Teamwork is a crucial part of sport. So much so that even individual-sport athletes often practice on a team in order to become their best. It quickly becomes apparent to new coaches in team sports that a team’s play together matters much more than each individual’s contribution.
The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11. ~ Knute Rockne (College Football Hall of Fame Coach)
For more information from sport psychology on how to improve your team game as a coach, captain, manager, or player. Check out Mind Game’s article series on team atmosphere.
A brand new site just started in January 2012. We’ll see how they fare in the future; they are currently hiring League of Legends writers so I’ll be checking back to see what sort of content they put out. Interesting youtube videos… http://www.D-eSports.com/
The full title is eSports Performance : eSports training and pro gaming resources. An older, discontinued blog with several good articles and interviews from the time. It’s nice to see what the activists were doing in 2005, and it’s also fantastic to see how far we have come in just a few years. Check it out at http://esportsp.blogspot.com/
tl;dr is a gaming blog written by Diane and Jacob. It is primarily aimed at gamers, hobbyist or real researchers, and librarians! They seem ready and willing to tackle any topic from any angle, so there’s a real variety of articles. Worth a visit. http://tl-dr.ca/
Conversation leads to collaboration
Last week there was a fantastic discussion in the comments after I posted my article on pre-performance. One of the topics that came up was simply, “Where do I start?” That’s a good question to ask, because on a site that is filled with new information it is hard to find a beginning. There are so many tools, theories, and discussions flying around that one is liable to spend all their time reading and thinking about things, but never actually doing. Unless you are Kaleopolitus, whose middle name is apparently “doing things.” If you want to learn how to turn your life around, I’d go read the story. For my own part, I want to continue in the same vein and contribute an easy method to get ones head in the game, instead of letting the game play with their head.
Continue reading Getting your head in the game
The Frozen Sea
Recently I found myself in Vaasa, Finland, and for the first time in my life I have encountered the frozen sea. Of course, I know that the sea does freeze, but somehow I always imagined it as the far North, where the seals and an occasional polar bear milled about. Here is a bustling city filled with humans, some of whom walk out on the frozen sea and fish off the edge. Being from Minnesota I’m familiar with ice fishing the lakes through holes. Why drill a hole when there is a large expanse available? Still I feel as though it should be classified as risky behavior.
All of the cold has had me reflecting on some recent memories. The first came from when I was listening to interviews players gave after IEM Guangzhou, and the overriding theme was about the cold and generally inhospitable climate in the convention center. More recently at IEM Kiev, Riot Gaming’s Phreak commented that most successful ladder players do not do well at their first LAN event simply because they aren’t accustomed to the environmental side affects, such as cold hands, bright lights, and loud sounds.
Continue reading Improving Consistency, Pre-Performance Routines
During IEM Kiev there was a short match in round 1 of the Starcraft 2 playoffs between Millennium’s Feast and Slayers MMA. After the game Mr. Bitter, a commentator at the event, interviewed Feast and we had a chance to hear about his qualification for the tournament, the games versus MMA, and his hopes for IEM Sao Paolo.
Continue reading The power of momentum in Feast vs MMA – IEM Kiev
Thursday at IEM Kiev the League of Legends caster Phreak interviewed D4rker from team White Lotus after their loss versus Curse Gaming. During the interview D4rker gave some fantastic advice about training a pro gaming team. My favorite part of the interview was when he talked about keeping motivated and focusing on learning through your mistakes:
You just need to be patient, you need to motivate yourself more and more, even if you lose a lot of games. If you lose ten games, a hundred games, a million games you need to keep in mind that you can only progress from loses; you can only learn your mistakes from lose to better enemy than you. There is no lesson in victory, there’s just weak opponent. It’s not practice if you are playing against 100 elo; it’s not real training. But if you are playing against good teams, one week you will suck a lot, second week, third week, but after one month of training you will be strong enough and you can fight them.
Continue reading D4rker discuss how to train – IEM Kiev
Hey everybody, welcome to Mind Games! I’ve been experimenting with content and posting for almost a month and now I am going to announce the site publicly just in time for IEM Kiev. Hope you visit and comment on the articles or videos that you enjoy. Your feedback will help me a lot deciding what to keep producing. This blog focuses on mental skills training in eSports as well as current research in the field of eSport or sport psychology. You can check follow me on twitter for updates when I post new articles and video-blogs. Thanks for stopping by!