EDITOR’S NOTE: Surprise and reader colonelcommissar nailed some really good additional points on a recent post I made about the value of gaining experience. I’ve assembled them here in a single, organized post. — Corkscrewblow
Having to learn C&C 3 has been a really big eye-opener to me on how to learn a game from the ground up. Seeing as I’m a year behind experience wise compared to my competitors who started playing when the game came out, I’ve had to play a lot of catchup (something I never needed to do in COH). I’ve found that I have no problem competing even with the best of players when I don’t make silly mistakes, but that is always a huge ‘when.’
Read on for tips on how to avoid your own silly mistakes!
Here are a few tips I have on minimizing mistakes (and making the most out of each game so you squeeze all the ‘XP’ out of it you can):
– Create a notepad file on your desktop and call it your loss notes.
– Every time you lose a game, write why you think you lost it here. You don’t need to write a whole lot, a paragraph a game or so is fine. Just write down the main points and you’re good.
– After you have a few losses recorded, start reviewing your loss notes file before you play everyday, reviewing the mistakes you made yesterday.
– Putting this stuff down on paper is much easier than trying to remember it, and reading it before you play puts you in a good mindset for avoiding the same mistakes you made the day before.
– Every day before you play, make a goal to do something in game as well as possible, or to avoid a common mistake.
– By focusing on one thing or one mistake, its pretty easy to do it. If you can eliminate one mistake or improve one process every day, you’ll make rapid progress.
– Finally, get mentally prepared before a match begins. Ask yourself, what matchup am I playing? What are the key things to remember about it? How does the map affect this? Who am I playing? Does he fear me, do I fear him? How do I capitalize on his fear or minimize the losses from my own fear? What strategy is he going to do? What strategy does he think I am going to do?
– Asking yourself these questions during the loading screen or while arranging a game in the lobby will make you remember your loss notes and keep you from falling into the same traps you used to, giving you more bang for your ‘XP’.
Key questions to ask when reviewing a loss:
– What was the major turning point? How / why / when did it occur?
– Was my opponent utilising a particular strategy? If so, did I counter it correctly? What could I improve upon in regards to countering it? What were the early warning signs (for future matches)?
– Did I play to my faction’s strengths? Did I exploit my opponent’s weaknesses (faction / player -wise)?
With higher end analysis, you could go further and split the game into early / mid / late chunks, since each stage of the match has somewhat different mechanics; ie.
– Did I ever float resources over 400MP / 100 fuel?
– Did I lose the first confrontation (esp. with Wehr!!)?
– How much of the map did I have at this point? Was I harrassing my opponent’s resources enough (probably more for US / PE)?
– Was I sticking to my gameplan? If not, what disrupted this? How did I respond? Was this sufficient?
– Was I aware of the VPs remaining (for both sides)?
While some of these points appear blatantly obvious, it can help new or intermediate players to focus on particular aspects of their games which may be lacking, or that simply need reminding.