How to Bounce Back from Defeat in MTG

Going into the Streets of New Capenna Championship earlier this year, I was in excellent shape on the challengers’ leaderboard, having qualified for every championship that year and done well at the Innistrad Championship. As long as I made Day 2, I was qualified for every Regional Championship in the 2022 to 2023 season. If I got nine wins, I would qualify directly for the next Pro Tour. If I got 10 wins, I would qualify for Worlds. Quite simply put, it was very easily the highest stakes tournament of my life, and I was determined to have a strong performance. Instead, I went 2-5 and lost my chance at all those qualifications.

While the results of this tournament were extremely upsetting to me, in the time since, they have taught me a lot about bouncing back after defeat, and how to establish a healthy relationship with my own results in a way that lets me bring my A-game to every tournament, even in the wake of failure.



Header - Looking Beyond Your Results

A great way to avoid being too beaten down by a poor performance is looking at a broader picture of the event rather than just your performance. The easiest way to do this is look more broadly at the performance of your testing team rather than just your own results. In the New Capenna Championship, while I was initially distraught at how I had performed, the rest of my team did very well, with Autumn Burchett, Noor Singh, Chris Botelho and Rei Zhang all requalifying based on their performance.

Unexpected Results

Taking a broader look at your team’s performance is helpful to better understand how your choices for the event panned out. Additionally, watching others you care about succeed, teammates or otherwise, can definitely ease the sting of a poor personal performance. This leaves you better ready to reflect on your loss and learn from it, as well as leave you ready to take the next tournament on.

Unfortunately, looking at the results of others won’t always be possible, and even when it is, won’t always be positive. Regardless, the main purpose of doing this is to try and get some perspective, and understand what went well and poorly so that you can reflect and be better prepared for future tournaments.


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