This article will further define a common barrier to performance in our ideas around scrims and matches. This article is inspired by and will feature quotes from Jared Tendler’s latest book, The Mental Game of Trading.

It is often the case that we expect that practice (“scrims”) is where we…


The following will be some of the approaches, ideas, and limits I think constitute good commentary in VALORANT. It is worth noting that everything here is also true for CS:GO. (The major difference in CS:GO is that there is more space and time to work with between plays.)

Commentating VALORANT…


This essay aims to highlight the major pillars of esports commentary in the Tactical FPS genre. With a better understanding of underlying principles, our ability to improve broadcasts as commentators should follow. As ever, analysis allows us to break down complex ideas to be able to better tackle them and…


My aim in this essay is to help us think more clearly about the structure of a round on a broader macro level; once we have a bigger picture viewpoint, the impact of micro elements becomes easier to understand and analyse. …


This essay identifies the major principles behind gaining advantage and some of the mechanisms for how those principles are used in professional play. The goal is to create more clarity in analyzing professional VALORANT or CS:GO matches.

In VALORANT or CS:GO, like anything else that is competitive, teams are looking…

Daniel "ddk" Kapadia

Professional esports commentator and ex-professional player

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