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NA scrim culture, why are you like this?

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

As I’ve started to watch more team esports games in recent years, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is something endemic about NA esports culture that makes them all ruin their own scrims. I don’t know why this keeps happening, but it’s happened in CS:GO, Overwatch and League of Legends.

In CS:GO there are always reasons as to why the scrim culture is bad and a new excuse every time I hear people talk about it. First it was no EU teams to play against (and then every Brazilian team that came over proved them wrong). Now it’s people don’t take them seriously. More recently it’s been Rank S ruining all of them. Some of them play completely different from practice and then don’t play like that at all in a real game. In League of Legends, I still hear the same shit over and over about teams pausing mid round or restarting if they have a bad start.

Overwatch has similar problems to both scenes, but at least they don’t have any important LANs to play for yet, so there is some mitigation.

The essential problem with all of this thinking is essentially this: What do NA players think practice is? It’s not a time to mess around. It’s not a time to boost your ego. It’s supposed to be a time to improve. Often the best way to improve is to grind out good habits and force them into your head as if it was second nature. By not taking scrims seriously, all that happens is that you will have less experience playing correctly compared to an opponent that does practice correctly. So that extra half a second it takes you to think of doing the right move, the player that has practiced correctly will be doing it instinctively without thought.  They player who practices correctly is less likely to make a small error that can be capitalized upon by an opponent.

If I sat down and talked to these players individually, I imagine most of them know this is the case. But they keep doing the same things. NA, why are you like this?


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