Improve your game: Everybody knows something you don’t

WisdomEyeMagician-SDMP-EN-SR-1EEverybody knows something you don’t. You know some things and everyone else knows some different things. There is obviously a lot of overlap when you’re talking to someone about a topic you’re both interested in but not everyone in the conversation knows the same stuff. Thankfully, we have language to communicate our thoughts to each other. This is going to apply to more than just Yugioh. It’ll apply to every card game, every game and your life. Whenever faced with a choice, you need to make a decision. And for each decision you make, somebody else probably knows something you don’t know about the choice that can help you.

You can probably skip the rest of this if you understand the concept here.

Step 1: Listen to what somebody has to say
Step 2: Think about their claim/statement
Step 3: Apply their claim if it’s a good idea

This is just going to be a handful of small stories, meaningless in the abstract.

I have one friend that absolutely refused to put Mermail Abyssmegalo in his Atlantean deck. He was refusing because ‘Mermails are too good so NO MERMAIL”. I kept crushing him over and over with his same build, but with the addition of triple megalo. Other than the stubbornness he displayed, it was clear to any outsider that I knew something he didn’t know.

I used to show up to local tournaments not knowing what I would play. Once I arrived, I’d ask my friends what they’re playing and then try to assemble the best deck I can with what we had remaining. Usually, we had about one and a half copies of each top deck between all of us and I would scrounge up a deck. Almost always it was one of the best decks because I won’t play anything but the best available to me, but I would construct the main deck in ten or fifteen minutes, then spend about five more minutes thinking about what I wanted to cut from my 25 card Extra Deck. And, after that, I’d try to gauge what people would be playing and play all of the floodgates I could for them. This is a terrible way to build decks. You’re going to be playing every round with the same deck. You need to have a good Side Deck. Your main 40 (or more) is more important because it’s 40 cards that work together. But those 15 cards in your Side Deck also need to function in your deck. You can’t side out something like Satellarknight Deneb because 1500 ATK isn’t very strong. You shouldn’t be siding in Lullaby of Obedience because it’s better than some other card in your Main Deck. You should plan how you’re going to side against every deck. You also need to follow a plan, otherwise, you’re going to make a mistake and side the wrong cards at the wrong time.

Quick Magic lesson semi-relevant to this story. There are five colors of cards. In draft format, each player gets three packs, opens pack one, takes a card then passes the rest of the pack to the next player, and so on, until every card has been drafted. One testing team said that one player just kept winning practice draft after practice draft. They asked him what he was doing different and he said he wasn’t taking green cards. The other players also stopped taking green cards and did better in drafts.

I was reading an article about new decks in the upcoming Magic standard format. The author presented a bunch of deck lists and one comment said they think card Y is better than card X in Z deck, then ended their comment by saying the author is the pro player, completely invalidating all of their points about card Y. This author is a good player but doesn’t know everything. That commenter had valid reasons why card Y would be good. Even if card X /is/ better, that commenter was able to critically think why card Y could be better until he put himself down. I find myself in the authority position rather often when talking about cards and decks. I can be wrong and there are things I don’t know.

While everybody knows something you don’t, the reverse is also true. That means that you know something that somebody else doesn’t know. Often, my friends will ask me for a deck list. I’ve put three Pot of Desires in everything. Usually, including three Pot of Desires, the decks are 43ish cards. One list I sent a friend was exactly 43 cards including three Desires. He told me that he doesn’t want to buy Desires, which is fair. He then told me he doesn’t want to play the deck if he needs Desires. I spent at least 20 minutes explaining to just cut the Desires from that list and play it without Desires at 40 cards.

If you see that I’m wrong about something, let me know. I like learning and I like teaching. If you have questions, ask them. I’m mulling over doing a podcast about more basic topics for beginners. Let me know what you think. It’s not even in the early planning stages, so don’t get excited.

Thanks for reading. Until Monday, click an ad, buy Pot of Desires and check me out on social media.


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