In this post, we’re going to focus on the things you can do outside of Fortnite in order to improve inside of Fortnite and increase your chances of going pro.
Youtube and Reddit are full of in-game tips to boost performance, but what players can do outside of their esport is often neglected.
Here are the ten tips for becoming a pro Fortnite player:
Hire a coach
Get the right gear
Get better at learning
Start training like an athlete
Develop a personality and reputation
Become a team player
Attend local tournaments
Face the facts
Consider varsity esports
Learn from Biofrost & Fatal1ty
If you didn’t start playing Fortnite right at the beginning then you are behind many other players.
One of the most crucial skills in esports is learning. If you can cut down on the time it takes you to learn and improve you’ll be much better off at reaching a professional level or any sort of level that can offer you financial gain.
HIRE A COACH FOR FORTNITE
I’m still unsure why so many competitive gamers are hesitant to hire a coach. People hire coaches/instructors for literally anything, even things that offer no path for a professional career.
Having an esports coach may be the best way for you to learn, or it may not be. But you won’t know until you’ve given it a fair chance.
You’re not going to get worse by hiring a coach, but you could get significantly better in a significantly shorter amount of time.
Personally, I learn best when someone is walking me through it, especially after trying to learn it myself first. It helps me “put the pieces together”.
Esports can have a big learning curve. Like I discussed earlier, you have to spend unnecessary amounts of time practicing things you’re already good at in order to practice something you’re not good at.
Fortnite is a great example of having to spend a lot of time doing things you’re already good at for small opportunities to practice something you’re not good at.
That’s one of the issues with battle royals. In Fortnite you may be lacking most in your final 1v1 game, but getting the opportunity to practice that requires a lot of time.
The biggest benefit I see to hiring a coach is reducing the amount of time necessary for improvement. Hiring a coach/player that is better and more experienced than you is an almost guaranteed way to improve faster.
An additional benefit is learning how to accept advice and critique, a skill that can be difficult for many to develop but is crucial if you are to become a pro gamer.
In fact, being coachable is a skill in itself. If you make it onto a high-level team but struggle to work as a team and listen to the IGL it won’t matter how good you are as some players won’t put up with it.
Saving time might not seem like a big deal to you if you’re younger, but you need to realize that there are many other things you could be improving in your life that would also help you improve in your game.
If you’re required to spend all of your time in-game these other areas are going to suffer.
Learning requires mistakes, and mistakes take time. A Fortnite coach has already gone down the path you’re currently going down and can help keep you from wandering off of that path.
If you’re serious about hiring a coach and increasing your likelihood of becoming a pro Fortnite player, there are two great options that I recommend checking out.
The first one is gamersensei.com, they exclusively focus on esports coaching:
The second one is with Fiverr.com. They are starting to attract a lot of great esports coaching talent and I expect that to only grow over time:
And don’t complain about having to pay for a coach. When I was 15 years old I got my first job dishwashing and I saved up for the latest Nvidia card (a laughable 128mb) just to ensure I had consistent and max fps in counter-strike 1.5.
Besides, in the business world, it’s common for people to work at a company for free just to learn from those with more experience.
If you do hire a coach, milk that opportunity and ask as many questions as you can. In fact, write down all the questions you can think of before starting your work with them to get the most bang for your buck.
Coaches are also great for helping Fortnite players break through plateaus. A coach may be able to better identify your weaknesses and what you need to work on.
They may also be able to help you see things you haven’t seen in yourself, like bad habits you’ve developed over time.
If you’re just not in a place where you can afford to pay for a coach/mentor, check out your esports subreddit. You may be able to find free coaches/mentors on Reddit Fortnite or its Discord channel.
In fact, this is how a lot of the paid coaching services started and many gamers are happy to give a helping hand in their community. Often, teaching is the best way to learn.
GET THE RIGHT GEAR FOR FORTNITE
Using the right gear can have a drastic impact on in-game performance for Fortnite.
