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By its nature Rocket League has massive swings. Periods where we do well followed by periods where we can’t seem to win. We’ve all tilted, we’ve all slumped. When it comes to the 1v1 solo duel it’s even worse. Most players will admit to having a hate/hate relationship with 1s.

I have gone through periods of wanting to focus on 1s to improve my game then I get to the point where I feel almost physically sick at the very idea of queuing up for the playlist. Recently though I was having a conversation with Snowyy (South Africa’s best 1s player by some distance) about 1s and during our discussion he said most people don’t want to go through the pain of getting good at 1s. This got me thinking about it and specifically about the fact that there is so much perceived pain in the game mode. I thought about how triggered I get and the more I’m triggered the harder it is to refocus and play so I simply abandon it.

Then I came to a decision: I want to push through the pain of playing 1v1, solo duel. I want to get good at it. And the more I thought about it the more I came to see that I want to do this not just because of Rocket League. It is a challenge to myself to master my emotions and mindset, a skill useful far beyond the pixeled stadia of Rocket League. 

With that in mind, here’s the challenge: 

30 days of streamed 1v1. Starting on the 24th of November I will be playing at lest one hour of 1v1 on stream every day for 30 days. This will take me to 23 December. I want to use this challenge to come to understand what get’s me triggered and ways to overcome this. What am I thinking? What am I doing? What can I do to change the course of what’s happening. It is going to be 30 days of discovery and I hope I will reach Zen by the end: A master of my own emotions. 

Here are the rules for this challenge: 

  1. Ranked play. Casuals don’t count 
  2. A minimum of 1 hour per day 
  3. No forfeiting, no matter the score 
  4. All chat ON. No hiding from toxicity. 
  5. Sportsmanship, no scoring if opponent is AFK
  6. Go for shots. This is not about winning a single game but long term improvement. No conservative play. 

I hope you’ll join me for the experience. 

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