What is your experience and level as a Valorant player?
I have started playing Valorant in the Beta back in 2020. Valorant is my first competetive FPS game, so i had to learn alot. I started in Iron like everyone else, climbed to bronze, all the way up to gold in Beta. After Beta it took me some time but i suceeded into reaching Immortal. I have mained every role, and i have lots of experience because of that, and after reaching into Top 1940 EU i got the idea to start coaching, and that’s how it all began.
What is your coaching approach in Valorant?
Well, i have to ask some questions before we start the session. Based on the answers i kinda have the idea of what the problem might be. I make sure that the player undvalorant coach ninja – 1erstands me and im always open to any questions, even after the session, just to make sure that they understand everything correctly.
How do you analyze a player’s performance?
I do both Live reviews and Vod reviews. Both are done in the same way tho. Live reviews are done through discord sharescreen, and for vod reviews, well, players send me their recorded gameplay. While im watching their gameplay, i make notes based off of their mistakes. In live sessions i usually don’t “guide” players, because i want to see everything that they lack on. Sometimes it’s their decision making, gamesense, aim, movement or anything like that. If i simply guide them, i might skip one of their “bad” habits or things like that, and that can appear once again later in future when they don’t have my guidance. So, to prevent that, i see all the mistakes in the game, and i write them all down in the note, explaining them and how to fix them. Same goes for vod reviews, but in much much further detail, because i have more time to type when reviewing a vod. (I highly recommend vod reviews, can be more beneficial.)
How can you help players improve their aiming skills?
Firstly i have to discuss about the sensitivity the player has. Then, we talk about what their movement type is. Do they aim with wrist, arm, combination of both or etc. And then, i talk about how they can improve their aim in valorant. I do give out my aim training routine to them, which has both Valorant and third-party app training.
How do you help players adapt to new patches and meta shifts?
It’s pretty simple. I just read the newest patch notes whenever they get released, and based off of that i can inform the player, or they can even read the patchnotes themselves if they’d like. It usually doesn’t affect the ingame strategies much, since the nerfs or buffs aren’t that “big” in valorant. They keep it balanced which i really like. It’s usually small agent changes, like ability duration, ability damage increased or decreased and etc. Ofcourse if something big changes then i make sure that they know about the newest update, and if i need to i can explain the new patch to them.
What do you think separates amateur players from professionals?
High professional gameplay is a whole different story than average player’s. If we talk about VCT stage professionals, then it’s even more different. The strategies they use are super rare to see in normal games, and even if you see them, they wouldn’t work the same. That’s because of their super discipline and really good teamwork. Even in high elo ranks there will be people that don’t talk and give info, which never happens in pro-play. Bad mindset doesn’t exist there basically. It’s not over until the game is finished completly, the game score doesn’t mean anything. Meanwhile in lower ranks people get mad after they lose a few rounds in a row and then they’re ready to forfeit, which is obviously not good, because that affects the whole team mood, which can affect someone to play even worse.
How do you measure the progress of players you coach?
The players keep me updated on either discord or fiverr. They simply message me about their progress, and it’s always good progress. It’s very rare for me to see a message that a player has a new problem or anything like that. And even when that happens, we end up fixing that problem as well.
How do you create personalized training plans for players?
For training plans we first need to discuss about their aim aim movement type (Arm, Wrist, combination of both…). And based off of their gameplay, i can see in which part they mostly lack, and then i can tell them what they need to work on. My aim training routine practices and works on all aim movements. Flicking, tracking, precision, horizontal movement for headshot flick consistency, reflex training and etc. It basically covers everything.
What success stories can you share from your coaching career?
Well, i can just say that i’ve basically coached every single rank in Valorant, including Radiant. Other than that, there were players which suceeded reaching Ascendant previously Gold, or Silver to Diamond, helping hardstuck Irons, bronzes, silvers and etc to get out of their rank, and things like that. I personally guarantee improvement.
What is your top advice for players new to Valorant?
Well, first mistake that they must avoid is giving up. New players have to learn the maps and agents abilities in order to play normally. So, my first advice is just LEARN the basics. That can be done by just simply playing the game, or even watch youtube videos or anything game related. When they do that, then they can be comfortable to play normally and hop into comp.
What basic player level do you recommend before seeking professional coaching?
I personally don’t mind coaching anyone, which means that i don’t have any required rank or anything like that in order to get coaching. I’ve coached completely new players, and by doing that i automatically made them avoid the newbie mistakes and stuff like that, which i think is a good thing. So yeah, coaching is there to fix your mistakes, so i think there shouldn’t be any requirements.
What tools do you use to facilitate Valorant coaching sessions?
I do coaching through discord share-screen or by vod reviewing. If it’s vod reviews, i usually recommend recording the gameplay with OBS since it’s simple and easy to use. And other than that, i use a notepad where i write everything about the players mistakes and issues.
Do you offer coaching through Discord, and how does it work?
I do offer coaching through Discord. I add the player as a friend on discord, we get into a call and they screen-share their gameplay to me. When we finish the session, i keep the player added incase they feel like they would need another session with me in the future. And sometimes they like to text me questions which are game related, which i don’t mind answering, cuz i like to help. Same goes for Vod reviews, they can add me on discord and i can help them out at any time.