with so much precision from both players with both characters. Executing their flow charts and situational kill options without a blink. Thousands of dollars on the line, sponsors that need results, people screaming behind them. Have you ever wondered how they can be so consistent each time?Continue Reading–>

Site Update: Player of The Week

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First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who visits the site and keeps up with our content. We are constantly working to bring you new and exciting things! With that we have made a few updates to the website and created a new initiative that we are incredibly excited about.

Website Updates

The very first thing you will see is the switch from just the blog posts, to a static homepage. This gives us something to update frequently while we are in between writing breaks. For the time being we will be sticking with the default WordPress theme, but in time we will be bringing a huge aesthetic update as well.

At the very top of our homepage you will now see a section titled “Player of The Week”. This is the new initiative that we have created and the first step into the future of Free Agency eSports as a whole. When we first created this website, our goals were a little different than they are now. Right now our content is largely focused around improving yourself as a player. But, the original intention of the site was to create a platform for ‘Free Agents’ to get exposure, and to provide teams a place to find talent.

This is a return to that form and original goal. The improvement content will continue and is the meat and potatoes of the site, so there is nothing to worry about with that.

The Purpose

Our goals and intentions with this new initiative is to have you submit your clips, screenshots, stories, etc. to us. We will highlight our favorite from the batch and place it at the very top of our site with links to your social media and the rest of your content. We not only want to help you grow from a skill perspective, but we also want to help you build an audience and a platform.

All you have to do is click the ‘Submit’ menu button at the top of our homepage, fill out the form and we will receive your submission! We want to grow our community, and give everyone the opportunity to shine. So join us in this endeavor. Thank you.

Update 8/6/2018 – Recovering From Illness + Live Podcast

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I would like to give everyone a brief update regarding the recent past and near future. As always I want to thank everyone for tuning in and keeping up with the site. Bringing you evolving premium content is incredibly important to us. This site is also a very large passion to create and improve.

With that out of the way, the last 2 weeks have been very difficult due to a compound illness that I contracted shortly after coming back from a birthday vacation. What I believed was a simple cold that was only going to take a few days to recover from, became a bacterial infection that required antibiotics. Those antibiotics are all gone now and I am back to 95% at the time of writing this.

Now that I am better I have exciting news! The equipment required to bring you a live podcast has been ordered and is on it’s way! We will be streaming at www.twitch.tv/freeagencyesports. The date and time will be announced on our twitter. We will make improvements every episode to bring you great content. Also we will be bringing you more written posts this week, so stay tuned for that! If you haven’t already had a chance to read our last post you can find it here! If you’d like to hear our last podcast you can find that here!

Get updates on twitter at https://twitter.com/FAgencyesports

Thank you

 

Welcome To The Site!!

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First and foremost thank you for visiting this website. I would like to use this first post as an opportunity to introduce myself to you. I will attempt to make this concise since this websites main focus is not on my personal activities.

I have been competitively gaming for over a decade and have done pretty well for myself. I can’t say that I have won any major national tournaments but I definitely created a name for myself in my hometown. Mainly spending most of my time in the Fighting Game Genre. Though I have competed at a high level in MMO’s and MOBA’s as well.

With my desire to improve and lack of consistent practice partners, in 2013 I set out to start a company to help fix that. Not just for me but for others as well. That company is celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary today. It’s successes will eventually be archived in a few posts later on this year.

While pursuing both of these endeavors I have gathered a lot of knowledge about building scenes, improving as a player and relationship building with organizations. I will be offering everything that I know, and all of the things that I learn in this new endeavor.

Thank you for coming to the website. Consistent updates will take place on the format, appearance and overall site quality as time goes by and there will be post updates to reflect that as well.

Thank you.