For those that say getting proper gaming gear is just hype, I would argue that you’ll never see a pro using a mouse with a ball in it (if those even exist anymore) and you’ll never see a pro using a monitor made in the 90s.
My point is that you’re going to eventually get high-end gaming gear, so if you can get it now, you’re training will be better off. It’s always best to train the way you’ll be competing.
I will say, however, that once you get into the actual higher-end gaming gear products, the differences between everything is pretty minuscule so there’s no need to complicate things.
A lot of it comes down to preference with either the shape/feel or the brand itself.
If you want to check out some of my recommended esports gaming gear then head on over to ‘Gaming Gear’ section in the Recommended Gear section.
Pro Player Setup – Bizzle
Here is what pro Fortnite player “Bizzle” uses:
Mouse: Finalmouse 2016 – Classic Ergo
Keyboard: Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface
Monitor: Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor – AW2518H
Headset: Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO
While you won’t see a pro Fortnite player using a ten-dollar mouse and a basic wireless keyboard, you also won’t see them testing out every single keyboard, mouse and monitor on the market.
It’s pretty difficult to test out a lot of different gaming products.
Gamers often stick with what was first comfortable or what was given to them by sponsors.
As long as you’re shopping within the gaming products line, the differences between everything is pretty minimal and subjective.
GET BETTER AT LEARNING IN FORTNITE
Now that you’re geared up, let’s look at some things you can start focusing on outside of Fortnite to start getting better inside of Fortnite.
When I ask gamers, “what’s the number one thing that separates esports from more traditional sports?” I get all sorts of answers.
Some say it’s static, meaning the athletes don’t really move much. Some say it’s more like chess as strategy trumps physical preparedness.
Whatever the answer I get, it’s almost always wrong (well, in my opinion).
The number one thing that separates esports from traditional sports is learning.
Now, what would make me say such a thing?
Hear me out. Let’s take chess for example since I already mentioned it. There are chess masters who have literally dedicated their lives to chess (but for some reason that’s more acceptable over gaming).
Chess can seem complicated at first, especially when learning as a child. But over time, you start to understand the fundamentals. Chess masters get to a point where they are more akin to a computer as they can visualize almost every possible move in the game.
Ok ok, so what’s my point? Well, imagine if chess received “patches” or “updates” every few weeks. Imagine if one month the horse moved in an “L” shape then the next month the horse moved in a “C” shape.
See where I’m going with this?
Fortnite undergoes significant changes on a regular basis. It doesn’t change as much as some games did. LoL, for example, used to get patched every two weeks requiring the players to constantly learn new meta.
The fundamental skill of learning is not required in more traditional sports the way it is in esports. Athletes are able to reach a certain point of mastery that results in less time spent on skill development.
This allows athletes to focus more on building up weaknesses to reduce injuries and to spend time in other meaningful activities outside of sports.
Not so much in esports. This explains why some Fortnite players feel the need to practice all day. If you want to be a professional Fortnite player, it’s not enough to be the best at the current version, you need to continue being the best at every new version that comes out.
While there’s no official patch/update timeline for Fortnite, you can get a heads up for big changes from their official Twitter account.
GET MORE EFFECTIVE AT PRACTICE IN FORTNITE
Part of getting better at learning is getting better at practicing. Esports has a long way to go in its sport specific training.
If developers worked more closely with professional Fortnite players, training tools could be developed to allow players to practice particular skills rather than being forced to play entire matches for an opportunity to practice one thing.
Getting more effective at practice means getting more done in less time. It is trying to get the same amount accomplished in two hours instead of something like six hours. Consider this.
When you first started playing Fortnite, how much of it was new to you? All of it I assume. And what happened?
You learned tons of stuff really fast.
Then, as you played more, the excitement of something new probably died off, you memorized the entire map and you probably started learning a lot less even though you were spending more time playing.
Now, think of why you were learning so much so fast at the beginning of Fortnite. What does a new game, especially a competitive one like Fortnite, require from the very start?
