It happens to many of us, on many different skill levels – we get stuck. We try to focus, we feel like we're doing everything we can, but we still lose and struggle to figure out why. We're frustrated and tired, stuck in our skill bracket and can't seem to be able to climb the ladder anymore.
If any of this sounds familiar, getting a coach might be exactly what you need. You will get new perspectives, learn how to develop your mechanical skills and gamesense further and finally have the tools to improve your gameplay and enjoy the game on a whole new level.
However, this isn't everything coaching has to offer. Even if you're not looking to become a top player, practicing competitive games can have a huge impact on your life. Whereas many traditional sports strengthen your muscles and bones, esports – and video games in general - are a fantastic tool to improve the most important part of your body: your brain.
Gaming has plenty of benefits that often go under the radar. For example, people who play action games have superior spatial skills compared to those who don't – skills that are very important for engineers, pilots and surgeons, to name just a few. In fact, studies show that surgeons that regularly play video games make less mistakes and and are more efficient. On top of this, games have been noticed to increase multitasking ability, and have been used by militaries to train soldiers – at this point, it's obvious that gaming can be useful. Coaching will help you develop these skills more efficiently, as they will be able to point out your mistakes and offer ideas that you might never even think about without them.
But that's not all. I've been playing cups and tournaments in several games for over 10 years now, and from a personal experience, competitive games have also taught me the importance of communication, concentration and attitude. They've taught me how to perform under stress and adrenaline and how to handle disappointment. I learned to be humble and take responsibility from my mistakes. Over the years, I had several friends coaching me and helping me figure these things out – alone, I wouldn't have had a chance. And after all these years, I enjoy gaming more than ever.
Ville ”sbv” Suihko