How To Deal With A Losing Streak In Competitive Gaming

Posted by Stacey Louise Bennett October 28, 2020 in AdviceGaming

We’ve all had those days where it feels like no matter what we do, we just can’t get anything going.
It can feel very frustrating, but don’t let it get to you.
Here are some tips that can ease the frustration and help you get back on track!

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Take a break!

If you find yourself becoming too frustrated with a game, sometimes it’s better to just turn it off and walk away. Continuing to play in this frame of mind can make it seem impossible to focus on the objective, you may even find it makes you play worse. Come back to it later, it’ll still be there.

Try a different role/setup

Sometimes, switching up what you’re doing can be the change you need. Maybe swapping from a DPS to a healer, or changing a loadout could help you?

For example, in Rainbow Six: Siege, I found that swapping from Ash who is an entry fragger, to Thatcher who is a supporting attacker was the best role for me. 

Trial and error is a good thing! Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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Play Unranked matches

This follows on from my previous piece of advice. The casual modes in games are the best place to experiment with new load-outs or a warm-up in general without it impacting your rank.

For example, I tend to swap from Rocket League’s ranked playlist to play in the casual playlist if I find myself becoming frustrated.

A break from the higher levels of gameplay that are associated with ranked playlists and the emphasis on needing to win those matches.
It’s also one of the best ways to build up confidence before returning to higher levels of gameplay.