The following article is written by Floss2xdaily. The article contains some simple, yet very useful, tips on how to deal with ladder anxiety and frustration. So if that's something you struggle with, make sure to read this article!
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Warcraft 3 is an extraordinarily fun game. When we become frustrated, or we are scared to hit the play button, then WC3 is fun no longer. Why would we play a game that makes us miserable? Here are a few different strategies that may help you deal with frustration, tilting, and anxiety. All are based around a guiding principle.
Ask yourself: Am I having fun? … if the answer is no, then you stop playing.
Here are some specific strategies to avoid getting too frustrated with yourself and the game:
Pause after every game
Pause every 4 games (or 30 minutes, or an hour)
Make a point to be friendly
Don’t play when you’re hungry.
Embrace your Losses.
These guidelines are simple - even obvious - but not necessarily easy. To follow them takes discipline. Developing discipline derives benefit for all people, and may derive particular benefit for our sub-group: “the internet gamers.” Are you able to NOT immediately click through to play again after a loss? Can you remember to even ask yourself if you’re frustrated in the first place? Again, simple but not easy. It means stopping and asking, “Why am I not having fun?” It means honestly evaluating your play - bad luck or misplay? Finally, it means determining whether you should even be playing right now at all - am I unhappy because I’m frustrated, or am I unhappy because I should be work/study/exercise/spending time with friends.
One of the nicest things about WC3 is that each game is relatively short. Usually no longer than 15-20 minutes. This gives us a lot of built in checkpoints to catch ourselves when we are unhappy. Play the game and be happy!