If you’re a new gamer or even bordering on the professional tier, it’s necessary to have a variety of skills if you want to be successful. When you’re trying to level up, get the most kills, or accomplish some other objective, you might ask yourself, “What’s the best way to go about this?” Well, we’ve gathered some of the most helpful tools every gamer should have in order to be the most successful gamer possible below. Even if you have a ton of gaming experience and an entire library of games, there’s still something to learn.

Keep reading for our best tips and skills gamers of all ages and levels should know.

Basic troubleshooting

Look, we get it. You may know everything there is to know about gaming. However, one thing you may not know that you should know is basic troubleshooting. For example, if you’re experiencing screen tearing — do you know what to do? These days, you don’t just blow on your Nintendo 64 cartridge and hope for the best. PC games, laptops, and gaming consoles are sophisticated. There’s a lot more that can go wrong than just a little dust.

However, you should also know when to give up and hand over your device to a professional.

Laptop screen repair isn’t something you want to tackle by yourself, even if you’re feeling confident and knowledgeable. No amount of DIY YouTube videos will make up for the years of hands-on practice a professional has.

Grace in losing

Can you keep your calm? We’re not talking about staying cool and relaxed when you’re in the heat of the game – although that’s necessary, too. Maybe you have an enemy breathing down your neck or maybe it’s imperative you tiptoe through the shadows unnoticed. If those scenarios don’t make your hands clammy, good for you. But what happens if you crash right before the end of a race you were about to win? What if you forgot to save your game and the power suddenly goes off? What will you do if you’ve lost for the tenth time in a row against a boss?

If your answer is “freak the heck out,” you’ve got some work to do, bud. Staying calm and keeping your anger to a minimum is a skill that you’ve got to develop as a gamer. Especially if you’re trying to break into the professional gaming world. It’s a sign of maturity and it’s a skill that will carry you through situations outside of your virtual life.

If you want to practice your zen meditation skills in the face of disappointment, there are plenty of apps out there that will help you practice keeping your cool. Try the Mindfulness App and Headspace to get started.

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Practice

Pro gamers didn’t become pros just by waking up one day and deciding they were going to get to the next level. They practiced. You might love a game, but do you love it enough to play it every single day for 6, 7, or 8 hours? If you’re not willing to put those kinds of hours in – you might not reap the rewards of doing so.

Study up

Look, you might just rest on your natural talent but you’re better off studying the people who are actually successful in the industry. Watch as many pro replays as you possibly can to learn their strategies and tactics. Here are some pro gamers you should keep an eye on:

  • Kuro Takhasomi (KuroKy)
  • Saahil Arora (UNiVeRsE)
  • Peter Dager (ppd)
  • Maroun Merhej (GH)
  • Li Peng (iceice)

Find your weakness and practice

You might be a strong player but there’s always one aspect of your gaming you could improve upon. For example, do you need to work on your accuracy? Do “practice tests” and practice accuracy-based missions over and over again – until it becomes pure instinct and muscle memory. Then, when you’re at a critical point in Fortnite, all that practice will take over.

Build your skills, enjoy the results

For a gamer of any level, there are always different skills to perfect. For example, even if it’s not directly related to gaming, it pays to be calm, cool and collected. And you should emulate the top players in the industry and practice the skills you need to sharpen. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to beating levels you never thought possible.