Choke vs Clutch: Focus on the Right Thing at the Right Time

When I was in the sixth grade, I had my first experience with choking. I was at a track meet watching the 4 x 100 meter relay. One team had an amazing start and quickly took the lead. They held a comfortable lead for the first three hundred-meters and seamlessly passed the baton onto their […]

2 Keys to Boost Happiness and eSport Performance

We all know how important happiness is. You read books and magazines where authors discuss how important it is and you watch movies featuring characters’ epic struggles in the search of happiness. These works make it clear that the question “how do I become more happy?” is something many people ask themselves at one point or […]

From Values to Victory: Keys to Self-motivated Goal Setting

People always say that setting and achieving goals is essential for increasing your performance. I hate to break it to you, but they’re not wrong. When you first set a goal, you are usually pumped about it. Why, then, do we often have trouble sticking with our goals through obstacles and setbacks? To truly understand […]

Elite eSport Coaching: 7 Qualities of a Championship Team

If you’ve been keeping up, July at Mind Games has been all about eSport coaching. Let’s wrap the month up discussing the qualities of an excellent team. It’s one thing to develop your coaching skills, but without a proper team environment, your coaching abilities only go so far. In this article, we’ll discuss how it […]

5 Easy Steps to Tame the Blame Game

Does your team’s communication devolve into a blame game?  You know, when your players point the finger at each other for misplays or losses, rather than using constructive team talk to help win?  If they answer is yes, I’m sure you are aware that this can send your team’s morale into a downward spiral very […]

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 Rage with these five cardinal points

If you’re like me, you enjoy video games because they’re fun. I enjoy making plays that helps win a teamfight, or chaining my skills together for a well-executed combo. I get excited watching professional gamers’ brilliant display of skill, strategy, and out of the box thinking. I then try to do what these professionals do […]

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 […]