Focus. You were 100% focused when you first started playing Fortnite because you had to be.
As time went on and you became much more proficient, you probably started focusing a lot less, you started developing muscle memory with various movements and you started to just sort of sleepwalk your way through matches and practices, thinking that if you just put in the time you would automatically get better.
Most people have heard the old sports saying, “practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”.
And what this quote is trying to get across is the point that practice requires so much more than just time.
Perfect practice means one must go into a practise or training session with motivation, focus, goals, intentions and a clear plan on what the training is for and what is meant to be achieved.
Powerlifters will often have every movement, every set and every rep mapped out for several months of their training and there is clear reasoning behind all of it.
Competitive gamers, especially Fortnite players, often just go through match after match after match with no real intentions. They might think that if they play ten hours instead of five they are going to become better.
What they neglect to consider is that those extra five hours could be forming bad habits and are most likely responsible for burnout and injury.
There is something called “the law of accommodation”.
Vladimir M Zatsiorsky, a renowned biochemist, stated that the response of a biological object to a given constant stimulus decreases over time. What does this mean in the sports world?
When an athlete does the same activity over and over, they will plateau, and potentially get worse at the activity.
A basketball player doesn’t just shoot a three-pointer and run layup drills for eight hours a day, and an Olympic weightlifter doesn’t just do snatches and clean and jerks.
In the esports world, this could mean that spending more time in a game is not necessarily better than spending less (in fact, it could be worse).
There is an optimal range for practicing any given activity.
If you could get the same results with 3 hours of practice instead of 8, you’ve now gained 5 hours to spend on injury prevention, demo watching and recovery.
START TRAINING LIKE AN ATHLETE FOR FORTNITE
If esports are real sports and if gamers are athletes then start training like one.
This is an area where I see many Fortnite players go wrong. They still think “more is better” with regard to playing Fortnite and often neglect all other areas of competitive training.
If you disagree with my initial statement about sports and athletes, I suggest you check out my post Should Pro Gaming be Considered a Real Sport?
In that post, I discuss some of the findings from Professor Ingo Froböse who has been studying esports and esports athletes at the German Sports University of Cologne for over five years now.
I think you may be surprised to find out how demanding competitive gaming really is, especially at the elite level. And you may be shocked to realize just how unprepared esports athletes are both physically and mentally for their esport.
Now, similar to my discussion on how to learn better, training like an athlete may require you to learn how an athlete trains.
Regarding esports, psychology and the mental side of things is very important. Professional esports teams are starting to recognize the value of hiring sports psychologists.
I’m a registered social worker with a master’s in social work. I’ve practiced psychotherapy and have been amazed at the amount of baggage the average person walks around with day to day.
For an athlete, this can be extremely detrimental to performance. It can sometimes be the explanation for why a top-level player chokes during finals.
There’s also the physical side of training like an athlete. Is physical training absolutely necessary for esports?
Clearly no, as many pros neglect physical training but excel in their esport. But esports is still in its infancy stage and has a lot to learn with sport-specific training.
ESPORTS INJURY Jung “Mvp” Jong Hyun: “Because of the pains in my spine, sometimes my arm will go numb. My shoulders feel terrible. Sometimes, I can’t even pick up the mouse”
The truth is, esports careers can be short-lived. Some say the average pro career is less than 2 years for LoL. CS:GO and other FPS pros seem to last a little longer, but it’s still kind of rare to find someone approaching 30 years of age.
Could a lack of physical preparedness explain this? Possibly. For a more in-depth discussion on gaming injuries, check out my post Pro Gaming Injuries – What Gamers Need to Know.
ESPORTS INJURY Lee “Flash” Young Ho: “At the beginning, my arm was stiff and I was not able to hold my mouse. It even hurt me a little, but I am doing my hardest to recover”
Humans aren’t meant to use a computer for hours on end. If, after reading this, you still decide that exercising isn’t for you, at least try to move more often.
Ten to fifteen minutes of walking around per every hour of sitting is a fantastic protocol, but you actually have to do it.
