Howdy Shadowverse Players!

We’re back and we have a whole new season of the SVO to go through to see who is going to take the crown this time around! But before we get to that, let’s talk about what it really means to be a competitive player. Recently, I have been seeing a lot of new people becoming interested in Shadowverse competitive play so I want to give everyone a little advice to help them get started!

  1. 1. When you are looking to improve, always look at your own mistakes before you look at someone else’s.

One of the key points of understanding why you either won or lost the match usually comes from understanding which plays lead to certain lines that your opponent was able to take. For example, playing an Arthur, knight king on the turn that you know your opponent can use Master Mage Levi to clear your board. Plays like this usually can lead to losing matches that could have been won had you played around it.

On the flip side, understanding the plays that your opponent’s “could” have made is just as important. Maybe they played a card at a time they shouldn’t have and you simply failed to realize that it was your key to victory. I cannot count how many times I have seen this happen during the Shadowverse open or even simply in my own gameplay. Understanding this is one of the most important skills you can have for competitive play!

  1. 2. Use Ladder for more than just climbing.

Whenever you are playing on the ladder, don’t just plug away at the ladder for no reason simply trying to make it to grandmaster or whatever rank you are trying to achieve. Try to use ladder as a way to familiarize yourself with not only the decks that people play, but the cards they are using so you can understand the interactions between certain things a lot better. It can help make more informed decisions when you have to play in those really tight situations.

  1. 3. Learn when it is best to play your cards! Don’t always play them just because you have them!

This can be a really rough lesson to learn. Sometimes you’re like “I have a curve so i must play hard and fast to it”! But there are definitely times NOT to play cards. For example, if your opponent is playing Midrange Sword and you know their evolution turn is coming up. You probably don’t want to play directly into their Gawain of the round table unless you know you have an answer to their turn 6 Arthur. So it can be prudent NOT to play a follower for them to attack into until you have devised a game plan.

  1. 4. Watching your replays!

Countless times, I have seen people completely skip this step! I cannot tell you how important it is to watch your replays after you have finished your play session. Replays definitely can inform you to things that you may not have noticed during the match you were playing so definitely make sure to watch them! I have actually mentioned this a few times in previous articles but it never hurts to reaffirm the lesson!

  1. 5. Talk with other players!

Other players often have insights that you might not have about a certain matchup or how a deck is meant to be played. It can be very helpful to talk to them to gain a different perspective.

  1. 6. Study Decklists from the previous weeks

When preparing for a competition, you should definitely take the time to look at the deck builds of other players. It is actually quite enlightening to study the way people construct their decks to not only understand what they were specifically trying to accomplish but to also help understand the mind of the person who made/piloted the deck.

  1. 7. READ THE CARDS AND TAKE YOUR TIME!

Quite possibly the simplest advice I can give. Sometimes, we miss things about the cards that can cause us to lose a match that we could have won. Make sure to read and fully understand your and your opponent’s cards so you can make more informed decisions. No one said you must make every decision at the speed of light.

Onionsheep is the perfect example of a player who really takes his time to make sure he knows exactly what his turns are going to play out. Yeah, he plays slow. But I cannot think of a more methodical player than him and he has the stats to prove it.

Final Thoughts

Getting good at any game can be quite the challenge! Taking the time to really break down your own gameplay is invaluable to your cause at improving. The tips here are used by some of the top players in the game and they have had a lot of success using them. I was taught a long time ago that if I wanted to get anywhere, always follow the working model and then make adjustments to it later once you fully understand the model. It is no different with any craft. Hopefully, these tips will find you well! Until next time!