From the Pro Archives: This article was originally
published on 4/28/08
In my last installment, I explained the problems with the majority of our common practice routines. In this
article, I’ll explain the benefits of the practice routines that the Europeans have been using for years.
The most effective practice you're ever going to get, is actual
experience. Nobody starts out on top and everybody has to work their
way up from somewhere. Don't let it get you down; your time will
come. However, in the meantime, there are many steps you can take to
make your journey to the top quicker, easier and more fun. Why spend 5
hours scrimming to get the same effect of 1 hour in a server practicing
with your team? The information to get to the top is out there. All
you have to do, is use it. Below I will explain the benefits of the
practice routines the Europeans have been using for years.
LAN Tournaments - (8/10) - Competing in LAN tournaments is by
of the most effective ways to practice. This is what you practice for,
competing itself must be the best practice available. Money and pride
are on the line, everyone has
the same computer specs, pings are even and the playing field is
level. If you lose, it was fair and square. All of the best teams in
the world compete at
every event possible because like anything else, the more you do it,
you get at it.
problem with LAN tournaments is that unless you're at a reasonably high level,
the chances of you getting knocked out very early are high. This means you'll only get a few matches of
practice at most, and that's if the event is being played in a group play
format -- which most local events do.
However, the mental and physical game necessary for a LAN event will
really push your team forward with each and every event. The more you go to, the better you'll do and
the more effective they will be as practice.
Besides the practice itself, LAN events are very useful to teams because
they allow for you to bond with your teammates, get to know each other outside
of the game, which allows for better communication and teamwork in-game. The other problem with LAN tournaments,
especially local events, is 90% of the time that you will spend at the LAN
center, you will be standing around bored out of your mind. It's important to keep yourself occupied, and
if necessary, go over ideas and concepts with your team.