Quite a while ago we published a blog post titled ‘Setting Your Benchmark‘. In that post we focused on General Benchmarking instead of Performance Benchmarking for eAthletes. Time, Motivation, and Ability. Those three aspects are the foundation for your career as an eAthlete. Without identifying your benchmark on those three components, you won’t even be able to get started. Although they help you get started, they don’t provide a continuation to your improvement. This post is going to focus on Performance Benchmarking for eAthletes.
Why is Performance Benchmarking Important?
As with all benchmarking, it’s crucial to know exactly what your skill level is. This helps you carve a path forward and set goals for improvement. Without it you can find yourself just hoping to get better by each game. Without fully understanding what it will take to improve. The improvement process can be incredibly ambiguous. Identifying even just one component you need to focus on gives you direction and motivation. Performance Benchmarking specifically helps you identify those components.
What Is Performance Benchmarking?
When we spoke about ability in our last benchmarking post, we focused on results more than we did specific aspects of the game you’re playing. Such as what rank you are, or where you place in tournaments.
Performance Benchmarking helps you identify your performance gaps. Where you are lacking, and what you need to improve on. The specific aspects of it vary depending on the game you are playing. They are broken down by identifying what are called KPI’s or Key Performance Indicators. All of these small components are what make up your overall performance and drive your results.
How To Performance Benchmark
As stated before this can vary depending on the game you play. However, it isn’t terribly difficult. Simply put it’s the process of breaking down the whole of your game into smaller pieces. Utilizing in game statistics instead of going off of a feeling. Let’s use League of Legends as an example.
In League of Legends there are many components to the game. CSing, Team Fighting, Vision, Laning, the list goes on. Let’s say you are an ADC and your win/loss is hovering around 50%. This is resulting in you being stuck in silver or gold. If we take the time to honestly analyze the portion we are accountable for, what can we find?
How often do we win our lane? Let’s say we win our lane 30% of the time. Okay cool, direct correlation. Increase our lane win percentage and our overall win/loss percentage will also go up. What does it take to win our lane more often?
If we exercise some external benchmarking, and judge our competition we can see that players in Platinum on average have X amount of CS by X game time. How do we compare in our CS to them? How big of a difference will that item spike help us in the lane and in the mid game? Improving minor aspects of your game won’t always increase your win percentage exponentially. Since you still have many other aspects in the game to focus on. However, focusing on one component, and becoming better at it will free you to focus on everything else. If you can guarantee within a small margin that you will always have the amount of CS necessary, then you have a much stronger base line for consistently improving in team fights. You also have a clear understanding of your power level when you have succeeded, or have been disrupted. That then translates to your positioning in team fights, and how far you can test your limit with your item advantage or disadvantage. Thus adding to the aspect of team fighting, which can be broken up into: ability usage, positioning, timing.
Putting it All Together
All of these KPI’s are what make the professional players professionals. They are the components that directly result in wins or losses. Using the example above you can see how Performance Benchmarking for eAthletes is incredibly powerful for improvement. The KPI’s vary between games, roles and situations. But just taking the time to dig deep into your performance will help you identify your opportunities and build strategies to improve. The best part is that most of this information is readily available to you. You don’t have to be a coach or an expert to simply put a few things together based on your statistics. As you improve you will consistently return to your Performance Benchmark and adjust or change it all together. As metas shift, balance changes, or you decide to change games, you will have to revisit it.
Then after compiling your information you will structure new goals. There is no perfect way to do this, yet. You can assign yourself grades from A to F. You can give yourself number ratings from 1-10. However you do it, it’s important that you stick to the statistical facts and not how you feel about it. I can think or feel that I am a great shooter, but if my accuracy is sub 50% then I am simply not a great shot. I can blame it on everything under the sun, but the fact remains that I have to get into the shooting range as part of my practice. Think about the key components that make up a successful game for you, analyze yourself and start improving on your opportunities.
Performance Benchmarking for eAthletes is just one piece of the overall puzzle. This can be applied to any and every game you have ever competed in. Do not let the simplicity tempt you to judge it’s effectiveness. Give it a try and you will notice a difference.