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Deep Thoughts

This time around I just thought I would present you with something different. I want to present you with a bunch of questions. Give you some things to think about. Also, I want you to honestly try to answer each question for yourself as you go along. Don't rush. Take your time. It's not long. It's not graded. This is just something simple to think about.

How often do you get upset after losing a game?

How important is it to you to win?

What type of mistakes do you make when you practice?

What type of good habits do you try to practice?

How often do you play for fun?

Do play for monetary gain?

How often do you trade?

Do you play at a game store?

How often do you frequent your local game store?

How large is your play group?

What makes each person in your play group interesting?

What style do you prefer to play?

Do you have trouble playing different styles?

Are you a listener or a talker?

How is your general attitude about the game?

How much do you enjoy playing?

How long have you been playing?

What do you do other than play Magic?

How do you feel about other people that play Magic?

I know some of you are wondering about the relevancy of a lot of these questions. I just wanted to bring some things to your attention. Some people ask themselves these questions all the time. Others never ask themselves these questions. You might have even asked yourself a few of these over time. Well, honestly....there is no true relevancy.

I just wanted to give you something different. Something of an eye opener. Check your answers. I think that reviewing your answers may honestly help your game. A lot of things that I have noticed are all about perspective. Think about how many times you have had a friend lose a match when you saw him make a mistake. You go back and look at that mistake and say, "Hey, you made a mistake here and that might have changed things up for a few turns." Then your friend replies with, "That mistake cost me the whole match." It may have happened vice versa, but a lot of you know where I am coming from.

That mistake might have honestly cost your friend the game. Or his opponent may have made different plays had your friend made the other play to begin with. It's all about perspective. That's the real secret. Try to keep your events in perspective. Why blow up at a Friday Night Magic tournament because you lost to a lower ranked player. It happened and you aren't going to lose more than eight DCI points, so why sweat it.

Perspective makes up for a lot of people's reactions in life. You can use perspective to explain a lot of things. Sometimes people will buy a particular stock because they need the money for their family. Another guy might buy it, because he plans to dump it in two days after making a huge profit. However, those same stocks might not get bought by other people for the same reasons. One person might need money for his family and not want to waste it on a risky stock. Another person might look at it and think, "Why buy it if I am just going to drop it in two days?"

Sometimes people make different judgment calls and play calls mid-game because they are thinking about different things during a match. That's why I always ask someone why they make particular plays before yelling at them or dogging them. Their play might have seemed justified to them in their mind. Again, it's all a matter of perspective.

Of course, there are times when some one's perspective may be unjustified, but still. That's human nature. Just look at things as a whole before rushing into them. Even reasons for attending a tournament can vary from person to person. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Remember it's a game and all it's all in fun. At least it is, if you keep it all in perspective :)

Until next time,

DeQuan Watson a.k.a. PowrDragn PowrDragn@pojo.com

PS For everyone interested, I am hosting an unsanctioned Apocalypse legal Type 2 followed by a Team Trio Sealed deck tournament this weekend at The Game Closet. E-mail me for more details.


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Biography

name: DeQuan Watson

    Many readers have gathered a lot of information about me through my
writings.  For those of you that haven't though, this should tell you a
little more. 

    I'm 23 years old and I own my own business. Well, more accurately I own a
game store.  The Game Closet, my store is one of the premiere places to play
in the Texas.  I play Magic on a pretty regular basis.  I help people build
decks and teach the game to people multiple times a week.  Owning a store is
neat, because it gives me another perspective to write my articles from.  I
can usually tell what the average player likes and can judge some of the
tendencies of the average player a little better.

    However, I know a decent bit about pro level play as well.  I myself have
played on the Pro Tour.  I have multiple Top 8 finishes at Pro Tour
Qualifiers.  I also have made Day Two at two Grand Prix tournaments.  I was
also invited to the Event horizons Invitational last year.  These are not
stellar achievements, but high enough to let you know I have my head on
straight when talking about the game. I also spend lots of time each week
talking to, e-mailing, or chatting with top level players.  I get to see
their perspective on a lot of things as well.  Between the two, I think I get
a good sense of balance of the game.

    Most importantly, I still enjoy the game for the sake of the game itself.
 I like the time, the competition, and the general interaction of players.  I
plan to be playing it until it goes away...if it ever does.

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