The Tenets of the Forgotten Bay

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The Tenets of the Forgotten Bay

Post  Sleep on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:45 am

Teachings of the Sensei of the Forgotten Bay (Feel free to add helpful advice):  

1) "A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link.":

In L5R, to play on a competitive level, one cannot simply be a good player.  There is a time investment involved in playtesting with your playgroup.  Whether your playgroup is a bunch of guys you meet up with at a shop a few times a month, or if it's a group of guys you play with online on Egg of Pan'ku, you have to be serious about testing your deck against the field if you want to be a confident pilot.  For this reason, the first tenant of the Forgotten Bay teaches you to improve your playgroup.  If you are good player but your playgroup has weaker players, help them improve!  Because only through their betterment comes your betterment.

2)  "Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.":  

The second tenant of the Forgotten Bay teaches its pupils to not be stubborn on their path to victory.  Time and time again, good players with good deck themes are held back by their stubbornness regarding particular cards in their deck.  Players who lose games due to a card not working, and change OTHER cards in the deck to try to "force" the problem card to work, is only making their deck worse.  Don't fight against the tide, flow with it.  If a card isn't working, try taking it out for a few games.  But in a different card you may have eyed when you first built the deck, or for the truly experimental among our pupils, you can put in a card that doesn't look like it has much synergy at all.  You may be surprised by how much you like the new card in the deck.  And if it doesn't work out, you can always put the original card back in.

3) "Do the impossible, See the invisible, Raw Raw Fight the Power, Touch the untouchable, Break the unbreakable, Raw Raw Fight the Power":

Basically in a nutshell I've seen players both in normal play and at competitive levels give up way to easily, even I have fallen prey to it.   This is a game where there is absolutely no penalty to your life for losing, you may get pushed out of competition but otherwise, why quit?   Do the impossible and try to win even if you know your chance is low, less than nothing.  Your opponent will see your confidence, will see that maybe he was wrong about your position, question is chances, question his choices, make a mistake.   Play with confidence even if you know you will lose and you never know, you may break the barrier that you believed was before you and end up winning.  In the end it's a game, play it to the fullest, enjoy and learn, take everything you can from each game and win or lose you will be better for it.  (Submitted by Moto Damasko)

4) "Never underestimate your opponent's chances, never overestimate your own.":

This one basically urges one to be mindful of the surroundings and the situation. It also has some good synergy with #3, because if you play as though your opponent will play everything in the correct order, and has an answer (if not THE answer) for every move you make, you will likely weigh all of your own actions and reactions more carefully, and are more likely to play them in the correct order (I've found that this game relies a great deal on how and when you play your hand, not just what you have in the deck). This will naturally lend itself nicely to your confidence level, and also will allow you to capitalize on those mistakes your opponent may make from second-guessing their own plays.  (Submitted by Akodo Tumbu)

--Will update with more as they come--


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Post  Sleep on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:12 pm

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