Howdy Shadowverse players,
Throughout a good majority of this year, you guys have been seeing a lot of competitive Shadowverse. And you may have noticed that there is a large pocket of consistent players that seem to make it to the top of the tournaments very regularly. Although RNG can indeed play a factor in players winning their matches, a more important factor is understanding how to think ahead a few turns!
Aya, what do you mean think ahead?
Good question! Thinking ahead is exactly what it sounds like. You are thinking ahead anywhere from 1 to any number of turns and formulating a strategy based on the currently presented information.
But Aya? That sounds incredibly difficult to do! How am I supposed to think ahead?!
Another good question random internet reader! Realistically, thinking ahead isn’t actually too difficult to learn to do. But it is indeed a skill that requires a lot of time and practice to learn. In order to learn how to think ahead, there are several really important notes to keep in mind.
- Know every single card in your deck.
- Knowing every card in your deck like the back of your hand or having access to your decklist while you’re playing is critical in being able to think ahead because you will be able to track how many of a card you’ve actually played. That way, you aren’t banking on drawing a card that might not actually be in your deck!
- Practice playing matchups and make educated decisions.
- I think in every article I have written about improvement, I have said practice a bunch of times. Well, guess what? I’m gonna say it again! Get a group of people and grind out as many matches as you can. As you continue to do this, you will begin to start seeing patterns of play and understanding the target points of when your opponent’s decks want to make power plays.
- Learning how to play around your opponent’s power plays can help you formulate strategies at different parts of the game to help prevent them doing something.
- Example: Your opponent is at 8 Health and they are playing a Seraph deck. Knowing that they are playing a Seraph deck, you decide to flood the board with threats to force them to have to deal with those first before they can play their seraph.
- Have a good sense of risk vs reward.
- I cannot stress enough how important this is when learning how to think ahead in your games. Understanding how much damage your opponent can actually do can help put you into positions where you are actually winning not losing. Please remember that your life total is a resource and it is your most valuable resource. You don’t lose the game for being at 1.
I know many of you probably watch the Shadowverse Open and are wondering why people are doing things like “Roping” on turn 1 when you know they have the obvious 1 PP play. The players in that spot aren’t thinking about what they wanna play on turn 1, they are thinking about how they want to proceed with their turns after that first turn. Being able to do this is something that sets apart average players and top players and why those guys are making it to the top cut most events.
By understanding the principle of “Thinking Ahead”, you can increase your win percentages dramatically. I really hope this was of some help to you guys and if you guys have any questions, feel free to ask me anything in regards to this! I love discussing game theory and design! Until next time!
Howdy Shadowverse players, Throughout a good majority of this year, you guys have been seeing a lot of competitive Shadowverse. And you may have noticed that there is a large pocket of consistent players that seem to make it to the top of the tournaments very regularly. Although RNG can indeed play a factor in…