Skill isn’t everything. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more satisfying than destroying your competition before the game has truly even begun. In order to have the competitive advantage you need more than the skill advantage, you need the mental advantage as well. Following a few of the tips below not only will you gain a mental advantage over your opponent, you will have more fun!
Before a game begins, whether it be FPS, RTS, MMO, or whatever it is important to have the right mindset. Thinking you are the best is great. Knowing you are the best is better. At the start of the game be sure to take a second to remind yourself of all the games you have won. Are you remembering those game winning plays that make you great? Good, use that feeling to carry yourself.
The quickest way to get your opponent off guard is to make them underestimate you. Before the game begins ask for a tip. Request the answer to a question that will make you look weak. Most importantly, be convincing. Saying something stupid like “how do I move my character?” usually won’t fool your opponent, asking “which assault rifle is the best?” or “what spell should I get first” will often times make your opponent feel like they have already won the game.
Once the game has started its time to stop messing around. Hopefully your opponent thinks you are weak, it’s time we exploit that.
Games can be decided by the first move, no matter how insignificant it may be. Once your opponent is even slightly behind its hard to come back, the ball keeps rolling and rolling.
Using the games chat functions are a great way to anger your enemy making their play suffer. Taunting your opponent without blatantly taunting him or her is usually most effective. Comments like “ROFL that was awful” or “Noob” are generally ineffective. When making a comment be sarcastic and snide, make the comment be on the line of nice and mean letting your opponent interpret it. When you get a kill, try something like “Next time move to the left” and slowly get more sinister with something such as “That was much better, good try!”. Eventually your opponent with be furious and their play will suffer.
Lastly, try and fool your opponent by being predictably unpredictable (I will explain). A good player will try and predict what you are going to do and act accordingly. Give them what they want. Make it seem like you are going run away, pull them closer to your territory, turn and attack. Often times a player will attempt to flee, by then it can be too late. Make your opponent think they know what you are going to do, then do the opposite!
Having the mental advantage can turn an opponent who is better than you into an opponent that is miles below you. Competitive gamers are easy to anger and have a hard time turning a losing battle into a win. Be sarcastic, play dumb. Win the game before it has even begun.