Rocket League is, at its core, a team game. It’s not one that you’ll actually find huge success in by becoming an excellent solo player, although there are those that have managed it. You’re going to have a far better time of things, and also climb the ranks a lot faster if you can keep in mind that it’s not about your success, but the success of the team.
It can be tricky to start doing though because a lot of matches in the earlier ranks will have you and your teammates all still working on making sure you can hit the ball. As you progress though, you should start trying to think of your little team as one entity, and your aim should be to make sure that the entity succeeds, and not worry too much about your own goals or anything. In practice, what that means is that you should probably stop shooting, and start passing to your teammates.
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Pass That Ball
Passing gets mentioned in a tertiary way in a lot of videos, but it’s very rarely the focus. That’s not because it’s not important, but because it’s just not something most people are searching for. People are far more interested in learning flip resets, speed flips, half flips, and other kinds of flips.
Fluump goes into a lot of great detail on eight different passing techniques you can learn and use in the video above. There’s something that everyone can learn in the video, but it all comes down to the fact that you should probably stop trying to score everything yourself, and actually trust the people you’re playing with.
Now, to try and avoid some of the frustrations that can pop up when doing this with players you’re not used to playing with or not in voice chat with, there are a few things you can do to make sure this isn’t going to annoy you.
First of all, always check to see where your teammates are. Have a look around you when you’re thinking about passing to see if anybody is actually there to receive it. Also, make sure you’re teammates have at least some basic understanding of rotations, because otherwise, it’s going to be a bad time.
However, as long as you know your teammates will be nearby, then passing the ball to them via a backboard pass or any of the other passes from the video, that’s probably going to lead to a goal. And trust us, nothing feels as good as a successful passing play in Rocket League. Well, nothing in Rocket League anyway.