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Quit Yer Whinin'
Owning a game store I get to see a lot of different
people come through. Also, one of the reasons I feel
that I am able to run my store well is because I pay
attention to my customers and players. Sometimes I
listen to them. Sometimes I just observe them. Well,
like most stores, we always have a few people who come
in and complain. There are some people that seem happier
in their lives if they are able to complain. Other
times, people just sound as though they are whining.
Well, a few days ago, during one of my observations, I
had an epiphany.
I'm sure what I am about to tell you is going to
surprise a few people. Hell, if you are one of those
complainers or whiners, this is probably going to offend
you. But a lot of those complainers and whiners aren't
complaining just because they lost a game. They aren't
complaining because they got manascrewed. They aren't
even complaining because their opponent got lucky.
They are complaining because they don't like the
I know this sound silly, maybe even outright stupid on
some levels. Truth is, a lot of these people are
complaining because they didn't win. Plain and simple.
These people aren't complaining with they win. They
simply don't want to lose. Granted, no one really
"likes" to use. But more importantly, these types of
players enjoy winning. They don't enjoy sitting around
playing games. They don't enjoy strategizing. They don't
enjoy the company of friends on road trips to
tournaments. These same players don't enjoy telling
stories about how they got beat by another playing
topdecking the only card they could.
If these players don't win, they aren't happy. Think
about it. Are the
whiners and complainers that you know the same people
that try to screw their opponents on technical rules?
Are they the same players that try to learn rules just
to screw their opponents? Do those same players argue
with the judge? I'd bet the times those same players
enjoy talking about involve them winning. I would even
bet that those same players are poor sports during a
match. I also bet that those same players get mad at
other players for no reason at all.
Like I said, no really likes to lose. We all want to
win. However, I
can honestly say that many of the people I see that play
this wonderful game of ours truly enjoy the game and
everything involved with it. As a matter of fact,
customer, friend, and long time Magic players, Rob
Lawing and I were discussing this topic a few weeks ago.
He also agreed with my sentiments. I feel they are
totally justified, when I can look over and see how
frustrated someone gets when they lose compared to one
of the local regulars that is so
excited they can't even stay in their seat.
It's great when I can look over and see a kid so happy
that he can't sit still. I love listening to stories of
people barely winning or losing
because of a tight game situation. I enjoy seeing people
smile, laugh, hoot, and holler when someone topdecks the
winning card. It's ten times more enjoyable when the two
players involved can smile about it and enjoy the
Also, when someone complains, it just brings morale down
in general. Negativity makes players new to the game
really uneasy. And to the old guard, it is just
unprofessional and is a huge turnoff to tournament
play. That's one of the most important things that the
whiners and complainers ignore. They in many ways can
directly and/or indirectly affect multiple people around
Now, don't get me wrong. This does not only pertain to
those players that complain about their matches. I am
talking about all the players that complain about any
element of the game on a regular basis. Some people
complain about the formats. Some people complain about
prizes or prize packages. Honestly, this past Saturday
evening, I was on Efn et, in channe#mtgwacky, where I
usually hang out. BDavis (Brain Davis) and Kibler (Brian
Kibler) among others were in a conversation about all
Apparently, Davis was trying to figure out a deck to
play for a local
tournament. What was so funny, was that everyone that
was present in the channel was trying to contribute to
the conversation. That to me was a true representation
of people that enjoy the game. That's part of the reason
I enjoy writing for this website. I can share my
enjoyment of the game with everyone. Also, a lot of the
writers genuinely like the game and aren't just in it
for the money.
All, I really want to say to all the whiners and
complainers is this:
QUIT YER WHININ' !!! Seriously, whining was cool when
you were a kid to get your way. If you don't enjoy the
game, do something else. We are trying to have fun,
don't ruin it for the rest of us. The game is going to
have a hard time growing and expanding with the
complainers all over the place. Keep it to a minimum and
complain to yourself at home. Don't bring it to the
tournament. We are paying money to play in these large
events to enjoy
ourselves and try to qualify, not to listen to a sore
loser whine :) It's
all really funny actually, since most people who know me
will tell you that I am rarely unhappy. Honestly, most
people that have known me for my the past 4 and a half
years here in Waco haven't even seen me get upset or
angry at anyone. If I can handle it in everyday life,
I'm sure the whiners can contain it at the table.
Well, until next time, enjoy the game.
name: DeQuan Watson
readers have gathered a lot of information about me
writings. For those of you that haven't though, this
should tell you a
I'm 23 years old and I own my own
business. Well, more accurately I own a
game store. The Game Closet, my store is one of the
premiere places to play
in the Texas. I play Magic on a pretty regular
basis. I help people build
decks and teach the game to people multiple times a week.
Owning a store is
neat, because it gives me another perspective to write my
articles from. I
can usually tell what the average player likes and can
judge some of the
tendencies of the average player a little better.
However, I know a decent bit about pro
level play as well. I myself have
played on the Pro Tour. I have multiple Top 8
finishes at Pro Tour
Qualifiers. I also have made Day Two at two Grand
Prix tournaments. I was
also invited to the Event horizons Invitational last year.
These are not
stellar achievements, but high enough to let you know I
have my head on
straight when talking about the game. I also spend lots of
time each week
talking to, e-mailing, or chatting with top level players.
I get to see
their perspective on a lot of things as well.
Between the two, I think I get
a good sense of balance of the game.
Most importantly, I still enjoy the
game for the sake of the game itself.
I like the time, the competition, and the general
interaction of players. I
plan to be playing it until it goes away...if it ever