Health, Lifestyle, Diet, and eSports.

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Kiwi Unchained

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10-07-2012

[I AM NOT THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF THIS THREAD.]

Hi,

I hope that this post - as anonymous as it is - reaches the eyes of the TSM players.
Props to TSM and Jonas for having the right idea and the right path. First, allow me to say that I don't think I know everything nor do I have all the answers. I reserve the right to update and edit this as it gains exposure and hopefully comments from the community. But, only TSM and the organization know whats best for them and what paths to take. Et cetera.

I'm not going to tell you how to play the game because you're all infinitely better than I could ever be. That said, with this I believe that TSM could become an even greater powerhouse than they already are. The individual skill is there, but the teamplay and lifestyle isn't. You're some of the best gamers in the world and you've proven it in the past. You need to evolve with the scene, as it is evolving and growing. I seriously believe that your losses and hard matches with Azubu Frost can be explained by lifestyle, diet, and attitude. You should've simply went to bed and woken earlier to study Azubu Frost. [Obviously should've done it long in advance, everyone knows that. TSM included.]

The Recipe: [This will require financial investement as well as personal and organizational investment]

  • A monthly teambuilding outting. I haven't done sufficient research to know exactly what that is, but my recommendation would be an amateur sport or adult's sport of some kind. Perhaps a 5man bball league near your gaming house? Something physical, something outdoors and something that fosters friendship and team building.
  • A weekly activity where you can all blow off steam in a physical activity together. Something like fat suit wrestling or whatever.
  • Respect eachother and those around you. Conduct yourself like gentlemen boxers or something. Wear suits if you need to, to events. Make it clear you're distinguished and classy.
  • Don't let drama, girlfriends, fanboys, and etc even stay in your mind. Clear your head when you need to.
  • Learn meditation, breathing techniques and other mind-over-matter concepts.
  • Schedule. STICK TO IT. That means you go to bed by 1am or 2am. No allnighters anymore.
  • Sleep at reasonable times. You need Vitamin D, sunlight, etc. Your body needs to produce melatonin and it needs darkness. Not glare of computers.
  • Daily practices for 2hours, followed by daily team meetings for however long that takes. This should be where you try unorthodox strategies, play soloQ as duos, try new champions and then tell eachother how it went/what happened/etc.
  • Bi-weekly scrims with your rivals.
  • Pickup a sister organization, a 2nd team again, or something. Even if you just affiliate with another team/organization, that would work I think! Someone that you can have more private, 'secret' scrims with on that daily basis.
  • Diet diet diet. You should schedule an appointment with a nutritionist and dietitian to build a diet specific to each one of you. Professional athletes use them with great results. They, and others, can help increase performance.
  • Weekly quota of "brain games" - challenge your focus, multi tasking, and more. [Maybe you could use lumosity.com or something. That site would be perfect for this. Since your organization is amazing/talented, I would honestly just use lumosity's free trial and make your own system.]
  • READ! Not 50 shades of grey, not Twilight and not Hunger Games. Just 20-45minutes a day. A real book. Books like the Art of War that may give you an advantage in thought processes over opponents. And just quality literature.
  • Cheat meal from your diet together, even if it means you all order from different takeout places and eat at the same table. Twice a week maybe.
  • Play those new games at the same time, but don't get too into them. LoL is your main game, but you do need a weekly outlet to have fun on games.
  • Practice a healthy mind. This means you need to study your own internal dialogue/monologue, and make sure the words you're using are positive. Don't be too hard on yourself, and don't use negative words/imagery in your head. Stay positive. Optimistic.
  • Work-out 3 times a week, but also ensure you get at 30-45minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Diet. Make sure you're getting your Omega 3's, good carbs[there are bad carbs], the right proteins, proper # of calories you need, and avoiding the bad ****.
  • Avoiding bad ****: Don't drink energy drinks, eat smaller meals more frequently. Don't eat fast food more than once a week. No processed foods. etc.

This first draft of your "job schedule" and lifestyle tweaks if you will, amounts to about a 30 hour week. Outside of those 30 hours, you can do whatever you want as long as it's not beyond your sleep schedule hours or breaking your diet. You won't be depressed, stressed, anxious or unhealthy like the Asians. And you won't get fat. You'll feel better, look better, and perform better.

I'm not Asian and I don't know what the Asian teams do, but I do know that you can definitely do it better! Jonas did an awesome job, and I think if he had more time he could've accomplished more. North America, **** yeah!

But if you use this as almost a template and adopt it to your own "camp" [think MMA training camps, but not nearly as individually targeted as those.]

My background: I've been playing League since early beta and have had 4 accounts permanently banned with no hope of unbanning. All lv30 and several hundred games, and all decent Elo. I haven't been reported, suspended or banned in a few months now. I've learned to accept I am only "okay" or "good" at videogames and not amazing or professional, haha. [Although I don't really play League anymore, I mostly watch the streams and events because some of the pros were really awesome to me back in the day - despite me being a sketchy raging creepbag troll and holding grudges for no reason. This is me realizing that and trying to give back a lil bit.]

