How to Take Your Gaming to the Next Level

Whether you want to make it to the Overwatch championships, or just beat your friends, these tips will help


Many of us dream of taking our gaming hobby to the next level, whether that’s competition level, or maybe even professional. It’s tricky to get to the top of the tree in such a competitive field, but it’s certainly not impossible. If you’ve got the drive to kick your gaming up a notch then we’ve got the tips to help you succeed. So, keypads, controllers, and headphones at the ready, we’re going to take a look at how to take your gaming to the next level.

Focus On Key Skills

One of the aspects of gaming that not so many people pay attention to is working out what the key skills are for the game that they are playing. Getting in plenty of practice on the game itself is, of course, super important if you want to improve. However, working individually on the skills that are essential to the game can help you make those small gains that will set you apart in the long run. If you’re struggling to think of what the key skills are for your game then break down what the most important aspects of the game are. As an example, in Call of Duty, you need to be able to fire at your opponents quickly and with accuracy, whilst avoiding being hit yourself. This means that you need excellent hand-eye coordination, great reflexes, and the ability to multitask. Spending five or ten minutes each day practicing on a reflex test could give you that extra boost to your performance that you’ve been looking for.

Challenge Yourself With Tournaments

Once you notice that your key skills practice works, it’s time to put it to the test. There are tournaments for all kinds of games and you want to start off with the ones that are free to enter and have a more friendly beginner competition vibe. If you’re a poker player then there are almost endless poker freerolls┬áto choose from, that can help you to get to grips with how the world of online tournaments works. If you play a game that has huge Esports tournaments then you too should be able to find free, more local tournaments where you can practice until you make it to the big leagues. Having a tournament booked in is a great motivator to practice regularly, which is the only way to make vast improvements.

Upgrade Your Kit

Gradually upgrading your kit will help you notice the small differences more


If you succeeded in your tournament, whether your goal was to win, to place, or to reach a personal best, then it’s a great time to reward yourself. Upgrading your kit is the perfect reward because it’s related to your end goal, to become a better gamer. Whether you opt to buy yourself a brilliant new gaming mouse, an expansion for the game that you’ve been playing, or a more comfortable gaming chair for those marathon sessions, is up to you. Treating yourself to something helpful is a great way to keep yourself motivated when your training plateaus. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, for it to really make a difference to your gaming setup, even a new mousepad can make a difference!

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