The two main types of learning to become a better gamer in competitive gaming are skill based learning and knowledge based learning. In this article, we will discuss the knowledge based learning.
Knowledge Based Learning
Knowledge based learning means you learn all information regarding the game that might give you an edge like statistics, meta builds, maps, layouts, etc. Depending on the game learning about unit information, character stats, compositions, hero statistics might be necessary. It doesn’t matter what game you are competing in, whether it be League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, World of Warcraft or any other game. You have several ways to obtain all this information, most notably by spending hours on game-specific Wikipedias, informational portals, and forums.
Resources like forums and boards that are specifically aimed at competitive players are going to prove the most important to find and exploit.
How to practice
Let me showcase this through an example using World of Warcraft. Let’s assume you are a competitive arena player. Then you would start out at Arena Wiki by browsing through generic info. After that, you might be interested in class composition info, class and comp guides and statistics. There are many additional informational portals that you might want to use to expand you knowledge regarding the game. The point is that you want to learn and even write down everything that is relevant to your situation.
Many people make the mistake that the only way to improve is to play against other players, but there are plenty of things you can do on your own without even starting the game. It’s important that you know all the facts before you start playing competitively as it will increase your chances of obtaining higher rankings. Learning is really the most important ways of becoming a better gamer!