The biggest obstacle that separates a quarter-finals team from a semis and upwards is the data they collect and how they manipulate it in-game. I have been running my teams strategy division for years, mentorless, and I understand the strain it puts on scouts to remain actively engaged in a match. I’d like to put out a few pointers for getting good data.
A schedule - there are more positive responses from scouts if they have a regimented schedule to follow. 10 matches seems to be the magic number for my team, as it gives a big enough break to keep from frying members, and it allows the members to stay engaged.
Multiple scouting leads - I have found having good communication between scouts regarding strategy whilst scouting encourages positive data. To get them motivated, questions I’ve used are similar to “Knowing what you know, who will win this next match and why?” “What are your thoughts on this team?” “What would you want the alliance selector to remember when out there?” Multiple leads who are actively engaged in this way increase morale and the excitement behind scouting, and establish the importance of this task.
Know your place - This may be a bit harsher of a topic, but being aware of when to stop scouting is important. Scouting when you are ranked 40th is not beneficial to anyone (keep in mind what qual match you are on, don’t stop on match 30 or sooner). Overall the top 8 alliances have the say over who is picked. To add more data is always helpful, but be aware where you are.
Pep talks - I pride myself from creating, running, and improving the scouting system my team has in place today. It have proven highly effective, as we have picked some amazing alliances in the past and continue to do so. Pep talks to keep morale keep everyone engaged, such as encouraging them to do their best. An alliance makes or breaks the play-offs for the entire team.
Entertainment - Making good conversation between members is always beneficial. Talking about who you would want on your alliance, how good a team is, how excited you are, all are extremely important.
Strategy can overcome many boundaries and provide a win in even the more dire of situations. Never assume anything is lost due to another team you face, you just might surprise yourself with your own potential.