Hi, my name is Jeff, aka “Raza”.
I was born in a small town in Greece in the early 90s. It wasn’t the most significant era, but I remember the first day that an internet café opened. Every kid in the neighborhood jumped in to unlock this new world. A month later, I remember when my best friend asked me…
“Wanna play Dota?”
“What’s that?” I responded.
It didn’t take me long enough to get hooked on the game.
Years later, sitting and typing all this, this very “simple” game is part of who I am, and it’s part of my personality; it’s my hobby. Being from a kid to a high school student, jumping into University, and now working full time, this very thing has accompanied me all the way. There was only one problem…I was not good.
For years, I was pretty mediocre. When the MMR system first got introduced, I calibrated at the Ancient level. I would hover around the 4k bracket since I recall myself. I was stuck there. Literally stuck. Occasionally, I would hit 5k and then…BOOM
I was playing at the Ancient bracket for years with zero improvements. I would play the game, but without a game plan. I would walk around the map clueless about what I was supposed to do. I would blame smurfs and boosters for beating my ass on the Midlane. I would blame my carry dying when I would pull as support. And every single night, I would play a few more games to compensate for my daily lost MMR.
At some point, I was watching my Dota buff profile when I realized that I had over 4000 thousand games. Having less time at that time, I was thinking, “4000 games, and I am still here?” These thoughts had nothing to do with me going pro or having great expectations. I was following the meta, and I was watching content and pro games all the time. So why am I still here? It only meant two things, and only ONE of those two things was going to be correct:
I chose to make one last try grinding, but this time I would be responsible for everything. The hardest thing is that I felt I had to figure out everything on my own. I didn’t know my problem. People were telling me to have more CS and “farm” more. But, unfortunately, this is not the big picture of the game.
I watched my MMR skyrocketing to 6k and eventually to 7k once I was justifying everything I was doing. Then, a friend suggested starting to help others achieve their goals. Then the idea of the @RC Coaching started growing its roots
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