Howdy Shadowverse Players!

I dunno about you guys but I have been playing card games competitively for years. I have been playing them ever since I was 10 years old and I haven’t stopped since! There is nothing I love more than sleeving up a deck in my favorite card game, going to a tournament, and completely crushing my opponents with a deck that they had no idea even was possible. However, even though I enjoyed that aspect of card games, there were many things I never actually considered when I was younger, and one of those things is Decision Fatigue.

What is Decision Fatigue?

Decision Fatigue can be defined simply as “Tired from making too many decisions” or “Exhaustion from making big decisions over an extended period of time” as both of these definitions are very applicable to one another.

Whenever you play a game, there are a multitude of decisions that you must make.

  • Turn the game on (believe it or not, this is definitely a decision)
  • Select your mode of play
  • Pick the deck you are going to use or edit.

And that’s all before you start the match! Each of these decisions can affect the way you play the game because they also are added to your level of decision fatigue.

As a human, we make over 30,000 decisions a day – not counting doing something that requires intensive decision making. That is an insane amount of decisions that we have to make. Decisions ranging from the clothes we wear to even simply getting up in the morning (or whenever) can heavily impact the way that we carry ourselves in a tournament.

How to manage Decision Fatigue for a tournament?

How a person performs in a competitive environment can be drastically affected by the way he handles things before the tournament. Here are a few tips as to how you can help improve your tournament experience!

  • Take time prior to the tournament to relax. Do something that is not related to the event you are about to participate in. This can help with keeping your mind sharp throughout the tournament.
  • After your match is over in the tournament, make sure to take a break and walk away from it for a little bit until your next match comes up. Even if it is just for a minute or two so that you can collect your thoughts before the match, it can go a long way.
  • Maintain your composure after a big loss. Sometimes, losses can drastically affect your ability to make the right choices. Especially if it was a close game and your opponent just barely edged you. This is commonly referred to as “tilt”.
  • In your match, take time to think through each of your decisions. This can add to your decision fatigue for sure. But it is even worse to make a bad decision due to rushing, forcing you to make decisions throughout the match that you probably didn’t need to make.

Final thoughts

Decision Fatigue is something that affects every single person. It is something that everyone should be mindful of as they continue to progress in the competitive scene because being able to manage your fatigue can give you a massive edge against your competition because you will make less overall mistakes than they will as the tournament progresses. I hope this was of some benefit to you! Until next time…