RPS, or Rock-Paper-Scissors, may seem like a simple game that is commonly played among friends and family, but for some, it is a serious competition with high stakes. Each year, the USA Rock Paper Scissors League (USARPS) hosts the US National RPS Championship, where players from all over the country gather to battle it out for the title of National RPS Champion and bragging rights.
The game of RPS is easy to learn but difficult to master. It is played by two players who simultaneously throw their hand either in the shape of rock (a fist), paper (an open hand), or scissors (a fist with the index and middle finger extended). The objective of the game is to beat your opponent by throwing the hand that beats theirs. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and paper beats rock. If both players throw the same hand, it is a tie, and they must play again.
The US National RPS Championship is a single-elimination tournament where players go head-to-head until only one winner remains. The competition is divided into different levels, starting with regional qualifiers, followed by state championships, and culminating in the national championship. The winner of the national championship receives a cash prize, a trophy, and, of course, bragging rights as the best RPS player in the country.
While it may seem like a silly game to some, serious RPS players take the competition very seriously. They study the various strategies, patterns, and tells of their opponents to gain an edge during the game. Some players even have their own unique throwing styles to throw off their opponents. For example, some players like to make an exaggerated throwing motion to draw attention away from their hand and create a distraction, while others prefer to keep their movements minimal to avoid giving any tells away.
RPS may not be as physically demanding as other sports, but the mental and psychological aspects of the game can be just as challenging. A player must be able to quickly analyze and react to their opponent’s moves while also keeping a level head and not getting too emotional or reacting too predictably.
If you’re interested in participating in RPS competitions, you can start by joining local RPS groups, attending tournaments, and practicing with friends. Who knows, you may have what it takes to become the next US National RPS Champion and earn the ultimate bragging rights.