Real Life Hacks; Getting the Competitive Edge

Interested in upping your game and improving? Of course you are.


It’s an inane part of our genetic build up as sentient beings. We all want to improve at what we really like doing. This got me thinking, if I really want to improve my ability at CSGO am I doing all I can?


Climbing up the ranks of CS:GO’s match making system isn’t as easy as grinding games like Battlefield or Cod, in CS:GO matchmaking you can only rank up with their elo system (rewarding skill not hours in game) which has a secret formula only known by Valve. Some say it’s based on round wins and Mvp’s you get in each match, others believe it’s a mix of binary algorithms and Zulu witchcraft. Either way, it’s pretty fair but often very hard to rank up.


To get good at anything in life quickly you need to allow yourself the best chance at the start. With CS:GO or any eSport this is typically ensuring you have a PC3 good enough to run the game and peripherals that will not hinder you, basically you are eliminating the excuses you have for a bad game. It wasn’t my glitchy mouse sensor,  my unplayable lag as I am tethering the internet from my Noklia 3210 and it wasn’t the fact that I only have 3fps, it was just me, playing badly and I don’t have excuses other than this.


Once you have got your equipment to a stage that is suitable (which is not as costly as your think) you can then accept that your lack of improvement in the game are likely down to one last variable…you.


My gaming setup is pretty standard, it’s not fussy, expensive and doesn’t have loads of shiny led’s everywhere but to me it’s great. I have a mouse with a performance sensor, I have a mechanical keyboard, I have decent stereo cans with a mic and I get 120fps in game (not perfect but average Joe wouldn’t shun it)


So, equipment aside am I doing everything I can do maximize my performance or at least give myself the best chance each match? In this series of articles I don’t question hardware, software or the game, I question myself and ask is there anything extra I can do to improve my skill at competitive esports?


In the coming weeks I plan to experiment on whether making additions or changes to myself will improve my game.


Now, before we go further, I’m an avid gamer, a curious mind and a bit of a geek but I am not a scientist. That said, each test will be as monitored and metered as much possible to give the chance to see change. The same mouse, mouse mat, keyboard, game settings, computer and monitor will be used. The same environment, time of day and account will be used.


The plan is games every night for a two week period at the same time with the same warm up routine. I will record the results of each match, wins, losses and KD ratio will be examined to see what effect things have on my game.


The first two week experiment will be me just playing as normal in my normal environment to get a mean average of KD ratio and win loss rate. Following this the fun begins, we will investigate whether exercise and fitness have an effect on my ability, is this Pashabiceps’ edge?  Whether temperature affects your reaction times, diet, Kodak courage or will a crowd watching me play raise my game? Pop by in two weeks for results and the start of the next test, do energy drinks improve your game?

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Gaming since monitors were deep dished and beige was a cool colour, writer and procrastinator of all things CSGO.

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