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Got Grit? A Farewell to the Frag Dolls

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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…

Grit is a personality trait that lends itself to “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”  Scientists say that if you have it, you are more likely to do better in life.  To us, it means you might have a better shot at going pro or excelling in ranked.  At the end of this article, you can test yourself to see how gritty you really are.  If you score low, don’t worry.  We have a solutions for you there too.  But first we want to show you what true grit looks like. 

Few people have true grit, but for us ordinary folk, it’s encouraging to look at those before us that have overcome the same challenges we are currently facing. When we think of people in esport who are not easily overcome by setbacks, who persevere for their passion the face of criticism and doubt, and who dedicate months and years of their lives to proving that they have what it takes, we immediately think of one group of professional gamers in particular. Over the past 11 years, Ubisoft has recruited 22 of the top female gamers in the US, to “promote gaming as a welcoming and joyful venture for all.”  This team of women were the Frag Dolls.  As a farewell and thank you for their hard work and diligence (practicing sometimes 17 hours a day) we have highlighted 5 Frag Dolls with grit, to help keep you motivated and inspire you to follow your dreams in competitive gaming.


Girls who Got Grit

Morgan “Rhoulette” Romine

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Rhoulette followed her passion for gaming first. She went to Ubisoft and pitched herself as a community manager, telling them that her enthusiasm for games and experience as an active guild leader made her a great fit for the job.  She didn’t get the job, but that didn’t stop Rhoulette from pursuing her dream of working in gaming or with Ubisoft. She contracted odd-jobs with them for 8 months and was later hired on as a community manager.  Rhoulette was an original member, team captain of the Frag Dolls, and member for eight years. Her best advice in an interview with Ubisoft at RIT: “Be persistent. Have confidence in the skills that you have.” This frag doll’s grenade sure crits with grit.

You can follow Rhoulette on her blog and twitter @Rhoulette.

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Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico

For the past 10 years, Seltzer has been all in pursuing her passion for gaming. Seltzer started playing competitively with Team Fortress 2, and took the initiative as co-founder of the all girls gaming clan Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers (PMS).  Seltzer applied repeatedly to be a Frag Doll, but when she didn’t make the cut for the team she took that zeal for gaming into a career in hosting and interviewing. Finally in 2013, Seltzer got her chance to join the Frag Dolls and fulfilled a dream 10 years in the making.  Now that girl’s got grit!

You can follow her on twitter @SeltzerPlease or facebook

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Amy “Valkyrie” Brady

For Valkyrie, it’s never “only a game” – the world of gaming is her job. As co-founder of the Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers (PMS) clan and original member/co-captain of the Frag Dolls, Valkyrie has purpose behind her passion for gaming: to show that girls can, bring and got game. Valkyrie has never been easily distracted or discouraged from her aim of opening up the field of gaming for more girls through her own example. Now she’s taken her experience in gaming to work at Twitch, where she’s the director of global events.  She’ll always be a Frag Doll and she’s always got grit. Don’t miss her on twitter @Athena_PMS

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Ashley “Jinx” Jenkins

Jinx has been working as a professional in gaming since 2004, when Ubisoft took her on as a founding member of the Frag Dolls. In a 2012 interview with Meld Magazine, Jinx shares some encouragement for those trying to get into the super-competitive world of esports from her own experience: “Don’t give up.  Just be tenacious, passionate and stick with it.” Now Jinx is a main host on The Know, which hits an audience of 1.5 million per week.  Now that’s a bit of grit!

Jinx is on Facebook at or on youtube at

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Krystal “Siren” Herring

Siren has been into competitive gaming since 2005, starting out as part of the PMS clan.  She started with the first Frag Dolls Cadette class of 2009 and became one of only two chosen as Frag Dolls that year. For the next five years, she brought her super competitive dedication and drive for gaming to lead by example in the world of pro gaming. Siren eventually served as team captain playing since 2005 and now works for Twitch.  In an interview with Jamie Dunston from 2011, she encourages those interested in pro gaming to “learn as much as you can from anyone willing to teach you, be persistent and make great contacts.”

You can follow her on facebook

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Test yourself to see how gritty YOU are.

