Who’s Your Main?


Competitive video games require you to pick a character, and then go from there. This is a pretty easy step to take, wouldn’t you say? Well in some cases yes, but if you want to compete, then maybe not so much. You see, choosing your “main” is much different than just selecting a character to be. This can actually be quite a difficult decision to make. A lot of factors go into this, and if you’re struggling to find the right character for you, well, I’d like to help make this process a bit easier. On this edition of Casually Competitive, I’ll go over many different options for choosing your main in any video game. Hopefully some of the information here can help you out, so that you can be fully prepared for the next time someone asks… “Who’s Your Main?”.

olimar mainSo let’s first talk about why it’s important to have a main in the first place. If you want to be able to compete in any game, it is crucial that you have that one character that you can rely on. No matter the situation or matchup, you should be able to handle it with your main character. Now, I’m not saying you can never play another character, but you should definitely concentrate on one first. This way, you’ll be able to learn the game with more ease while not being distracted by a bunch of different things at once. When you start using multiple characters, and not set your focus on one to begin with, then it will be much more difficult to improve your overall game. Since you won’t just be trying to learn one set of combos or one meta game, but multiple at the same time. Having too much on your plate is never a good thing, it’s best you stay organized, and not overwhelm yourself.

ryu easy 2Now that you know the importance of having a main, let’s see if I can help you find one. The first path you may choose to take on your hunt for a main is to look for the easiest characters to be. This is common for players to do, especially for beginners. There’s no shame in going the easy route, and it’s a good way to get used to the game while having fun and being successful. But since the character is doing a lot of the work for you in this situation, the fun may be short-lived. We definitely don’t want this to happen, as you will most likely drop the character and be on the prowl once again for a new main.

This next method is a bit unorthodox… just pick a character at random and go with it. If you are really struggling to find a main, you can definitely give this option a try. You never know, maybe you luck into finding a character that you really enjoy and they become one of your favorites. But in all honesty, I personally think there are better ways of looking for a main than this. So just hold out hope a little longer, after all, I still have more suggestions to get through.

kratos op 3So the third method of choosing a main is to just simply pick the best character available. Whoever is at the top of the tier list will most likely give you some success. But the question is, will this success bring you satisfaction? You want to make sure that your main is fun to play as, winning isn’t everything. But I suppose that if the only way you have fun is to win, then perhaps give this option a try. Just always make sure that you’ll be happy with your decision in the long-run.

These next couple of methods are definitely the ones I recommend the most. We’ll start with choosing a character based off of play-style. It’s very important that you feel comfortable with your character. And there’s no better way to ensure this than if their play-style fits you. Choosing this option for finding a main will allow you to feel right at home. This will easily allow you to learn the character while still having fun, since you’re playing the game in a way that comes naturally to you.

I must say, this final option is by far the most satisfying route for any player. Just pick the character that you want to be, it’s that simple. Yep, don’t worry about tier placement or viability, pick your favorite character and start learning how to best use them. There is really no better way of choosing your main than to just go with your gut. Learning the game and your character will be a lot easier when choosing this option. Because you won’t be caring as much whether you win or lose, just that you’re having fun playing as the character you enjoy being.

main goro flawless picAnd there you have it, my five suggestions to help you find your main in any competitive game. You may be wondering what method I use when looking for a main. Well, I usually just go with my favorite character. I believe that the best way to make progress is when you care about the character you are using. If you don’t care, then winning doesn’t mean a whole lot. It’s way more satisfying for me to win with the character that I want to be, regardless of how good or bad they are. And it’s also nice to be able to demonstrate just how good your favorite character can be to your fellow competitiors. Like when I use Goro in Mortal Kombat X and KRUSH everyone into a million pieces… yeah, that’ll show em!

Thank you so much for checking out this edition of Casually Competitive. I hope you can put some of this information to good use the next time you’re ready to compete. Please share what you thought about this article in the comment section below. And feel free to ask me any questions you might have regarding to the topic at hand, I’m always happy to help. Also, don’t forget to check out all of our other content right here at AZBros.com. I’m Lockjaw, and I’ll see you next time!

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I've played video games pretty much my whole life. And I'd say I love them just as much now as I did back then. I really enjoy fighting games and I'm always looking for new ones to try. I really like the competitiveness of fighters, and love testing my skills against other players. However, I also like to just sit back and relax with more casual games, too.

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I’ve played video games pretty much my whole life. And I’d say I love them just as much now as I did back then. I really enjoy fighting games and I’m always looking for new ones to try. I really like the competitiveness of fighters, and love testing my skills against other players. However, I also like to just sit back and relax with more casual games, too.

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