What is #8 about?
I’m not going to report on a single match this time around. Instead I’m just going to give an insight into how things have gone for me lately. Maybe you’ll see something in it that applies to you. Maybe we can help each other!
Very soon I’ll be a Dad. I’m immensely excited about it, but it’s obviously going to be a huge change in my life. Will I have any time to pew pew? Probably not for a while! It leaves me in an odd position. I know I’ve got 4 or 5 weeks left of freely heading out to X-Wing night at the local, but I’m also rather aimless. I’ve been pottering along, trying stuff, but without a target in mind I’m not making any progress and losing a lot. That in turn leaves me wondering if I want to use these last few weeks. But if I don’t I won’t be able to for a while. Dilemma!
Seems reasonable to break things down and see if there’s a way out of my little hole before I have to give the pew pew a rest for a while.
Why have I been losing?
Dice – I reject this is a reason. It’s a factor for sure, and I’ve had both good and bad results. They just seem to have clustered and wrecked me at times! I’d hate to take anything from people’s victories as that’s a douche move. This is not why I’ve been losing. It might have just made of the games faster.
Lists – I don’t follow what other people do. I don’t go with net lists. Even back in wave 4 when I started, I took three Deltas with Ion Cannons to a tournament. Why? It looked cool and I was genuinely excited to get them on the table. Horrific tournament but I took a punt. That reticence to go with the established still shows up now, and despite my love for a punt it rarely seems to work out. Copying something someone else has done might lead to results, but it just seems really boring to me.
Stupidity – I do make a lot of mistakes and ‘Oh no I’ve realised far too late that I shouldn’t have done that’. Taking a punt rears it’s head again here as well. Can I leave something to the dice Gods? Chances are I will! You’d think that 3 years in I wouldn’t be being such a silly sod wouldn’t you.
Too much changing – A big factor. On average I’ll use a squad for 4/5 games, tweaking it a bit each time, before moving on. Perhaps I don’t give myself time to learn the intricacies. But I get bored! Maybe I need to really focus on something?
What to do?
I’m hoping the X-Wing community will help me on this one. But I’ve tried to give it some thought.
I’m already working hard at not getting pissy over things that are essentially luck. From my own emotional responses, to making sure I’ve got lots of dice modification, I can at least try to tip the odds in my favour and not be a child over it. Sometimes things won’t go my way, and that’s OK. Perhaps it will just make it sweeter when it does.
When it comes to list building I’m stuck to be honest. If I curb my ‘punt’ instincts I’ll never play. Do I take established lists and tweak them to my liking? Or I do just push on with the awareness that like every punt, sometimes it will pay off and sometimes it won’t?
The rest comes down to one main thing, patience. I don’t like flying away from a fight, but it leads me into situations. I need to keep in mind that waiting for the right time to move in isn’t “bottling it” but actually the right way to play. Perhaps I should just build really strong jousting lists! But all in all, my stupidity, and my constant moving around, stem from a “I want results now” way of thinking. This is something to work on.
I’ve tried to be honest with myself about things here. If there’s anything you can see that might help, please comment!