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30 March 2011 @ 03:53 pm
On M:TG  
Ran across this in some forum.  

look at this comparison: a "terminally bad" player who plays janky decks, rarely wins any matches in FNM, just playsfor the fun of playing, and doesn't have any tier 1 decks (and wouldn;t know how to play them anyway). He plays MTG when he wants, has fun, and after he loses goes and does somehting else

now look at the obsessive compulsive spike. After spending hundreds upon hundreds of dollars and scouring the internet for hours about the best deck to play and how to play it, and spending countelss matches playing the same old deck over and over and pver again to get good at piloting it, any loss he has at an FNM is a deep sort of anguish for him, he gets mad, huffs and puffs, feels like crap cause he lost even though he made no mistakes, and sulks for the rest of the tourney.

One of those players is a better competitive player than the other. but the other guy is getting way more out of the game than the spike ever will.

as soon as MTG becomes your vehicle to try and prove somehting about yourself, you need to get out of the game, stat.
ar_raqisar_raqis on March 30th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yay first generalized stereotype; boo second generalized stereotype.

Of course, having fun and stressing out over your game can coexist. Even more obviously, being skilled and approaching the game in a serene manner can coexist.

Kenji suggests in "The Downside of a Competitive Spirit" from the Scrabble Master site that volatile good players often learn to calm down when they achieve enough mastery to feel confident about their play. To me, that suggests it isn't just about whether you take the game seriously or not.
synodalhajsynodalhaj on March 30th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
I read this differently--this is not saying all Spikes are like this, but rather describing a very specific type of Spike.
jigsawn on March 31st, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
being skilled and approaching the game in a serene manner can coexist

arbretristenagekinoki on March 31st, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Idra, meet Whitera!
ar_raqisar_raqis on March 31st, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
hi grack
synodalhajsynodalhaj on March 31st, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
it's greg
Neb Schoenbrunbnjy99 on March 31st, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
What about people who play janky decks, never win any matches, and any loss they have is a sort of deep anguish for them? (Yes, I know someone like that.)
synodalhajsynodalhaj on March 31st, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
They just don't draw enough Es I guess.
Neb Schoenbrunbnjy99 on March 31st, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I was actually talking about a magic player, but yeah, him too :)