The MTG Community - Confidence Not Cockiness Wins [Edward Eng]
I recently came back to Magic and have been doing decently well. But realistically, it's not good enough for me to be satisfied. The grind is officially real. And there's one thing I'd like to talk about that's really helping me do well at tournaments.
That one thing is confidence. But be very careful not to mix this up with cockiness. I've been to enough tournaments to see the difference between the two. On top of that, I noticed that there's a significant lack of confidence and an overabundance of cockiness amongst the players.
Let me give you some examples of each to more clearly describe what I'm talking about.
Signs of Confidence
-Knowing your deck inside and out. All 75 cards by heart.
-Knowing the popular decks inside and out. As many of the cards possible.
-Knowing your role in each matchup.
-Knowing how to sideboard in each matchup. On the play. And on the draw.
-Knowing the correct lines of play every turn. On your turn. And your opponent's turn.
-Showing great sportsmanship when you win a match.
-Showing great sportsmanship when you lose a match.
-Recognizing when you make a mistake.
-Not letting mistakes cause you to throw away games. And matches.
Signs of Cockiness
-The opposite of all the things listed above.
-Thinking or saying you're the best player in the room.
-Blaming luck for your loses.
-Blaming variance for your loses.
The main thing is to stay focused. I can't remember how many times I heard Michael Jordan say the word focus in his interviews. And there are lot of tricks to helping you maintain focus during tourneys that I'll be talking about in an upcoming article. So don't miss out on that one. Connect with me and Galactic Treasures on social media to get instant updates.
Also, let me know in the comments below or on social media if I missed anything in either category. Thanks.
Peace, love, and good games...