Diem’s Guide to not Playing Terribly at Nationals

31 03 2011

Day 1 is probably the most important.  It’s gonna set the tone for the whole weekend!  So before you even get to the venue, there’s a checklist you need to make sure you’ve completed!  Try and follow along for now.  I will go deeper into these points as we go.

Step by step, let’s take a look.

  • Packing!
  • Eat. Eat. Eat.
  • Presentation
  • Tournament Prep
  • Hydrate!
  • Your Travel Plans
  • Getting Pumped
  • Game Time

1. Packing

Don’t bring one pair of clothes and your controller.  That isn’t how real life works.  If you want to play well, right off the bat, you’re going to need back ups in case things go wrong.  So if you pack EXACTLY how much you need, and SuperMarioman16 spills coffee all over you, then you’re looking pretty screwed.

For instance, I’m going from Thursday-Monday.  I’m bringing:

  • Four pairs of pants
  • Six Shirts
  • Undershirts
  • Six pairs of Underwear
  • About 100 pairs of socks.  (Fight me ><)
  • Two controllers.
  • Entertainment for shuttles/plane.  YotBR Novel, DS, PSP.
  • Wii, for in hotel gaming excellence
  • Wallet, with enough money to cover expenses.
  • Cellphone
  • Two pairs of shoes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Cologne (Light mist!  too much is BAD)

My bases are covered pretty much on all ends.  I’m not worried about someone ganking my controller, cause tomorrow I’ll have my back up.  (You’re still gonna get your *** kicked if I find you stealing, though.  >_icon_twisted

Don’t be afraid to over pack.  Unused items take up space.  So, what!?  If you don’t bring enough, your confidence could suffer, or you could worry about where your next meal is coming from.  The more options you have, the better, right?  (RIGHT, SO STOP PLAYING ZELDA)

2.  Eat. Eat. Eat.

Your body, obviously, needs food to be able to run.  Food is fuel.  However, just like ****ty gas, bad food will diminish energy faster, so you need to make sure you eat right.  You’re going to be going through a good amount of walking/running for the day, and mental stress, so attacking all points is a must.

In my opinion:  Two Eggs, a bowl of cereal, juice and tea. should cover you for at least a few hours.  Teas with ginseng should increase mental stamina, while the Carbs and protein from the Eggs an cereal will keep your body moving.  (Make sure to walk around a bit after eating to get your blood flowing.)  The juice is for… Well, juice.  Vitamins are cool and all, but it’s ****ing JUICE!

Another trick I’ve picked up is that, while obvious, chewing your food completely will absolutely increase your stamina throughout the day.  The digestion process starts in the mouth, so by swallowing have chewed food, your body uses up energy to break it down.  I prefer 25-30 times before swallowing.

Throughout the day, snacking is important.   Make sure you keep a good amount of carbs, or protein readily available.  No one plays good on an empty stomach, and MLG doesn’t give a ****.  They serve icky awful food, so make sure you have something with you, or plans to get something in between matches.

As for the commentators, thinking about biting into a steak or Lemon, when nothing is available to you, will make your mouth mater, and coat your mouth/throat in a softer way than water.  Drinking is important, but don’t go overboard, or you’ll dry your mouth out!

3.  Presentation!

If you’re the first up, don’t fall back asleep and groan, get up and get your *** in the shower.  Not only will the poepl around you be subconsciously grateful, but you will have a confidnence boost knowing you don’t offend anyone by being near them.  You’ll find yourself playing better when you’re not having to concentrate on the odors you might be attacking people with. When you’re out of the shower, ****ing groom yourself.  Get your clothes on, make sure they’re ironed (You should have an idea of what you’re going to wear before you put it on.)

Then, get to the mirror, start doing your hair in the way you like it, wash your face and BRUSH THOSE TEETH.  No one, and I mean no one wants to talk to someone with bad breath.  Get those things cleeeeaaan. When you look in the mirror after it’s all said and done, you’ll feel like you have new skin.  You’ll need that new skin for sponsorships.  Now, follow me here:  YOU CAN’T JUST BE GOOD ANYMORE. You have to be a household name, and with that said, it’s easier to be popular if you look the part.

I’m not saying to go out and buy a suit, but wear what makes you, you.  Doesn’t mean you can’t make it swag.  I know a certain smasher who wears kinda ridiculous clothes, but he makes them WORK, constantly.  No one ever questions his confidence, which makes him a force to be reckoned with.

Keep it fresh.

4.  Tournament Prep

It’s gonna suck when you go to play round 1 versus Zex, and your controller isn’t working.  Not only are you stupid for using a controller that isn’t working, but you just lost to Marth.  Ew.

After you’re ready, turn on the TV, and chill out.  When someone else is done, make them play a few sets.  Use your tag, and play it like it was a tourney set.  Make them MMs if you have to.  Blind, Strike, Ban, CP.  You need to get your fingers and mind set for the day ahead.  No one travels with hopes of taking last place, but you know what?  Half the people who go will place in LAST PLACE.

