How to become an Overwatch pro series – The daily life of the pros
Joining the ranks of the pros seems like an almost insurmountable obstacle, doesn’t it? There are so many wannabes, so much competition and so many hurdles to take. Becoming a pro seems like the ultimate goal here – once someone has joined a pro team, surely they’re living the high life?
After all, they’ve achieved their goal already, haven’t they? Not quite. The daily life of professional Overwatch players is anything but a walk in the park – unless there happens to be a park as part of a map the players are training on.
Players do spend almost their entire day playing video games, that much is true. It’s not quite as simple or relaxed as playing games all day may sound though. The game or games that pros play aren’t casual, they’re practice.
Much like enjoying football isn’t quite the same as wanting to play it for nine hours per day, pro-gamers need a little bit more than just the desire to play games all day long. The breakdown of a typical day is a lot like that of a ‘regular’ athlete. Instead of late nights, pizza and energy drinks, it’s all about balanced meals, healthy exercise and a good sleep schedule as well as hours and hours and hours of practice.
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A day in the life…
High-profile esports teams will have their athletes practice for more than 8 hours a day – less so if the players are also in education or have other jobs. That said, even in addition to that, they can expect to play 5+ hours, six days per week.
While that may sound less than glamorous, at least their work consists of playing Overwatch all day right? Well, technically, yes. The way they play is different though – instead of just casually playing in matches, often these pro players will train one specific thing all day long.
Would you still enjoy Overwatch if you had to play, say, one specific move of Widowmaker over and over and over again, for hours on end? If your answer to that was yes, you may just be the material to do well as a pro, but even for them, it can be quite tough.
For what it’s worth, most pro players do enjoy the hard work that goes into the training and there is definitely a kind of satisfaction that can be found in the hard work that these guys do – it’s just not for everybody.
If you think it is for you though, you should definitely be sure of your decision before you embark on your path to becoming a pro. Think of the most obnoxious play you can think of and try repeating it a few dozen times in a row to see how you feel about it then.
One thing is certain though – whether you decide to pursue a pro career or not, never lose sight of why you started playing Overwatch in the first place – it’s a pretty epic game!