You can win from a loss

‘Chiu on this’ is a short and regular opinion blast.

In competitive disciplines, losses are the ultimate anathema. They are a black mark on your record, a blow to your ego, a painful reminder that you are fallible in a field where you have put everything in.

The thing about losses is that they can only stay losses if you learn nothing from them. The biggest example I can think of is Marineking. When he was eventually dethroned as a top player in 2012, it was for a few reasons. He couldn’t play a normal opening, he was too greedy, he had only one style, his only skill was his mechanics and micro, he had no sense of economic or strategic decision making in the late game.

He never learned and the only time he ever got a good result was when the meta allowed him to be too greedy, allowed him to win off his mechanics and micro, and none of his games got to the point where economic/strategic decision making mattered. That was how he got to second place at KeSPa cup. He then got murdered by sOs then dropped into oblivion cause he learned nothing.

A more substantive example to a scene is the multiple excuses the NA scene has made throughout the years in CS:GO. All of which have been disproven one by one by the two Brazilian teams.

In the case of TyLoo, Captain Mo acknowledged that his team was nowhere close to Cloud 9 . They could have blamed a lot of factors after getting 16-0d, but instead they looked at their own weakness, looked at the demo and learned from their mistakes.

There is no guarantee of results, but this is the first step in making your loss into a win.

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers.

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