That’s how brackets work.  And unless you get a name like Ally or Atomsk, there’s no reason you can’t win at least round one. Once you get to the venue, find a person you’ve never met and play them.  No one sandbags against people they don’t know.

Everyone wants to be the best, so they’ll try their hardest, too.  After the set, laugh, shake hands, and meet some more people.  The more comfortable you are with your surroundings, the better you’ll feel.  The better you feel, the more confidence you have.  The more confidence you have, then the better you’ll play!

5. HY-Drate!

Seriously, keeping your body at peak is important.  Water is the easiest way to get that done.  Avoid sugary drinks like Gatorade and Soda, and keep to the stuff that keeps your body working.  W-A-T-E-R.

A secret I’ve picked up is that a small pinch of salt in a bottle of water will provide your body with an electrolyte replacement!  You can’t even taste it!  This is the kind of stuff companies like Coke and Pepsi don’t want you to know, so you’ll buy ****ty drinks with tons of caffine.  That **** is BAD for you.  Water is good!  So is juuiiice. People have linked lower back pain, migraines, fatigue, and a billion other things to just a lack of hydration.  Every hour, take 2-3 ounces of water in.  It’s not a crazy request.  Try it even now and you’ll see your health improve, even if only slightly.  It’s been a god send for me.

Take this in stride, because over hydration is a problem as well.  Too much water (Or food, for that matter) will make you feel sluggish, and reduce energy as your body needs to turn all that excess to waste.  Try and keep it level.

6.  Your travel plans.

As an out-of-stater (Or OOS) more often than not you’re going to be flying into Florida.  That said, not every hotel or smasher’s house is going to have a pre-determined way for you to get where you need to go.  You can’t do well in a tournament you can’t get to. It’s your job as an adult to make sure you know what the **** to do.  You can’t be calling every smasher in the world for a ride the night before the tourney (Unless your previous plans fall through).  That’s sloppy and ****ing childish.

GROW. THE. ****. UP.

You need to know how you’re getting from the airport to the hotel.  From the hotel to the venue all three days, and then back to the airport.  Those staying at the MLG resorts will have travel amenities set, but those of us not staying at the over-priced hotel need to figure a way around. For instance:

  • Thursday, we’ve scheduled a player to pick us up from the airport to drive us to out hotel.
  • Friday-Sunday, we take 3 shuttles to reach our destination.
  • Monday, we have a different smash taking us back to the airport.

Do not leave your house if you are incapable or too shy to get these plans set.  You are not an adult, or if you’re a minor, you will suck at being one.  Ask favors, offer money, call resorts, question the front desks, do what you have to do.  When you don’t have those things to worry about, you’ll notice yourself playing better during the day.  The less stress you have, the more energy your body can use to focus on your goals!

7.  Getting Pumped!

Johnny-cuts-himself isn’t gonna place high, cause all day he’s wondering why his mother tried to poison him by putting EXTRA cinnamon on his waffles.  That **** is spicy, amirite?  (If you’re offended by this statement, then you need to see a doctor.  Don’t cry, just talk.)

So, what do you do if your mother tries to make you eat spices?  YOU GET PUMPED. In our crew, we like to yell and jump a lot.  Do what you have to do.  You need to be  excited and ready to play if you’re going to succeed.  If you doubt yourself, of don’t get your blood flowing, your reaction time is gonna suffer, and Razer is gonna hit you with Fsmashes.  (Sorry, Dphat. :\ )

After you’ve eaten, get your hotel room or house mates to get excited.  Talk about all the things you wanna do, or see while you’re in Orlando!  Going to MLG?  SICK!  Going to Disney?  HYPPPPE.   You’re at a tourney, and you wanna do well, but you’re on VACATION!  You’re with your friends in a foriegn place, you should be having a good time!

8.  Game Time!

If you follow these steps, hopefully you’ll have seen an increase of both energy and focus!  Use this, your knowledge of the game, and your confidence to best everyone you fight!  Remember to shake off the mistakes you make and focus.  Don’t fiend, and just try and survive as best you can.

Until MLG, practice DI, dodging, and recovering safely.  The best offense is making your oppenent think they can’t hit you.  A defensive opponent is a weak opponent, in my book. Whether you win or lose, shake hands, say good game, and get ready to move on.  If they plank or scrooge you, too ****ing bad.  The rules are there to keep things in check, but if you let it happen, it’s your fault.  Don’t blame the game. If you’re paying the money to go, you at least have some chance of winning.  Keep that in mind.  No one is invincible.

–Diem

If you guys are overly nervous, or have any questions concerning packing, preparation, or steadiness, don’t feel afraid to PM me, or leave a comment.  I want to see smash do well, and the better the competition, the better we’ll all look!  icon_biggrin

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