Smash Ultimate’s online netcode is infamously lackluster. While it’s playable, the lag and input issues can cause negative emotions which in turn may contribute to players blaming others for losses. As if players don’t deal with enough negativity thanks to Smash online, backlash over losses may result in feuds on Discord chats or unwarranted attention on social media.
However, with the right mindset and respect for your opponent, you can avoid that altogether. In fact, you might even meet a new acquaintance or even a friend along the way. While the vast majority of players will go through even their strongest online opponents without ever seeing them again, communicating with said players works to your advantage.
Saying “GGs” to a player you met online could build a new bond with a complete stranger. By opening up with respect, you might find yourself with a new player to train with. This in turn can give you incredible matchup experience and help you improve as well. The two of you could also fight on the same Discord server and also run into more people around your level to train with.
I should also mention this tremendously benefits players who cannot practice offline due to varying reasons. If this means communicating with total strangers who become a strong training partner, then you’re making the most of your opportunities.
Surprisingly, I rarely find players that ended up being rude or even dismissive after sharing respect. We often add each other on Discord and play matches and sets. This will allow us to see where we stand in our own skill level before deciding on what to do in order to improve. Having a legitimate opponent to train with goes much further than fighting randos on Elite Smash. As such, that rare breed of random player that has an incredible skill level might be your key to soaring past your limits!
As someone who trains almost exclusively online, I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a worthy opponent. Someone with both skill and a strong connection can give me a solid training partner. One with good manners, mutual respect, and the drive to improve comes with only a handful of players.
And yet, when I find these people, some of them end up being incredibly talented players. While some might be Wi-Fi Warriors, others might be ranked in their local scene or making waves. Moreover, the former has the potential to enter offline tournaments and bust brackets along the way.
With that being said, new opponents who can adapt well give me a hardy challenge. If you’re looking for that challenge, find people who have Discord tags when you match them and add them. If they have “.tv” in their tag, you may also be fighting a Twitch streamer. By meeting them on their stream page, they may also share a few positive words about your play with their viewers should you stop by and say hello. This in turn also helps their stream making it a win-win of sorts.
The best part about a strong competitive scene is the drive for players to improve not just themselves but one another too. This is how more rivals develop in the scene which encourages others to step up their game as well. In doing so, the scene avoids stagnation when more heads come together for a common cause. This also beats the negative stereotype of competitive communities burying and bringing down talent due to envy or conceitedness.
Finally, I just want to mention that if you’re looking for strong rivals but tend to only play online, I strongly recommend following the aforementioned steps. Search their username on Twitter, Twitch, or Discord. Instead of being rude with a call-out, you’ve opened up a door to amazing possibilities with another player. With that said, I hope you will use this to help yourself and others improve in Smash or whatever game you compete in!
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