Justin Wong Manipulating the Meta eSports

Course Overview

Justin Wong, otherwise known as Jwong, is an American professional fighting game player, and icon in the Street Fighter community. Wong has won several Evolution Championship Series titles, and is a player under Echo Fox. In this course, Jwong walks you through the mindset behind his most competitive matches, and what it truly takes to understand, outmaneuver, and ultimately defeat your strongest opponents online.

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  1. Defining “The Meta”

    Offensive play, defensive play, resource based or tier based, all of these different approaches to the game can be defined as “The Meta.” Jwong explains how, over time, you begin to understand the strategies and best practices within your particular game and chosen character, and your definition of how the game should be played will begin to crystalize. There is no right or wrong definition of “The Meta.” What matters is that you find what works best for you. Download the Lesson Workbook

  2. Understanding The Meta

    In order to be a successful and competitive gamer, you need to learn how to balance offensive and defensive play based on your own unique playstyle. As you, as a player evolve over time, and as the games you play evolve over time, The Meta itself will change as well. Jwong shares that only 30% of one game will actually transition to the next iteration. So what you are learning is less about how to master one particular game, but how to master the process of learning and mastering a game, period. Download the Lesson Workbook

  3. Tier List

    There are two types of players: those that play for fun, and those that play to win. In this lesson, Jwong walks you through why tiers are needed, and how you can ultimately prove that a particular tier list is right or wrong. Tiers are what encourage rivalries, debates, and underdog matchups that can be incredibly entertaining. What matters, he says, is that it all comes down to your knowledge of your character. Anyone can win. Download the Lesson Workbook

  4. Creativity and Exploration

    When it comes to learning a new game, creativity is always in the mix and part of the exploration process. However, a large part of being a creative player is first learning the rules and the confines of the game—so then you know how and where you can break them. Jwong shares his insight on the importance of always allowing your creativity to guide you, especially in tournament play, so that you can adjust to whatever opponent you’re facing. Coming up with solutions ahead of time is important, but being able to pivot in the moment or after a loss is the real key to success. Download the Lesson Workbook

  5. What Is Optimal?

    What makes for optimal gameplay comes down to three things: combos, strategies, and characters. Especially with new games, optimal strategies evolve, and new combos and strategies will replace the old, both offensively and defensively. However, being at the forefront of this exploration process of what is optimal is what can put you on the map within the community. People will begin to see you as the thought leader pushing the boundaries, and you will be put in a position to help shape gameplay at the highest levels. Download the Lesson Workbook

  6. Playing for Fun

    Despite having reached massive success in the gaming world, Jwong reminds even the most competitive gamers to never forget their love of the game. Whether you’re playing in your basement with your friends, or on the big stage, you should always be playing for fun. Jwong shares the importance of playing the characters you enjoy most, with teammates you enjoy spending time with, because it allows you more creative freedom. And the best part? You don’t end up looking like a copycat of someone else, because you’ve formed a unique style around your gameplay. Download the Lesson Workbook

  7. Playing to Win

    The flipside to playing for fun is, of course, playing to win. In this lesson, Jwong opens up about how top tier players often choose to copy someone else’s gameplay or character selection simply to stay competitive. But what ends up happening is they lose their own unique style, and become a second version of someone else. Jwong’s advice? You have to be original—and here’s how. Download the Lesson Workbook

  8. Losing is Learning

    Nobody likes losing, but that’s because it is seen as a “loss.” To Jwong, losing was the best thing that ever happened to him—because it showed him how he could improve. In order to become a truly competitive and talented player, you have to learn to see your losses as opportunities to learn. You cannot get discouraged by them, or view yourself in a negative light. You have to let your losses show you what still needs to be improved, so that you can then move forward in a positive direction. This is how you mature as a player. Download the Lesson Workbook

  9. Fighter’s Block

    Have you ever had Fighter’s Block? As Jwong puts it, there comes a time in your gaming career when you simply stop getting better. You forget to continue optimizing and evolving as a player just because you have been in it for so long. When you reach that Fighter’s Block moment, Jwong instructs you to get back to the basics. Find your passion for the game again, and think about why you even started gaming in the first place. In this lesson, you will learn how to overcome Fighter’s Block, and how to get yourself back to track to optimizing your gameplay. Download the Lesson Workbook

  10. Breaking The Meta

    After a community has established a Meta and knows what it looks like, as a competitive gamer you want to find ways to change and manipulate it to your advantage. This is the evolution of competitive gaming, and ultimately how to set yourself apart from the competition. Breaking the Meta is what leads to more people breaking your Meta, and that’s how the process becomes a set of stairs that never ends. In this lesson, Jwong explains why you always want to be ahead of that curve, and how you constantly look for new ways to break the current Meta. Download the Lesson Workbook

  11. Justin Outro

    Thanks for watching Justin's course on Manipulating the Meta. Feel free to jump into the next course, or start making some moves! Download the Lesson Workbook