Guides By Clash Royal 2016-07-08 14:42:12
Playing Under Pressure
We’ve all been here– Rather it be online, ranked matches, in real life or whatever you’re competing in. We’ve all had to play under pressure at one point or another. Some people love playing under pressure, while others, in most cases, 90% of new-comers, don’t. What makes being “under pressure” so nerve-wrecking is you think you should be up to expectations, usually causing you to make misplays or mistakes that you never see yourself making in casual games or ladder matches– such as dropping wrong , panicking when your opponent plays something quick and your mind blanks and you give them . What separates top players from mediocre players is the ability to perform at a higher level despite the obstacles and adversity they may face. Here’s a few ways to work around these common mistakes and play against your odds:
- Forgive your mistakes. This is the single most important thing you can do. You should never beat yourself up over a misplay or mistake that you made 30 seconds in to the game. Clash Royale is a “Right Now” game, meaning it only matters what’s happening right now, not what happened in the past. Recognize your misplay, remind yourself that you’re not perfect, and move on. It doesn’t matter if you’re down 2 towers and there’s 60 seconds left. Fight until the very end. If you get discouraged, at any point in the game, you WILL lose. Always remember…you’re better than every you play against, you just have to prove it. Don’t be your own worst enemy.
- Don’t forget to eat and drink. This is another key factor for performing well. This might not seem like it’s really important or that it doesn’t play a big factor in competition but it does. If you haven’t eaten or If you’re not hydrated you will not play properly. Drink Water, not caffeine.
- Sleep. If you’re playing in a serious , you should get the proper amount of required sleep beforehand. Atleast 8 hours. Sleep is key to everyday not just tournaments. But if you want to perform at your absolute best, you need proper sleep.
- Pressure or Performance anxiety goes away with . is gained through time and time is gained through . Read my last post about this. Once you actually understand this, you can use “Pressure” to your advantage. If you make a misplay at any time throughout your match, due to nervousness, understand it happens to all of us, so it’s natural. This is nothing to be embarrassed of. Just shake it off and keep playing. Don’t worry about people making fun of your mistakes. Remember YOU are the one competing NOT them.
- Nobody is going to take it easy on you or let you win. Everyone wants the same outcome; winning. Just because you’re new, nobody is going to take it 50% on you. Take this as a learning ; prizes and pride is on the line. This is actually a sign of acceptance. If you want to be considered a top player, you need to prove it. There’s more to tournaments than just joining them and praying for the best. Study your opponent and try to see what his playstyle is, learn it, and break him down. I’ve wrote about this exact topic on how to break your opponent in my last strategy post.
Analyze Previous Tournaments
This is also really important– By doing so, you can find out what decks/playstyles were the most dominant in the past tournaments. Chances are, if they dominate that high up in one , you’ll most likely find yourself playing against those in the next. Then you can prepare yourself for those certain archetypes and tech against them, if need be. After analyzing past tournaments, you should do the following:
- Study you recent matches. When studying your matches, you should look for common mistakes that you’ve made and write them down on a piece of paper and learn what not to do next time. Now, this isn’t necessary for EVERY that isn’t big, but it’s extremely important to do this for important tournaments if you want to get better.
- Play friendlies. You should do his regardless but when you friendly your teammates a lot they eventually learn how you play and it’s easier for them to tell you how to fix your mistakes. If you wish to take this a step further, you can give them certain decks to use, so you can tech against it, to help you learn how to counter them so you’re not suprised when you see them.
- Set a Goal. You should set a goal/goals before the starts. Like, finishing atleast Top X or Win X amount of games. Have fun, your goals don’t need to all be serious. So, if you don’t meet your goals at the end of the , then you can find the mistake that caused you from reaching that goal/goals and learn from it, making you a better player.
- Analyze Your Goal. Analyze how many you want, and decide when you can stop playing once you reach a goal. We all want to win, but if you’re extremely high in and you don’t want to risk losing it all and you’re guaranteed X amount of , stop playing and spectate other battles. If you beat someone easily, you can also attempt to snipe them and take more . This is High-Risk, High-Reward that can pay-off big time. Know your ability and know when to stop playing to avoid tilt.
- Prepare for your opponent. This is a no-brainer. I was contemplating on putting this in or not, but this needs to be addressed. Preparing for your opponent is, again, one of the most important thing you can do. You can see how they like to play, what they play, how they react to certain things and tech against it. If you’re in a long, standard, bracket-styled , You can scout your opponent and learn to read them.
I’ve been in a lot of tournaments in my career, not just chess. There’s a lot of stuff that goes in to winning one and overall just becoming a better player. With the guides that I’ll be writing in the future, you can easily learn them and become a better, more dominant, competitive player. Stay tuned for more informative guides down the road.