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In the world of esports and streaming it’s not uncommon for a pro streamer to get asked questions like, “How can I get better at the game?” To which a lot of pros will reply that you need to just play the game more and your skills will develop. It’s not wrong, but it’s often not what most players want to hear. They want something more concrete that they can focus on. Complexity player Bowen "Monsoon" Fuller took to Twitter with some advice of his own.

Professor Monsoon

In his initial tweet Monsoon points out that there is a massive skill gap between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Apex Legends players and an even bigger gap between Tier 1 and Tier 3. Despite this, some players find themselves playing with each other even in normal ranked Apex Legends. It’s not unheard of to see Predator trails in Platinum and Diamond.

So, how can you take advantage of playing with pros and up your game? Here some of Monsoon’s suggestions.

Knowledge is Power

You need good loot to win fights, pure and simple. The quicker you get it the faster you can take fights to others. You’re going to need to learn where the good loot is and is not. That means dropping and playing POIs over and over again. Just like other pros will tell you, you need to play the game more.

If you’re in a group with a pro player, don’t be afraid to ask questions. They’ve likely already got a plan in their mind so ask where you’ll be rotating. Just like in Chess, your next move is your most important. When you know where you’ll be going you aren’t wasting time making the rotation. Always be ready for when the call is made. If you’re not sure where you’re going next, when the call is made to go you might be on the other side of your current POI and now you’re precious seconds behind your team.

As Monsoon points out, the more knowledge you have in these instances the better you can predict where other teams are going to be.

Communication is Key

This next one is the biggest thing that players of all ranks and experience need to learn and always be improving. Communication. Too often players will come into streams where a well established team is communicating and talking to one another and ask, “How do you communicate so well?” If you’ve played any Trios or PUBs you’ll know that out of pre-made squads, the communication is hit and miss.

You cannot let that stop you though, always give more to your squad then they’re giving to you. When you do land in a group who know how and are willing to communicate it’ll all snap together. You need to be self-sufficient still and don’t expect people to tell you where to go or what to do, but always be communicating the information that you have.

Understand Your Enemy

This is a great piece of advice for any game with hero classes, know who you're playing against. If you play a variety of Legends and use a variety of guns you’ll start to understand the strengths and weaknesses of them. This will aid you in combating them in a match. It’ll also keep you prepared for possible shifts in the meta so you don’t feel like you’re learning a whole new Legend.

Monsoon offers much more advice in his thread including some encouragement to network and connect. While that may be aimed at the Tier 2 and 3 players that are now interacting more in the new Realm SoloQ Series, it doesn’t change the fact that a lot of his advice can be applied to all experience levels of Apex Legends.

If you’re looking to further up your game and become better at Apex Legends you can also check out our Apex Legends Weapons Tier List, some of the best spots to drop on Broken Moon and learn more about what compositions the pros are playing in the Apex Legends Pro League.