Mindset And Avoiding Frustration

Mindset And Avoiding Frustration

Many people define PvP similar to frustration. When and why do we get frustrated; and more fundamental, how we can avoid this, compiled into one guide.

The following written guide was compiled by Brunners.

So, today we’re going to be talking about one of the more essential parts of Guild Wars 2 Structured Player vs Player (or any player vs player in any game, in fact). This essential part is the idea of “frustration” and how to combat it. After reading this guide, you will hopefully have the know how to overcome and deal with your frustration more easily (and trust me, you will be frustrated. Often.).

To analyse the idea of “frustration” we really need to find the source of said anguish. This is easy enough because the answer is “us”. Me and you. We’re the source of all of our own frustrations. It’s our mindset.

Look at it this way, another player doesn’t send you an express delivery package full of frustration which you then unwillingly consume, every bite increasing the volume of your complaints about “those noobs on celestial” or “my shadowstep didn’t work”.

The source lies with in ourselves.

Ok, so lets take this back into a more directly Guild Wars 2 related situation. One of the top causes for frustration in Guild Wars 2 is not seeing yourself as “pro”, “efficient” or a “top player” or you simply feel you’re being out played by other classes.

But what really is the difference between you and say an Ostrich Eggs, Rom, Chaith or Helseth?

Simple. They failed, they failed lots, they failed over and over again. They have messed up more times than you have even tried in the first place. None of these guys unpacked the game able to pull off portal stomps.

The next question you have to ask yourself is how did these top players stop failing and start winning thousands at internationally televised tournaments? They practised. They practised a lot, they analysed why they got frustrated and grew to become a smarter player based on what they had learned from their earlier experiences.

Now, for a little history lesson. Let’s go all the way back to 500-600 B.C, when the first evidence of Latin Speech was discovered. The English word “frustration” stems from the Latin word “frustratio” which means disappointment. As we all know (provided we are English speaking) disappointment is what you feel when you try to achieve a goal but ultimately, for one reason or another, do not succeed.

Why are we giving you a little history lesson into dead languages? Mainly because we want to outline just how crucial frustration is to ultimately becoming a better player. Getting frustrated shows that you’re in the process of learning. The fact that you’re still learning means that you’re still improving. Ultimately you will come out the other side a much better player than you were going in.

Look at the flip side. If you never get frustrated, you will likely never improve to the level you need to be at to be flown to a World Tournament Series Final. You don’t get frustrated when you crush a newer player, no, of course not, that’s easy, you should be crushing newer players. You’re not improving your mechanics though, you’re not actually learning anything.

We both know that frustration isn’t a nice feeling. Guild Wars can, at times, make you want to throw your monitor out of the nearest window. I get that, I understand, but listen, this is a burden we all have to carry during our journey to the top.


We can’t turn off our ability to feel frustration. It manifests when you struggle and it’s not something you can avoid. Getting frustrated, therefore, is often a symptom of you making mistakes.

Making mistakes is okay. Everyone makes mistakes. You need to examine, analyse and scrutinise your mistakes and figure out why the end goal wasn’t what you set out to achieve. If you analyse and realise your expectations were a bit unrealistic, you can use the frustrations as a tool for improvement.

Consider your mindset when approaching a goal. If you enter a ranked match (for example) you might consider your rating going in, if your team is going to work as a unit and that everyone will be able to see whether you won or lost via the leaderboards. Setting your expectations that high will more than likely leave you disappointed.

When I enter a ranked match, I have the following considerations:
I want to play.

And, I have to say, I rarely end up being disappointed.

Remember. At the end of the day the only difference between you and a “pro” player, maybe even Picasso or Mozart is that they failed so many more times than you’ve ever tried.

So go ahead, fail. Fail repeatedly, but always remember to make it fun and maybe even learn to laugh about your mistakes between games.

Thanks for reading, good luck and have fun.