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We all know that online and offline play can be radically different. So much so, that some players refuse to play online at all. Rather opting to practice in person, even if it is at a lower frequency. However, we don’t always have the opportunity to play people offline or play the right people offline. In instances that we are forced to get our practice online, there are adjustments that we must make to feel confident in our next tournament or LAN performance. Let’s go over a few things that can help you get the most out of your online practice.
Let’s go over all the things that we hate about practicing online.
Varied Skill Level ✔
Queue Times ✔
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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–>
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“What the f*#k are you two doing?”
The year was 2008, the game was Halo 3, and one of my best friends and I were at our local LAN center playing in the iGames 2v2 circuit. The circuit consisted of 500 something teams from 200ish different LAN centers all over North America, over 6 weeks or so. It was $10 per man each week, and top 24 went on to playoffs. The settings were jank, and our luck had run thin. Our first match of the day was against one of the better teams from our own LAN center. If we lost, we were out for the season, and we had just gone down 0-1 in the series. Our cash, our pride, and our fledgling reputations were on the line. Stepping out in front of the store, the two of us had all but given up on ourselves.
We didn’t go to school with these guys, we were unknowns, nobodies two 15 year old Randoms. All the other teams knew each other, and everyone was watching to see what would happen here.
Were we good enough? I bet they think we’re trash, and we just got smoked on our best map, how can we come back on our worst two?
The thoughts kept pouring on during our break between games, quickly going from bad to worse. Our salvation came from the least likely source I could ever imagine.Continue Reading–>
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I was recently asked about my training regiment, and how I practice playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Though I’ve played many titles in the past, this is the current one that I am focused on. I wanted to take this time to share with you an example of my training.
I’m not going to dig deep into all of my tournament placings and moments. So treat this as an informal post if you will.
I have been steadily proving myself in my region, now placing top 3 in our weekly tournaments for the last 3 weeks in a row. Without too much context, let’s just say I’ve surprised a few people. (Even myself at times lol)
I don’t have an abundance of time to practice these days, so I have to make my practice really count. Sometimes I will only get an hour or 30 minutes a week. This time constraint has driven me to name what I do, “Precise Practice”.Continue Reading–>