Tilt is when a player begins to misplay, and then continues to misplay because of their emotional state. It is present in pretty much everything in life, but is highly noticeable in video games especially. Hearthstone is a major source of tilt, and it can seriously affect your ability to climb, or enjoy the game. Here are some ways that you can combat tilt.
One: Take breaks
If you find yourself losing more than a game or two in a row, stop playing. You may think you aren’t on tilt, and hell, you may not be, but it’s still good to take a break. Either you are on tilt and aren’t recognizing it, or something else is going wrong. Regardless, taking a break is a perfect way to reset, so you can go at it again later. Try to do something destressing during your break, like watching a movie or chilling outside. It’s difficult to stop playing when you are losing, so force yourself to stop after a certain number of losses.
Two: Listen to Music
Playing music while you game is an easy way to stay calm in any game. It’s a lot harder to get angry when you’re listening to something peaceful, or even an awesome beat. Figure out what kind of music gets you to relax the most, and listen to it while you play. Personally I like game soundtracks, the Final Fantasy series is especially good for calm melodies. Most professional gamers suggest always listening to music while you play as well, give it a go!
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Three: Mute your mic
This one only goes if you’re chatting with friends, but I found it to be a game changer for me. I would chat with friends while playing Hearthstone, and then I would audibly rage. My anger would fuel itself, and then it just wouldn’t stop. When I muted my mic, it forced me to take that extra step before I could rage. This forced me to really consider if what I was about to say was worth it, and calm myself down. If you can figure out another way to do this reflective moment, by all means do so.
Four: Stop caring about your rank
This is the hardest one on the list for me. I’m a very competitive player, and rank is often the entire purpose of playing for me. That being said, this isn’t an enjoyable way to play at all. If you play only caring about rank, you’ll find yourself a lot more tense, and losing more ranks! This took me a long time to be able to do at all, and I’m still not the best at it. If you are able to master this trick, you’ll very rarely go on tilt.