Hello readers, just a short post today as I’ve been busy with work, parish festival, and other things, but I think I’d just like to share my experience playing Friday night and yesterday.
Friday night was a rough night – I lost eight straight matches and just couldn’t get anything to go my way. Every coin flip was tails, every card I needed was prized, every top deck was something that wouldn’t be what I desperately needed. There are days like that – it’s just part of the game. At NAIC last year at Indy, I lost my first four matches, and my fifth round was a no show. Then I won my next three matches after that. At Collinsville earlier this year, I had a draw round won and then won four straight games… only to go 0 W 6 L in my next three matches.
For whatever reason, this game can be very streaky. Saturday I was able to sneak in some time to play, and I went on a thirteen game win streak:
Granted, a lot of those were against mediocre decks or good decks that stumble. The streak was broken by a Sylveon Gardevoir deck (they actually played Judge which is a REALLY good idea since Sylveon can just Magical Ribbon and go get you whatever three cards you want… but I digress), and I also lost a close one to Buzzwole subsequent to that streak.
But just let this serve as a reminder not to get too high and not to get too low. Sometimes you’re going to lose – it’s like I tell the boys on the soccer team I coach – when you lose, you learn more than when you win. That was a phrase that was commonly tossed around in the late 80’s and early 90’s regarding Michael Jordan – he had to learn how to win by losing. I don’t know if that’s 100% accurate, but I know you learn more from your losses than your wins.
So the next time you go on an eight game losing streak, just remember that a thirteen game winning streak might be just around the corner.