How to Avoid Avoiding: 5 Steps to Mentally Break into eSports

What is it that has kept you from pursuing an eSports career or persevering in ranked up until now?  Are you afraid you aren’t good enough?  Are you too annoyed and worn out from dealing with trolls?  Or do you simply not know where to start?  Fear, moodiness, fatigue, and not knowing what to do […]

Go beyond “Great job!”: Make your praise praise-worthy

July is all about esports coaching! Read on for some tips to help your players play at their best. You’re watching your team compete. A late-game fight breaks out and your players perfectly focus target after target, leading to a clean ace that ends in a victory. As you meet up with your players, you […]

Navigate SoloQ Anxiety with these five cardinal points

Imagine you’re sitting at your desk, hovering over the play button. You check your friends list, and see nobody online. You hesitate to press play. You start to worry if you’ll have a good experience. Maybe you won’t have someone who can play support, or your teammates aren’t as skilled, or you will get players that refuse […]

Got Grit? A Farewell to the Frag Dolls

  Do you have what it takes to be the best?  Are you prepared to work hard and stay focused, even through the inevitable setbacks on your journey to the top?  Can you dedicate yourself year after year to becoming the champion you know you can be? Let me put it to you this way… […]

Taking off the Rage Glasses: How to Stop Anger from Losing you Games

In my last article, I introduced the concept of two mindsets. A growth mindset allows a person to steadily increase their skill. To review, some of the hallmarks of the growth mindset are accepting criticism, seeing obstacles as challenges instead of threats, and embracing that the success of others is not a threat to ones’ […]

Wrecking Ranked Rage – 3 Steps to less anger in soloq

When I first started playing video games I didn’t think of people raging beyond my brother’s efforts when he played Call of Duty. The amount of console controllers that met their demise are innumerable, along with the rants that were laced with colorful language as my parents banged their feet on the floor as a […]

3 Keys to Ranked Mindset: Face. Figure. and Fight.

Did you know that holding a pencil between your teeth could make you a more confident player?  Or that your posture could be contributing to increased stress while you play?  We have all heard the phrase Mind over Body, implying that you can better your physical being or performance by having mastery over your mindset.  […]

Learn to Press Play: How to Worry Less and Grow More!

You are staring at the post-game lobby. Your team’s Caitlyn fed the enemy Katarina 6 kills. Katarina spiraled out of control and dominated your entire team. Sitting there, demoralized, you wonder what the point of playing solo queue is. Will it ever get better? Why bother playing? How you reflect on our wins and losses dramatically […]

Five steps to rev up your soloQ rewards — and motivation!

Using rewards to keep yourself motivated.  It makes sense.  You do something well, get a pat on the back for it, and then you will want to do it more…right? Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that you have tried something like this before, and it didn’t quite work out the way you wanted it […]

How To Fix Your Mindset: Defeating SoloQ Anxiety – with Freud!

“Hey, are you playing solo queue tonight?” That’s just a simple question from a friend right? Your problem is that this “simple question” has started you on a roller coaster of anxiety as you think about trying to move up the solo queue ladder. Bad memories come flooding back as you remember AFK’s, people raging […]