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Master These Moves to Rank Up Quickly in Rocket League

There’s just something about those Rocket League items that are reserved for champions. They’re always cool, whatever they are. Maybe it’s just the fact that they’re reserved for the best of the best. Once you have one, everybody knows you’ve been a champion at least once.

To help you with getting that Champion item, here are some moves to master first.

Half Flip Recovery

This maneuver is basically a U-turn using a canceled backflip and an air roll. It lets you turn the car 180 degrees in a fast and efficient way without losing momentum. The most basic of moves, you’ll find that you’ll be using this more often than you thought.

The first step in performing this maneuver is to start a backflip and cancel it halfway (when all four wheels are up in the air). From there, just do the air roll, and you’ve completed the half flip. Do it in a flowing motion.

Quick Power Slide

The Quick Power Slide is basically drifting, but with a boost. It’s good for turning in sharp angles. When doing the Power Slide in the tutorial, it’s a little wobbly and uncontrollable. When you’re trying to keep the ball moving toward the opponent’s goal, that’s a bad thing. The Quick Power Slide keeps your car stable and, in a fast-paced game such as Rocket League, that’s a huge bonus.

Doing it is easy, just keep the boost on when you execute a power slide.

Kickoffs

Kickoffs are an important part of the match, because anyone (or any team) that is good at them can dominate a match. A proper kickoff gives a huge advantage to the player (and their team). It is absolutely essential to learn how to do proper kickoffs.

There are two characteristics of a good kickoff, height and how goalside you are. For height, a ball bouncing between two car noses will continue so until one nose becomes higher than the other. That higher nose becomes a barrier that the ball will bounce off over the other car.

As for being goalside, imagine a straight line that splits the arena in half and goes through both goals. It will pass through the ball at its starting position on the center. Being goalside is being aligned with that line when hitting the ball.

There will be no details on how to do kickoffs, as there are many variations. You can search for video tutorials on those variations, or create your own version.

Double Jump Aerial

Aerial shots and fights will become more frequent as players climb the ranks. Therefore, to be as prepared as you could be, it would be good to practice aerial maneuvers early. One such maneuver is the Double Jump Aerial. It can get you to a ball up in the air in a quick, efficient way.

This maneuver involves double-tapping the jump key, while not moving. (If done while moving, it will make the car flip.) At the peak of that second jump, turn on the boost and direct the car toward the ball.

Mid-Boost Jump

This is a more advanced maneuver to master, and an aerial one at that. This move also lets you zoom to the ball quickly, though it’s up to your judgment whether to use this or the double jump boost instead. It’s also a little harder to control on top of being harder to do.

To execute a Mid-Boost Jump, jump, pull back a bit while boosting and then jump again.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. However, since nothing’s perfect, aim for consistency instead. Practice these moves until they become muscle memory. Along with these moves, you should also train your judgment and positioning. Those are essential skills to train, as knowing how to perform these moves means nothing if you can’t get your timing or positioning right. Lastly, don’t neglect your defense.

So play, practice, and observe. Take each day as it comes, and don’t let failure be the end. Enjoy Rocket League!

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Don’t Be Offensive: Defensive Play Tips for Rocket League

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Patience is a virtue. This is very much true in video games, especially in Rocket League where defensive playing is key to victory, and patience is a core of defensive playing. Unfortunately, a lot of players don’t seem to have that particular positive trait, and it wouldn’t be surprising if you’re one of these people. It’s not entirely your fault, as Rocket League isn’t the kind of game to promote patience. Nevertheless, you need it, especially if you want to get Rocket League Items.

You probably know that you need it too. That’s why you’re here. So without further ado, here are tips for defensive playing. They’ll be a great help to you.

What’s The Goal?

If you’re the goalie, then you really have no choice but to play defensively. And, contrary to popular belief, you play a big role in the kickoff.

So, for your first tip as a goalkeeper, a good way to get a great head-start would be to grab the first boost pad and then stay in the goal. It’s preferable to stay inside so that you have enough space to block the ball in case it gets in. And, whenever you’re sitting inside the goal, it is better to position yourself sideways so that you can just move to the left or right when it’s time to block.