In case those esports injuries made you panic you can check out some esport specific training on the Cyber Athletiks Youtube channel.
DEVELOP A PERSONALITY AND REPUTATION IN FORTNITE
You have to put your “print” on the game, every game, especially if you’re playing with top players. Even something as simple as Stewie2k who became known as the aggressive onliner who jumped through smokes for CS:GO.
Think about your favourite gamers, why do you like them? Is it just about their skill? Would you watch them on stream even if they were silent the whole time? If so, would you still watch a robot who had skill?
The point I’m trying to make is that there is probably a lot more to why you like your favourite esports athletes other than their ingame skill. Perhaps they always give funny interviews.
Or maybe they’re a genuinely nice person on stream. Heck, maybe you like the trash-talking “jock” type of player. Whatever the reason, there’s still a reason beyond them just being good.
START STREAMING FORTNITE
This is a great way to help develop a personality. A lot of people are intimidated by streaming and for good reason. Streaming opens you up to the world.
Even my first youtube video was very uncomfortable for me to make, I couldn’t stop thinking about who is going to be watching it.
But like most things, it will get easier with time. Streaming is also a great way to start getting comfortable with an audience.
Being a professional gamer means the additional stress of performing in front of others. This “performance” is a skill in itself.
It’s ok if you only have a few viewers for months on end. No one is going to notice you if they can’t find you. It could be a couple of years before you even have a respectable audience.
This is online marketing 101, it takes time and patience, that’s why most people never make money online, they give up after they didn’t become a millionaire in two months.
BECOME A TEAM PLAYER IN FORTNITE
Now I know squads is still a growing area for Fortnite competitive play, but even if you plan on sticking to solo competition, you’re likely not practicing alone.
If it’s a team-based game, you need to communicate. Over in my Recommended Gear ‘Knowledge’ section, I have some book recommendations for learning how to communicate better.
One of which is “Say What You Mean” by Joseph Goldstein. This book is often reviewed as the book for developing better interpersonal communication. Every Fortnite player should read this book if they’re serious about being competitive.
Learning how to communicate better also helps reduce player tension and problems between team members. Disputes are often caused by misunderstanding and inabilities to communicate what one really means.
This inability to truly communicate causes frustration within ourselves and for others. And don’t think I’m saying this because Fortnite has so many young professionals, most full-grown adults are terrible at communicating as well.
ATTEND LOCAL FORTNITE TOURNAMENTS
Competing in tournaments is a skill in itself. There’s going to be a different kind of pressure and you’re going to need to play for extended periods of time while consistently performing well.
Having more tournament experience under your belt will make you more appealing to teams looking for new players. It’s one thing to dominate Fortnite in the comfort of your room or at home, but it’s a whole different game when you’re attending an actual tournament.
The last thing you want recruiters or scouts thinking is, “but can they do that on stage?”.
The same goes for other sports like powerlifting actually. Lots of people post their biggest lifts on Instagram or Youtube, but when it comes time to compete in a tournament, they choke because they haven’t practiced the skill of official competition enough.
I wrote a post with some tips for entering your first competitive gaming tournament that you can check out here.
Since I don’t know where you live, I can’t really recommend a local tournament for you. That’s going to be up to you, but I imagine your city’s Reddit page would have a posting for a Fortnite tournament.
When in doubt, just google “[your city] Fortnite tournament”. If you’re looking to get some more online tournament experience try searching Battlefy’s listings by clicking here.
FACE THE FACTS FOR BECOMING AN FORTNITE PRO
In one of my earlier posts How To Become A Pro Gamer – What No One Ever Tells You I discuss some of the darker realities of being a pro gamer, or at least aspects of pro gaming that many young gamers don’t consider.
For a great inside look at the trials and tribulations of being a pro gamer, check out “Free to Play“, a documentary that follows three Dota 2 players: “Fear”, “hyhy” and “Dendi”.
