Succeeding in esports is something many hope to do and eUnited's Matthew 'Burns' Potthoff might be helping others on their way with some direct advice.
As General Manager of eUnited, it's Burns' job to look after and inspire the esports teams he works with. His experience as a GM, along with his former professional Call of Duty career, means he has a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed.
Natural talent and good shooting abilities are undeniably important in games like Call of Duty, Halo and Gears of War, you would be hard pushed to find a professional player who doesn't possess these qualities.
Since everyone around the pro level can shoot, Burns says the key to success is the other things which you can bring to your team.
What do you bring to your team outside of mechanical skill?— eU Burns (@Potthoff) 15 July 2018
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The list goes on. It's not just about shooting your gun straight anymore. If you haven't figured this out by now, figure it out.
In order to build a successful team, it needs to be made up of players who have a mixture of the non-mechanical skill qualities Burns talks about. For instance, you may not need more than one leader per roster but a good attitude and communication is pretty important for all team members.
Burns went on to say for players looking to become professional or see success, they need to look at what their other abilities are, as well as their gun skill.
Burns went on to say for players looking to become professional or see success, they need to look at what their other abilities are, as well as their gun skill
Rise Nation's Daniel 'Loony' Loza also joined the conversation to share his thoughts that no matter whether a player is a professional or an amateur, the question of whether or not they will succeed has never been down to their ability to shoot.
Pros have it figured out though, usually a loss is due to a communication issue, not being on the same page, or lack of practice.— eU Burns (@Potthoff) 15 July 2018
Burns agreed with this, saying most professional players don't usually lose because they can't shoot, but because of practice or communication issues.
While some of these points may be common knowledge, Burns' advice is the key to all competitive team's progress and is worth taking on board for those hoping to develop careers or see success in esports.
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