Team atmosphere – Coach-athlete relationship

A team of five players is directionless. They practice badly, they can’t seem to be motivated, they fight amongst themselves, and their play is very inconsistent. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes they lose horribly. Then suddenly, a magic change takes place. They seem to all align with the same goal, and their play reflects the drastic change [...]

Training effciency

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training." ~ Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC eSports is especially vulnerable to ineffective training. Most professional athletes or elite performers in traditional sports don't spend a lot of time playing pickup games in the lot on [...]

Team atmosphere – Competition versus Mastery

I see a lot of misconceptions about talent in eSport. Recently coaches and analysts have been trading athletes away who have reached their “talent cap." You talk about how older athletes lose out in skill matches to younger ones. During the League of Legends offseason prior to the 2015 season, many managers are nervously assessing promising, [...]

Team atmosphere – When players don’t click

Fans of sports love to talk about team atmosphere. When drama from the locker room spills out onto the playing field, spectators and commentators alike spawn countless theories about who started what and how it affected the match. In 2002 an analysis of many studies done in team-sports finally revealed a conclusive connection between a [...]