Once you are a professional gamer getting paid by both an organization and sponsors, there are numerous expectations placed on you.
Being a professional anything inherently means there are certain expectations placed on you and that you will have to make sacrifices.
Being a professional gamer requires an immense amount of dedication. Pro gamers competing in esports want to be the best, and if that doesn’t describe you, then you won’t last long.
At the time of writing this post (April 2019) Fortnite has an estimated 250 million users. Granted, many of these users aren’t “competitive” in the true sense, but there’s still a lot of players dreaming about winning some big tournament money one day.
The exact number of pro Fortnite players is difficult to determine. But let’s compare it to League of Legends which has roughly 100 million players and roughly a thousand professional players.
That means 1 out of every 100,000 players will become pro. That’s significantly less than a 1% chance. We can be generous and apply the same odds to Fortnite even though LoL has a much more established professional scene than Fortnite.
But think of it like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. And even if you don’t become a professional Fortnite player in the “true” sense, there’s still plenty of money to be won.
HOW MUCH DO PRO FORTNITE PLAYERS MAKE?
If you are trying to be a pro Fortnite player then you’re probably wondering if it’s even worth it. Here are some of the top earnings for pro Fortnite players.
Keep in mind, this is purely tournament winnings. This chart represents the total awarded money to date for each esport:
Just in case you aren’t aware, Fortnite is by no means the “big player” in esports. Several other esports are far more lucrative if we’re talking about professional earnings and potential annual tournament winnings:
Esportsearnings.com (April 2019)
Fortnite is still really new to the scene and battle royals haven’t yet “proven” themselves as esports.
Part of the issue is due to the spectator aspect. Once there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars on the line, camping becomes a very attractive tactic in Battle Royals.
Plus, Fortnite still needs to work out bugs so issues like the one in the video aren’t broadcast live with big money on the line.
CONSIDER VARSITY ESPORTS
Varsity esports has been exploding over the last few years. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) was officially formed in July 2016. When they first formed, there were only 7 colleges/universities that had esports programs.
Over 100 institutions now have varsity esports teams. More and more schools in the US are contemplating how they can create their own teams and enter the esports industry. Hiring your own coach doesn’t seem so silly now does it? Especially if it could help get you a scholarship specifically for Fortnite.
I also wrote a whole post on Scholarships for Gamers – Can Esports Pay for College? I go in depth more on the emerging varsity esports scene and why varsity esports may be a better option for gamers who are trying to become a pro.
CONSIDER LIFE AFTER ESPORTS AND FORTNITE
Esports and Fortnite won’t fulfill you forever. As you continue to grow older and develop as a person you’re going to find that esports doesn’t fulfill you and your life in the same way it does now.
I’m not saying you’ll get bored of gaming, I’m merely pointing out that you are going to find yourself searching for other ways to find meaning in your life that aren’t esports.
For a great book on how athletes can focus on what really matters in life while trying to be the best, check out Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court by John Wooden which I have in my Recommended Gear section.
LEARN FROM BIOFROST AND FATAL1TY
The typical guide, article or video on “how to become a pro gamer” often insinuates that one must give up everything and focus entirely on their esport.
This is just plain false and this kind of thinking isn’t found in the more traditional sports world (well, not to the same extreme).
Sure, there will be sacrifices. When I started this website I sacrificed a lot of my recreational time that would have otherwise been spent gaming.
But if you sacrifice everything, you’re not really doing yourself any favours. Humans try to live fulfilling lives and we often operate best the more fulfilled we are.
Unless your esport fulfills every facet of your life, you’re going to run into problems if you do nothing else except game. In fact, I would argue that your performance will suffer as your mental and physical health will start to decline.
The more you are able to stay productive in other areas of your life while still being competitive, the better off you’ll be. But figuring out how to do that is ultimately on you.
A great resource for learning how to become pro is to learn from those who have done it really well.
