SA gamers share their top tips to level up this Video Game Day

SA gamers share their top tips to level up this Video Game Day
SA gamers share their top tips to level up this Video Game Day

Gaming (be it casually or competitively) is growing in a big way in South Africa. 12 September 2020 sees Video Game Day celebrated and in honour of that we chatted to some competitive gamers from Goliath Gaming who share their top tips to level up your game.

Rikus “ZipZip” Klue – competitive CounterStrike player

“ZipZip” first got his hands on his own computer and an internet connection at the age of 15 and was immediately obsessed with the idea of playing and competing against other people. He played casually for about a year before going competitive, and has competed in many top SA CS tournaments, and has also competed in CS tournaments in Delhi and Dubai.

  • Always be a student of the game – When trying to improve, you always need to go the extra mile and learn things about the game that you can use to your advantage, especially when starting as a new player. I remember watching countless videos from other pro players that provide tips on positioning, spray control, crosshair placement, and just the overall mechanics of the game (CounterStrike) which all make a big difference on performance.
  • Be a good teammate – If the game you play is team-based, being a good teammate and bringing clear and positive communication to every game is essential. Even if you are not at the point where you are playing in a competitive team, when playing solo and queueing for games you still get matched up with other random teammates and the input and communication you bring to that game could be the difference between winning and losing. Always be the player to uplift others and empower them to perform at their best. If there are good vibes in your team, your chance of success is higher. This is an important characteristic that pro teams take into account when they want to recruit new players.
  • Have a healthy and balanced lifestyle – The higher up the ranks you climb (in your competitive gaming career) the smaller the difference between winning and losing a game. That’s why competitive players and teams do everything they can (inside and outside the game) to be at their best daily. Being mentally and physically fit becomes a big aspect of the game at a pro-level. It’s extremely important to look after yourself as external things can easily knock you off your game! Exercise every day, eat healthily, and be social, as having a good life outside the game will help you deal with any mental fatigue or frustration in-game, and will help keep you focused and motivated to keep improving as a player.

Muhammad Fa’iz “UnFaizdd” Mahomed – competitive Xbox FIFA player

 “UnFaizdd” started gaming when he was 5 years old and got into the competitive gaming scene when he was 15 years old. He has won numerous FIFA tournaments in SA during his competitive gaming career.

  • Watch the top professionals play on Twitch – They’re professionals for a reason, and it’s because they understand the game on a different level. Watch and analyse their every move, understand it as well. With this you build a sort of muscle memory in your brain that will react the same way when you are faced with a similar situation in game.
  • If you’re a FIFA player, football knowledge helps – FIFA is of course a football game, so football knowledge is a big benefit to performing well on the virtual pitch. The meta of the game changes every year, but as long as you have a solid football knowledge foundation, you won’t feel out of place playing any year of FIFA.
  • Learn the meta of the game – There are tons of videos on YouTube explaining the meta. Once you know the best way to win, you can implement those strategies into your own way of playing, to create the perfect gameplay for you.

Tyler “adaro” Oliver – competitive CounterStrike player

“adaro” first started gaming when he was 13 years old and played casually for about 3 and a half years. From there he began gaming competitively and has competed in many top SA CS tournaments, and has also competed in CS tournaments in Delhi and Dubai. Adaro shares his top tips for CS players.

  • Warm up before competing – When it comes to gaming competitively in a title like CS, it’s really valuable to warm up by either playing ‘Deathmatch’ or by playing an offline map against bots to practice your aim and mechanics.
  • Play with like-minded people – It makes a big difference when you play with people who take the game as seriously as you do and want to improve at a competitive level. This provides an opportunity to gain knowledge, improve on your skills and build upon teamwork.
  • Play community servers – By making use of bhop, kz, surf or even aim maps will help in improving your mechanics which includes your movement, aim and awareness.

Julio “Beast” Bianchi – competitive PlayStation FIFA player

 “Beast” started gaming when he was 8 years old and after 11 years he went from casual to competitive gaming. Being a semi-pro footballer in his teens, Beast proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the virtual pitch in FIFA. He has won numerous top tournaments in SA and has also competed in Amsterdam and Dubai.

  • Always be open to learning – You should always be open and eager to learn new things, be it learning lessons from your game mistakes and losses, or learning new tips and techniques from the best players in the game. There is a lesson in everything. Everyone you meet on your gaming journey (and in life) can teach you something – embrace it and always strive to learn more in a bid to become a better player.
  • Consistency is key – This is such an important one especially for anyone wanting to get into competitive gaming. Put in the time and effort to practice and play hard, and always give your absolute best in every game to reach your goals. Be consistent with your performance. If you stumble or don’t have a good game, pick yourself up, take the lessons, and strive to perform better next game.