What you can learn from MoBA’s Series : Lesson 4 – Coping up with Defeat

Posted: November 6, 2014 in Strategy, Update Board
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Currently this post was delayed for some time, I struggled with my schedules and the topic of formations in the works, it would probably be shifted to the 5th lesson in the series. And if you did not know, This blog caters to learning about video games and responsible gaming with fun. It started a year ago and now we are particular in focusing our attention on the MoBa which covers all kinds of games like DotA, LoL, HoN, Strife and even that evil EA LoL clone that is Dawngate (shutting down in 90 days.)…I never played Dawngate XD

Other posts in this series include:


Lesson 1 covers what you need to know on how the pros think like in the game, with the need for better gameplay and wins.


Lesson 2 covers how to maximize your role as a hero in-game. A team that effectively uses the hero’s role makes better games and more chances of victories.


Lesson 3 covers team communication, a bit of player psychology and how you can rally your team to victory. Encouraging and good communication is the way to raise team morale, win games and make friends. 

Moving on, in this post we talk about DEFEAT!

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Surely every MoBa player fears,loathes, and despises this word for it puts them on a curse of humiliation, rank down, etc. And these funny memes show what most players think about their team and the enemy’s




Surely I have acquired a number of defeats. I also get frustrated and irritated when I lose games, but recently I have come to think on the consequences of defeat and researched the psychology of losing. To summarize, players who lose, tend to do everything negative. defense mechanisms take place to vent out the stress, that could mean verbally cursing, throwing stuff, punching something and even crying. The worst part is they would play another round in hopes of winning, this is risky because when they lose again the negativity is doubled.

For those unaware of what this can do for your psychological and mental health, its obvious that losing is negative,it can hurt your relationships with others as well. but it doesn’t mean that we can cope. For the mature player, defeat is like tripping on something, the first thing to do is recover and stand back again. Let me give you an example,

Dad practices Judo, as I have observed. Their training is unlike other martial arts which emphasize offensive moves like kicking,punching or defensive moves like countering,evading and blocking. In Judo, every beginner or white belt practices “FALLING”.


I asked dad how it was different from other martial arts. Dad told me that “…to be trained to fall is to know how to get back up”. Meditating on this philosophy has given me good insight on how losing can work to an advantage when playing the game. The secret is to “let it go” (not that damned song) To let go means to let the negativity away, don’t even “block” that negativity because it requires a lot of mental energy. In other words, when you lose, just promise yourself to do better next time.

Other tips I can give you to let go of that negativity is:

1. When you lose a game, don’t immediately play another.

Me and my buddies would frequent two games, if we lose both games then we stop and call it a night. I play other games: Borderlands the Pre-sequel, The Sims 4 and etc. These games are passive in its pacing, not requiring intense competition to play.

2. Do not play pub games

Pub games means that you play with strangers of whom you do not know of what skill levels they are. Pub games account for most of game defeats, stay away if you do not want to risk defeat.

3. Consider playing with a team

Playing with friends you know can lessen that negativity but be warned if you are the fault for why your team losing the match. Friends are a two-sided coin, they will either sympathize with your loss or insult you further.

4.Play Practice Matches

Sometimes, it’s good to get back to the basics. Whether it’s how to last hit or do denials or test out that new hero, practicing often can improve your skills and hopefully win you more games.

5.Use the heroes that you know

Sometimes, using heroes that you are familiar with improves the chances of winning games. Just make sure to do number 4 (above) as well.

6.When you lose, just stop playing and do other activities.

Sometimes, when I lose,writing, watching anime, dancing, gardening or other activities takes me out of that negative energy and refocuses that energy on something productive. Find what you love to do and have fun with it

7.Play it differently.

That means applying different tactics or things that you could have done to make you win the last game. Tactics and strategies apply. Think on it and apply new ones to help win the next games.

Losing a game does not automatically make you a loser in life. “Winners never quit and quitters never Win” is an overly used maxim but think on it on a deeper level. If you can’t think deep enough let me try to explain it better with my realization and example.

To quit is to not experience life’s pleasures, to quit is not to know about yourself because you stopped, to quit is to make you static and ordinary, which is boring.to quit is to be a spectator to people who are succeeding in all aspects of life.  To win however is different which is good. To win means to practice the talents that God has given you even if it means that you have to stumble over and over and continuously fail. The important thing is to get back up again.

I believe the best quote that gives me the goosebumps which relates to gaming is Robin Hood’s “Rise and Rise till Lambs become Lions.” This quote inspires me to always get back in the game to fight and win. Losses just means I have to apply myself in a different or unique way, ever since that realization losing in video games has not been a big issue to me because that is the essence of a video game. It’s supposed to make you learn, remember that there is no game over. A death just means a respawn at the home base.

  1. earl says:

    hahaha every game that’s why there’s a carry and late game support role

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