Skill Based Learning for Competitive Gaming

The two main types of learning to become a better gamer in competitive gaming are skill based learning and knowledge based learning. We will discuss both in detail starting with skill based learning.

Skill Based Learning

Skill based learning means you train the parts of your body, including your brain that does not have anything to do with actually knowing stuff. 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 to train several things to become a better player like your muscle memory, the execution order of combos and your reaction time.

All three can be trained separately and can be improved upon. Your muscle memory will free up resources in your brain by not having to think about how to execute certain tasks like casting a spell or having to look for a button on the keyboard for a skill. You can also improve your execution order. In every game, there is the best way to execute things in an order, which you need to learn. Your reaction time is also important, which basically means you quickly you react to things happening in-game.

How to practice

Muscle memory: The best way to train your muscle memory is to do the same thing over and over again. Don’t play competitively. Start a session in your game against bots, or even better, against no one and do everything that you would do against another player, in a competitive setting over and over and over again.

Execution order: You can practice execution order by breaking down the best way to do something and practicing a part of it.

Reaction time: Unfortunately, the reaction time can only be improved by actually being in a competitive setting, however, you can simulate that setting by asking a friend to try and defeat you the exact same manner numerous times.


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 or with a friend. For this very reason the best players usually only practice against their close friends or teammates.

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