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March 2nd, 2018

Back to my local tournament after being away for two weeks. I didn’t play a human opponent during this time. Instead, I spent the time looking at videos, watching match analysis, breaking down my VODs with some Marth and Lucina players online.

I set four goals for myself over the next month.

  1. Only watch my opponent’s character and not mine
  2. Walk more
  3. Play out of shield.
  4. Don’t drop Dancing Blade

But again, I hadn’t been playing so I was a bit nervous about how I would do. Would I be rusty? Surprisingly, when I got back tonight I didn’t drop the ball. I won a handful of friendlies, was able to hit  my four goals.

And then bracket began. I failed all four of my goals. Yes, all four. In my second match against KMoney’s Bayo, I was able to pull it back in a bit and hit #1 but I still failed in 2, 3, and 4. I realized after the set was over.

So, for the next match against Joestar’s Megaman, I tried to keep my goals but I dropped the ball again. It took a full game before I started to hit 1 and 2 but I still dropped 3 and 4.

You’d think after all of this that I’d be extremely frustrated, but, actually, I wasn’t. I feel like I played better actually, because I’m now starting to see the potential of smart play. I see it, and I know it, but I still can’t really hit it like I want, but I can see small improvements in my play and in my thought analysis.

I think the real issue here is that I need more experience. I need to not get nervous and forget about what I’m doing. I need to continue hitting these small goals, and I believe that I will continue to improve.

It’s funny though, like Snoop said a few weeks ago, just because you’re not winning doesn’t mean you’re not learning. And, I still wholeheartedly believe that. I believe that I’m getting better and it will all click pretty soon.

You can check out my progress in Esports at, follow me on Twitter @SteveJShockey, and subscribe to my YouTube page called Beyond Beta Podcast.

I’m also setting up an official Twitter at @BeyondBetaPod…bear with me as I set it all up and get it linked

Have a good one,

Steve “ShockSmash” Shockey

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