Having a dip in your confidence can be a major wall to try and overcome for many players. These times where you may lack confidence can cause a lot of issues in your mental game as well as your tournament performances. Trying to regain this lack of confidence in itself can be another huge hurdle and be extremely hard to fix.
Today I want to share with you a simple, yet extremely effective technique to help you get back to your normal level of confidence and play as soon as you can. This technique is called, booking wins.
Booking wins is a term that comes from the poker community which refers to dropping down the stakes you are playing so you are playing against less experienced, less knowledgeable players. The reason players will do this is to help end a losing streak, build up confidence, and refocus their mindset to jump back up to their normal level of play.
Transferring this to VGC you can go about this in two ways:
First you can start by playing lower on the ranked ladder than you are used to. This works best on pokemonshowdown where you can just make a fresh new alt and start from 1000. If you are playing in the 1500s and just can’t seem to get wins going, dropping down to the 1000s so you can play against weaker opponents is a great way to start getting wins. Doing so will give you great mental benefits and that mental momentum can be transferred back to higher ladder and give you a better mindset to win by taking you out of the auto loss mindset.
Secondly you can play in smaller, less popular tournaments. If you are playing in large scale tournaments such as the Victory Road circuit where a large scale of the best players are participating and are not finding much success, you can start playing in smaller tournaments where they are mostly filled with newer players.
Such tournaments like TPL weekly’s, Mt.Silver weekly’s, or subscriber tournaments for some of your favorite streamers, will have a lower level of play due to there being less top name players and more newer players. Playing in these tournaments will not only increase your chance of succeeding due to the lower level of play but it will also be a great time to get practice in the best of 3 scenario which will help you get better at the best of 3 skills required to perform well once you go back to the larger tournaments.
Booking wins is all about just going down a level of play to help get you back on track mentally, and also help you work on some of your weak points that are hindering your success at the higher level of play.
You see this is a very simple tactic that is easy to do, yet proven to be highly effective. If you can’t seem to get over that mental hurdle, or break that losing streak, then implementing this tactic into your training should be very high on you priority list.
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