Welcome back, everyone! This week I am going to go over some tips to improve your results at competitive Magic event. These are the methods I use when I prepare for battle in a long tournament. Here are my top 5 tips:
Being well-rested is very important if you want to have a successful tournament. Getting an ample amount of sleep will allow you to think more clearly and make correct lines of play more often. I would recommend getting around 7-9 hours of sleep if possible.
Drinking energy drinks to keep you up isn’t good for multiple reasons. One main reason is that it doesn’t actually replace sleep, it just keeps you wired, which can actually be detrimental. Your mind still won’t be able to focus. Another downfall of this method is that eventually you will crash as the day goes on, and your tournament will struggle to finish as well as it started.
4) Snacks and Drinks
Eating small snacks and drinking water throughout the day will keep you fresh. Small snacks such as various nuts are perfect cheap snacks to have throughout the tournament. Nuts are a good source of protein which will give you enough energy to power through the day, but won’t make you tired or groggy.
Water helps keep you hydrated and keeps you focused on the task at hand. Drinking and eating junk food will make you sluggish and not allow you to be able to focus on the game, and your tournament will suffer as a result.
Constructed – No matter what the format is for the tournament, you need to test. Getting as many reps as you can fit in against the top 5 or so decks in any given format is critical. You need to learn how the games will play out and what your game plan is in various matchups. Once you feel comfortable in game 1, you need to devise a sideboard plan. Against the matchups that you tested earlier, you need to learn how to play against it differently when they bring in their hate cards.
Limited – Limited is a little bit harder to test for than normal constructed, since you don’t know what deck you’re going to be playing on any given day. Like constructed, the biggest way to test this is repetition. Opening many pools and and doing many drafts in order to learn the archetypes and the cards that are good in the format are really important.
After all of your preparation, you need to be confident in what you have learned. Barring anything drastic leading up to the event, nothing in the 75 you have settled on should be changed. Altering cards last minute can be detrimental to all the playtesting you have done. It changes the plans you have learned for the matchups and could potentially change how you sideboard. Confidence in your list and confidence in yourself will help power you through the tournament. (I know this is easier said than done, but trusting your testing and the deck you have settled on will give you a big confidence boost!)
The most important tip I have to do well is to just have fun. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true. You have to remember that Magic is just a game and you’re supposed to be having fun. Once you forget that and let the stress get to you, you won’t do well because you start putting pressure on yourself to succeed. To be able to preform at your highest capability, you cannot be playing full of stress. It will cloud your judgment and cause poor play. Just keep calm and have fun!
Hopefully these tips help you guys as much as it helps me prepare and battle for large magic events. Let me know if you guys have any other tips for succession when you get ready to battle. See you guys next week!