How to Improve Your Esports Teamwork
There are very few Esports where teamwork is not the deciding factor when it comes to victory at a high level of play. Fighters, racers, and that's really it. For 99% percent of Esports titles, you're going to need a team if you want to play, and you're going to need a good team if you want to succeed.
Rainbow Six Siege, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Rocket League, League of Legends, DOTA, the list goes on and on and on.
Previously we wrote about how you can become a better individual League player, let's have a look at what you can do as a team now: https://www.boostroyal.com/blog/League-of-Legend-Coaching:-Becoming-a-Better-Gamer
Sure, your individual skill at each game makes a massive difference in the outcomes of your matches, but you can apply good teamwork to every title, so there is much more value on working on that, then anything else.
Know Your Role
The road to improving your teamwork starts at knowing your role. These roles differ from game to game, with CS having the likes of an entry fragger, and LoL and DOTA having junglers. Regardless of the title, when you have a role, you stick to it.
It doesn't matter whether or not you're doing well or want to do something else if you're prioritizing winning, then you need to do your job. If you don't, your team is going to have a gaping hole in its strategy that is going to be exploited, which is going to lead to your teammates getting angry at you, and the whole thing spirals down from there. Speaking of anger…
Getting annoyed at a teammate's poor performance is very common, especially if you've played well. It's also the number one reason that teams disband. It doesn't matter if a teammate plays bad, and even if they are the reason you lost, you need to remain calm and keep the peace.
Bickering between teammates not only gets you heated and on tilt, but it blocks up your coms.
Communication is critical to victory in a lot of FPS titles in particular. Especially respawn titles like Call of Duty. Your ability to tell your teammates what's going on is going to allow them to have a better idea of what needs to be done to win.
You need to be able to determine when you need to call for help when you think an enemy is using a particular strategy when you hear footsteps or grenades, and where each area of the map is so you can call out enemy positions. Knowing all this is going to allow your IGL to make the call that he or she needs to.
Listen to Your Leader
IGL stands for an in-game leader. They are the person responsible for calling the strategy, and the adaptations that you make mid-round. They are usually someone who is extremely knowledgeable about the game and have some serious playtime racked up, so listen to them.
This goes doubly so if you are in a premade team. With randoms, it can be annoying to take orders, sure, but when you're playing with a constructed unit, you need to listen to your leader and do what they say.