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Zach Lesage

Boost Your Success - My 2018 LAIC Story

Zach shares his success story from LAIC 2018

07/20/2020 by Zach Lesage

What’s poppin’ 60 Cards? I have been struck with writers block for a quick minute and I can easily blame the global pandemic that has been going on for a few months now. The Limitless events seem like they are from forever ago, most players have given up hope on competitive play resuming back anytime soon, and the Player’s Cup never existed for many. So where does that leave me with content? I have been focussing on our future format of Team Up - Darkness Ablaze, but I have mostly been creating videos on my YouTube channel. I don’t necessarily want to cover the same content twice (recording it and then writing out what I mostly covered in my YouTube content), so I had an idea! I have had a few opportunities to have the upmost success in this game and you may want to know what I did to get there. In this article (and hopefully soon to be series), I will share what lead to my success for that particular event! I hope this leads into a refreshing take on the game that will allow you to look through my eyes to learn something new. Let’s not waste any more time and hop right into it.

Grind Games With Friends

This might sound simple to most, but some players don’t test at all. I know better than most because I have fallen into the trap of thinking “I don’t need to test”. Sure, different levels of events can lead to varying amounts of testing from me, but I do put quite a bit of effort into each International Championships. LAIC 2018 was no different - I worked my butt off to earn my Top Eight position from that event. It all started with my wanting to change my thought process going into Internationals. The goal is to discover every single viable deck (Tier 1 - Tier 2), understand each matchup, and put an estimated metagame percentage on top of those findings. This has allowed me to find an approximate “best deck” for each event and either play it, counter it, or use that data however I like. For this event I found Blacephalon GX (LT; 52)  / Naganadel (LT; 108) to be placed closer to the top with it having a strong Zoroark GX (SLG; 53)  / Alolan Ninetales GX (LT; 132)  matchup among holding strong against most of the field. Before the event, I made sure to have a group of friends that were always ready to test. That included Rob Durst and Kenneth Ecker - similar to me, they usually both don’t sleep until much later. With semi-infinite time on our hands, we were able to test particular scenarios over and over again and used that until I was “one” with Blowns as a deck. Playing games at home with the goal to win is actually ridiculous - you won’t ever learn the game to a deeper level like that. You want to play games as an effort to find out more information and discovering new strategies. When you are grinding games with friends, keep each play as an open discussion with the room, explain your thoughts, and have your friends do the same. You never know when someone is going to blurt out a wild strategy or find that new tech card in a “eureka” moment. You will only find these things by grinding out games over and over.

Have a Group With Ideas

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