In episode 10 of The Esports Revue podcast, the EsportsMaybe.com team take a deep dive into noob territory. Ben and Patrick breakdown how beginners can get into and start spectating a new esports scene.
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How to Get Into Watching Esports?
Choose an esport to follow closely.
Pick a video game you find personally interesting. Once you have selected your game, it is time to choose a “favorite” player. Pick someone at the top that has a history of winning. Study this player’s biggest wins. Learn the names of their most fearsome opponents. Watch all of the matches between these two players. Watch important matches from your “favorite” player’s greatest opponent.
A quick guide for everyone about how to get into watching esports.
Only watch current matches that interest you. Don’t feel compelled to watch everything. Watching every esports match for your main game will only lead to burnout. Instead, watch the big matches. Pick and choose what match contributes to the narrative you want to tell about your esport. As you practice this method, it will quickly become easier to pick out the “important” matches in a given tournament. Mastering the skill of selective watching can even unlock your ability to follow more than one esport.
Watching Esports Tournaments
Get a Taste of Competitive Gaming
Watching a large scale tournament can give you all of the excitement of an entire League of Legends season in one weekend. One of my favorite more involved entry points for anyone interested in esports is the DOTA 2 International. The noob stream for the DOTA 2 International 2014 event was unparalleled.
If You Watch the Game, Play The Game
It is easy to watch and become obsessed with a specific esports scene. If you have never played the game, what is the point of watching esports in the first place?
Having experience in actually playing the video game you like to watch can help increase your overall enjoyment of watching. A high level of experience is necessary in esports. After all, competitive gaming originated from the most hardcore roots of video games. It was once the best of the best that cared to watch esports. Today, there are casual fans watching Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, who have never actually played the game. Play the video games that you watch. You will be better for it.
Learn Your History
Studying the greatest players and teams in the past of esports contributes to understanding the current scene and its future.
Resources: Thorin’s Thoughts – The appeal of BW and unlocking new esports
An example provided by Thorin as to how you can get into other esports games. (Wonderful overview.)
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