3 key principles to close your game successfully

There isn’t any other more disappointing experience in professional gaming than losing a game in which you outplay your opponent. Everyone is tough and confident until they choke. If you are interested about how to build your clutch mentality in stressful moments follow this link. However, this article would present to you three of the key principles successful players follow when they want to close their games on time.

Focus on your game

When it comes to closing your game, usually there are two types of players. When taking the lead, there are players who become extremely sensitive towards how their opponents play. In fact, they focus so much on that part that they often forget where their team is located and what is the collective short-term goal. Those are the players who are very likely to choke or snap at their teammates in the most stressful moments. 

There are also the second type of players. The ones that instead of caring so much what their opponents are up to – focus on their game even more. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care at all what your enemies are planning. Instead, it means that if you are leading the whole game, or you are showing your best during critical times, the likes are that your enemies are playing your game and not the other way around. There is absolutely no use for you to focus at the very end on your opponents game. Successful players understand that and apply it quite easily.

Focus on the process 

Another huge difference between the chokers and the winners is their focus when they close their game. Chokers tend to get very nervous about their final result. In fact, they get consumed by the numbers on the board. This would naturally lead to stronger emotional outbursts when they make a mistake. 

Winners on the other hand would focus on their process during each round (minute). They understand that good results would follow if your process is correct. That’s why they would not be affected so much about the scoreboard, because they are well aware that each new round or minute is a new opportunity to improve their process and reach their goal.

Extend your lead

The third key principle is to extend your lead. Not to defend it. This mindset is applied by successful players in all sports and professional gaming. They understand that once they establish their presence in the game, the only thing they are required to do is to be consistent and maintain that play

On the other hand, this is a nightmare for the chokers. When they get the lead, they become defensive. However, the more they try to ‘keep’ that lead, the more they are losing it and this would naturally be followed by breaking the other two principles and losing their game.

Applying these three principles would get you closer to closing successfully your games. If you are willing to go even further, don’t hesitate to message me at and get your first sessions for FREE.

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George Atanasov is a mental performance consultant, currently working in professional esports. He has experience consulting elite athletes and esports players. If you want to improve your mental game sign up for a free initial session with him by messaging at