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Ranked vs casual: How to become a competitive gamer

At the end of the day, even in ranked modes, it’s about having fun.

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Have you been looking to get into competitive gaming? Casual is fun, but it doesn’t offer the boosts and benefits that ranked matches do. In most cases, switching to ranked requires reaching a certain level. It may take a lot of grinding to get there, and once you do, you’ll find that it’s a completely different scene.

Casual gaming is great for if you’re just trying to spend some hours playing with friends or playing for the story. But if you’re trying to create a team that can dominate in the competitive sphere, ranked is the way to go. Reaching that skill ceiling and having to constantly raise and maintain your rank is an adrenaline rush.

Winning ranked matches and ascending to the top takes determination, dedication, and a willingness to grind. If that sounds like you, let’s get started. (Following the tips in this article won’t guarantee wins – that’s up to you!)

Get Out of the Casual Mindset

Playing casual and playing ranked are two completely different worlds. The purpose of playing ranked is to get to the top. You shouldn’t be there to just play the game or test out new strategies. That is the purpose of casual. You should go into ranked with a true and tested strategy, using whichever player or skill set is your dominant.

Getting to the top takes the mindset of winning. You need to “get your head in the game” as a famous childhood icon once told us.

Break their Spirits

Going into ranked matches, it’s important that you put your best foot forward. You and your team should flex and show off your skills. The point is to be as aggressive with your play style as possible. This is to freak out the other team and make them surrender. If they surrender, you win.

But, this does not mean that you should verbally harass other players or do inappropriate things. Being a true champion is subjugating your opponents through your skills alone, not through bullying.

Don’t Give Up

With the exception of fighting games, matches are usually team matches. Don’t be that person who rage quits in the middle of the game or drops the match due to a faulty internet connection. Not only will you be penalized by the game, but you’ll let your team down, too. Make sure you have a strong internet connection (ethernet is always more reliable than WiFi) and don’t give up when things get tough.

Keep an Eye on the Rankings

In order to analyze your opponents and create the best strategy to get to the top, it’s important to check the rank boards. Making sure you understand the ranking system and how everything works is the only way you’ll be able to make it.

If you’re playing Dota 2 on the PC, for example, learn how Dota 2 ranks work so that you know where you stack up and how far you have to go to become a serious competitive player. The same goes for other popular MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm.

Weigh Risks and Benefits

Playing ranked is all about strategy. You have to analyze your moves, your opponent’s moves, and your teammate’s moves all at the same time. This means being able to decide which move you should make next.

You should always decide on the move that offers the most benefit with the least amount of risk. Avoid doing anything hastily. Don’t go for that kill unless you’re sure that you won’t be in critical danger.

Play What You Enjoy

At the end of the day, even in ranked modes, it’s about having fun. Why would you invest hundreds of hours into a game if you didn’t enjoy it? As long as you’re playing a game that you love, you’ll have no problem grinding your way to the top.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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