Being at the very peak of your game is important, right? Of course, ultimately, the goal of a multiplayer game is (usually) to have fun, but that almost always boils down to winning. Winning is fun. Getting your face rocked off is not.
Have you ever gamed with a group, team, clan, guild, alliance? Any type of gathering between decent players?
If your answer is “no,” then I daresay you have never been at the top of your game before.
There’s only so much you can do by yourself. Unless you play 1v1 game modes such as are available in Quake or Starcraft, your potential is hugely affected by your team’s performance. If you’re the best player in the world and you’re running with sub-par teammates that you randomly got matched up with, there isn’t going to be a whole lot you can do to carry your team to victory if the other side is at least decent. It doesn’t work that way.
That said, think of the best you can do with random teammates. Think back to your best killstreak, your fastest win, your most crushing victory where you had “pubbers” at your side.
You can do better than that.
All you need is a good team to unlock your potential. Communication can be extremely important depending on the pace of the game and the game itself, but often times simply having a skilled partner next to you gives you the control and power over the map you need to act in full strength.
Here’s an example. I recently played Modern Warfare in Ground War mode, which essentially crams 18 players into a rather small map (love that chaos). I knew that the opposing team was a full, decent premade, and that I was pretty much screwed. I proceeded to break even every game, but drastically top the rest of my team. As soon as a spot opened up in the premade, they consented to my being allowed onto the team, and my performance instantly doubled – minimum.
That doesn’t say anything special about me at all. You’ll be the same way if you can find the right people to run with. You want to get better? Start by getting some buddies. It’s amazing what a difference they can make.