Hello friends, Kenny Wisdom here. I’m happy to be back with another article! I realized today that this is actually my 100th published piece for SixPrizes, which is pretty unreal to think about. As someone who has been a fan of/been involved with SixPrizes since its inception, it’s great to see how far the website has come. Thank you all for supporting me over the past eight years(!!!), and through my many role changes within the game and the community. I wouldn’t have managed to crack double digits, much less triple, without all of you. Here’s to a hundred more. :)
Unfortunately, I haven’t been all that focused on Pokémon as of late. I’ve undergone a lot of significant life changes over the past few months that have taken up most of my time and energy. I had toyed with the idea of attending the San Jose Regional Championship, but the pressures of Thanksgiving weekend combined with rising flight costs made that idea less appealing very quickly. I’m not sure when I’ll next be able to attend a Regional, whether playing or on coverage, but rest assured that I do plan on doing more of both of those this season than in the past.
Due to the changes in the Championship Point structure, my goal is to try to qualify for Worlds (though if given the opportunity, I would commentate rather than play). It remains to be seen whether my schedule will allow me the travel necessary to do so, but I am going to make it a main focus of my life over the next six months or so. Now that life has settled down a bit, though, I do plan on going to as many local League Cups as possible, and learning the ins and outs of the new format. I’m sure there are plenty of other 6P writers who can and will tell you all about new Standard, so I’ll leave that to them. Today, I wanted to talk about something a little different…
With the European International Championship and San Jose Regionals happening over the next few weeks, I thought I would take this opportunity to talk a little bit about giving yourself the best opportunity to be successful at a tournament, outside of physically playing the cards.
Deck selection and in-game play are incredibly important, but are also only one piece of the puzzle, especially in the current era, where doing well at these events means playing two full days of Pokémon. It’s my hope that, after reading this article, you will be prepared to handle all of the practical and emotional aspects of a long, grueling tournament.
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