10 April 2018

It’s a high-pressure clutch situation. You and a teammate are in a two versus four with the bomb planted. You’ll need to hold off the Counter-Terrorists to steal the round win and narrowly clinch the match for your team. Your teammate gets a kill on one of the players retaking the site, but he says nothing. The tension is palpable. He suddenly shouts an expletive into the microphone as he falls to the retaking players. You can’t make sense of the dots on the radar as to where those players are. In a panic you swing your gun around wildly hoping to spot the encroaching enemy forces. All the while your teammate is loudly bemoaning how very unfairly he died. You need to cut through the noise. You start forming the words to ask him where the CTs are. No sooner have the first words escaped your mouth, before you receive a precise bullet to the side of the head from an unseen adversary. The match is lost.

A common occurrence

That last paragraph probably sounded rather more familiar than most of us would like. We’ve all been there in a game where little failures over the microphone can equal an infuriating loss in the end. There’s always that teammate that makes incorrect or incomplete calls that result in your death. Or the teammate that can’t help but vent his frustration over the mic instead of passing on the information you need to get the trade frag.

Communicating effectively in a team setting is a critical aspect of any team-based sport or esports title. Whether you’re playing Valve’s Matchmaking or competing in a top tier team, your team’s success is often finely balanced upon the ability of your players to share information. Let’s take a closer look at how to do that well.

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