Force of Will Boot Camp! Part 2 ~ Your first tournament!
Welcome back rulers! It’s been a few weeks since you’ve first picked up your packs of Battle for Attoractia. Maybe you’ve played against some friends or perhaps tested against yourself, and now you’re feeling ready for your first tournament. So what should you do to prepare?
Obviously the first thing you’re going to want to do is improve your deck. Using cards from just Battle for Attoractia really limits your deck’s potential. However before you start looking at other sets you’ll want to find out what type of tournament you’ll be attending. Most likely it is either New Frontiers or Alice Cluster limited. If it’s New Frontiers, anything from the Grimm cluster or Alice cluster is fair game, giving you a large array of cards to choose from to enhance your deck. Alice Cluster limited provides a sizable selection as well, but without the Grimm cluster cards, certain strategies are less viable. Depending one which type of tournament your deck will change accordingly, so be sure to check beforehand!
As an extremely simple example, let us look at our Croco-Shark idea from last time. This deck changes wildly depending on whether you are playing in New Frontiers or Alice Cluster limited.
In New Frontiers you’ll absolutely be wanting to use Seer of the Blue Moon, as well as Pumpkin Witch. These cards in combination with Croco-Shark can win you the game as early as turn three, which is important because the game pace of New Frontiers is faster.
Those cards are not available in Alice Cluster limited, however. So instead you may want to use Rezzard, Dark Necromancer or Melgis, Conqueror of Flame. With Rezzard you’ll obviously want to Judgment quickly to get access to that cost reduction for chant-standby cards. With Melgis its his enter ability that lets you field a bunch of Croco-Sharks and give them swiftness that’s key.
Be sure to experiment and consider what kind of deck, ruler, and play style is right for you!
For more information on clusters, tournament formats, and other such information check out this link.
The next thing you’ll want to do is actually find a tournament! But how does one go about doing that? Likely, the store you bought your booster packs from holds tournaments on some kind of regular basis (usually every week!). However this isn’t always the case. If you’d like to find the official tournament stores near you, check out the official store list right here on the official website!
Going to a tournament for the first time, especially if you don’t know anyone yet, can be scary, but a big part of Force of Will is the social nature of the game. You’ll find that participating in tournaments can be a great way to make some fast friends. If you’re still nervous, here are some tips to remember;
-It’s a game. Win, lose, or draw. Games are meant to be fun. Play to win, of course, but don’t beat yourself up over a loss.
-Expect mistakes. It’s your first tournament, odds are you’re going to slip up at some point. That’s okay, everyone does. If you learned something, it wasn’t really a mistake.
-Take notes. This doesn’t have to necessarily be during a match, but try to jot down some notes about what you think your deck could use. You can test a deck countless times at home, but putting it up against the unknown human element of another player is a great way to get a new perspective on what your deck could be lacking.
-Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Many experienced players will move quickly from one move to another without allotting much time for you to read what cards they’re playing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, more a habit formed from playing the game as much as they do and expecting you to have the same knowledge. Everyone was a beginner at some point. Don’t be afraid to ask to read the card. In a similar vein, if you honestly believe someone may be making a play error or cheating, don’t hesitate to call over a judge.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these Force of Will Boot Camp articles. Remember to keep experimenting! Good luck with your first tournament!