Another great way to get a very early game advantage would be to observe where the ball is going. If it’s headed towards you, do your best to block it. And, when you block it, make sure to do so in a very safe manner. Better be simple and sure, than fancy yet risky. Because, if the latter fails, it’s a point for your opponent. In football – and Rocket League is definitely football – one point is a big deal, as there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to catch up.

Caught In the Middle?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only the goal where you have to play defensively; you also have to do that when you’re on the mid-field. And when you’re on the mid-field, playing defensively can help you earn some points. A good way to do that is by trying to see if the ball is going to the corners of the field. If they are, then you better get there before the ball does as it’s often a good opportunity for you to get a goal. But don’t try to be too daring or forward. If it’s not going to be a sure goal, then it may be better to not try as your opponent might be able to steal the ball.

On the other hand, if and when you’re not feeling confident in shooting, just keep pushing the ball to the enemy’s side of the field and let your teammates be the one to score. By doing this, you’ll be awarded with assists or even accidentally make a goal yourself.

All About The Movement

Aside from where you are in the field, you also need to consider how the ball is moving. If it’s rolling (on the ground, obviously), then simply hit it; no need for anything fancy. If it’s bouncing, jump-hit it. When you do, time it, as you’re pretty likely to miss it. And if it’s in the air, then you either use your 100% boost to block it, or if the moment is right and you’re confident, make a shot. If you have no boost and you want to block the ball, simply double jump.

It’s not easy to always be on your toes, but in a game like Rocket League it definitely pays off. So if I were you, I’d make defensive playing a lifestyle.

The Hottest Games of 2017

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The year is coming to an end, which means that it is time to showcase the top three most popular games of 2017. The games that are mentioned below are proven as favorites of the year with the help of the number of sales, postings, inquiries, and traffic. So, without further ado, here are the hottest games of 2017!

  1. PUBG – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

High traffic places PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as number one in the hottest games of 2017. Even without the PlayerAuctions stats, it is easy to see that PUBG has been extremely popular among gamers for this year.

Players were able to obtain early access to the game earlier this year, and December 12th marked the official release for Xbox One and December 20th for PC. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds really hit the ground running, with countless games consisting of 100 players each, constantly battling to become the victor. Steam has data showing that current PUBG players number anywhere from 10 million to as high as 16.8 million. PUBG had more players playing through Steam than other popular games like Dota 2, CS: GO, and GTA V. If that’s not popular, then I don’t know what is!

  1. Rocket League

Rocket League is gradually and consistently increasing in popularity. How? Well, the Rocket League e-sports scene is flourishing with gaming tournaments being held all over the world. Every tournament has multiple companies that are sponsoring the events, which is huge because large companies will not advertise their products in tournaments or competitions if the number of viewers is low. Each year, the prize pool has been getting bigger and bigger for these tournaments as well.

In 2017, the number of Rocket League players was 33 million. Coincidentally, the same number of Rocket League copies were sold throughout the three platforms, with PS4 taking the highest portion of sales during the year. Psyonix’s stats show the number of players that are active on Rocket League each day is 1.6 million users. Each week, there are 3.3 million users, and each month has 6.1 million users respectively. With the vast amount of tradeable Rocket League items available, along with the number of players involved in the game,  has garnered a lot of traffic, thus making it number two on the list of the hottest games of 2017.

  1. Path of Exile

Path of Exile comes in at number three in the hottest games of 2017, however, it is nowhere near as popular as the other two previously mentioned. Believe it or not, PoE’s player base increased over 40%! The increase occurred after March 17, 2017, with the release of Patch 2.6.0. The game reached a peak of 113 thousand players. Steam Charts also show that Path of Exile reached a peak of 70 thousand players (150.46% in growth) in the last 30 days. Given this information, it must be noted that the game is not available in Steam in certain countries around the world, so it is a very respectable number!

Path of Exile is traded in quite often amongst the players involved in the game. Being a popular trading site has benefited from this and has seen a drastic increase in traffic with PoE related inquiries.

There you have it, the hottest games of 2017. Have you tried playing any of these games? Not yet? You should take part in all of the fun and excitement these games can bring this holiday season! You can expect these games to get more popular in the coming year, 2018!