Competitive gaming sounds like the cushiest job in the world. Even within gaming and esports communities there's a pervasive misconception that professional players do just what it says on the tin; they play. More specifically, many are under the impression that professional esports athletes get as good as they do by just... playing a lot.
Savvier individuals will already know that this is not the case. In fact, working as an esports athlete means rigorous and systematic practice bundled with analysis and review, day after day after day after day. It means conditioning the mind and body for the strain of tournaments and the pressure to perform, learning to navigate intimate team dynamics and communication at the highest level of data transfer and cooperation.
All of this branches out from one point: a team's coach. Every team worth its salt needs a coach, who becomes the focal point through which every aspect of the team's performance is crystallised into reality, as light through a prism.
So what actually goes on in the life of an esports player? We know approximately what goes on thanks to the multitude of player interviews out there, but we took the opportunity to ask Luqman "Crowe" Abdullah, Head Coach of our League of Legends team in the Pacific Championship Series more about the dirty details of an esports athlete's training regime.
Here's Head Coach Crowe's ideal "day in the life" of a PCS athlete:
Our day starts at 10am, where players get an hour of free time to get ready for the day, whether it be washing up or getting a bite to eat before the day begins proper. After this, Crowe meets the team to set the direction of training for the day. If it's match day, they run through strategies for the days matches one last time.
After lunch, the team begins to scrim. This will last about 8-11 hours based on the day's scrim schedule and the team's performance. Each scrim would consist of a pre-game briefing and strategy, Crowe's analysis of the team's performance during the game, and a post-game review. The team also takes dinner somewhere in between scrims.
In the evening, the team splits to practice in solo/duo queue, either for general practice or targeted practice between two players. This is also the time for Crowe to review his own material and research, and define the direction for the next day.
The day ends at 2am, giving players eight hours to rest before the next training day begins, and they do it all over again. According to player needs, there would also be physical training sessions and bonding exercises planned for the team.
Over the long run, the team's success depends on how they use this system to make incremental improvements to their game, both as individuals and as a team. Improvement is found in the sum of all the scrims, analyses and drills that the team undergoes during the split. Consistency is key, and it's the coach's job to make sure training schedules are enforced and optimised on the ground.
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