BIOFROST – MOBA
In case you think I’m just dreaming this stuff up I want to discuss a real-life example that can be found in the story of Vincent “Biofrost” Wang. Biofrost was a rookie support player that made his debut on TSM and went on to place first at the LCS and competed at worlds in 2016.
While Biofrost was climbing the ranks he continued with University, completing two years before dropping out to become a professional gamer. He remained social and saw value in sustaining the friendships he had.
Biofrost juggled multiple responsibilities while still climbing the ranks of LoL and breaking into the professional scene.
This allowed Biofrost to be so much more than a “one trick pony”. He effectively juggled multiple responsibilities with social skills, academic skills and more.
He had the ability to focus on one thing, stop, then focus on another thing and achieve success in multiple areas.
Who do you think is more attractive to an organization, team, sponsor or college? The person who’s always lived with their parents and spends sixteen hours a day practicing, or the person who has been able to achieve success both inside and outside of esports?
FATAL1TY – FPS
Nowadays, you don’t see players switching between games very often. Some streamers like Shroud have been successful, but they’re typically the exception.
Some of you may not be aware of one of the greatest esports athletes of all time, Fatal1ty. Fatal1ty was a professional gamer before professional gaming was “cool”. He turned pro in 1999 at the age of 18.
Fatal1ty won several world championships and won or placed extremely well in many more tournaments. Here’s a list of some of the games Fatal1ty competed in:
Aliens versus Predator 2
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Call of Duty 2
Unreal Tournament 2003
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
For a more in-depth look at Fatl1ty’s legacy, check out the ‘Thorin’s Thoughts’ video below on him. You can also check the MTV’S True Life on Fatal1ty by clicking here.
It gives a good look into how serious Fatal1ty takes his training and the professional side of gaming. Show some support to an OG and go subscribe to his Youtube channel. He’s still active and fragging in many different titles.
Fatal1ty was extremely dedicated to esports. He took it seriously and everything he did outside of gaming was done with the intention of boosting ingame performance.
What strikes me, given his young age, is how “professional” he was with being a professional gamer. If you didn’t know he was gaming you’d think he was an athlete in any other type of sport.
Keep in mind, Fatal1ty succeeded during a time when esports was still relatively underground.
There was no twitch or social media or sponsors actively looking for gamers (or even fancy gaming chairs).
So there you have it. This post focused primarily on what players can do outside of Fortnite in order to improve inside of Fortnite and increase their chances of becoming pro.
In fact, that’s what Cyber Athletiks is all about—Esport Specific Training. Every sport has a specific way to train for it and esports should be no different.
If you’re finding yourself stuck or plateauing even though you are increasing the amount of time you’re playing Fortnite, then consider implementing the above tips.
But if you liked these type of tips then check out my post How to Become a Pro Gamer – ULTIMATE Guide where I go a little deeper into this sort of stuff.
In case you came for more generic tips on how to be pro, I’ve had someone write up some tips you can check out down below.
The world of competitive gaming has never been more exciting than it is now. Not only do we get awesome free to play games, but now you can earn a living for gaming. One of the biggest games to go pro in right now is Fortnite. In fact, the masterminds behind Fortnite, Epic Games, put up a $100 million prize for the 2018 to 2019 season. That’s no chump change.
Fortnite Isn’t Just for Kids
Don’t let Fortnite’s cartoony graphics fool you. This game is a challenge for even the most hardcore gamers. That’s why becoming a pro Fortnite player is such a coveted and cushy situation.
While the game has a storyline and a single-player experience (called Save the World), the real meat of this game is in the Battle Royale play mode. It’s a free-to-play, player versus player kill-fest with action up the wazoo. With a player base in the multi-millions logging into Fortnite, competition is fierce.
Even with that many players, it’s still possible for you to become a pro Fortnite player with some planning, effort and some ‘god given talent’.
Get the Right Equipment
Unlike many other professional Esports games, Fortnite can be played on multiple platforms. Between PC, Mac, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, you have lots of choices. Pick the one that suits your playstyle and get ready to dive in.
