Whether you’re playing a popular card game like Yu-Gi-Oh! either Magic: The Gathering, sitting around a poker table or playing a video game or board game, all of these scenarios have an element of strategy. They have complex rules and ways to win, and understanding those rules and ways to win to beat your opponent will be key.
However, understanding the game itself is only half the battle, because you need to have other skills that can increase your chances of victory when playing a game with strategy involved. Here’s a look at the skills you need to develop to win your next match.
A quick and analytical mind.
While you might be able to pause a computer game and consider your options, or take time during a card game to sit down and ponder how best to use the resources in your hand, you can’t do it forever. Being able to think on your feet and see all the various combinations and strategies you can work with as the game unfolds can allow you to formulate a plan and then focus your attention on what’s happening at the table.
Because some players focus so much on what’s happening in their hand, they completely forget about the other players and then can’t react to what their opponents are doing!
The ability to think of multiple plans at once.
While many strategy games have strategies and ways for players to control the flow of events that happen during the game, this is often countered with coldheartedness, bad luck, and randomness. You never know what the enemy is going to do, and the people on the other side of the table have their own hands and minds to react to whatever comes your way.
So don’t just look at your hand, see the first strategy or move you could make, and do it instantly without thinking about much else. Instead, think carefully and consider all of your options, and put some plans in motion while thinking several steps ahead for each one. This sounds difficult, but as you practice and develop more and more optimal strategies with the strategy game of your choice, you will become more comfortable thinking ahead.
A desire to know the game.
Finally, take the time to learn about the game you’re playing, because game masters know everything about it. So, learn the hidden ways to win the video game, memorize all the poker table positions, and understand the best moves to make in a table game. Then make the most of that knowledge and use those methods to score a win!
It takes a while to develop a strategic mind, but once you do, you’ll find the game much more fun. As a bonus, your number of wins will stack up too!