For melee that’s practicing both tech skill as well as game skill, aka the ability to make the right decision in the right moment.
As I have only been playing for 2 years and only been playing as Jigglypuff for 6 months I fall WAY WAY WAY behind the top players in Queensland and Australia, some of which have been playing this game for 10+ years.
But I feel I have an opportunity to make up for that if I can commit to serious hours of practice.
I am definitely not the most talented player. It takes me weeks and months to learn a tech skill that Thriles might pick up in a single session.
But by focusing on deliberate practice (drills, analysis) and doing a lot of it I believe I can bridge the gap between me and the top players.
I had the idea that 3 hours a day would be realistically the most I could commit to practice, but also be enough to get me moving towards the top.
No idea how I am going to find the time for this (I am currently doing around 30 minutes to 1.5 hours a day) but it is something that I am aiming towards.
While a lot of people play friendlies as their form of practice I was to focus way more on basic movement drills. Once they are down then focusing on decision making (what to do in X situation) will likely be the next step. Mix that with tournaments and money matches (to create pressure) and I think that is better quality practice than friendlies.
So yeh, I guess I basically wanted to say that I am aiming to practice 3 hours per day. I have no idea how I am going to find the time to do that but I want to. Plus I wanted to let myself know that I am choosing to focus on deliberate practice not just casual play.
Only time will tell if this works.
ELO at time of writing: 1,114 (49th in Old and 197th in Australia)