Howdy Shadowverse Players,

We are nearing the end of the Starforged Legends season of the NGE Shadowverse Open! I can only speak for myself but, as a caster, we are often learning new things as much as the players! One thing to remember is that us casters are also players too and I wanted to take some of the things I’ve learned from the NGE Shadowverse open.

Lesson 1: Study the Metagame

When you are playing in a tournament, it is imperative that you understand what decks people could potentially bring. Whenever you are preparing for a tournament, there are several things you can do in order to gauge the metagame.

  1. Look at other tournament results.
    1. There are plenty of different websites you can go to in order to get tournament information and are both websites you can go to in order to get the latest tournament decks.
  2. Playing on ladder
    1. It may seem weird, but seeing what decks people are playing on the ladder can open your eyes. You might see multiple people playing a really weird deck on the ladder and it performing really well. You don’t have to designate a ton of time to it, but it can certainly help with broadening the scope of decks you could prepare for.
  3. Talk to other competitive players
    1. Even if you aren’t on a team, you can still find many different places as to speak with competitive players about Shadowverse! Joining the NGE Shadowverse Open Discord is one such way to be able to speak to those players. You can find that discord channel here

Lesson 2: Become a student of yourself!

It may sound weird, but it’s true nonetheless. After you play a set of games, go back and watch your replays. More often than not, after you have looked back at your gameplay, you will find lines of play that are obvious in hindsight that may have changed the complexion of the match.

Of course, you could just simply get a bad draw but if you do, make sure to look at the way you built your deck as well. Did you put too many high drops in the deck? Did you have too many cards that were dead in the water? Not enough answers to opponents threats? These are the things you have to consider as well.

Lesson 3: Understand the difference between greed and survival!

Okay, this one is going to need a little bit of explaining. Many times, players will hold valuable cards in their hand such as a Themis’s Decree or a Revelation because they think they can use other removal options in order to keep the board under control. There are many times where this line of thinking actually can cost a player the game! They end up leaving a follower on board that literally costs them the game. Or they burned out of a lot of their resources they could have used to help them in the later game. To understand the difference between the 2 requires a lot of time and practice. But if you can understand the difference, you are far more likely to win games that you may have lost otherwise.

Final Thoughts

Every time I cast a tournament, I always learn something new about the game that I didn’t consider as I was playing it. A different line of thinking that also helps me increase my own horizons. Because of this, I have decided to write some of the things I personally have learned from the players in the NGE Shadowverse Open. I hope you can find some valuable information in my findings. Until next time!