Rocket League Top Tips
It’s been awhile since we’ve covered Rocket League here on Pause Resume, and since then, the eSports has indeed taken off, with Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) season 3 and 4 coming and going with major changes including prize pool increases as well as the inclusion of the Oceanic region, who we have seen surprise us both in season 3 and season 4 of Worlds.
In this up-and-coming eSports title, here are our five top tips on how to get better at this simple game. Do note that this is meant as a guide for beginners to intermediates and that good players are already going to be very good at such mechanics.
To quote famous NBA player Allen Iverson, “we’re talking about practice man”. When push comes to shove, you have to put in the hours in this game. It’s that simple. I have played a lot of games in my life, several eSports titles along the way, and I have yet to experience a game where muscle memory plays such an important factor in how well you do. Hitting the ball itself can be a challenge for many who just start out on the game, which gets easier over time, because you learn the bounce of the ball, the speed of your car, etc.
There is so much that your muscle can learn in this game. Mess around in free play and constructed training packs, get consistent with hitting the ball, then going for aerials, then placing the ball where you want it to go, learning how to control your car, what kind of difference a small tilt of your analog stick versus a large one will do to your car, and so on. The list goes on and on. Put in the practice.
You hear this word thrown around a lot on Reddit and in tips videos on YouTube, but what exactly is rotation? Rotation means understanding where to be on the court at all times, when to be there, and when and where not to be. It means evaluating the situation and understanding which sort of risks can be taken, and which ones cannot. It means understanding that your partners need space, and you providing a certain amount of space will create a different kind of opportunity. It even means knowing that the direction your car is facing can create the simplest difference between a simple save and the ball going into the net. I’ll leave it to this infographic to explain more.
Let’s be real, every inch of Rocket League counts. Start to learn and understand how the ball moves and reacts when you hit it with a different part of your car. Learn how the ball interacts with the wall, and how it changes when speeds and angles vary. Understand that tilting your car, even if you are off by a degree or two, can make a huge impact on your shot or save or pass. Start to understand the physics of the game, and that should give you a huge advantage over the players.
4. Watching the pros
This ties in a lot with #2 and #3, and helps a lot with learning about the game and becoming more consistent as well as creative with the way you play. And mark my words, these guys are entertaining as hell as well. Watch out for the simple things, the way they position around the map, the way they position around the car, the speed at which they move around the map, when to go and when not to go for boost, etc.
I personally recommend Sizz and Rizzo on YouTube and Twitch because their interactions are just the best, but there are so many pros that have started streaming and you can take your pick. I always feel extra fast and speedy when I have just finished watching a pro play, until I realise I cannot do half the things that they do and return back to solid ground.
Always stay calm. Like I tell my friends who have just picked up the game, the mental aspect of this game is just as important as the physical one. It is so easy to become tilt in a game, any game, and it messes with your mechanics and physical ability to play better. On tilt, you start missing shots, you start tilting just that little bit more and instead of passing the ball to your teammate, you pass it to an opponent.
You start being less confident in your ability to be able to make plays, go up for aerials, or sometimes even hit the ball. Do not panic when you see the ball whizzing its way towards your goal, stay calm and mentally prepare on how you plan on saving the shots. Trust me, nothing is as embarrassing as when a slow, simple shot is coming at you and you decide to panic and start whiffing and flailing all over the place as the shot flies past you into the net.
So those are my top 5 tips on how to get better at Rocket League. Keep grinding those hours and you never know, you might just be the next SquishyMuffinz.
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