If there is a single subject in Esports that is focused on the most, but also feared the most, it's burnout. It's that thing that haunts every pro's thoughts. One year a player could be considered the hottest upcoming talent, the next, a fluke. The lingering question is why? Fans, casters, players, and thread dwellers alike would agree a young uprising star that fell off after a year was just simply... not ready. But how? That 18 19 year old kid has been playing this game for 2-3 years. They grinded FPL-C, qualified for FPL, rated A in ESEA, PUGs with the pros, top frags with the pros (even without calling "B-rOtaTiOn" before knife round is even over), but still when they get thrown into a pro BO3 with a good lineup around him he falls short. Why why why?! In my personal and debatable opinion its the hours that player put in. "Wait 12-14 hours a day is not enough?!!?!" No I tell you, it's TOO MUCH. I've in the midst of an experiment of my own. Can I be better having a strict balanced diet, meal, family time, outside walks, SLEEP, and gaming? Anyone that has been passionate about getting better at a video game (in my case CSGO) has definitely spent days, especially school breaks, playing 12-18 hours a DAY. An hour or two practicing listening to a podcast or some music, then queueing nonstop match after match is considered a "grind". Players grind 12-14 hours a day on average to get better at their game. After a day I feel burnout, angered if there was a few bad games, but willing to do it over again the next day. It's all a part of getting better, right? Well I know we have all seen articles on burnout, having a balanced day, and the amount of hours put into practice. Every article preaches having a healthy and balanced schedule, for example: cbsn.ws/3qn9JBJ
(its a good watch highly recommend), with this in mind, I still don't practice these methods... well until now. I have been doing a bit of an experiment. I chose my Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks as the times it is being conducted. During my Thanksgiving Break I played Counter Strike for 12-18 hours a day for 4 days in a row. My results were nothing to what I predicted. I played from 6 in the morning to midnight. Go to sleep then do it over again. Each morning i put in 2 hours of practice, this includes aim maps, deathmatch, and for practicing my decision making, retake servers & csgo casual. I played roughly 14-16 hours a day. So the hours went like this. 6 hours of sleep, average of 16 hours of gaming, average of 2 hours not gaming. The non gaming hours consisted of cutting down Christmas tree, getting my hair cut, and running arons. My highest day was 18 hours, lowest was 12. For these 4 days I played 60% Free & Premium Faceit, 30% MM and 10% practice. Now some uncontrollable variables were who I queued with and if I queued with someone at all. *IN FACEIT* I won 90% of the games I queued with two or more people. A solid 75% won queued with just one other person. I won 50% of the games I played solo. Something interesting about the solo queue was that after the first two days I started losing those solo queue matches. That was one of the things that surprised me the most. I won 90% of my MM matches. The 10% I lost was only some unfortunate solo queues with horrible teammates. After reviewing all my results from the 4 days of the first part of the experiment, I've seen that as the days go by, my performance dropped with the AWP. My sniper rifle accuracy rate per match went from 85% to %50. My Rifle accuracy per match raised from 24% to 50% (ON FACEIT) (I HAVE NO STATS FOR THOSE ON MM BUT I ASSUME THEY ARE SIMILAR). Something else is that I had absolutely no motivation to stream and make videos. This surprised me the very most because making videos is something I can say I almost love more than CSGO. so not even wanting to attempt to make any videos over my 3 different projects I've started (Warzone Trolling, Holdfast Highlights, for example). In conclusion for Part One my performance for playing 12-18 hours a day for 4 days spiked in decrease after day 2. Part Two of the experient will be submitted on HLTV forums on December 31st. During Christmas I will have a balance to my schedule. I'll be going on daily walks, healthy food, and only having 2 or less sugary drinks, but still sleeping for 6 hours just not immediatly getting up and gaming. On YouTube I will release a single video over the two parts. Thank you for reading, be on the lookout for Part 2 or the conclusion on YouTube. So what do yall think the outcome will be? Thanks!