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I just started playing Rocket League again over the last month after stopping around the end of Season 3. After doing some training and practice matches, I calibrated at Gold 2 and have quickly worked my way up to Platinum in comp standard. I'm hoping to get to Platinum 3.
On a side note, I didn't even realise there was a solo standard. I would've played that otherwise as I'm always solo.
My two tips would be:
Train and Practice
I've got 137 hours on Steam but only ~17 hours worth of match time. I spend a lot of time doing training packs and freeplay exercises. I structure my training a lot like the stuff in this video. At a minimum, being able to 80% the default all-star goalkeeper training is a must (GK skills are most important imo). If you can keep your goal clear and hit basic aerials, you should be able to get to gold.
I do 30-60 minutes training/practice daily. I am a massive fan of Poquito's custom training packs.
Unless it's an open goal or easy shot, the half way line should be your boundary. Cross it with caution, and try and get back to your half ASAP. Most players in the lower ranks chase the ball and don't do rotations. Playing a 'sweeper keeper' type role minimises counter-attack potential and allows you to hit the ball back into the opponent's half if your teammates' attack breaks down. Always stick to this role. The exception is if you happen to have a teammate who is getting back too.
It's all well and good being able to shine with a good team around you, but it's not often a bunch of randoms create a great team with perfect synergy. Play the less glamorous role, foundational role and wait for the opponent to make a mistake. Because they will. And most randoms can score the easy shots. You'll know when you're getting good at this role because lots of easy follow-up shots and set-ups will start opening up to you. Especially in Silver where entire teams are out of position after one attempt on goal.
I bought the latest Doom in the autumn sale and I have to say it deserves all the acclaim it got when it released. For all the praises I could sing about it, most of all it's just unadulterated fun. I've laughed with joy and excitement numerous times. Having spent the majority of my gaming time this year tryharding on competitive FPSs, it's a feeling I'd kind of forgotten.
- It was mostly boring. After a surprisingly short time, every conversation I got into felt so hackneyed that it was possible for me to predict the dialogue flow without even thinking.
Not too surprising. As you didn't know anybody, then the majority of the conversations would've been filled with small talk. The nature of small talk is that it's conventional. It's people exchanging lines that have been socially agreed as polite and amicable.
There's no surprise that it would get tiresome after 40 minutes. I mean, that's barely enough time to scratch the surface of one person, let alone a whole party of people.
That's why everyone tends to drink at parties, because it helps them to care less about such things.
Get some djent infused jazz into your lugholes.
Well, if we're arguing definitions, technically it could be said that the user who triggered the bug 'accidentally stole' the wallets at one point. Even if no-one has them after everything transpired.
And something lost doesn't necessarily mean you don't know where it is. If I kick a ball in to a lake by accident I could say: "I lost the ball in the lake." Though I can clearly see it it in the lake, in this case 'lost' means no longer possessed.
I get your point though, it could have a clearer title. Interestingly, they've now removed "stolen" from the title on the original page.
- Yup. That's all mine now! Now, all I have to do is to figure out how to play the drums.
If you want to do things 'properly', I recommend spending some time learning basic snare drum rudiments. And then have a go at some snare drum only pieces/exercises.
This is because when you move on to the full kit and start playing beats and fills, you're quite often just playing those same rudiments, but now over multiple drums and cymbals. As such, having that foundation in your muscle memory will stand you in good stead. It should help you develop with more consistency.
I let the idea of this roll about in my mind over the last few days and I think you're right. Like you said, they do integrate with a nearby tribe at one point. And not that much is said about it because in reality the union of two peaceful tribes would likely be uneventful.
In the event of there being a clash with something more threatening, you got a taste of that with the introduction of Charlie. It allowed for a perspective of how they would handle hostile outsiders without the need to divert the narrative to inter-tribe politics etc.
For sure. It really made you consider what kind of person you would be in such a world. One who would, along with the loss of civilisation, lose their mind? Or one who somehow adapt in someway, even if that came long with coping mechanisms?
I also really liked how the concept of time breaking down as Ish neared his death:
"Time in its old sense of appointments to be kept and things to be done - all that had long since ceased to exist, both because the way of life had changed and because he himself was so old as to be almost out of life. In certain ways, he had already, as it seemed, passed from time to eternity."
Thinking back, one element I would've liked to have seen explored more deeply is interaction with other tribes. I know they sent Dick & Bob on that expedition, but the details that emerged from it weren't too extensive. It was just a summary of what they'd encountered. Though I guess the book would've had to have been notably longer to fit it in, which isn't necessarily desirable. It certainly feels like a complete story as it already is.
I just finished Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. It had been on my 'to read' list for awhile after seeing it discussed on Hubski various times and it's probably the best book I've read this year. I love how it used its premise to explore civilisation and ecology to the extent that it did. It had much more gravity that I was expecting.
I'm now reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, a book I've been meaning to get around to for even longer. It was on sale for 99p on the Kindle store so I felt obliged. I've only read the first chapter so far which seemed to mostly be a meandering preamble, so I'm looking forward to getting into the actual meat of it.