How to get to Grand Champion in Rocket League
I made it into Grand Champion, but how did I do it? In the first of this ‘Five Things’ video series, I talk about five things I improved in my own game to make it to the sacred land of Grand Champion. It wasn’t easy, it took a lot of grinding, but I made it.. and so can you! I’ll be honest, I don’t have a magic recipe on how to get to Grand Champion on Rocket League, but I do have tips, training techniques and the know-how to help you get there.
Check out the first video in my series called ‘Five Things’ where I discuss five things I did to make it to Grand Champion.
First things first, let’s put the obvious to bed. You’re not going to make it to Grand Champion overnight. Hell, you’re not even going to make it there in a few weeks or months. But you will make it there with consistency and the right training plan to go along with it. It took me over two years to get to Grand Champion, and at times, it really sucked.
Let’s dive into those five big things I talked about in the video.
Whether you’re learning a new skill or trying to perfect it, training and practice is the cornerstone of getting better. Free-play, training packs and workshop maps made a huge difference to my mechanical progress, helping me with the physics of my car, the ball and the field. It will also improve your muscle memory which I’m sure you’ve heard pro’s and other Youtuber’s mention.
Rocket League Muscle Memory: Refers to the motor movement of your fingers on the controller.
Practicing mechanics and movements in a controlled environment will remove the pressure of being in game with opponents, which will allow you to build a solid foundation of fundamental skills. Utilising the tools Psyonix and user-creators have given us will dramatically speed up your progress.
TOP TIP: I often use the dribbling and obstacle course maps to fine tune my ball and car control. In my video you’ll see me practicing air-rolling around a course, dribbling and then working on some advanced skills such as long distance air drags, air backboard double touches and shooting consistency.
The key to training is to identify the skills you’re struggling with and then put them into live training situations.
With your cars and camera settings. When your first starting out, trying things is very important. Whether that’s testing out cars to find which hit-box you prefer or adjusting in-game camera settings. Picking cars the pro’s use such as Octane, Batman and Dominus has it’s advantages because they’re popular for a reason. They feel the most comfortable and you associate using the car with playing like a pro which may actually improve your psychological performance. Plus, aesthetically they look good which can’t be said for all Rocket League cars out there (beetle I’m looking at you).
Regardless of what car or camera setting you end up with, it’s best to use the pro’s choices as a guide, then adapt them to suit your play-style.
RLCS/RL Tournaments, Twitch Streams, Youtube
Learning through observation is a great way to improve your skills, and who better to watch than the pros? I started watching RLCS at around S4. As well as it being entertaining, the director and player cameras provide extra insight that you may not get through just playing the game yourself. Most of the casters are ex-pros and game-analysts so they provide excellent advice during the stream. Even if you think that you’re not paying attention to their tactics, subconsciously you’re picking up information visually that can somewhat transfer to your own game. Watching the pros and higher GC-level streams can also be beneficial. Most of them are mic’d up so they breakdown their decision making and also give good advice on how to improve. There are also some great Youtubers out there who can help you to.. (Shameless self-plug, head over to my page and SUBSCRIBE).
4. PLAY 1V1
Now I know what you’re thinking.. “1V1 is really frustrating and I don’t have the patience to play it”. I was the exact same and to be honest, my patience hasn’t really got much better. But 1V1 can help you develop your composure when in possession of the ball. It gives you opportunity to perform mechanics you’ve been working on in real world scenarios such as flicks and shooting. There are other skills that can only really be learnt from playing against a real opponent. Shadow-defending and recovery mechanics for example require an opponent to actually practice this skill against.
I’ll be going into details about these skills in future videos.
Additionally, 1V1 is a great way to control your ego because there is no one else to blame apart from yourself (and the opponent, of course). It’s easy to blame others in 3v3 because there are two other players on the field affecting the game, and it’s basically always their fault anyway. In 1V1, it’s just you, and if you mess up then you’re almost guaranteed to concede a goal. As you progress through the ranks at higher levels, it only takes one mistake for the opponents to capitalise.
5. PLAY WHEN YOU’RE AT YOUR BEST
This is quite a subjective piece of advice because only you are going to know what and when your best is. What I’m trying to say is if you want to progress in 3V3, 2V2 or any other game mode then you need to be playing in ranked when you are playing to the best of your ability. If you’re sleep-deprived, feel unwell or maybe stressed out and starting to tilt, the best thing to do is simply not play that particular mode.. or just don’t play at all! You need to resist the urge to play that one more game, or playing until you finally get a win, because all them losses are going to lose you progress and decrease your motivation to carry on. Just jump on Rumble and rocket-fist some people into oblivion instead.
Losing is part of the game, it’s how we learn and improve. There’s nothing wrong with losing a game when you’re playing at your best. But losing a game because of extraneous circumstances when you know you can play better, that’s just going to frustrate you and spiral you down into the lower ranks. This is very much easier said than done.
That’s it for this first episode and my introduction of how to get to Grand Champion in Rocket League. I hope the advice has changed your perception and approach on how to improve and climb up the ranks. Or at the very minimum, provided you some food for thought. Feel free to drop a comment below, or on Youtube if you have any feedback about the video or input into what you’d like me to focus on in the future.
I’ll be releasing new videos weekly that will target different training types and areas to focus on. Keep an eye on my Youtube for new releases coming soon.