How to Develop a Wise eSport Mind

Have you had a time where it was difficult to interact with someone because they were either too emotional or devoid of it altogether? Maybe it’s not just others that you have seen this in, but yourself as well? This could have happened when you were having a discussion with your significant other, at your […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Ending on a Hai Note: The need for an OP Support…Network

“Team environment/morale was at an all-time low since Worlds 2014. We didn’t have the most spectacular 2014 Summer Split and our run at Worlds was not the best we could’ve done. We tried very hard to figure out how to get back into shape for winning Worlds but we struggled and the team atmosphere started to decline. Winning […]

Building and Coaching a Rank 1 Challenger Team

I’m joined by Angel Vigil, the team manager at Enemy Esports as he talks about building the squad up from nothing. He delves into their head coach, Brad, and what he does different that sets him apart, what esport coaches should do different than traditional sport coaches, why parents should read their kid’s contracts, and the […]

Managing a new ranked 5’s team in League of Legends

Esports is awesome because five minutes after watching Froggen carry his team on Ahri, you can log into League of Legends and queue up for mid-lane. You want to experience the joy of a well-cast charm as the hapless opponent walks right into your follow-up. That doesn’t end at individual play. After watching how much […]

From unranked to 2.2k ELO in 4 weeks

In this episode I interview Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek, the marksman for the professional League of Legends team Copenhagen Wolves. We talk about how he trained to go from unranked to 2.2k ELO in less than three weeks, why that got him noticed by recruiters, and the tactics he had to use due to an enforced […]