Getting Yourself Tournament Ready

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This Saturday I will be competing at East Coast Throwdown 5 in New Jersey. While preparing, I thought I should leave fellow gamers with a few tips to ready themselves for their next tournament.

Don’t forget your equipment!

This might seem obvious to a lot of you but it’s not a good feeling. Lots of tournaments expect you bring your own equipment (controllers for console tournaments, mice and keyboards in PC tournaments, headphone if needed, etc,). When I went to my first major tournament at East Coast Throwdown 4, I forgot my arcade stick. And trust me when I say that it’s no fun looking for free controller.

Pre-Register if possible.

If a tournament is offering to pre-register online, take it! Sometimes it’s cheaper than registering on-site. Plus, organized may seed you early and you will get to see who is in your part of the bracket.

Make sure you know how to get to the place.

Take the time to look up directions to the venue before you get there. Book your flights, stash some taxi money, and you’re good.

Know when your matches are.

Make sure you know what time your matches are. And when it’s time make sure you are in the playing area! You don’t want to be away from the venue when they call your match.

So that’s the list of things to do to make sure you’re tournament ready. As for how to improve your performance, there are a few more things you need to do:

Study.

Train.

Practice.

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