Everyone knows the feeling of being labeled the “team noob” or getting insulting messages after a match in their favorite video game. It even happens in real life competitions as well. Of course, there’s only so much a person can take.
This is totally understandable. First of all, it’s not common for anyone to just be a natural expert at something. And sometimes it’s not even a matter of practice. Just look at the world of competitive sports. Practice alone doesn’t make a star player. Strategy and skill are both necessity in order to the rise to the top!
Honestly, the same is true when it comes to video games. Single player games can be mastered easily enough through mere repetition. Platformers, story focused RPGS, and action adventure games like Uncharted or Prince of Persia are prime examples. When it comes to competitive multiplayer titles however, there are so many varied scenarios from one play session to the next that experience and practice will only get you so far.
With that said, it’s still useful to start with the basics and work your way up. With that in mind, here are some of the most essential tips for improving your skills in competitive video games:
Put In The Work
You can never rise the ranks without some effort being put in! If you want to get better at video games, it’s going to take some time and effort. You won’t wake up a complete pro one day; you have to put the hours in order to master all of the basic skills necessary to compete.
Despite skill not being the only factor at play, you’ll always lose more often than not without it. If you aren’t routinely outperforming others in your team on multiplayer games or winning more than you lose in head to head titles, you need to dig deeper. By simply amassing more experience, you will be well on your well to leveling up your own skill.
The main difference between professional gamers and casual fans is the time and dedication put in. If you aren’t prepared to practice and seven study, perhaps video games should only be a hobby for you at best.
Learn Only From The Best
Do everything you can to surround yourself with the very best players. Take stock of players you come across that seem to rank highest and send them a friendly message. See if they’ll add you to their friend list and engage in a friendly conversation with them. Merely being humble enough to ask for pointers will net you a wealth of useful information that you can use to improve upon your own strategies and skills.
Of course, you can even find potential mentors outside of the game. Online forums like those found on GameFAQs, GameSpot, Giant Bomb, or even Kotaku have large communities where the most dedicated game enthusiasts all come together to discuss game mechanics. Official publisher websites also tend to have dedicated forums, and you can even check out content aggregate sites like Reddit for even more insight. More than likely, many of the pros in the scene for each game probably use these same platforms for information. They may even be members themselves. Beyond that, you should also scout online tutorials on Youtube or major Twitch streams; in many cases, these may actually be generated by the professionals themselves.
Go Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Beyond just playing as often as possible and learning from the pros, you also need to challenge yourself. If you want to rise in the ranks, you’ll need an all-encompassing knowledge of the game. With this in mind, get out of your comfort zone and play classes or characters you don’t usually feel drawn to. Ideally, you should know every single role in the game inside and out. This will make playing against others far easier in the long run.