This is the fourteenth post in a series of ongoing posts where we highlight one of Aim Lab’s custom 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 is similar to ninjashot and blinkshot although the A.I. target orb acts a bit differently. The target will not blink and will jump around with infinite health. For 60 seconds you track and fire at the target to see your accuracy and tracking against a smarter A.I. that does not despawn or respawn.
What are the different Freetrack modes?
Freetrack is currently only available in one mode type and only in the Graybox environment. It will eventually be available in all environments and offer different modes in the near future, however.
What do you learn?
The purpose of Freetrack is to increase the precision, accuracy and tracking against a smart, adaptive, and always moving target. This will also help with your consistency during firefights with opponents. Being able to consistently track and land shots on a moving target, that mimics real player movement will greatly improve your capabilities against other players, especially one on one.
Why would I do this?
The goal of the Freetrack challenges is to increase your tracking and reflexes across the screen and correct for any spatial biases you may have. Just as many basketball players shoot better from one side of the floor compared to the other, gamers have spatial biases too (e.g., here’s former Cloud9 CSGO player, n0thing, discussing how he is better flicking to the left than right). These biases can be subtle and difficult to notice and therefore difficult to correct. Aim Lab alleviates this problem by collecting objective data on your shots to help you identify and correct your biases quicker. Check out the data visualizations and results screens at the bottom of the post for more details!
Freetrack: Normal Mode in Graybox (alpha) environment with Rocket launcher. In Freetrack, your target does not break or lose any health, this allows you to practice tracking and accurately hitting your target for the entire duration, much like an actual firefight against an enemy player.
Freetrack: in Graybox environment with Rocket launcher. Both your points and accuracy will be viewable throughout the entirety of this training task, along with a timer so you are aware of how much time is left to track and accurately attack your enemy target.
Freetrack: Results. After each time you perform a Freetrack challenge, you get instant results on your performance for accuracy, shots fired and how many shots hit, along with an overall score. To the left, you can see your error bias, showing how many shots you missed in the location relative to that target. Your performance is also compared to your average performance on the task, and lets you view improvement across time.