The Importance of Mental Imagery and Leadership

System 1

Mental imagery can be defined by many terms. The key idea behind mental imagery is that the person is fully scoping in on the potential outcomes of equations. Say it’s a simple question, “how many materials do I have, how many materials do I need?” This is very important and is one of the most basic forms of mental imagery. This is imagining how many materials do you need to do well in the game. How much do you imagine you will take up in a fight, and how many fights you expect to take.


System 2

There’s a more advanced form of mental imagery. For the math-oriented readers, think of this as a double variable system for now.  You have two equations, how many materials will I need is system 1. How close is the next zone, is equation two. You have to find the correct / most correct version of the answer. This will tell you how much time you have to farm those materials that you need and still get into the zone untouched.


System 3

You can add another system to this, the third system would be how much health am I willing to sacrifice for these materials. Now you are considering the following:

  1. How many materials do I need
  2. How far am I from zone
  3. How much health am I willing to spend on getting these materials?


The Next Level

The more of this you can think of, the better suited you will be for an IGL (In Game Leader) position. So how do we take this to the hyper-extreme you may ask? Well, I actually used to be an IGL for Overwatch. Overwatch was a game where you had 6 teammates. So for a game like Fortnite when you have 4, you’d just have to do the following, for every changing variable.

  1. How many materials do I need?
  2. How far am I from Zone?
  3. How much health am I willing to spend on getting these materials?
  4. What route do I take to rotate?
  5. Do I take X fight at Y time?
  6. Do I need to cover my Z°?
  7. Do I need to play with my teammate here?
  8. Do I take A weapon over B weapon?
  9. Do I take engage or do I res my teammate?

This is just a very general list of constant questions that should be going through your mind. These should be asked every single second in your mind as a constant spreadsheet. Then you do that for all four of your teammates and you’ll be fully capable to lead them. If they’re able to do it for themselves even better!


The “What Ifs”

An IGL not only needs to think about those situations and more, but they also need to think about the “What if I don’t” which creates a whole pathway on what he needs to do and what he doesn’t need to do. This allows him to communicate moves that will hurt the team the least. “Let’s not push because of X” etc. Making moves that don’t hurt the team positionally and economically (materials and ammo and health).


In Conclusion

The IGL then takes all of this information into account and then provides the most accurate and effective route to his team. It’s important that everyone helps the IGL make the decisions and weighs in their inputs in particular situations. So that the IGL can also focus on his own mechanical play. Some of the best IGLs have teammates that will constantly give information.

The goal of the IGL is to have these tasks be done mentally,  relayed to a team that will understand. It’s important to relay information in a calm and concise format, the future article of how to be concise in format and in information will be released shortly. For other Fornite articles click here.