Ok.  So let’s see where you land on the grit graph.  You can take the test, here.  If you score highly then your are not easily distracted from you current tasks by new opportunities, and you are not easily discouraged by setbacks either.  You are a hard worker that likes to finish what you start, often spending months focusing on a single goal.  You are prime to excel in competitive gaming, and adding more mental toughness to your already tenacious personality will make you an unstoppable force.

How to get Gritty

Didn’t score too high on grit?  Not to worry.  That’s why you are here at Mind Games!  Just because it doesn’t come naturally to you doesn’t mean you can’t become a champion.  You just have to work at it a bit.  There are tons of skills to learn that can help you on your journey.  All you have to do is build your focus and poise, and you will be on your way.

Focus is the ability to control attention, where poise is the ability to act toward one’s goals, even through adversity.   These are two core concepts that even notable champion athletes like Novak Djokavic and Michael Jordan have added to their training routine.  This is because it’s pretty normal to feel distracted or discouraged by setbacks at times. Luckily here at mind games we have dedicated the entire MAC Program to building these core concepts, so soon this will be no problem for you.  Try out the MAC program today, and let us know how it works for you in the comments below.

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For those that are easily distracted or discouraged by setbacks:  Adjust your Mindset

Develop a growth mindset:  Everybody encounters setbacks when they are trying to achieve a long term goal.  However, the difference between success and failure is how you interpret those setbacks.  By developing a growth mindset, you can unlock your hidden potential.  You can turn obstacles into positive learning experiences by adjusting how you view them, giving you the competitive edge.

For those that have trouble with longterm motivation and goal setting

Boost your motivation

  •  Learn to push forward when you feel you have stagnated in your progress:  One of the absolute secrets to success is learning how to get yourself to what you need to do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.  By pushing past your negative thoughts and feelings, and getting out of your comfort zone, you can reach your true potential.
  • Discover how to create habits that increase motivation by decreasing residual stress:  Most gamers think that the most career threatening repetitive stress injuries are those that happen in your wrists.  But there is another set of stress injuries that can halt a career before it begins, by physically putting a stop to your motivation.  Believe it or not, you could be stressing out your body just by not eating, sleeping, or exercising properly.  But not to worry, we know just how you can break into a new routine that will help keep you motivated.
  • Find out how to appreciate small victories:  Although there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep yourself feeling more energized and motivated in the long run, it is vital to learn how to appreciate your smaller but meaningful personal triumphs along the way.  Doing this will help to keep you on track, even when the going gets tough, or distractions arise.
  • Build a support network:  Even something as simple as finding a sexy skin for your favorite champion can help to keep you motivated.  But when when all the tips and tricks you do on your own aren’t working for you anymore, that’s when it is great to have a support network to pick up the slack.

Learn the Art of Goal Setting

  • Set effective goals:  Achieving a goal is not as simple as saying what you want to accomplish, and then just continuing to do what you have been.  It involves making sure that your actions line up with what you believe will bring you success.  Making sure our values line up with our behavior is how we make our goals truly effective.
  • Set daily goals:  Part of staying focused on goals that may take months or years to accomplish is translating far off goals into day to day action steps.  By setting short term goals and fully understanding your path to success, you will find it much easier to stay focused on your long term goals.


A Salute to All the Frag Dolls that Paved the Way for Women in eSports

Brookelyn:  Brooke Hattabaugh

Calyber:  Alyson Bridge

Cryptik:  Melonie McElhannon

Daze:  Nicole Cullop

Eekers:  Theresa Pudenz

Esper:  Michelle Roberson

Fidget:  Lanai Gara

Glitch:  Sarah Oliver

Jinx:  Ashley Jenkins

Katscratch:  Kat Hunter

Mischief:  Alexis Hebert

Phoenix:  Faith Harrison

Pixxel:  Edelita Valdez

Psyche:  Renelly Morel

Pyra:  Marcella Fernandez

Rhoulette:  Morgan Romine

Sabre:  Kimberly Weigend

Seltzer:  Rachel Quirico

Seppuku:  Emily Ong

Siren:  Krystal Herring

Spectra:  Anne-Marie Wilson

Valkyrie:  Amy Brady


Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). “Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92 (6), p. 1087.

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co-authored by Crystal Green