An Introduction to the Principles of a Team
So, let’s talk about being part of a team, specifically, small teams. I mention small teams because for the past few months I have taken part in and led a team in the game League of Legends and I think I learned something about team dynamics in that time.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you are part of a team, whether it be an organized team or a random one, is that you have a responsibility to your team mates. Chances are, your team wants to win that match, and if you are in a position to help them do so, then it is your responsibility as a willing participant in the game to assist them. Even if you question your teammate’s methods, you still have an obligation to that teammate to help them succeed.
This brings me to my next point, where do you look to have the highest rate of success in a team environment? In games like LoL or CS the easy answer is, “Look at the pros!” But what about smaller games without a pro scene? Or what if the pro scene of your game just doesn’t interest you? If that is the case then it falls to experience. If you notice that a certain strategy works with a greater effectiveness than one that your teammate is using, it is in your best interest to nudge them in the right direction, perhaps by sharing that you have seen a specific build path have great results in previous matches of LoL. Be warned: no one likes to be told they’re wrong by strangers, be careful with your phrasing.
Organized teams have a somewhat different approach when it comes to optimization. It is entirely on the shoulders of who is in charge to keep the team aware of the optimal strategies, just like it is the responsibility of the team members to follow their advice. If the leaders and followers don’t get along, the team’s performance typically suffers as a result.
I may write more on this topic later, as I enjoyed writing this bit. This has been my intro to team concepts in games, write you later.