How do I Get Good at Esports?

by Phirex

Finally, esports are breaking through into the mainstream. Competitive gaming has been around for decades, but it is only relatively recently that esports have started to get really big.

Lots of people are likely to be getting into esports right now, but while many of them are easy enough to pick up and play, they tend to be surprisingly difficult to master.

So what do you need to do in order to get better at your chosen esport?

Get the right equipment

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The right equipment is vital – Credit: Unsplash

It might seem like an obvious place to start, but making sure you have the right equipment is a key thing to do if you are serious about getting good at esports.

PC players ought to consider investing in a gaming mouse and even a mechanical keyboard. It is surprising what a difference these peripherals can make to how good you are at esports.

You might even need to upgrade your PC itself, or certainly parts of it such as the monitor. Upgrading the storage space available is also a common move for esports enthusiasts.

It sounds silly but the right chair can be crucial too. Getting good at esports requires a lot of practice, so you need something that is going to be comfortable to sit in for hours at a time.

Select your chosen esport carefully

There are plenty of esports to pick from, so try a few out before deciding which to focus on.

New esports are also coming out all the time – 2020 looks likely to be dominated by upcoming Riot Games release Valorant – so you might want to pick one of those to get an early edge.

Players have previously adopted new games like Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG for short) to propel themselves forward in the world of esports.

League of Legends, Dota 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive are among the long established esports and, as such, they have large player bases that have a lot of experience already.

If you are struggling to make any real progress on your chosen esport, just switch to another. You need to get a lot of enjoyment out of your esport, as otherwise you might get sick of it fast.

Practice, practice and practice some more

There are not really any shortcuts to success in the world of esports. Practice is the real key.

The more hours that you put into your chosen esport, the more your skills on the game will develop. Try out different strategies in order to work out which of them works best for you.

Game-specific skills should be worked on as much as possible until they become second nature. Players seeking to become better at esports should also take time to work out whether or not their chosen game has a ‘meta’ – a way of playing that usually results in success.

Once you have some confidence in your esports ability, enter tournaments to test yourself against the best. Then, if you have some decent wins, consider finding an esports team.

Watch and learn from the best esports players

You can find most of the big names in esports on Twitch.tv

Of course, you can also take inspiration from top esports stars to see how they play the game. 

But keep in mind that a lot of other people will be doing the same thing . You do not want to follow the herd as it will be hard to succeed in esports without having your own unique plans.

Most top esports players either have their own YouTube channel or they might stream live on Twitch, so there are plenty of chances to learn from the very best.

Following esports stars on social media could also allow you to pick up some extra expert tips.

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