Rocket League is not a new game. It was launched in July 2015, but its popularity has not diminished. In fact, it seems to be growing in popularity, probably because of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) that signed an agreement with NBC last year and that aired the tournament on live television.
However, be careful. The entry barrier for Rocket League is low, but lowering the game once you start is a struggle. The games are short, fast and addictive. Once you pick it up, you'll obsess about improving, you'll start humming the rhythms of the title music in your head and dream of getting revenge on that last night friend who did not stop demonstrating (the Rocket League mechanic exploits an opponent when driving your car with you).
If you want to improve in Rocket League, the first steps are to stop trying and not forget to have fun. If you abandon that, what is the goal?
Here, we show you 11 tips for upgrading in the Rocket League.
Customize the camera settings
Before going to the arena, spend some time in the practice mode not only familiarizing yourself with the mechanics of the game, but also configuring your camera. You can change the distance of the camera from your car, your field of view, the angle of the camera and much more. All these things will affect what you can see in the game. And everyone has a slightly different preference for how it should look . Personally, I say that the more I can see, the better.
Learning to rotate
When it's just beginning, positioning is the most important thing to pay attention to. It may seem that everyone is charging all the time behind the ball, it feels like pure chaos for a while. (To be fair, sometimes it is)
But once you play the game for a while, you can begin to notice a pattern, aptly called "rotate".
When you and your teammates are spinning properly – whether playing 2v2, 3v3 or 4v4, the target should never be left unattended. When one or two players prepare for the offense, one must remain in defense. This becomes more complicated when you play 2 on 2, but you must adapt the same principle to ensure that someone is always attentive to your goal.
This image decomposes the rotation into 3 against 3 for attack and defense. Study it Become one with that.
Do not underestimate the handbrake
The handbrake is a tool that I use both as an impulse and a jump. It allows you to move quickly to your car to put it in position and helped me to mark many unexpected objectives. Familiarize yourself with it and use it for your benefit.
Do not chase the ball
Instinct will tell you to break the ball any time it approaches you. It happens, and sometimes the instincts simply take control. But if you are following a rotation, you should (very quickly, on the fly) assess who is in a better position to tackle the ball.
In many cases, you will find that it is your turn to step back and defend. Even if it is not, backing up to defend is usually the safest and best option.
Even if you are spinning correctly and chasing the ball, your teammate can have a better angle. Instead of hitting the ball (and inevitably taking a weird bounce all the way to the field below, back to your goal) step back and let the teammate with the best angle do it. Many times, this will allow them to establish a better pass and maybe even get an easy goal.
The art of "leaving the ball" is a valuable lesson to learn.
Pass on launch
Building on the point of pursuit of the ball, sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you have a fairly clear objective. The urge to "break the axes" with a diseased goal will be strong. If the other team is back and defends, resist the impulse to shoot. They will be ready and waiting for almost anything you can throw at them.
Instead, take the ball wide open, to one wall or another, and be creative there with a pass to one of your teammates. The chances of a strange rebound, passing the ball where a defender can not reach or doing something unexpected are much higher than twisting an accidental goal into more than a few defenders.
Find a teammate
Whether you line up for classified or casual games, one of the best things you can do is find someone to play with. This will not only reduce the chances of one of you giving up anger when things get difficult, but you will learn to anticipate each other's movements better than a random teammate.
This will only increase your chances of winning.
When queuing without a teammate, you run the risk of being paired with co-workers who are still upset by your last loss, in a bad mood or who do not know how to rotate properly. And it does not just have to be one of those things. Everyone's style of play is different, and being able to read your own partner and wait for your next move will be very useful for your own improvement.
Keep the momentum valuable
Boost is a precious resource in the Rocket League. Although it regenerates quickly, you will often find yourself with nothing, struggling to come back and defend your goal.
Instead of using the momentum all the time, you can "roll forward" by holding the joystick forward and pressing the joystick twice. jump button. If you do it several times, you can reach the same maximum speed as with the reinforcement (you can not maintain that speed or maneuver so quickly or easily).
Learn to use both effectively in different situations to reduce the number of times you get stuck without reinforcement.
Stealing the momentum of the opponents is also a good strategy, as long as you do not get out of the way or break the rotation to do it.
In case of doubt, defend
If it is a rotation or if you must balance or not to take momentum before heading towards your goal, you should almost always make mistakes defending yourself and worrying about the impulse later on.
Your teammate will be much more understanding that you miss a save without an impulse (and at least have had the opportunity to stop it) than if you abandon the objective to gain momentum and lose the opportunity to defend.
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When you increase (or sometimes turn or shoot) an opponent, your car will explode. This is called a demolition and is a very divisive tactic in the Rocket League. Some people play as executors, navigating only by cars.
If done well, it can open many holes in the other team's game. If you do it wrong, you can open holes in the rotation of your own team. (It does not make many friends either.)
Other players usually complain in quick chat when they are demolished, but there are times when a demo can change the impetus of the game. I recommend using demolitions as a tool. Do not go out of your way to use it, but if the opportunity presents itself … do it! And try not to bother too much when it happens to you: some players demo to get under your skin and get you out of your game.
Do not get too obsessed with aerial antennas and dribbles
As you classify above, you will see people taking the sky to hit the ball. You will also see them take the ball on the wall, bounce and "dribble air" towards the goal. Add an entirely new element to the game as you rise in rank and start playing with players with greater skill.
Both are skills that will require much of practice and dedication. Being able to push in the air to hit the ball is something anyone who wants to advance in the Rocket League should learn. But do not get too carried away by learning these skills from the beginning, just learn the basics first.
After registering more than 900 hours in the Rocket league to date, I have only now begun to improve on the antennas. The aerial drip is not even in my sights yet.
Do not fuel the toxicity
Toxic players run rampant through the rocket league, both in classified and unclassified matches. There is not much you can do with a teammate who enters the game already inclined, unless you do not commit to them and stick to the game plan. But if things escalate, you can use the reporting tool and just wait for a better game next time.
The real advice here is to pay attention to your own actions. A few sarcastic "What salvation!" the messages in the fast chat will not generally tilt the scales. But it's easy to get stuck in the toxic minefield, even I struggle with that sometimes. When I realize that I'm getting warmer, I'm usually followed by a few bumps and an even more terrible game. It is better to simply walk away or disable the chat altogether.