The main consideration for all platforms is your internet connection. With 99 other players on at the same time, you’re going to need a beefy, stable, persistent internet connection. Ditch the wifi and plug right into the modem.
Consoles have it easy—they just work with Fortnite, so there’s nothing special for you to do. If you go the computer route, you might be surprised to know that the specs aren’t all that demanding.
The minimum specs for Fortnite are:
Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OSX Sierra
Processor Core: i3 2.4 Ghz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Video Card: Intel HD 4000
The recommended specs for Fortnite are:
Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor Core: i5 2.8 Ghz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Video Card: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
Video Memory: 2 GB VRAM
Credit to Whelsko
No matter which platform you choose to play on, you will have to train. Fortnite’s Battle Royale play mode can be cutthroat. In fact, that’s the whole point. While you can go in solo, duo, or in squads, this game boils down to tactics and good sense for every player.
Before you can consider your professional Fortnite career, you really do need to learn this game. There are a lot of nuances to it and it’s unlike anything else out there. Additionally, major updates can completely change the gameplay, so you’ll need to consistently be playing.
Yes, you can just jump in and have fun, but that’s not why you’re here. If you’re serious about going pro, there should be a strategy for your training.
This is actually where my biggest issue with esports lies: practice. In Fortnite, you may have many strong skills already, whether it’s building, aim or just pure survival. But let’s say you have one big weak point, surviving the final 10.
Well, in order to practice that, you need to continuously start matches and make it to the final top 10, something you’re already good at. Compare that to more traditional sports like basketball, where you can pick a weak point like layups, practice doing just layups and become better at layups by the end of practice. In esports, you’re often spending more time practicing things you don’t need to practice, which accounts for the long hours pro gamers put in.
Unfortunately, there’s no fix for this and it’s an issue in all esports. Until gamers can work more closely with developers to create specific training tools, gamers are going to have to continue to spend an unnecessary amount of time practicing their weak points, which puts them at an increased risk of injury.
Get a Feel for Fortnite
First, play a little of the single player game. This will get you used to the graphics, the mechanics, and the controls. This is a good time to upgrade any of your equipment, such as your internet, mouse and keyboard for a computer, or your controller if you’re using a console.
Don’t Forget to Build
One of the biggest draws to Fortnite is the clever, unique base system. This isn’t just a “murder to win” kind of game. You need to understand and utilize all the in-game tools.
In short: Learn to build and then learn to build well. Your base will save your life. Think you’re already great at building? Watch the beginning of this clip:
Hop Into the Fray
Once you have a feel for the game, you can jump into the Battle Royale play mode. For your first several games in Battle Royale, don’t expect to win. Better yet, don’t even play to win. Consider this your reconnaissance mission.
Pay special attention to players that seem to be doing really well. Take note of how they play, their tactics, and how other players are responding to them. All of this will come in handy when you go pro.
Land in the Right Area
Aim for the less populated areas at first, but don’t go to the empty places. You need to work your way up to the big battles, but you can’t do that in an empty field. The best spots will change over time, but right now aim for Pleasant Park, Shifty Shafts, and Retail Grove to start with.
Once you’re ready to start practicing your aim, drop into the more popular areas like ‘Tilted Towers’ that feel more like a deathmatch. This is one of the more convenient ways to get a lot of aim practice in.
You can’t focus just on battles and building. You’ll eventually run out of things to build with and ways to take cover and heal. Gather every resource you come across. Seek out new resources if your spot seems lacking.
Since you’ll be on the move quite a bit, look for resources along with your journey and keep yourself stocked up.
Shoot, Build, Heal, Repeat
Fortnite will keep you thinking and acting. If you’re sitting still, chances are good you’re about to die.
If you’re not shooting, you should be building. If you’re not building, you should be healing or gathering resources. Never hang out in the open—wall yourself in.
Basically, let no second pass by without you actively doing something.
Credit to Whelsko
If you’re getting close to another player, build up, not out. You’ll have the better position and a better chance of winning if you can get above your opponent.