Best of luck in S3. :] I am hoping the best for you, CLG, and Dignitas. All of this could apply to any team in any e-sport. [Not at the expense of others, I just want to see NA dominate again.]

North America, **** yeah!


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Lucky Zilean

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Clearly you know best.


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Kiwi Unchained

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Heard some great responses off-site! Apologies for broscience/psuedoscience [we found lotsa errors in this first post of mine] but I'm trying to stimulate discussion. My points are meant more for examples and to make people think of things we usually don't care about in our youth.

I confess that I may be wrong in some points, but this is my overall message:
-Do more things as a team, and I literally mean activities that involve interaction and physical activity, etc. A sport and something cerebral.
-See a dietitian/nutrition specialist to tailor your diet. We can all benefit from this, not just athletes.
-Keep your brain on its toes.
-Reading is ALWAYS good for anyone.
-Conduct yourselves with class, manners, and still maintain that panache of gamers.
-Make a schedule and stick to it. Invest lots of time in training, but training can take more forms than just playing the game.
-By frozen food I mean things like chicken nuggets, eggrolls, etc. More or less I mean avoid processed foods.

I'm going based off my own experiences and using relevant examples. I am not a professional or a doctor.


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Fiotu

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10-07-2012

The guy who wrote that has no clue of how hard the pro teams worked leading up to the finals. TSM rarely streamed because they were always practicing. They eat mainly subway from what I could tell in their streams, while not the best, it's better that what most people eat on a daily basis. They even said they reviewed most if not all azubu frost videos they could find.

While his intentions were good, most of these ideas really aren't ideal for pro gaming. The only thing I see TSM really needing, and truthfully a lot of the pro teams is the exercise a few days a week. StVicious even said that I think he's the only member of curse who does any workouts. TSM doesn't do any, and I don't think any other NA team has a gaming house so impossible to know if they have workout schedules.

Showing up to tournaments in suits I feel would hurt more than help a team at a tournament. You practice wearing casual clothes, changing that could really throw you off your game. While it could be ok for some fan things, most fans would probably rather see them dressed casually rather than professionally. Esports is more focused on the fans than other sports, and highlighting the big differences between the fans and players could drive the fans away from that team/game. Esports is still growing, and while the big tournaments have huge crowds online and at the venues, the other tournaments do not yet. Don't wanna do anything that could risk fans not liking the teams until esports is much bigger overall. Basically some people would see this as the players flaunting their money from their streams/tournaments and turn away from them.

Pretty sure part of being a paid team in S3 meant that an organization could not have more than 1 team per region. So they couldn't have a TSM Evo again, but there was talk of weekly tournaments from riot I believe. That's good practice to go along with the scrims they should be doing.

Also the eating before you sleep makes you fat thing, its false. Your body still processes the food. It's just most people eat junk food at night.

Change daily practice from 2 hours daily to 4-6 hours daily minimum 4-6 days a week. Play league for 8-10 hours a day in S3, use soloq to work on mechanics and builds for champions you play. Remember, they are paid for this to be their full time job in s3, putting in 40 hours of game time in a week should kinda be expected. Also you can do things like dyrus does with tetris between soloq times.

Learn other roles(excluding support). What I mean is for example, Dyrus should learn ap/ad/jungle depending on what he thinks he would face the most. If he thinks 2v1 lanes, learn ad. If he thinks 1v1 lanes, ap and jungle. It helps with awareness of when ganks will come, how much dmg those champs can take and when you can all in them and win. That is an example, Dyrus might know how to play all roles, but a lot of the pro's I've seen in streams can only play 2 roles, and that 2nd role is normally support.

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You won't be depressed, stressed, anxious or unhealthy like the Asians
I don't think the asian teams are any of those. From the stuff I seen, they have workout schedules, their food is prepared for them by their manager or something and is healthy. They eat as a team. They play at the same time. They have a sleep schedule and their team manager or whoever is staying in their gaming house with them enforces it. Maybe the asian LoL teams don't have gaming houses, but I know I heard something similar to this is how the SC2 teams in Korea were run. It works, and that's why almost every pro SC2 player when the game first came out went to Korea. I stopped following that scene as much, so don't know if Korea is still the main spot for them or if NA/EU teams have picked up these scheduling things.

The biggest thing most NA teams need is that manager to enforce these schedules on the teams. Most of these gamers are out of their parents house for the first time, and have an amazing job of just playing games so they get lazy. A manager who will stand up to the whole team and enforce schedules, diets, workouts and yes even time for the community would help every NA team a lot. Expanding their community and putting aside a few hours a week to even stream ARAMs or other stuff with some of their community will help all the pro teams. Bigger community = bigger ad revenue, and it grows esports.

Don't resort to using Adderall or any other prescription stuff like that to boost your gaming. If Esports gets big enough, they would have to implement a drug test for these, so it's best to avoid it. I heard some of the asian SC2 players use prescription drugs to boost their gaming, and I hope if esports becomes big enough one day, these things will be looked at the same as using steroids in pro sports.

Just my take on it. The amount of time spent scrimming/solo queuing each week will prob end up way over 40 hours for most teams if they're serious about contending come the championship. While other teams will simply be there for the free paycheck from being a top 8 team and put in little effort to be better.