How to begin your competitive gaming team
Photo credit to Troy Gillis
- Establish the game
- The game that you choose to play should be one that is known inside and out. It is highly important that you know every aspect such as characters, builds, and matchups before going head on and facing tournaments. A good way to do this is to watch streams as well as guides specifically made by professionals. The pros will be the most up to date on efficient strats. Youtube vods of professional games provide a strong idea of what the current meta is since competitive games are ever-changing each patch, and the meta only gets farther the longer you don't play. This idea also goes for coaches or someone who is analyzing how the team should play. It's very helpful if there is someone who is the fanatic that looks up everything needed in order to succeed.
- Know your role
- The position that a player takes is a specialized craft which should be something not only they enjoy, but that can bend to their will. Roles break off into various sub categories but it is crucial to know what the role is supposed to do and how to min/max and economy and damage that the role has to offer. If the player is a mid, make sure that they have the ability and knowledge to check the map to rotate and communicate with the jungler. If someone is the support, then don't be afraid to make calls or initiate fights. It all depends on what the team's decision is as well, but this is something that should be known or a target to learn before jumping into competitive play.
- Find your group
- The team that you play with should be on that isn't just skilled, but also cohesive. A team that works well together is miles better than teams who have skilled players, but can't communicate. This is the difference between a ranked player and a highly competitive team. The skills are still neccesary to make sure that you sharpen the blade on at least a weekly basis.
- Possible ways to get a team is to ask around in ranked play. There are definitely people that are fun to play with, so go ahead and ask them if they would like to. There are also multiple LFT threads on reddit, or other forums to spread the word and find teams that are looking for players.
- Get scrims
- Scrimmaging is highly important because it allows your team to practice in a competitive setting. This is also where you can test various strategies that may or may not work on the battefield. It is highly important to find a scrim partner or someone to improve with on a regular basis because challenging each other is the best way to improve. It shows your weakenesses as well as where each players' strengths may lie so that the team becomes a single unit to swoop down and take objectives/kills. You will most likely see that partners in tournaments and it will often result in getting better than competition who hasn't been practice which makes for a better team during the competition. Just make sure to not get lazy at all because once a team falls into a comfort zone that is where they are least likely to succeed.
- Have fun
- I know this last tip may seem cliche, but it is the #1 priority of any professional gamer. The reason we play these games is because we ENJOY them and not to consider it a boring job. It is an actual career, but we should be doing it because we are passionate and want to succeed. So long as the desire to keep going, no matter how long it takes then the skill will come overtime. Competitive gaming is about consistency, and dedication. So long as those you love that on part of the game, even the victory and can dredge through hours of practice even though you're getting bored make sure that you still give it your all and the rewards will come in time.
So that's it guys! It is something very important to myself and the rest of Sanguine that we can help any teams thrive and grow to their max potential which will make for better compeition and a better industry for everyone!