Heroes and Fantasies will host another Yugioh! Regional Tournament June 7. Hundreds of competitors from all around South Texas will stream into San Antonio vying for a spot at the World Championship Qualifiers.
Yu-gi-oh! is a trading card game based on the popular anime series of the same name that is part poker and part chess. Like poker, players draw, discard, and redraw from a deck of cards in an attempt to create a strong hand. Players can place their cards on their game board and in a chess-like fashion, move, attack, and remove their adversaries' cards in an attempt to outwit them. Mix in some special card moves that allow for attack combinations, add a time limit, and the game gets very complex, very fast.
Game mechanics aside, playing in a tournament is already a stressful experience. Waking up early, traffic, anxiety, and all the crowds can really wear you down mentally and emotionally. That is no way to go into your duels. Here’s 10 thing you need to bring to the tournament that will help keep your head as you take on some of Texas’ fiercest competitors.
1. Water – Your body needs water. Not only does it help your body function properly, it keeps the neurons in your brain well lubricated. That way you can you sustain focus and think critically in your duel. Soda and energy drinks might make you feel energized at first, but it'll leave you feeling sluggish before you know it.
2. Hand Sanitizer – There are germs aplenty at tournaments. Who knows what cold, flu, virus, or bacteria are lurking on the tournament tables. Bring hand sanitizer. In addition, it’ll keep your cards clean. If your deck is as expensive as you say it is, then treat it right.
3. Calculator – Now is not the time to prove to your opponent that you can do basic arithmetic, now is the time to accurately keep track of your life points. Free up some head space during the match by using a calculator. If there is any dispute in your calculations, it’s very easy to prove them wrong.
4. Pen and Paper – Keep track of your opponent’s life points manually. Unfortunately, some players are not honest about their damage, or are good at tracking their own life points. Do it for yourself, and your piece of mind. No need to lose a match because of a simple math error. More importantly, don’t let someone else beat you by cheating.
5. Cell Phone – Nothing is more stressful than getting in a bit of trouble in a high-pressure situation. When you’re dueling for hours in a crowded conditions, you need to have the option to call someone you trust in an emergency. As well staffed as the tournament will be, nothing beats a trusted friend or family member you can call.
6. Completed Registration Form – Skip the crowds, stress, and panic of registration minutes before the tournament, and fill out your registration form at home. Come tournament day, it’s one less distraction and a whole lot of energy saved that you can now use in your duels.
7. Gum – Chewing gum has shown to help improve concentration. Not only that, it freshens your breath. Being in such close quarters will people all the time - both matter.
8. Hygiene Materials – Good hygiene is not high on every Yu-gi-oh! players’ list, but it should be. Bring some deodorant, an extra clean shirt, and even floss to help keep you fresh. It’s common courtesy. Don’t be stinky.
9. Snacks – This is an all-day event and you will need fuel up ever so often. Fruit, nuts, and pretzels tasty and healthy treats to snack on in between matches and they easily fit in your backpack. Hunger can be a big distraction when you’re in the middle of a match. It would be unwise to rely totally on the tournaments concessions to keep you satisfied.
10. Good Sportsmanship – Be courteous to others. Wish your opponent luck. Take a loss as an opportunity to learn. Celebrate wins appropriately. Do not talk trash, act like a jerk, or a snob. Like all other fun activities, bad sportsmanship is the bane of the game.