Knowing how to play Yu-Gi-Oh well doesn’t mean you will play Yu-Gi-Oh well. Emotions negatively affect many players, including you. What many don’t realize is that you also need to train your mind to play well.
You have to discipline your mind to automatically apply Yu-Gi concepts related to the current situation of a game. If you apply basic concepts automatically and without thinking, you can use more of your mental energy for strategic issues, such as adaptation to specific players. Your decisions will then become more precise, which will bring victory.
Let’s start with a simple example of this process: learning the alphabet as a child. In the beginning, you had to consciously think about spelling every time you wrote a word. Now you can write a sentence without consciously thinking about the spelling. Your brain automatically and unconsciously processes spelling. It is the same with many other tasks, such as driving a car.
Since you don’t have to worry about spelling or driving, your mind is free to focus on other things like what to say or the best route to take. Your brain learns to perform a task, and then over time and through repetition, you acquire the ability to perform the task subconsciously. You have to train your mind to apply this process to Yu-Gi-Oh.
When tasks like figuring out your opponents’ odds face down and calculating hand ranges become as automatic as spelling a single word, your mind can focus on other Yu-Gi-Oh concerns.
Some players have no idea what they don’t know. They don’t even know the essential knowledge exists. They view the game at such a simplistic level of knowledge that they cannot win. Because Yu-Gi-Oh is such a complicated game, these players must first learn how little they know.
Some players just don’t have the Yu-Gi-Oh experience necessary to understand the game properly and will improve over time. Others are simply in denial; they know they are losing but don’t know why and don’t want to know. They won’t admit their shortcomings to themselves or anyone else. They blame luck, siege, bridge, or anyone or anything other than themselves.
To improve, you need to recognize what you don’t know or can’t calculate, and then work on learning it. This is the foundation. You will know that you lack essential knowledge and can work on acquiring it.
Some knowledge can be obtained from books, while others can only be obtained through experience. Having said that, in order to learn from experience, you need to focus on learning. Ask yourself questions about the game as you play; do it regularly and focus. Your mind will improve in terms of knowledge and the ability to concentrate.
Over time, as your knowledge and mental abilities improve, you will understand and apply higher level Yu-Gi-Oh strategies. But it will require a high level of concentration. As your concentration improves, your brain will learn to perform Yu-Gi-Oh tasks without you having to consciously think about it. You will be able to calculate back row odds, analyze possible cards in hand, and apply Yu-Gi-Oh concepts without consciously thinking about it. You will become more competent subconsciously.
Then you can focus your thinking on a higher plane: thought, emotions, etc. of your opponents. Once you train your mind to function at this level, you will be playing awesome Yu-Gi’s.
If you want to become a good Yu-Gi-Oh player, you need to come to terms with the current situation in your game, understand what it will take to level it up, and work to achieve it.
All of us, even the brightest, lack knowledge in some areas. Learn the knowledge you need to become a good player, then go out and get it! Buy the books and read them more than once; invest the time, energy and focus to become a good player.
Apply that knowledge and think about how it plays out when you use it. You will then slowly learn the intricacies of Yu-Gi-Oh. Over time, the knowledge you gain will be processed automatically, allowing you to focus on the intricacies. You will see how your game grows and your decisions become more precise in any given situation.
The more automatic your basic thought processes, the better your conscious thought will be. Thoughts that have never occurred to you before will arise in your mind as your brain is freed from basic processing tasks. This is the level of play you are looking for. When you train your brain properly, you will be amazed at how much information it can process.
It’s not easy to discipline your mind to play Yu-Gi-Oh at this level, but you’ve done it a few times with other tasks before. You can drive a car without consciously thinking about much, and you can spell and even write sentences without consciously focusing on spelling. Create the same mental abilities with the basics of Yu-Gi-Oh; train your brain to process Yu-Gi-Oh information to a higher level. I know it’s a lot more complicated than spelling, but the rewards are great. You’ll win a lot more often, and winning is a lot of fun.