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Dealing with tournament fatigue

Dealing with tournament fatigue

Hi there before I get into the meat of this article. If you are like me and have ADHD or Autism you might find it hard to read this article normally, That’s why there are two different versions of this article. If you scroll down you will see a section where the article is repeated but is typed out using Bionic reading technique, if this is something you are interested in the future please let me know on the social medias or in the comments below! 

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Tournament Magic 

Tournament magic is something that a lot of magic players really enjoy, it gives players the feeling of accomplishment, uneasiness, adrenaline high, even gives you the lows of defeat and that’s something I want to talk about today. 

With the return of the pro tour and the return of paper magic a lot of players have a new drive to compete and to try and qualify for the new pro tour season, problem tho, the grind for online magic has gone down and feels almost useless with the new system in place. To top it all off the next big magic event isn’t planned to be scheduled until the end of the year with the pro tour not even planned until 2023, so with that a large some of magic players are feeling very different things right now, the paper players have lots to grind for while the MTGO/Arena player have the same old system we always had. Climb the ladder, get to Mythic rank and get in the top Numbers to get points or grind the challenges in order to get play points which is nice to have, not the greatest thing to be doing with your time. So let’s talk about all the different points where you might experience burnout/disappointment/want to give up. 

The First event

Let’s imagine that you are a new player to Magic the Gathering and you have decided you want to go to your local game store to play in FNM or your on Arena and you want to play in one of the Standard Challenges. You’re new so you don’t have a collection, you don’t have many if any of the expansive cards, your deck is a pile of cards you thought looked cool and you have no idea what the local/online meta looks like. You play your matches for the entire night but you get absolutely destroyed by the other players who range from years to decades of experience and you just started. Your heart is broken, you feel like you just wasted not only your time but also your hard earned money. This is one of the hardest parts to get someone interested in competitive magic because the early stages have so many hurdles to overcome and they all seem like mountains. If you’re lucky you might have someone at your local store that gives you pointers on how to improve your deck and your plays. They decided to spend the last few minutes to help better improve your deck and give you some pointers on how to play the game more optimally. This is the ideal situation but if you’re online or not lucky to have a game store that has someone this friendly or maybe you’re just too shy to ask then this isn’t an ideal situation. The best thing you can do in this situation if your all on your own is to look at yourself and make the hard choices, why do you want to play magic? Do you want to keep playing in tournaments? Do you think you have what it takes to make it to the highest points of magic? Asking these questions will also give you a road map to what you want. You understand that magic is a luxury hobby and that you want to make a serious decision to keep playing this awesome game that is magic. So let’s get to the next point where its more or less easier to keep moving on. 

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Your first Qualifier 

You have now decided to compete in your first qualifier for whatever tournament you decide to play in the event. Your first event doesnt go well and you end up bombing out, with a mixture of getting out played and getting unlucky you just don’t end up doing all that well. This is probably the easiest to recover from mentally. If you’re doing an online qualifier there is always another qualifier next month that will be a different format so you get an entire month to prepare for it and work on your plays and look back at what you did that you could improve. If you bombed out of a paper event there are so many RCQ events happening that you shouldn’t have to wait long for the next event and you should have plenty of time to prep for it and get yourself back into the grove of tournament and qualifier grinding. For both of these events its important to look back at your matches and think if you made any misplays, if you got out drawn, if you got outplayed, or if you simply got unlucky. Making sure you’re able to differentiate between these 4 things will help your mental so that you know where you went wrong and don’t have any lingering feelings of depression or failure. 

The Pro Tour

This is probably one of the biggest events that you can compete in, you got yourself a group of friends or you managed to get yourself onto a testing group. And when the day comes everything that could go wrong went wrong, not only are you against some of the toughest competition ever you also had a mixture of bad luck/miss plays. Normally what I would recommend for something like this is just to keep a level head, review your matches and learn from your mistakes. But right now there just isn’t anything happening, the next pro tour isn’t till 2023, the next Arena event that comes even close to the same level hasn’t been announced and we have no details on the event at all so that’s up in the air. In case you can’t tell this is where I currently am, in terms of mental. If you reached the highest level when it comes to Digital magic there really isn’t much left to do, the Arena ladder doesn’t give good matches, MTGO is an excel spreadsheet and Paper magic is its own thing entirely. It’s hard to get back into the groove when you reach the upper level of magic, especially when you get to this point. The best advice I can give when you in this spot is just keep doing what you can and take breaks if you’re feeling like you’re burned out. Breaks are important in all things and everyone should take them no matter what you’re doing. 

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Tournament Magic

Tournament magic is something that a lot of magic players really enjoy, it gives players the feeling of accomplishment, uneasiness, adrenaline high, even gives you the lows of defeat and that‘s something I want to talk about today.

With the return of the pro tour and the return of paper magic a lot of players have a new drive to compete and to try and qualify for the new pro tour season, problem tho, the grind for online magic has gone down and feels almost useless with the new system in place. To top it all off the next big magic event isn’t planned to be scheduled until the end of the year with the pro tour not even planned until 2023, so with that a large some of magic players are feeling very different things right now, the paper players have lots to grind for while the MTGO/Arena player have the same old system we always had. Climb the ladder, get to Mythic rank and get in the top Numbers to get points or grind the challenges in order to get play points which is nice to have, not the greatest thing to be doing with your time. So let‘s talk about all the different points where you might experience burnout/disappointment/want to give up.

The First event

You have now decided to compete in your first qualifier for whatever tournament you decide to play in the event. Your first event doesnt go well and you end up bombing out, with a mixture of getting out played and getting unlucky you just don’t end up doing all that well. This is probably the easiest to recover from mentally. If you’re doing an online qualifier there is always another qualifier next month that will be a different format so you get an entire month to prepare for it and work on your plays and look back at what you did that you could improve. If you bombed out of a paper event there are so many RCQ events happening that you shouldn’t have to wait long for the next event and you should have plenty of time to prep for it and get yourself back into the grove of tournament and qualifier grinding. For both of these events it’s important to look back at your matches and think if you made any misplays, if you got out drawn, if you got outplayed, or if you simply got unlucky. Making sure you’re able to differentiate between these 4 things will help your mental so that you know where you went wrong and don’t have any lingering feelings of depression or failure.

The Pro Tour

This is probably one of the biggest events that you can compete in, you got yourself a group of friends or you managed to get yourself onto a testing group. And when the day comes everything 

that could go wrong went wrong, not only are you against some of the toughest competition ever you also had a mixture of bad luck/miss plays. Normally what I would recommend for something like this is just to keep a level head, review your matches and learn from your mistakes. But right now there just isn‘t anything happening, the next pro tour isn‘t till 2023, the next Arena event that comes even close to the same level hasn’t been announced and we have no details on the event at all so that‘s up in the air. In case you can’t tell this is where I currently am, in terms of mental. If you reached the highest level when it comes to Digital magic there really isn‘t much left to do, the Arena ladder doesn‘t give good matches, MTGO is an excel spreadsheet and Paper magic is its own thing entirely. It’s hard to get back into the groove when you reach the upper level of magic, especially when you get to this point. The best advice I can give when you in this spot is just keep doing what you can and take breaks if you’re feeling like you’re burned out. Breaks are important in all things and everyone should take them no matter what your doing.

If this article helped you please let me know on social media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Samsoni1MTG Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/samsoni1

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