Learn how to review your replays and different methods for each style!
How to Review Your Replay in 4 Steps
Step 1 - Finding a Replay
You don't want to waste your time reviewing a bad replay. I recommend the following:
- Ranked game; minimum of 6 goals scored (2 blue, 4 orange, etc.)
- A game you thought you played well
- The final score should be close, win or lose; lose = preferred to review
- Warm-up before watching a replay; pick one from yesterday (fresh set of eyes; more likely to be unbiased)
Step 2 - Pick Your Review Style
Watch the whole replay; from start to finish
Dissect every play in detail and watch multiple points of view
Switch POV, see how you play as a teammate
Rewind multiple times to assess the plays
Pros: You can learn much more about your playstyle by being
able to see more plays with rotation / positioning / mechanics
Cons: Takes a long time compared to the Short Review
Fast Forward to the play you get scored on - Hold Right D-Pad
Once you get scored on, rewind approx. 15 - 20 second
Watch your point of view and your teammate's point of view
Move on to the next play until completed
Pros: Saves time, skip to highlights
Cons: You will miss key mistakes made throughout the game
Data Log Example:
Step 3 - Know What to Look For
Main Focus: Habitual Mistakes! If you can learn from these it will help you rank up quickly! Situational mistakes will happen, but you should not spend too much energy reviewing these
Habitual: Double committing, losing every kickoff, over committing, corner jamming, boost over ball, crossing ball in front of your net, near-post rotation, etc.
Situational: Bad Kickoff, poor mechanics, missing a boost pad and turning back to get it, hitting goalpost and flopping, bad recovery, a simple mistake, etc.
Main Focus Points:
Assess your distance from your teammates and opponents, ensure that you're not too far from the play
Make sure that you are constantly keeping pressure! Don't be back getting boost if your teammate is downfield
Watch that you are not following your teammates
Watch carefully and see if your movements/positioning are benefiting the play
See if you're trying mechanics that are above your skill level; if you can't do them 10/10 times, don't do it in ranked!
Watch out for moments that you lose control of the ball; dribbling, air control, pass to opponents/boom downfield
Take note of blackout moments; try to do something but "blackout" and mess up; common with aerial control
Based on the replay, you should go into training and practice the mechanics that you were struggling with
There are typically rules of where you should go in a situation; ask yourself the following:
Are you too aggressive/passive? 2. Are you cutting off your teammate? 3. Did you rotate far post?
TIP: Once you complete your role, you should allow your teammate to rotate into the play. Don't keep chasing the ball!
- Watch to see if your wasting you're boost when you could be flipping. A good way to see this is if you boost all the way back, and then you're waiting
- Watch to see if you're picking up boost pads on you're way back to net / during your rotation / when waiting for a play
Best Tips For Reviewing Replays
Watch Videos on each of these topics above (positioning, rotation, boost management). This will help you understand what is right and what is wrong when reviewing your replays. If you don't know what to look for, you are wasting your time with replay reviews
Use Different Points of View
Change POVs; between yourself, teammate and opponents
Use the Slow down feature
For rotation, use the "Fly" cam & look from a birds-eye view
Re-watch individual plays multiple times
Step 4 - Post Review
Ask yourself; what did I learn? Write down 1-3 key concepts you need to improve. Read them before each game you play
Try and implement what you learned from your replay, progress won't always be instant, it will take time to adjust to a "new playstyle"
Find training packs that help you
Humble yourself and own the mistakes you make. The only way to improve is to realize that you make mistakes too.
Don't blame your teammates, even if it is their fault, most likely there is something you could have done to change the outcome of the play
Try and watch a replay at least 1 time per week using the guidance listed above