How much potential do I have? Age and Mechanics in Overwatch

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This is something that's been on my mind for awhile, but spurred recently from seeing guys like SugarFree and Proper on top of the leaderboards and playing against other really mechanically talented kids in my games

I'm 16 and a ~4200 Flex DPS (mostly Tracer/Echo rn) on PC, and I've been playing OW since beta but for the first 3 years I was on console. On console (controller) I was 4000-4300 since I was 13. I always had better mechanics because I had been playing FPS on console everyday since I was 10, and had roughly 5000 hours or more on controller FPS. I had an unreal amount of confidence because of this and thought to myself that my dream of going of going pro would only be a matter of time.

About a year ago I swapped to PC and all that confidence washed away as I relearned how to aim, seeing as I'd never used mouse and keyboard in a shooter game before. After playing hours of OW, Kovaak's, and a couple other shooters (something like 1500-2000 hours on PC FPS) everyday for a year, I've got good aim again, yet my confidence will never be the same.

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It feels like I'm stuck worrying about keeping my mechanics consistent, while other guys don't have to worry about that since they have the hours in and have "effortless" mechanics. That frees them up to put more focus on macro and their positioning.

All the pros have been playing PC FPS since they were ~13 or younger and it feels like I'll always be behind in mechanics compared to them since they had the head start. It's really frustrating to think that if all those hours I spent on controller were on MnK, I'd be so much better. I've worked really hard to close that gap but I'm not sure if it's a realistic dream to become a best of the best FPS player anymore. It's not that I don't have 4200 aim, it's just that I feel like I have less potential past that than others my age.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think. I really want to talk to others about this, especially if you have experience with a problem like this. Maybe I'm doubting myself too much and need to get out of my damn head… also I've never posted on reddit b4 so lmk if I need to edit something.

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