Beginner's guide to Rocket League 2020

Beginner's guide to Rocket League 2020

Looking for Rocket League tips and tricks? The mechanical accuracy required in Rocket League makes it unlike any other action-sport game out there. As with any sport, there are many techniques that have been developed to make you hit harder, move faster, and win more. Since the game became free to play, the player base has grown massively, recently breaking one million concurrent players – and as the player numbers continue to multiply, we’re bound to see even more interest in Rocket League’s exciting competitive scene. There’s never been a better time to start improving your Rocket League skills – perhaps you could be the next player to show off in the community tournaments, or eventually maybe even make the jump to pro.

Utilise Practice Mode and Custom Tracks

In Rocket League, you’re provided with a fairly wide array of practice settings. On top of the regular Free Play mode - which is great for getting to grips with the game and practicing areas like dribbling - you also have modes for Shooting, Goalkeeping, and Aerials. All of these are available in varying difficulty levels, helping you to work your way up.

Customise Your Camera Settings and Controls

This part is one that many people will neglect from the start, but remember, the more of the field you can see, the better you will be. You can chop and change things to suit your preference but one thing you must do is turn off camera shake! You can google any Rocket League pro and you will find their settings, but here are my camera settings. Finally, and this is really important for the later half of your Rocket League journey: assign air roll right to R1 or RB and air roll left to L1 or LB. This won’t be much use until you learn how to fly, but once that day comes you will be glad you changed the controls.

Gamesense Is Key

If you start watching Rocket League tutorials you will see a plethora of videos explaining how to do crazy mechanics like flip resets, ceiling shots, and air dribbles. While these look cool and make you feel like a pro when you pull them off, your time will be better spent learning the ins-and-outs of how the game works. Firstly, learn positioning; where should I be in relation to my teammate? There is a very basic rule: break up the field into 9 equal sections and you should never be more than one section away from your teammate and never in the same section as them. Obviously, there is more complexity to these but from the start, it’s a good habit to get into.

Rotations were a foreign concept to me when I started, but they are vital in Rocket League. Basically, if you look at a top-down view of a game, teams should be moving in a circle. For example, if I got to challenge the ball, once that challenge is complete I should rotate out behind my teammate so they’re free to follow up with a challenge all while I’m falling back to a defensive position if their challenge fails. Again, there are exceptions to this rule but learn these basic rules and then you can start learning the fun mechanics like aerials and ceiling shots.

Manage Your Boost

Boost management is absolutely one of the most important parts of playing Rocket League. Constantly having boost enables you to get to the ball much more quickly, and can even prevent the other team from doing so.

You’ll find boost scattered across the map in the form of the charge pads that you’ll see on the ground - these provide you with 12 boost. The large charge capsules that are found on the sides and corners of the map are worth a full 100 boost, giving you an instant recharge.

Each charge pad takes 4 seconds to respawn, whereas a charge capsule will take 12 seconds.

Here are a few tips for proper boost management:

When you reach a certain speed, you’ll become supersonic - you’ll notice this when you see the trail coming from your car when you’re not using boost. If you see this, don’t use boost, as you won’t go any faster.

Make use of forward and backward rolls to make sure that you’re still getting around the map quickly without using your boost.

Constantly pick up small charge pads.

Prevent the other team from picking up large charge capsules when possible, this will put them at a massive disadvantage.

If possible, always maintain around 15-20 boost, just in case you have to make a last ditch save/challenge.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

This last tip will take time to get, but go to where the ball is going, not where the ball is. You don’t want to get caught ball watching only to see the ball flying over your head and you’re out of the game. This is why tip number 2 is crucial. By getting accustomed to how the ball moves you can better understand where the ball is going. If you see the ball in the corner and your opponent is close to it, don’t drive to where the ball is, look at the car’s position and judge where the ball will end up when they hit it and be there to intercept.

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