Will try to keep this brief, looking for some advice on improving as while I enjoy the game, it can be demoralising to get killed on jnet or at GNKs and this discourages me from wanting to play SCs or Regionals, which is something I do really want to do ultimately.
Short background: Been playing a few months, bought about a half-complete set with my housemate, we have played a lot (multiple nights a week) and have now got almost everything. We have built decks for each faction (mostly from scratch, based on what we were familiar with, plus a little net-decking too along the way) and play them against each other in all permutations before revising them and then playing again. I’ve played the BBTLs and a whole bunch of random games on jnet, plus a couple of GNKs (both of which I had pretty poor results in).
I just wondered what other people#s experiences have been, especially if like me you’ve joined the game more recently, without the benefit of growing with the card pool over the years. I find that as soon as I step outside of the comfort zone of our home games - where I know the decks and my opponent pretty well - I struggle to have a clear thought process and feel time pressure a lot more, leading to a whole lot of mistakes and ultimately a lot of losing.
I don’t mind losing games per se (although I would definitely prefer to be winning!), but it’s more the feeling of not really often understanding why I’m losing and being a bit overwhelmed by the entire range of cards and deck archetypes which are out there in the wild. I try to watch a bunch of streamed games and listen to the commentary, have started listening to some podcasts and also try to read a lot on here and in Slack, but I’m struggling to feel like I’m progressing much.
I know eventually I will lose interest if I’m just getting destroyed constantly and I don’t want to end up quitting a game I do really like after investing time, effort (and money) in it. I don’t expect to become a great player (or even a very good one) overnight, but I just wanted to see what advice the good folks of Stimhack could give me to help me move forward.
So please, let me have it - all advice, opinions and viewpoints welcome! If I can provide any more info to help you to help me, just let me know! Thanks in advance.