We all love playing Rocket League, but very few of us could actually say that we’re really good at the game. The fact is that there are so many layers to the game that you will never truly “learn” it, you will always find someone that can get through your defense even if you believe you’re the best defender in the world.
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But, if that’s so, then how can we really pick out the best of the best from the common crowd? Who gets to be known as a Rocket League pro and who’s just an above-average player? How can we get to the bottom of this and most importantly, how can we ourselves become pros at Rocket League? This is what we’re here to find out. So, step by step, let’s settle on what truly makes a Rocket League pro worthy of that title.
Consistency Over Being Flashy
Whether you’re a fan of the game or not, you have to agree that when you see a freestyler strut his ego by double touch flip resetting on you from across the field is both infuriating and mesmerizing to say the least. These gods amongst men are pretty much untouchable, go up against the likes of JZR and MK and you’ll find yourself clipped on before you even get to touch the ball. But, have you noticed how so many, if not the great majority of these players all appear to be considered freestylers as opposed to being referred to as pros?
This is because although they are mechanically gifted, as they have spent thousands of hours doing flip resets, turtle air dribbles and more in training, they are not qualified enough to play in RLCS and actually win. Sure, you can argue that someone like OSM could easily fare off against some of the best out there, but the truth is that for the most part, put a freestyler like JZR alongside Fusure and MK against NRG and they’ll easily be 10-0.
While they are incredibly good at these mechanics, better than the pros for the most part, they do not have the game sense and the consistency that pros do. Arsenal is one of the few pros out there that started off by being a freestyler, and while he still does incredible moves every match, even he’s admitted that he’s no longer the freestyling machine he used to be. He can still flip reset, sure, but the kind of plays that freestylers go for today would easily confuse any pro out there, Arsenal included. So, if you’re looking to just have fun and do some flashy moves that will impress your friends then definitely try to learn all of these weird mechanics, but if you’re looking to be on your way to the pro scene then try to think more about the consistency of your work. Think less about how you can air dribble the ball from one corner to the other and musty double touch it in, and think more about how you can pass the ball or hit a simple yet effective top corner shot to win the game.
Rotation is even more important than aerials for the most part, and knowing when to back off from a challenge is a much better tool than actually being really good at flicking the ball over your enemy’s head.
Rewatch Your Matches
This is advice that nowhere near enough players actually listen to. The truth is that if you want to be consistent you need to consider watching your own replays in order to see where you could have actually done better and more specifically how you should have reacted to that specific scenario. There are plenty of pros that encourage this, including Rizzo, SquishyMuffinz and of course, Arsenal.
At the end of the day, the only way to adapt and get through the predicament is to look at what you could have done wrong, and apply all of that to the future matches that you’re going to participate in. You can see it from your opponent’s perspective as well, which makes it all the better. You can see where you could have faked better, where you should have just shot it instead of going for the slow play, and you can also learn how to deal with certain playstyles which destroyed you the first time you encountered them. If you won’t adapt then you will continue to lose against these playstyles. So, sit back and rewind, analyze your plays and get ready to do a lot of homework. While it may be tedious, it is a surefire way to get to the top.
Watch Better Players Matches
While we all know that Squishy and JSTN are incredibly good at pulling double touches and flip resets out of nowhere, there is always a pattern that you’ll need to follow if you want to make it to the top. While it may seem like too much to take in at first if you’re for example just a gold player and you see someone like Arsenal pull off some insane reads, you need to always look at what players are better than you did in those scenarios if you want to actually reach their level and have a chance at beating them.
You can start out small, if you’re below champ then you should watch someone like JonSandman but if you’re already around SSL then you’ll need to up your game and watch players like oKhaliD or SkrubKilla play some 1s for you to really understand how the game functions and how you need to react to early challenges and forced 50s. At the end of the day, it isn’t about who the better player is, it’s about how good you are at overcoming your opponent both physically and mentally. If you can get inside of your opponent’s head then you’ve already won, and the best way to do so is to watch better players do it to others. This is the best way for you to slowly improve to the point where you’ll soon be playing with the likes of Kronovi and JKnapps in tourneys.