Fear is the enemy

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

Earlier today I was watching the Starladder CS:GO tournament. In it were three Asian teams, but I’ll only talk about MVP and TyLoo. MVP is considered the smarter team as it plays a more structured style due to its culture as Koreans — as well as Rambo’s coaching. TyLoo is a group of highly individualistic players who play off skill. What was most interesting to me was not how they played their games, but the attitudes they had going up against opponents.

The MVP players looked afraid and weren’t confident enough to take fights or play as they normally would. TyLoo played as we’ve come to expect: with a complete lack of discipline, but unafraid of any fight.

It creates a funny contradiction. MVP is a deliberate team, and TyLoo play without thought. Because MVP is smarter, the players know what the other team is capable of and how good they are. They overthink and over-analyze and become afraid.  That is what got them killed. As Sugar Ray Robinson once said, “You don’t think. It’s all instinct. If you stop to think, you’re gone.”

TyLoo didn’t seem to be overthinking things at all. There is a Chinese saying that goes, “Someone who doesn’t know the heights of the mountain or the depths of the ocean.” It denotes someone who is incredibly naive or ignorant of the world. But the lack of knowledge is what allowed them to have a better game against their opponents relative to MVP. But if they ever reach the next level, they must take the same steps that MVP did and that could lead them to the exact same trap of overthinking.

The trick is to combine these two methods, to both understand the difference between you and your enemy, to know you are the underdogs, but have the confidence to play as you always have.

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

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