13 Deadly Sins In eSports
We’ve talked sometime about being successful in eSports… What about all the things that can go wrong, in a career, and how to put the best foot forward, concerning your eSports career? We have identified 13 different ways to fail at eSports. You should see them, in case you are making any of these mistakes, and hurting your game! We have compiled this list to help players recognise errors in their game and fix them. Do any of these deadly sins apply to you?
Lots of players are good at making excuses for their play. They blame something or someone for their shortcomings when they lose, it always has to be for a reason, which doesn’t have anything to do with them. These players are very bad losers and even worse winners, as when they win, the opposite occurs and it has to always be about them. Don’t bother trying to play with this kind of toxic player, they are going nowhere. Good players look inside to improve their game and work as a team to fix leaks or to create and choose strategies.
One of the worse kinds of player is the cry baby. They are so caught up in the game that they forget themselves and get super emotional when they lose, especially if it is a big loss, like at the grand finale, they will burst into tears when they lose and it’s pretty tough for everyone else on the team. Other players might say “ehh, you OK?", but really nothing can console a cry baby. It’s funny to realise that even professional players can be cry-babies if they are pushed and stressed hard enough. You need to build a mental shell of resilience and not cry like this after big losses, because you’re not helping!
Ahh the rager, everyone has experienced this kind of player. They want to win so badly and they can’t see long term, always willing to dish out advise buy never takes well to being given any. When a rager makes a mistake, it’s the end of the world for them. They hate losing and also have a tendency to be a cry baby. Ragers are so emotionally invested in the outcome of play they lose their head a lot. Finding it hard to get along well with other players because they are like, “Wtf is this guy on”.
A lot of players like the idea of having a team, especially a professional team, though they are unwilling to go through the grind of doing what it takes to take it to the next level. A lot of action is required to make something like this work, people have to come together, it has got to be organised. Some players really love the idea of having the team, but are unwilling to take the actions necessary to turn the dream into a reality, by organising teams and players, managers, teams and players. The best leaders are high energy and high impact.
- Lack of Research
If you are trying to run a professional team, you need to have professional plays. This means that you need to jump on the net and research a lot of different styles, tactics, strats and game styles. Some of these you will find useful and can pass onto the team, whilst others will come naturally so you can make your own. Important to mix things up and have the right balance of defence, aggression and protection in your strats, to have a wide variety of intelligent plays to move into game with, so you can handle a wide variety of gameplay situations. Never underestimate how important research is to your potential success as a team or individual player.
- Circle Jerking
Everyone likes playing with friends, though the very best teams are groups of professional players who have come together to make something bigger and better than themselves. The best players can play with anyone, respectfully, recognising and adapting to suit the other team members style. If you can’t get along well with different types of people, you won’t get far in eSports because you may be required to change teams on the fly, adapt to playing different strats and styles and working together to achieve unity.
- No Commitment
You need to have strong commitment to anything you do in eSports, including how you play. It’s easy to pick out players with no commitment… They never turn up to training, they are always making excuses and acting like they are better than everyone. You can be one of the best players in the world, but if you don’t have any commitment, you’re practically useless. How can your team win if you don’t show up all the time for practise and tournaments? You can have the best players in the world on your team but if they have no commitment, they will become useless and your movement will die early.
- Bad Communication
Some players get something on their mind, but they are too pussy or uncaring that they don’t actually say they have a problem. It’s true, sometimes bad communicators care too much, they don’t want to start a problem, they won’t arc up if they are being isolated and made fun of and if they see a problem they say to themselves, “no one is going to listen to me”. These players are generally talented at what they do, though the lack of communication or bad communication can slowly bring your team down and stagnate.
- Toxic Leadership
If you are the leader of the group, or team manager, and also captain. It’s important that you don’t swing your weight around too much, make threats, make people accountable individually and scream. The best way to approach being a leader is that you are just one of the crew, with a few extra responsibilities of leadership. It’s important that leaders reward team mates and speak of their success and growth. Showing that you care about what other people have to say is also a good strategy to promote involvement by all players and members.
It’s important to recognise when your eSports team needs to take it to the next level. You might need to do some research and network online. There is a point where you have enough traction to go for manager and sponsors and important to know when this is valid way to go about things. If you are winning all the time and you are getting lots of views on your streams and website content, this is what sponsors like. Always have a good pitch deck presentation that details your team before you approach sponsors and always know what you want in form of partnership. Make is real easy for potential partners to say yes and always be bubbly and friendly as well as professional when work needs to be done.
- No Respect
There are some kinds of people that just have zero respect for anyone or anyone else’s games. These people are great at picking out problems with other players games, but when it comes to them they can do no wrong. They are generally smart ass ignorant types that act like they can do anything, but fall short in the process. These are toxic players that destroy whole teams with the way the talk to people, give advice and approach leaders.
- Bad Judgement
Players that have bad judgment are the kinds that will make teams with all their friends and expect it to work out professionally. They can’t put two and two together easily and often have trouble organising people and arranging workflow. They will stick their neck out and make huge calls and overwhelm other players and leaders with no reason other than they feel they are right. With their approach to disrupting real leadership these players are never happy unless everything is their way, without actually saying why or giving reasons and have a tendency to act emotionally instead of professionally.
- No Belief
There are players who can win and win and win but when it comes to playing a specific team or player, they crumble emotionally and lack belief. You always need to believe you have a chance of winning pre-game, just because the other side has good players doesn’t mean they are unbeatable. If you want to reach the top then obviously, you need to believe in your game and that there is the possibility of beating anyone, even that professional team. Players like this need to have more belief in how they play and their team mates and work hard on becoming more self-confident and rallying around leaders.
By Joshua Forbes