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Friday 29 December 2017
True competitors: Focussing on mastery and growth.
The 2017 BOO! Protea League of Legends team.
So often in esports,
gamers proclaim to one-and-all of their status as being of a
professional status. However, before claiming such, a gamer needs to
be a true competitor.
True competitors may
be found in either amateur or professional circles. Professionalism
is only an outcome of excellence – but that is another story
In my opinion, the
first step to become a true competitor is to focus on mastery and
In order to master
the game, the gamer must study the game, study games of others, read
about the game, and write about the game. The gamer must endeavour to
learn as much as possible about the game, every aspect of the game,
and every nuance.
But why do I
recommend that the gamer writes about the game?
Simply put, once the
gamer attempts to put down on paper what/he or she knows about the
game, he/she will discover his/her weaknesses.
Thus growth is part
and parcel of assuming mastery of the game.
knowing your weaknesses, can you grow. Growth is never easy as it
relies on you taking a hard look at yourself seeing your flaws and
working on them.
To grow as a true
competitor, you need to enter as many tournaments as possible, keep a
log of your performance, train productively, take the hard road,
listen to criticism, promote
an ethic of excellence in all situations, and
success with effort, improvement and meeting of personal goals.
is nothing easy about being a true competitor, but, if you do it
right, these ‘life-skills’ are transferable into your every day
life and will be of great benefit to you.