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What Does It Take To Be Truly Great At Games?

(Produced In Partnership With League of Legends) In this episode of GameSpot Chronicle we interview game psychologists, pro gamers, and athletes to find out what's going on in the minds of great playmakers and what it takes to compete at the highest level.

League of Legends is a wildly popular game played by millions of people, but only a few have achieved the skill necessary to play at the top level. Like any other game with a competitive scene, the cream of the crop--those you seen competing in esports events like the recent NA LCS--are truly on a different level from the average player. But just how exactly do they reach that point?

In the latest episode of GameSpot Chronicle, which you can watch above, we explore this very question. Can anyone reach the ranks of the very best players in a game like League, or are there other considerations--be they physical or mental--that play a key role? We spoke with psychologists, athletes, and pro players to find out what goes into competing at the highest level.

"I believe that excellence is not an accident," says Rick Fox, the former NBA player (who won multiple championships with the LA Lakers) and current owner of esports team Echo Fox. "You don't become a champion, you don't become the best in your field by coasting through and putting in some hours, by watching some film, by practicing a little more than others. No, you have to be really attentive to the details, the little things."

Check out the full video above, and be sure to also watch the previous episode, which centered around Aphromoo. His team, 100 Thieves, just recently competed in the NA LCS Summer Finals, and despite losing to TSM, qualified for the 2018 Worlds Championship in their first year as a team. Coming in first place was Team Liquid, beating out Cloud9 3-0.

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How to be a pro gamer.

1. Live with parents.

2. No job.

3. Sponge off of parents.

Any questions, see #1.

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@boblaurel: How is any sport different?

You need to train and train before you can even begin thinking about being competitive. Most athletes globally earn nothing. They live by the support of family and government.

Then, when you win, you might be able to support yourself with the thing.

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Time. Put 10+ hours per day into one game and you will be competitive with the best of them.

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As someone said below, it’s time and practice. Seriously, I game but in my late 30s, with a family to support and as a doctor, I just don’t have the time to practice and get good at games. There’s some raw talent needed, I’m sure, but when It takes me 4 months to get good at and beat an 80 hour game, I don’t have time for much else. As for most, gaming is and always has been a hobby. I decided a long time ago that I would rather spend my time on things that can actually make me money and that I’m good it, that is in being a doctor and investing.

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Forced diversity quotas so it evens the playing field.

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Both time and natural abilities. IF you suck at gaming, you'll get better with time, but you wont be a pro, never.

But if you are somewhat good at gaming, you'll git gud with some time. And even better with more time.

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The guy in the video intro mentioned valid points.

He also forgot to talk about age. You'll never have the same reflexes even if you do everything he said at 35+ to 40, versus if you do all that at 20 or even 30. So called 'professional' gaming (gamers) do require quick-thinking and 'twitch reflexes' (it's "Response Time", technically). And drinking 10L of energy drinks before an important tournament match won't save you from your body screaming at you "CALM THE F_ DOWN! I'M NOT 20 ANYMORE!".

Oh and, yeah, having no job is a requirement to start with (this isn't even a joke). If you happened to have a job beforehand chances are you won't have the time nor the energy to even think about going anywhere near "professional gaming" (competitive gaming), much less having the time to dedicate to it for practice to become good enough to even participate (much less qualify) for competition.

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1. No Job

2. Doritos

3. Mt. Dew.

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What it takes to be good at games?

...TIME! That's pretty much it.

It's like any other hobby, the more time you invest, the better you get!

I know no amazing gamers who just started playing a couple of days ago.

In the same manner, most of the hardcore gamers who "game" a lot are great at it...

It's like guitar! I am a new guitar player, I suck at it but I can feel progress and when I allow it some more time, I see more and more progress...

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@silv3rst0rm: Very true. In your case you can combine guitar with video games by playing Rocksmith 2014 as well!

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@silv3rst0rm: yeah, but i know someone whos playng guiter for like 5 years, and still play "ugly".

And i know someone who played a guitar for a year, and was already playng like a pro.

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Games are to be enjoyed regardless whether you are good at them or not.

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How do you defeat that which has no life? Lol

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@SpanishFly69: Jim... Your kids' characters are already dead.