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 AMAZING, SKILLED, 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–>
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–>
In almost every blog post we have written, you will see that we always address the reader’s experiences in eSports, as a journey. Although, ‘trek’ might be the more accurate term. Finding a career in eSports is not something that will happen over night. Becoming the best at a specific game also, won’t happen over night. The truth is, becoming a professional in anything takes time, and effort. Unfortunately for competing in eSports, there is no traditional path. Every great player’s success story is different. For most of the G.O.A.T’s, eSports was still in pre-infancy. It wasn’t like it is today, with thousands of teams, broadcasts, and content to consume.
Luckily for us, eSports is getting to it’s prime position. Growing, evolving, and becoming more and more studied along side traditional sports. For us, we have the advantage of coming in with a different mindset. Unlike the previous greats, we are able to see the obstacles in front of us, light at the end of the tunnel and a small window into our dreams. Idols to look up to and emulate, and trophies to win. We have the assurance to know that our ‘hobby’ can become a career. All we have to do is go beyond a competitive mindset, and enter into an eSports Mindset.Continue Reading–>
Earlier this week we published a blog post detailing the benefits of alternative practice. This practice took the form of studying film, or reviewing your own game footage. In that post, I gave my best tips on how to do it, and showed how important it is to add to your practice routine.
The voice you just heard is legendary NBA Player Kobe Bryant, talking about the purpose of watching film, or re-watching your game. Reviewing game tape or film study has always been a foundation of the repeatable success formula in traditional sports. Whether it’s after a loss, a win or even just preparing for the next game. Coaches and teams have been reviewing games forever. Even if it was just on a chalkboard with some x’s and o’s. You can go to YouTube and listen to coaches explain in great detail how they KNEW their play would work based on things they had seen in the film room. When we see it for the first time, we may think it’s luck or just a great play. But the level of preparation is literally game changing.
eSports has identified the enormous benefits of film study and incorporates it at the highest level in all team games. Counter Strike, League of Legends, Dota, Starcraft, you name it. Individual players who perform at their highest level also incorporate film study into their practice routines. This incredibly powerful resource is an enormous tool for illuminating blind spots in your game, growing your game sense and understanding on a micro/macro level. Continue Reading–>
As with most competitive sports in life the window to compete is finite. Unfortunately even something like gaming, which is known to be mentally arduous, can also be physically taxing as well. Due to that well known fact it is tremendously important to value your time. This seems incredibly obvious, but I’m sure you can recall a moment where you lost all track of time and found yourself hitting “next game” all the way into the morning.
Gaming is peculiar in regards to the time that can be spent playing with relative ease. In traditional sports, more often than not, your body will be the first one to tell you that it’s time to take a break. If you overdo it you run the risk of injury. Based on the severity of that injury, your efficiency can be greatly reduced, even down to zero. The risk of injury is one of the main reasons practice sessions are typically only an hour or two at most. Another reason is because efficient learning is most often done during small incredibly focused activity stretched out over a large period of time.
Our first exposure to gaming plays a large role in how much unconscious time we can spend playing competitively. Think about the games that you played growing up. How did they change as you got older? My first taste of gaming came from games like Dr. Mario, Bubble Bobble, Tetris. Then I moved to Zelda, Metroid, Mario Bros. etc. After that I moved to sports titles, Madden, 2k, and after that, fighters. Our progressions may not be the same, but I’m sure they are similar with a lot of people. At least for the first two genres of games.
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!