'Try and play all levels of players' — Salem gives his advice on improving in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Trying to become a top level Smash player is hard so Salem weighs in with his thoughts

Posted by Nico 'SuperQue' Smith • August 6, 2019 at 6:52 p.m. PDT

MVG|Salem is widely recognized and praised for his vast knowledge and poise in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. His uncanny skill of figuring out characters and the optimal play style has allowed him to see substantial success across multiple titles.

Never afraid to rock the boat when it comes to opinions, Salem gives his thoughts on practice habits and improvement. Consistency is a major key he speaks on.

When it comes to improvement in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there are many different methods. Several people have different ways to get to that coveted top player level.

"Start asking top players to play once you've leveled up, otherwise it goes to waste," Salem remarked. Quite a few times we see fans and aspiring pros ask for friendlies or to play.

More often than not, these exchanges end in the aspiring player losing badly. With a loss of that type, it can be hard to truly take away positives or things to improve on.

"Start asking top players to play once you've leveled up, otherwise it goes to waste,"
— Salem.

When you're significantly better or 'leveled up,' it is much more likely you take away something positive from a set like that. Your mindset, ability to learn, and resolve to improve regardless of the situation often times directly correlates to being 'leveled up.'

"Their neutral isn’t complete, so there’s not too much to learn," Salem commented thoughtfully. Most combatants seeking to get that top player experience are still learning the fundamentals. Because of that, they don't have the neutral game to make the pro work or try when they play.

"Stick to a certain routine." Salem reminds us that consistency is very important in the journey to improve in not only Smash, but in anything you wish to get better at.

"You can't be antisocial," Salem continued. "You have to go to tourneys, and have to talk to people online and offline." In order to continue up the ladder you have to converse, bounce ideas off others, compare notes and thoughts on the meta, and communicate. It is also hard to set up time to practice with others if you can't talk or communicate that.

"Make sure the body and mental state are prepared, because many factors in real life and in the game are important to be ready for."
— Salem.

"Be mentally prepared," Salem pointedly told us. Throughout the esports lifespan we have seen that mental preparation sometimes is more important than anything else. The fighter that is mentally prepared has a leg up on competition because they are ready for anything.

"Make sure the body and mental state are prepared," Salem quickly said. "Many factors in real life and in the game are important to be ready for."

Salem speaks of being fully developed when it comes to preparation. To produce the to results you want, that state of mind, that painstakingly annoying process of making sure you check every box that ensures you are completely at peace and ready is vital.

We want to thank Salem for taking the time out to talk to us.

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