Providing a general guide for online multiplayer gaming may seem like an impossible task due to the large variety of games out there. However, there is something that can be generalised enough that should aid you in the quest for glory and success in whichever game you wish to enjoy.
Check the Forums
It must be noted that players that are above average most certainly take advantage of material not found in the game itself, such as independent websites and forums that explain optimal strategies and possible win\loss chances. While you may gradually become a better player on your own, and by no means stop doing that, you should not be turned off to exogenous information relevant to the game. Tactics already employed by others could give you a better picture of what you could expect the next time you tune in to your session.
Build Your Strategy
In order to out-perform the average player the following needs to be stressed. Think about what your opponent would consider to be her best strategy and then counter them. This is a typical way of approaching chess, poker, Hearthstone, or whatever game you may be interested that has real players. Chances are that you are looking for great stand-alone strategies, and this is natural. But once you begin to understand the limitations and advantages your opponents’ may have, you may alter you stand-alone strategies to become counters to possible threats that serve to diminish your chances to win the game. Expert players would have thought through the counter strategies too and this then leaves room for you to express your creativity. Do the unexpected or play something unorthodox in order to catch your opponent off guard.
In poker for instance, once loads of mathematical tools were thrown at the game optimal strategies became common knowledge amongst the professional players. And the only way that a good player would be able to get good results and outplay their opponent was to become unpredictable – randomise over your bets so as not to become too easy to read. An erratic player is always hard to play against because you become increasingly unsure of what he will do most of the time. The analogy doesn’t work the same in chess but rather this is where the magic happens. Typically in chess, moves have been studied so intensely that layers are ready to counter the many openings available. However, once the mid-game begins, players are left to come up with strategies that people have not seen before in order to surprise their opponent and as a result, make something beautiful on the board.
Practice a Lot
Lastly, it needs to be said that the points made above together with experience are key to success. Becoming increasingly familiar with uncomfortable situations will leave you calm when they occur again and you have prepared for them. Sometimes one of the best ways to better yourself is through trial and error because you will pick up on some things you wouldn’t by just reading about them online. Practice does indeed make perfect!
To sum up, check out the material available exogenous to the game, think about what your opponent may be preparing for you in order to prepare for them, and practice as much as you can. This kind of advice is general enough to encompass almost all online multiplayer games.