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November 2007
ThatGuy's Shot: In the Zone - That Guy

Hey guys. I'm finally back with another Shot at dueling tactics. Been busy with school and what not, football season, too.

WARNING: Before you read this article...get into the zone.

Now that I have your full undivided attention, we can get down to business. I cannot tell you how many times I have missed a game-ending opportunity because I was sidetracked by a great draw, or concerned with my opponent's field, or just lost my focus. It happens to everyone, yeah, but we can limit it to a minimum by cutting down on absurd mistakes. I'll explain it carefully, and this is divided into online play, and game play as a whole.

Online
If you must listen to music on the computer while on Gameking or whatever it is you use to duel on, lower the volume to where you can hear your mom calling you from the kitchen, and you're on the other side of the house. It would be wise to just cut it off, but hey, some people focus better with some music in the back, especially soft music.
Do not work on your homework while dueling. I tried it, don't want to do it again. I do not care if you think you can, the fact is, people are better off focusing when there is only one matter at hand as opposed to multiple matters. This also goes for dueling in multiple games, chatting with friends, and anything else that is possible on the internet...you know...The point is, DO NOT MULTI-TASK.
Stay in your seat, do not leave your opponent hanging. No one wants to wait 5 minutes in between your moves because you decided to go make waffles and eat them during the course of your duel. If you need to go to the bathroom, ask your opponent to be excused. That way, he/she will not get mad at you. If you need to leave for an errand or something of that matter, ask them to call it a draw. If they say no, finish 'em off quickly or just forfeit. It is not the end of the world.
That does it for the differences in online and real life game play focus tactics.


Rules That Apply No Matter Where You Are

Be friendly with your opponent. Talk with them to make sure you both understand each other, and what is going on in the duel. The worst scenario to pop up during a duel is a fight between you and your opponent in a misconception. If you have a question because you were sidetracked 'cause a hot lady (or guy for the girls) walked by, just ask them what happened. More than likely, they will tell you. But even more likely than that, they were staring, too.
Do not get sidetracked by a beautiful draw. Just because you drew Raiza and have Zaborg in hand, does not mean you have to play Raiza just to send Fairy Lily to the top, only to come back and knock you back down (happened in play test - I had Lily).
Discover your options. This concept ties in with the above, and I can't stress it enough. Figure out all the moves you can make before you make one. It might not be the smartest, and it might just be darn right dumb. "Hey, I'm going to play Zaborg before I wipe out his backfield with Heavy Storm!" Of course this will never happen, but just to give you a situation. A more "you have to think about it" kind of situation is playing Lightning Vortex on a weak line of defense to get some damage in, as opposed to playing it when they burst out next turn with Zombies. They may or they may not, but it is always best to think about these things.
Do not stress. Try not to think too hard to where you find yourself sitting quiet for 10 minutes when you were down 100 life points and lost due to time. You want to make good decisions, but at the same time, make quick decisions. Sounds paradoxish, but when you practice with a self-made deck, it will become much more easier.
Get into it. A very obvious thing to do. Have a great time during the duel. If it is fun, you will probably pay closer attention.
Analyze. Do not be rash and make a move that seems good against an open field as opposed to a 2 set back row and 1 face down monster on your opponent's side.

With this in your head, because I'm sure you focused really hard while reading this article, you should find that you are playing smarter/wiser.

Got any questions, comments, or if you do not agree with my methods to madness, hit me at bamoon518@yahoo.com or AIM: Thatguytotheleft
Thank you for reading and...
Until Next Time


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