How To Identify & Learn From Mistakes In TFT
It's no secret that improving quickly and efficiently in TFT isn't exactly a walk in the park for most players.
This is due to the fact that unlike most other games, your loss in TFT isn't typically the consequence of a single poorly-made decision - rather, it's generally a series of mistakes stacking up together that will throw your game out of the window.
As such, narrowing down your focus and keeping track of the sequence of events that led you astray is pretty darn tough.
Thankfully, our professional TFT players have got a few handy tips to share to help you keep track of your mistakes, correct them, and improve your gameplay in the most efficient manner possible.
Identify The Obvious Mistakes
First thing's first, sometimes you just make a blunder so big that it derails the entirety of your gameplay in one fell swoop. It's important to be able to identify these types of mistakes right from the get-go before you burrow into each and every move you made.
Some examples of these types of mistakes are:
· Not checking enemies' Zephyr count.
· Not picking up the unit that you need for your comp in the store.
· Building the wrong item.
So, what causes these types of blunders?
Generally, it can all be narrowed down to poor concentration or a sheer lack of focus on your part. The remedy here is to take your time and pay close attention, even in time-sensitive situations. This builds strong habits and your timing will improve over the course of the games you play out.
Focus On Experimenting & Adapting
While the scenarios above are pretty easy to catch and correct, given how obvious they are - some things like positioning take a little experimentation to get down pat.
The tip here is to pay close attention to how your positioning affected the fight, rather than to simply assess whether you won or lost it. At this time, you should sit down and think about how a different arrangement could have changed the situation. And if you arrive at an idea to remedy the outcome - try it out!
Again, over time, this creates reflexive habits - giving you the ability to think on the go and correct for any given situation on the fly.
Don't Stress Over RNG
At the end of the day, TFT isn't 100% skill-based. There is some luck and sheer randomness involved in the game.
In some situations, you can exhibit perfect decisionmaking, avoid all the mistakes you could have made - and you'll still lose, courtesy of RNG.
Here, it's important to not stress over it too much. As your macro-play grows stronger, it's important to differentiate between logical mistakes and correct decisions, while actively weeding out sheer RNG in order to not waste your time looking for mistakes that you didn't make.
Think Before You Do - A.K.A. The Consequence Game
Just as with most things in life - every action causes a particular reaction. And strategic games like TFT are especially bound by this little law.
Before you do anything - whether you're about to commit to a team comp, deviating from a strategy, picking up a champion, building an item - you first need to understand why you're doing it. Generally, the focus should lie around what happens next. That is the consequence of your decision.
For example, imagine yourself in the 3rd or 4th round of the game with some very deep pockets and a solid win streak. And while you'd usually want to level up on 4-1, it's natural to wonder whether hitting level 7 early would be viable or the best-case-move.
Here, there are two routes to cover. Let's say you level up. And then you win several fights in a row, now you're ahead and on your way to winning the game - great!
However, if you lose shortly after leveling up, you've just tanked your economy, crushed your momentum, and are tailing behind.
So how do you identify what's more likely to happen, and whether or not you should take the early level in the example above?
The answer lies in the factors at hand. For example, it's important to consider things like:
· The average enemy strength (items, champions, comps)
· Enemy playstyle (are they playing greedy or being flat-out aggressive?)
· Is there anyone to contest your comp?
· The strength of your item pool
Now, these are just a few factors. But it's easy to see how each could influence the probability of either of the two scenarios that stem out of taking that early level.
As such, when you review your games, it's important to take time and think why a particular decision worked or didn't work, and what could have been done to optimize it further. This helps you train your attention to focus on these seemingly minute details throughout the course of the game - and understanding the consequences of each of these elements builds up strong decisionmaking and macro-play.
And there you have it - our biggest tips on identifying your mistakes and correcting them efficiently in order to improve at TFT!
We wish you luck in your games, and if you liked the tips we provided, feel free to check out our blog for more TFT guides and lessons from high-rank players.
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