There are a few general skills that anyone can learn and practice to improve their game performance. These skills are not specific to video games, but can also apply to many games such as chess, as well.
Before I discuss any of these skills, however, it is important to adopt the proper attitude. This attitude is one that accepts that you will make errors. It is also one that sincerely wants to improve and learn. This is true whether you are brand new to a game or are quite familiar. I have seen many players reach a plateau in their skills because they stop accepting criticism or believe they are already as skillful as they can possibly get.
Many people also refuse to accept any criticism at all. The gaming community itself is partly to blame for this because valid criticism and harassment are often blurred together. This is especially true for teamwork-based games, ironically. I mention this because most of your fellow players are quite willing to help you improve, but you have to show them that you are willing to listen and learn.
Guides are usually the first thing you will be directed to, but I would recommend you familiarize yourself with the game first. It is very helpful to have “hands-on” experience with what is being discussed in guides so you can better understand it. Simply performing random actions to learn what they do and what outcomes they cause qualifies as experience.
After this, it is wise to follow their advice and browse a few guides. Guides will only help so much, though. Basic competency is usually their main purpose, but this is a great way to start. If you are beyond the need of guides, try to learn something new every play session. Remember, it is important to keep an open mind to criticism, and have a desire to improve.
Nicholas Martin-King, 2RG Pro