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From Bronze To Grand Champion: A Few Tips To Boost Your Rocket League Gameplay

Rocket League is a game of champions, ultra-champions, and brainless savages. The mental arithmetic of aerodynamics-mixed-jet-engine-mixed-sportscar action leaves little wiggle room, and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s frustrating as all hell to wind up face-down after an enemy’s ball sails into your goal. Regardless of skill level, everybody has to start somewhere, and these tips can help boost you from the common man into the top 1% of Rocket League elite.

From Bronze To Grand Champion: A Few Tips To Boost Your Rocket League Gameplay
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Go Against The A.I Until It Becomes A Breeze

Even a few warm-ups against rookie-level bots is going to help you in the long run. It’s a great place to learn the fundamentals, and once you’re there, learn uber-fundamentals. The 1v4 level that “Unfair” sees is going to teach you proper placement and contest control, and pitting yourself in a 1v4 can help you handle 1v2’s in actual games like it’s a breeze. Precise car placement is vital as you start to climb up the ranks, and a rigged AI game will get you used to the feeling of being outnumbered, forcing you to make smarter plays.

Train, Train Again, Then Train Some More

The training mode is there for a reason: to help get you comfortable with shots and blocks both on the ground and in the air. The difficulty of these are going to scale, so when you see one mode becoming too easy, you’ll know that you did a good job when it comes down to actual timing. Try doing these until the moves come off as second nature and the doubt in trying it is non-existent. The community has done a very great job at creating custom training scenarios that mimic real-life plays on both the amateur levels and those that compete for esports teams in real life.

Stop Being A Ball Hog

We get it. The main objective to winning is this game is to score, and you aren’t as confident in your teammates’ abilities as you are in yours. But it’s hard to tell in these moments if ball-hogging is actual confidence or overconfidence. You have teammates for a reason, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you realize that many people are just as (if not more) competent than you. If you don’t feel that way and you’re playing ranked, then any insult to them is really one that’s hitting you as well.

Advice To Play By

Be decisive. If going for the ball is the best option, then go for it. Same for guarding. Hesitation is always punished in Rocket League and no one likes seeing “Wow” or “Nice Save” being spammed sarcastically after a miss.

-There is no such thing as a designated goalie. If you see your teammate is going after the ball and left the goal open, then swap or risk the opposing team scoring. Otherwise, you really deserve that “Nice Save” spam.

-Let off the boost once you see the exhaust turn purple. You’ve hit max speed and holding it down longer will just eat up your boosts and leave you dashing/dodging for coverage.

-If you see the opponent is rushing to your goal with the ball, and you’re facing the opposite direction, then powerslide to turn around and get there. Sure, backflips look cool, but so is getting there on time for the block. Backflipping across the map will just slow you down.

-Going for aerials when you’re closest to the ball is a good bet. Even if you aren’t great at them, the opposing team won’t know that until/if you miss. They’ll freeze up and wait for the ball to bounce off your car. That’s hesitation. Punish it.

-Collisions are going to happen. Bumping into cars is an intended game mechanic that can really tilt you when it’s from your buddy. They don’t mean to, and if they are, play nice and feed them some passes. Any step aside from being toxic back to them is a step closer towards a win.

I’m no pro, but I know a thing or two about flying cars when I see ‘em. Be sure to test these Rocket League tips out on your own to take your game to the next level.

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