Resurgence Hearthstone player Wesley “Lambyseries” Seek will be participating in the Hearthstone Masters Tour at Seoul tomorrow, where he competes among 300 of the top players in the world for a top prize of USD50,000. Stakes are high!
Seoul is far from the furthest Resurgence has taken its players. We’ve been to Las Vegas, California, Brisbane, Taipei and all around the South East Asian region. When you’re at a major tournament event you already know you’re good, but even the best can succumb to the psychological and physiological rigors of a foreign, high-pressure environment.
We thought we'd take the opportunity to share some tips to help mitigate the stress of travel and help you perform your best, anywhere.
Managing sleep cycle
Jetlag is terrible. Even a small timezone difference can cause unnecessary fatigue if not managed correctly. The solution? Don’t try to manage it. Trying to shove yourself into a different day-night cycle not only takes too long, it’s also going to make your life harder when you get home, only to have to adjust again.
Instead of trying to follow the day/night cycle of your destination, plan around the events you’ll have to be at. Whenever you need to be awake, make sure you have a couple hours of shuteye beforehand.
Shorter sleep times are less stressful to schedule and maintain, which will likely help you fall asleep more easily too.
If you grew up in Singapore, you’ll know that we enjoy one of the higher year-round humidity levels in the world. Our national average of about 80% is higher than most countries, and most don’t drink enough to compensate for this difference.
Even mild dehydration can cause a decrease in cognitive performance. Since esports relies so much on processing large amounts of data to make in-game decisions, it’s in your best interest to keep your noggin nice and moist.
Creating an environment to perform
How you compete should be how you train. Imagine learning to drive in a hatchback and taking your driving test in an SUV. You might still pass but you probably wouldn't do as well. When competing against people at a high skill level, even small drops in performance might cost you a win.
This is one reason why many tournaments allow competitors to bring their own mice and keyboards, and the reason you should be super aware of how you train. Emulate your environment when you're competing, while you train. Do you snack when you compete? If no, don't snack when you train.
When going up against people at a high skill level, even small drops in performance might cost you a win, and snacks are a small, small price to pay for glory.
Just don't do it like iceiceice. Only he can pull that off.
Resurgence is the largest Singapore based professional esports organization with a training facility and office in Singapore. We create exciting stories and sustainable careers for professional players and content creators. In 2018, Resurgence competed in over 60 tournaments, won 17 championship wins with 36 podium finishes and consistently qualified for premier & major tournaments regionally and globally including the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 Hearthstone Global Games at BlizzCon.
We support and uplift esports in Singapore and Southeast Asia to achieve stellar results.
Find out more about Resurgence at www.resurgence.sg.