This is the fifteenth post in a series of ongoing posts where we highlight one of the Aim Lab training challenges. The goal is to give you a better idea of how it works and why it can improve your performance.
How does it work?
This challenge starts a lot like Spidershot, after a five-second countdown, one blue orb spawns in the center of the room. Once the blue orb is shot it will either spawn a blue or red orb in one of many various spawn locations. If the targets are the same color (Blue center, blue target spawned once it’s destroyed) then you shoot the second target as well but if it’s a different color (Blue target spawns a red one once it’s destroyed) then you ignore the target until it despawns. This continues until the task is over, forcing quick decision making and accuracy under pressure.
What are the different Decisionshot modes?
Like most Aimlab challenges, there are three different modes: Precision, Speed, and Ultimate.
- Precision mode: the targets shrink over time when they appear, as well as adapt in size to your skill level to remain as difficult as possible and train you right at your limit, forcing you to improve accuracy while thinking on the spot with whether or not you should even shoot the target.
- Speed mode: the amount of time the target stays on the screen before it disappears adapts with your ongoing performance to train you right at your limit, forcing even quicker decision making as the task goes on.
- Ultimate mode: both target size and the amount of time the target stays on the screen adapt to be as difficult as possible, forcing quick decision making with the highest needed accuracy.
What do you learn?
The purpose of the Precision mode is to increase the precision and accuracy of your motor movements under pressure of whether or not to fire, while the speed mode is meant to increase your reflexes and reaction time and decrease the amount of time you have to make a decision on your target. Finally, Ultimate mode is meant to provide the ultimate challenge of combining elements of both precision and speed, forcing you to play fast, think fast and fire accurately. Collectively, these tasks will also familiarize you with the trade-off between speed and accuracy. The Decisionshot task also helps you realize the importance of quick decision making, where to fire, when to fire, friendly vs threatening enemies.
Why would I do this?
The goal of the Decisionshot challenges is to increase your precision or reflexes across the screen and correct for any spatial biases you may have and throwing in the added factor of quick decision making. Not only will this help your aim and reactions but it will also help your mindset and quick thinking on the battlefield. Spatial biases can be subtle and difficult to notice and therefore difficult to correct, sometimes it’s as easy as firing before you think or improved accuracy on certain sides of the screen and sometimes it’s far more complex. Aim Lab alleviates this problem by collecting objective data on your shots to help you identify and correct your biases quicker. Check out the results screen at the bottom of the post for more details!
Decisionshot: Speed mode in Graybox environment with pistol. Speed mode will decrease the amount of time targets stay on the screen, as the task goes on you have less and less time to make the crucial decision on whether or not to fire on your spawned target or ignore it. This sort of mode really increases the already difficult effect of Decisionshot.
Decisionshot: Precision mode in Graybox environment with pistol. Notice how the targets shrink over time, making the task increasingly difficult as it goes on and even more difficult the more accurate you are. Precision mode is designed to push you to your limits with accuracy.
Decisionshot: Ultimate Mode in Graybox environment with pistol. Both target orb size and duration are unpredictable and randomized, targets will decrease in size and stay on screen for shorter periods of time especially the more accurate you are. This on top of the fast thinking required with Decisionshot makes for one of the most difficult task types within Aim Lab.
Decisionshot: Results. After each time you perform a Decisionshot challenge, you get instant results on your performance for accuracy and reaction time. You will also get performance insights that attempt to give you an idea of some possible biases and how to combat them. Decisionshot has the bonus stat of not only weapon accuracy but decision-making accuracy as well, this way you are aware of any time you may have made the wrong decision in the heat of the moment. The advanced tab will dive even deeper into your stats and insights, showing your decision making breakdown, shots fired, missed and hit, how many targets spawned, kills per second and even times where there was no response on the target. Within Aim Lab we aim to give you as many insights as possible so you can find and eliminate your weakness and train what you want, the way you want.