Flip Reset Shots And How Important They Are - A Guide With Yukeo
Wed 11th Sep 2019 - 6:38pm
Flip resets are a mechanic that has bursted into life recently in Rocket League. It seems that you cannot search through Rocket League clips for very long without seeing a double flip reset from off the ceiling backwards. But what exactly is a flip reset? I get the help of Maurice "Yukeo" Weihs to help with guidance related to this type of shot.
A flip reset is when you place all four of your wheels on a surface while in flight to re-gain your flip. As you know, your car has two jumps; one being the normal jump and the second being a potential flip as you aim your analogue stick in a direction of your choice. Once using these two jumps, you cannot jump again until landing on all four wheels. This is the whole premise behind a flip reset.
Below is a video tutorial by Youtuber 'Sir Classy' highlighting how to pull off this mechanic, if you would like to see it in action.
(Credit: 'Sir Classy' - Youtube)
When should I start practicing these?
You may think that these seem very difficult, and you would not be wrong. In fact, Yukeo states that flip resets are "For sure one of the most difficult (mechanics)" in the game. So bearing this in mind, at what point should you start to consider attempting these shots?
When asked, Yukeo said, "I would say around Champion. Unless you have the mechanical ability of course, then you could practise it earlier." At the Champion rank, you will begin to notice a lot more mechanical plays including ceiling shots and air dribbles. Flip resets are becoming increasingly popular, too, so be sure to keep up with the opposition as you get to this rank.
If you are wondering how to practice them, Yukeo suggests "Freeplay, Training Packs, and, of course, in real situations. First understand the mechanic, then practise it until you get somewhat consistent and then try to use them in games." Remember not to try this mechanic too often in online games, as this could be quite risky for you and your team, and this serves as a reminder that there are both positives and negatives regarding this type of shot.
The positives and negatives
When it comes to the positives of this shot type, there are actually quite a few, and this would back up why this mechanic has blown up in popularity as of recent. One major advantage, as Yukeo points out, is, "As the name says, to have another flip. If you have no boost left and get a flip reset off the ball, you can get a powerful shot out of nowhere. So definitely a skill to learn in my opinion."
The ability to convert a ball from moving slowly to immediately moving at a very fast velocity is a fantastic asset to have. As Yukeo picks out, it is extremely useful to be able to do this when low or even out of boost completely, as it is bound to throw off your opponents.
Some other positives of flip resets might be:
- They are very difficult to read if you are the defender
- Even if read, they are hard to defend as the chances are that it will be a high shot on the goal
- It looks flashy, and that is an attractive thing for Rocket League player
As with all things, though, come the negatives. When asked, Yukeo said, "You need to be somewhat consistent at it. If the opponent realises that you didn't get your flip reset and you have no boost left, you are out of the play and have given them the ball for free. So first become consistent and then, once you are confident in your own abilities, you can imply the mechanic into your games."
In a nutshell, this shot type is very difficult to pull off, and so confidence in your own ability to do so is key. If you know you have a relatively good chance of getting a flip reset and perhaps a good shot on net from it, then nothing should stop you from attempting one in a game. However, if you feel you are not confident whatsoever, maybe consider a different mechanic in the meantime whilst you practice your flip resets.
Other negatives could include:
- With the rise in popularity, they may be getting easier to read and to save.
- Even if getting a flip reset, your shot may be completely off target
- If messed up, it could throw your whole team off
Also, as mentioned earlier, they can be risky. Backing this up, Yukeo notes, "Depends on the consistency. Some people can hit 9 out of 10 flip resets. If you aren't able to get a flip reset at least 50% of the time, maybe you should start practising them first until you can hit them more consistently."
When do I go for flip resets?
As opposed to training packs and free play, online matches have actual players and opponents, so going for a flip reset might be difficult. You may find yourself struggling to find an opportunity to do so.
When asked what the best time for a flip reset would be, Yukeo replied, "Any time the opponent gives you enough space to go for one." He also followed up with "Getting a lot of height and time in the air will make it easier for you."
In general, try and wait it out until you have the space to do so. This could be if the opponents pass it to you, or a teammate. You need to be aware of players around you of both teams and whether it would be wise to go for one. If so, set yourself up and try your very best.
Overall, flip reset shots have gained a high level of respect in the Rocket League community and are seen as very impressive if pulled off correctly. From first sight, it may seem like a pointless gimmick which serves no more purpose than to show off car control. However, the value of these shots is confirmed by Yukeo who states, "Flip resets keep the opponent guessing, which is always good. The more variety of shots you can take in one particular situation, will make it harder for the opponent to pick the right choice."
So remember, go for them resets but switch it up and you will be all good.