With BOL-err, WAR Games Con just around the corner it feels like an appropriate time to dig into some of the best (and worst) strategies for playing in a tournament, so read on to find out what (and what not) to do!
For many of us tournaments are the center, or at least a major highlight, of our gaming hobby. They are a time to meet new people, try out new stuff, play interesting scenarios and to win free things. For some of us they are simply a time when we get to play a lot of games, some people can’t always make weekly game nights and cons or tournaments are a time when they are guaranteed to get in a lot of games. For others its a place to prove something, that an army idea we had works, or that we are better then some other players, or that we can win.
At the end of the day pretty much everyone who goes to a tournament wants to win. Oh, many players may not expect to win, or particularly care if they win, but everyone would like to win, everyone wants to give their best, no one is trying to lose. Because of this we all have different things we do both before and during the tournament to help us out, we all have our little tactics to give us an edge. So here I present a few of the best and worst of these tactics, I don’t support or encourage the use of all of these, but I have seen them all used.
1. Worry about every little detail, before the tournament
Before a tournament I am normally a mess, a huge mess even (of course I’m pretty much always a huge everything). Normally I haven’t slept much, either from pre-tournament drinking, or more likely from pre-tournament painting, (some would call it pre-tournament pretending to paint, based on my skills). I’m jittery, I’m maybe a little moody, and most importantly I worry about every little thing. Is my army finished? Is it good? What happens if I come up against list X, how will I win? What happens is List X is actually the disguised older brother of my list? Do I have my lucky shirt on? Do I have my lucky coins in my pocket? And my lucky charms?
This is a tactic I have run into a number of times in tournaments, and one that I strongly encourage players to never use. While this tactic is not “cheating” I find it highly unsportsmanlike like and my general thought on the tactic is: