• The Transition Zone: Pro Dice Circuit Prep Part 2

    The Pro Dice Circuit, or PDC for short has officially begun and people all over the world are playing competitive Dice Masters with their own local community and with some people coming to challenge their local meta as well. There will be opportunities to play like this in the near future at the store, state and regional level.

    For some of you, this may be the first truly competitive event in Dice Masters you have faced. Sure, we play at our local stores and have a built in meta, but what if you are the best there-are you good enough to compete with others? There may not have been a measuring stick for you to use like there will be now with the PDC.

    So today, for this week's edition of The Transition Zone, we are going to continue to examine what your transition from casual or local player will look like when it moves to a bigger stage in these events. For the first half of this two part series, we looked at what you need to do before the day of the event and how it will influence what happens once your competitive day arrives. You can find that article HERE. Today we will focus our second part in the series on what you need to do the day of your event to make sure you are ready for the day of competition.

    First and foremost, it starts the night before. Get a good nights sleep. Get your head on the pillow early, and be well rested for your games. Especially if you have a drive the morning of. For those of you fortunate enough to stay overnight for a long drive or those that live close, this may not be a big issue. But long drives are draining both emotionally and physically, so be prepared.

    Next, eat well. Eat a big hearty breakfast and make sure you are well hydrated. A well balanced meal will give you the energy reserves you need to be ready for the day ahead. I don't want to go on a big diet/nutrition spiel here, but eat healthy and avoid heavy fats or excessive empty carbs/sugars. The Mountain Dew and Pop-Tart meal is probably not going to sustain you. On the same token, pack healthy, filling snacks for the event like granola, trail mix, protein bars or shakes, beef jerky, PB&Js, nuts and fruit-really the list is endless on healthy, filling fuel. Don't forget water or something of the sort to keep you hydrated.

    Third-show up early, and case the joint. You need to be prepared for the environment-know where you are playing, how the temperature is, where the restrooms are, how and where to get food if needed and where registration is. Know the place you are playing-wandering in last minute will not help you feel ready or comfortable. The more prepared you are the more comfortable you will feel come game time.

    Fourth, be ready for each match. Study your opponents team, their cards and try to discern their plan to win. Adjust yours as you need to. Find the basic action cards and globals that may be of use to you. Once you have take the time to examine their team and know what yours can do to react to it and win, you will be ready to play. Take the time give to you to know what is going to happen on the other side of the board If you fail to prepare when you have the time, you should prepare to fail.

    And most importantly, play the game with a positive, fun attitude and enjoy yourself. Yes it is a competition. Yes there is pride and prizes on the line. But is is still ultimately just a game. This community has shown itself more often than not to be full of people willing to show love, appreciation and understanding. Be one of those people.

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    1. Stormyknight's Avatar
      Stormyknight -
      Great article Isaac! I have my PDC this afternoon and I'm very excited for it to kick off!
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      Thank you sir!