by Canabiest on 2013-06-03 12:11 CET
In the sealed games i had to play i always boarded in Dynacharge for Cloustone, being on the Draw that seemed better and the opponents had creatures where it worked wonders with my amount of first strike.
In the draft i went three colored, BUG, trying for a deck with some removl. I did not really get that lucky but managed strong single cards and a high enough rate of rares and mythics.
Why I lost in the semifinals and it was my fault not the decks, was my inabilitiy to manage my ressources over the tournament.
By the end I was thoroughly tired and had intense migraine headaches. Something unknown to me usually. I mostly can play late into the night without feeling something like that and still trust my instincts and knowledge of cards. Still both of those failed me and in the end I lost to forgetting a creature I play about every day in my own precon league deck had reach.
So what happened?
I underestimated the exhaustion of inactivity. Having two byes in the start and then being able to draw twice there were long periods of waiting. My first draft match finished quickly and there was almost an hour long wait again before I could start the next one. I never was able to step away from the computer for too long or do something else. So different than usual I had to be in "the zone" at short periods of time with long waits between.
So I learned that I can keep my concentration easily over long stretches of time filled with games. But it is harder to stay concentrated over long stretches filled with waiting. A skill I have to acquire in the future.
The second mistake was not realising how exhausted and tired I was. Or more correct: what that meant. I did play like I still could trust my first judgement blindly, instead of making an extra afford to take in information and boardstate. Question every move or just making an concious afford to get awake again. Might have been taking a quick run outside just before the game or a cold shower. Playing at home I would have that luxurity. Yet denied it to me.
So if you are not used to playing long tournaments or having many byes prepare for a different experience and learn to work with that. Would be the lesson I (and you) can take from this tournament. More so than realising agressive two color works in sealed.
Turn the freed time into an asset not a flaw.
Congratulations to Dantalion from me. Deserving winner. And I would not have had the opportunity to screw up in my third game if he had not survived the middle one from a mull to four.
by mtgsoldier on 2013-06-05 12:16 CET