Why Do I Play Better In Practice Than In Tournament?

eSporst Practice Competition Training Learning
Reading Time: 8 minutes

You’ve prepared all week for your next tournament. Doubling the amount of practice time. Putting all your focus into your sessions. You’re killing it. Winning matches you thought you would lose, making plays you never thought you could. You’re ready.

Your name gets called for your first match and you are brimming with anticipation. You know this player, and you’ve beaten him in the past, and you’re ready to put all this hard work into action. The first match starts and mid way through you notice that you’re missing things that you weren’t missing in practice. Things aren’t going as smoothly as expected and your self-talk is kicking in.

“Why am I missing?”

“Ugh, how did I let that hit me?”

“Come on, focus.”

Luckily you win the match, but it definitely didn’t go the way you thought it would. I mean, you spent all that time practicing, and this first rounder almost beat you. Now the thoughts are flooding in, and before you know it, you’ve lost your next two matches and you’re out of the tournament.

So how does this happen? How is it you can play so well in practice, put in so much time, and still under perform?Continue Reading–>

eSports Film Study (Reviewing Film)

Chalk X's and O's
Reading Time: 5 minutes

The Purpose of Film Study

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.

In eSports

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–>

Playing the Meta Without Shame

Fork In the Road
Reading Time: 7 minutes

As you continue down your eSports journey you are inevitably going to come to one of many forks in the road. On one side of the fork is having fun, being comfortable, expressing yourself, and most importantly not conforming. On the other side of the fork is Playing the Meta. The latter is most often perceived as slaving over the same character in every single game, running the same strategy in every single game, or abusing the tier list.

Using this analogy it’s of no surprise that people can struggle with this choice. Fortunately for us, our journey isn’t that black and white.

 

Defining Meta

Meta

At this point in time “Meta” is a familiar concept with most, so I won’t spend too much time defining it.Continue Reading–>

How to Get Good 202: The Method

Fighting
Reading Time: 7 minutes

In Part l we discussed the basic concepts that in order to get good, a player needs to resist stressful situations (successfully or not) in order to adapt to them, and that is best accomplished by focusing on specific elements (or fundamentals) of their game play. We concluded that resistance must be combined with specifics, and be done frequently (resistance + specificity + frequency = adaptation), in order for the player to progress. Now in part ll of this series, we’re going to illustrate the method in which a player can use these basics to begin improving right away.

As a brief reminder, in part l we also talked about the fact that matchmaking is chaos, with a lot outside of your control, and that both getting good, and the method revolve almost exclusively around manipulating the things you CAN control.

So without further ado, let’s dive right in.

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How to Get Good 101: Introduction

Chess
Reading Time: 3 minutes

In a previous episode of The Canal we flirted with the idea that in order to get good, you need to get structured. In today’s post we’re going to start you on that path by introducing the basic concepts behind progression and structured environments in e-sports.

It’s no secret that resistance to stress makes you stronger, the act of overcoming or trying to overcome a difficult challenge begins to force your brain and body to adapt, to get better, stronger, faster, smarter. Following this line of thinking, it makes sense that putting yourself in these scenarios yields results, and that putting yourself through these scenarios more often will lead to faster results right? Continue Reading–>