Rocket League - Learning from the Community



Sun 19th Aug 2018 - 12:30pm

The Rocket League esports community is undoubtably on the rise. The number of viewers of the esport compared to the number of players is amazing. Compared to other esports, Rocket League is still small. But it is one of the fastest growing esports in the World, having early numbers that are breaking huge records. Many viewers enjoy the esport because they play Rocket League on their own. Many like to see the personalities of professional players. Many enjoy watching Rocket League because, in its heart, it is still a sport.

It's been almost two years since the first Rocket League Championship Series, and the number of viewers is growing. An exciting esports scene is something I believe that has ushered the rise of many upcoming players. Every RLCS has seen a rise in more and more gamers seeking to begin their Rocket League careers.

In order to get better and to rise the ranks of the quicksand that is the Rocket League competitive ladder, watching and studying professional players is key. The resources are out there! Use the esports community to become a better player!

RLCS, RLRS, Universal Open, ELeague, and Much More! 

The tournaments that professional players play in are the highest level of Rocket League that you can watch. Professional players from all over the world come together to compete against each other. The team that plays the best will most often win the tournament. Most of these competitions are usually streamed on Twitch for any viewer to watch. So why not watch them? These streams are some of the best resources to see what professional players are doing when they are giving it their all.

Here are some things you can pay attention to when watching professional Rocket League:

- Try to pay attention to the teams' rotations: The camera changes between each player pretty quickly, but nevertheless, try to see where each player is and how they are rotating with their team. Read each rotation and breaks in rotation.

- Try to pay attention to each players' positioning: Each player, unless they make a mistake, will be in the correct place, complimenting their teammates. Some may be cheating up for a pass, some may be staying back to get a clear.

- Listen to the casters: The casters are there for a reason! They know what they are talking about and, at the highest level, they are the best at their job.

- Watch some of the replays: Some tournaments will release the replays for some of the games. If you'd like, and if you have enough time, look them up online! A lot of the released replays will be announced on the subreddit r/RocketLeagueEsports.

- Keep up with the scene overall: From personal experience, I know that watching and following the Rocket League esports scene has really boosted my interest to get better at the game. Since I began to follow the esport, I've played Rocket League much more. As I played more and more, I raised my rank from a mere Gold 1 to Diamond 3.

Here are some upcoming dates for some professional tournaments. Tune in!

- RLRS Play-Ins:

     - North America: September 1, 2018

     - Europe: September 2, 2018

- RLCS League Play:

     - North America: September 8, 2018

     - Europe: September 9, 2018

- Universal Open Season 2 (Doubles):

     - Open Qualifiers are happening right now!

- WorldGaming Rocket League Canadian Challenge:

     - Grand Finals: August 19, 2018

 - The Play (European Tournament):

     - Open Qualifiers: August 6, 2018 and August 10, 2018

     - Finals: August 11, 2018

Community Content

The Rocket League esports community is one of the fastest growing esports communities out there. The Rocket League Community has spread its seed to Youtube, to Twitch, to Reddit, to Twitter, and much more.  Ranging from a wide perspective to the average Reddit User to a Professional Rocket League Player/Creator, there is a plethora of resources for any level of player.

Here is a list of some Professional Players that create helpful content and their social media links:

SquishyMuffinz: Squishy both streams and creates content on his Youtube Channel. Most often, when he plays in a match, whether that be 6 mans or in Ranked, he will talk about what his thought process when he approaches a situation. On his Youtube channel, he plays ranked with a bunch of pros and tries his best to mold his game around them.

Social Media Links:

- Youtube: Squishy Muffinz

- Twitch: SquishyMuffinz

Here is a video from Squishy's Youtube Channel, where he plays through a helpful dribbling course and gives tips while he is going through each level:

Kronovi: Kronovi streams and produces content for his Youtube channel. He has tutorial and gameplay videos on his Youtube Channel, and talks a lot about the different aspects of the game that he finds interesting in his gameplay.

Social Media Links:

- Youtube: Kronovi

- Twitch: Kronovi

 Here is a video from Kronovi's Youtube Channel where he gives his viewers some Kickoff Tips and Tricks:

Here is a list of Content Creators that make content that helps viewers learn and get better at Rocket League:

Fluump and SunlessKhan: Fluump and SunlessKhan are two content creators for Allegiance, a competitive org currently in RLRS. They make a lot of videos together, as well as creating content that sparks the interest of players, as well as tutorials and simple tips to make players better.

