|Posted on October 17, 2011 at 6:10 AM|
When your opponent slips up, take advantage of his mistake. Obvious, I know, but very few people actually do so when it counts.
Suppose you're playing Magic: the Gathering against a middling control player. He's not very suited for the archetype and likes to tap out for turn-six Titans. What do you do? Save a removal spell or counterspell for turn six. Don't let yourself get blown out by the 6/6 you know is heading your way. When he learns from his mistake and leaves mana open on turn six, keep holding that removal spell; he won't rest until he knows it's out of your hand. An even more sadistic thing to do is throw a Doom Blade at a random critter while still keeping another one in your hand.
What if you get corralled into a game of Street Fighter, and your opponent likes pulling off flashy combos with long recovery times? Block the combo and counterattack while he's recovering. Most new players will cower in the corner holding down-back while getting chipped by projectiles and special moves, but the correct play is to time your attack to hit while your opponent's recovering. Jump around a lot, bait a whiffed Shoryuken, and then sweep your opponent as he lands. Do this 2 more times to piss off your opponent. Just as he stops throwing out anti-airs, jump into his face.
A simple thing to keep in mind, but far more useful than people give it credit for.