In another thread, @spags wrote:
The latter scenario is precisely the no-man’s land I currently find myself stranded in, without an obvious path to take in order to improve further.
When I started playing seriously last year, I set a goal of making the cut at a tournament that had one before the end of the year. The closest I got was 5th at an SC with a top 4 cut, ending up in 4th after the fact when the eventual winner was disqualified. I figured that since I didn’t really make my goal, I should set the same goal for this year.
I’ve tracked my tournament results for the year so far, including SCs, the local league (3-round tournaments weekly, top 8 cut after 10 weeks), FFG’s monthly 3-rounders, and the SCIQ. I’m 101-58-2 in those events, which is comfortably into “pretty good.” And I’ve certainly met my goal:
- 4th seed at SC #1/4 (5-2-2), ending 5th (1-2)
- 1st seed SC #2/4 (9-1), ending 5th (1-2)
- 2nd seed in the first league this year (33-15), ending 5th (1-2)
Now I want to take the next step and actually win something. I had a great shot at the second SC this year, but wasn’t quite experienced enough with Bootcamp Glacier to see the right line in my elimination game. In fact, I’ve noticed that I don’t see the optimal line more often than I’d like, even with decks I’m quite experienced with. On top of that, I also make unforced errors, particularly in playing around things like Midseason and Punitive.
The problem is that I’m not sure what I need to do in order to further tighten my play. The usual recommendations are:
- Play a lot; if you already play a lot, then play a LOT
- Play a lot with the same decks to learn the matchups
- Play people who are better than you
Those are the things I’ve done to get to where I am now. It seems like where I need help is in spotting the non-obvious lines of play that separate the very best players from everyone else. And so far, just playing more games hasn’t gotten me there. I’ll keep doing that, of course, but I feel as though something beyond that is needed.
So if you’re in my position, or have been there and got past it, what do you think? How does a Netrunner player go from being good to being great at this game?