Social Media: Fluump

- Youtube: FluuMP

- Twitter: FluuMP

Here is a video from Fluump highliting the best 0 second goals of Rocket League all time:

Social Media: SunlessKhan

- Youtube: Sunless

- Twitter: Sunless

Here is a video from Sunless' series "Why You Suck at Rocket League," all about the physical versus the mental side of Rocket League:

Gibbs: Gibbs is a Rocket League Analyst, Caster, and Content Creator. On Youtube, he creates a lot of videos analyzing 3v3 and 2v2 at different high ranks, as well as making predictions for the big tournaments that professional teams will be seen at. Overall, he is a good person to watch if you are an avid follower of the Rocket League esports scene.

Social Media:

- Youtube: Gibbs

- Twitter: Gibbs0o0

Here is a video from Gibbs's Youtube Channel where he analyzes the last three goals from RLCS S6:

Here are some online websites that are committed to the Rocket League community:

Reddit Threads: The Rocket League Reddit Threads are hubs for anything and everything Rocket League. There is the main Rocket League Thread, and that branches off into r/RocketLeagueEsports, r/RocketLeagueExchange for Trading, r/RocketLeagueCoaching for any player that wants a higher ranked player to help them out, and much more!

Here are the links for the three subreddits I mentioned previously:

- r/RocketLeague

- r/RocketLeagueEsports

- r/RocketLeagueExchange

The Team Dignitas Website: Yes, this website right here has to be one of the most helpful websites out there pertaining to Rocket League, along with many other games. With the recent flow of new Rocket League writers, there are tons of articles and blogs pertaining to Rocket League flowing through the "Blogs" section.

Here is the link to the blogs page of the website: Team Dignitas - Blogs


Advice from Pros

The Professional Rocket League community as a very helpful one. If you ask a pro player for some advice, they'll try their best to help you out. In many videos and on many streams, pro players have spoken about how they got so good at Rocket League.

Here are some tips to get better from Pro Players themselves:

- If you're losing a game, don't blame it on your teammates: You will never get better if you keep blaming your teammates for losing a game. So what if they make a few mistakes? You should know that you have also had those games where you can't seem to hit the ball properly. By blaming your teammates, you will blind yourself of your own flaws. All pros have the ability to sit down and look at their game and figure out what they did wrong and what they could have done better.

- Spend a lot of time in free play: So many pro players have said this before. Spend as much time in free play as you can. Free play is a good way to warm up, as the tips section of the loading screen in Rocket League says. To most, free play is just a place to dribble the ball and mess around. But free play is much more and pro players don't take the single player session for granted. Free play is one of the best places to get reads in as many different situations as possible and to learn the physics of the ball and your car. It's also amazing for practice car control, both on the ground and in the air.

- Find the right camera settings: Camera settings are different among all Rocket League Pro Player. Each player has experimented with the camera settings screen, trying to figure out which settings do what, and trying to figure out which combination of settings helps them play the best. Here is a link to a Liquipedia Page that has a list of camera settings from notable Rocket League players: List of Player Camera Settings

- Use community resources: Pro players commend a lot of the community resources that are out there! They are available for anyone, so why not use them?

- You need to have commitment: Commitment is the most important thing you need. You need to be able to give a lot of time to the game in order to really see the results that you want. Pros have put in a countless number of hours You need to just to keep playing, to keep looking at your game and seeing what you can do better and try to work on what you're struggling with.

Here is a video from SunlessKhan where he highlights a lot of the tips previously, as well as some more information:

Time to Put the Work In!

If you want to improve your rank, if you want to become a better Rocket League player, you have to put the work in. None of the professional players got to where they are without thousands and thousands of hours spent practicing, fixing their mistakes, and feeding their desire to get better.

I have been emphasizing the same point throughout this entire article: There are resources out there. The Rocket League esports community is a friendly one. Use what they give you! Why not, right? They are free, they're easy to access, they're possibly what you're reading right now! Watch the videos you think are helpful. Follow the esports scene to expand your interest in the game. Follow the pro players and what they do for the community. Watch some of the competitive tournaments on Twitch.

Who knows? Maybe you'll be competing in those same tournaments one day in the future. But for now, good luck in your next match!

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