I cannot stress this enough. You will not heal over time in Fortnite’s Battle Royale. If you don’t find healing items, you will die a fast and painful death. Look for bandages, juice, and medkits.
Color-Coding for The Win
Since you start without weapons, you’ll need to find them quickly the moment you land. The weapons come in colour-coded tiers. Starting with gray as the weakest, you can find green, blue, purple, and orange, each colour representing a higher and more powerful tier.
Switch out your lowest gear with newer, higher gear as you find it. There is no reason to grow attached to any one weapon.
Practice Like Your Life Depends On It… Because It Does
After a few Battle Royale matches, you should have a pretty good idea what kind of competition you’ll be up against trying to go pro. It should be clear by now that you need to practice a lot.
Unfortunately, a common new player mistake is practicing too much too soon or practicing the wrong way.
When trying to get better, pick something to get better at. Like I said above, this is difficult in esports. However, don’t just jump into matches continuously and try and improve at “everything”. Spend several matches trying to improve at something specific. Better yet, spend an entire day of matches focusing on improving one aspect of your game.
You could, for example, decide that your building or editing technique needs some improvement in speed. Spend the next bunch of matches focusing solely on that aspect. Go to a quiet corner of the map and just keep building and editing.
Or maybe your sniping needs some work. Spend a day or two only using snipers. Start learning how to account for bullet drop and how to lead the snipe shot for move targets.
After each death, you need to stop and take a moment to analyze why you just died. What could you have done differently? Were you not anticipating what your opponent was going to do? Did you find yourself panicking? Don’t get upset about making mistakes, get upset when you don’t learn from them.
Change Up Your Practice Time
When you go pro in Fortnite, you’ll be playing against 99 other people from all over the place. They’ll come with their own playstyle and tricks, so you need to be ready with your own. The best way to develop your own tricks is to play against as many people as possible.
Between matches, take notes. Graph those puppies if you have to, but make sure each match teaches you something new. Anytime you notice a good strategy used against you, make sure you remember it and figure out how to counter it next time.
It’s all about quality of quantity. Lots of people have thousands of hours logged in for Fortnite, but few make it to the top.
Watch the Current Pros
Another great way to learn to dominate in Fortnite is to watch the current pros. You can find them all over the place, but a good place to start is Youtube. You can also check out the pro Fortnite players on Twitch.
Many pro players have their own websites or channels dedicated to teaching new players how to excel. Spend some quality time checking out their tips, tricks, and tutorials to up your game.
Just remember, the goal is to get to a point where you can analyze your own gameplay and be receptive to others analyzing your gameplay. Like I discussed above in the training section, learning how to think about your own mistakes and weaknesses will be far more beneficial than watching others.
Watching others, however, does provide you with additional tips and tricks that you may have never considered if you only thought about your own gameplay. Many streamers also offer live commentary of their thought processing, and this can help you frame your own thought processing during practice.
Build A Following
If you’re good enough to win some of the tournaments, you’re good enough to get a following. It’s time to get your own Twitch stream or a Youtube channel. Hell, why not hit every possible avenue?
Make a name for yourself, get noticed, get some fans, and keep riding the fame train. There are markets for coaches, training videos, and even a way to boost other players’ stats—though your morals will need to lead the way on that particular road.
The point is that even without an Esports backer filling your pockets with cash, you can start to make money pretty early on. Be creative!
Fortnite is an incredible game with a unique style in both graphics and mechanics. It’s still fairly new to the Esports arena, but it’s gaining momentum and will likely steamroll other games in no time.
With each new update, Epic Games adds another layer of complexity to an already impressive game. Jump into the pro Fortnite player pool now while the competition is still comparatively small. Then, much like Fortnite’s gameplay, you’ll just need to defend your position to stay on top.
I’m the gamer behind Cyber Athletiks. I live in Canada and began competitive gaming near the dawn of esports. I’ve loved watching the scene grow to where it’s at today.
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