This is the twentieth 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 Motionshot, but at a very long distance. After a five-second countdown, one target orb spawns in the center, once the target orb is shot it will spawn a moving orb in one of many various spawn locations. Attempt to hit the newly spawned moving target and return to the center target. The center target will not move although its size may change depending on which mode you are playing. This continues until the task is over, forcing extremely precise shots on difficult to hit, moving targets.
What are the different Snipershot 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, ensuring the highest accuracy challenge possible.
- 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 you to flickshot and quickly react.
- Ultimate mode: both target size and the amount of time the target stays on the screen change randomly, ensuring the task is both difficult and random, forcing you to adapt and quickly flick shot to your targets at a long distance.
What do you learn?
The purpose of the Precision mode is to increase the precision and accuracy of your long distance shots, while the speed mode is meant to increase your reflexes and reaction time, leaving you with no time and forcing you to flick to your targets. 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 against random sized targets that will stay on screen for random amounts of time. Collectively, these tasks will also familiarize you with the trade-off between speed and accuracy. The Snipershot task also helps especially with long distance against small targets.
Why would I do this?
The goal of the Snipershot 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 long distance and tiny targets. This is great for any sniper training, whether it be a certain hero or champ or a particular weapon or gun type, if it’s a sniper rifle or any type of long distance, this is the training for you. 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!
Snipershot: Speed mode in Graybox environment with sniper. 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 react and accurately take your shot.
Snipershot: Precision mode in Graybox environment with sniper. 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 and is even harder at such a long distance.
Snipershot: Ultimate Mode in Graybox environment with sniper. Both target orb size and duration are unpredictable and randomized, targets will decrease in size and stay on screen for shorter periods of time. This on top of the long distance with Snipershot makes for one of the most difficult task types within Aim Lab.
Snipershot: Results. After each time you perform a Snipershot 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. The advanced tab will dive even deeper into your stats and insights, showing your Snipershot breakdown, shots fired, missed and hit, how many targets spawned, kills per second and even times where there was no response on the target. The accuracy map and reaction time map are both there to give you a more indepth look at and understanding of each of these stats. 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.