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Lost in the plot : streaming story-based games

The last few months of my stream have mainly moved away from anything competitive; I’ve been playing games that I’ve been meaning to cross off my list for one reason or another, and the idea (like many people will tell you) is to play while focusing on my enjoyment.

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To 3220 and back – an update to my Dota 2 journey

Despite not making it “a project” for the last little while, I’ve still been playing Ranked Dota 2. My mindset is starting to shift in that I haven’t been entirely tilted by my performance or MMR (matchmaking rank) number, because by playing with my friends I’ve been able to see a marked improvement in how […]

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Making a list: Dota 2 Support heroes

The last little bit of my Dota career has been frustrating; I seem to be hovering around the same MMR without any improvement, and no real consistent growth that moves me forward. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is my own fault, as I haven’t been setting concrete goals. Before, with BetterDota (my previous […]

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My next steps to dealing with the panic of choice in Dota

Panic is a common problem in multiplayer games — you’re faced with an innumerable amount of choices with limited information and only have a small window of time to maximize results with an. Multiplying that by dozens of opportunities a game, this can get pretty stressful, pretty quick. I’ve written about it before. Last night […]

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Weekly stream review: realigning with goals

This week I had the idea of planning out and sticking to a content schedule; mostly, I wanted to start becoming more organized with my time, and also wanted to lessen the mental load. Projects can seem pretty big until you take the time to get what exact steps you need to do them out […]

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Dealing with moments of panic in gaming: the first wall

I think the thing that frustrates me most about learning video games are the panic moments where you know what you should have done, but lack the mental clarity to put them into practice. In a high-pressure situation, I sometimes can’t connect the dots to what I’m seeing and what I need to do to successfully […]

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Dodging the matchup: playing against characters I hate

I’ve come to realize I have a little bit of a phobia when it comes to facing certain characters. This usually comes from when they’ve beat me pretty hard in the past, and that kind of carries over to future matches where I think the same thing is going to happen. There’s some commonalities between […]

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Ladder anxiety: wanting to play, but not

Like a lot of people starting out with competitive gaming, I’m having some problems with ladder anxiety. For the uninitiated, ladder anxiety happens when you avoid playing ranked (or even unranked) matchmaking due to different reasons. Some people might be hesitant to risk the rank they’ve already earned, or those that are starting out might […]

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Starting the journey: being new at Street Fighter and Dota 2

The last couple days have been an exercise in patience. I’ve decided that I’m going to put more of my effort into improving in two competitive multiplayer games: I’m going to both try to get better at Dota 2 and Street Fighter V.