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I like Magic, but this is taking it too far.

Just to put this post in context, Magic is a great game in which two players put together 60-card decks of their own creation. It's played in tournaments and some people are good enough to be pro Magic players. There are no shortage of strategy sites out there.

Most people prepare for tournaments by testing out their deck against other players, and making modifications based on how well they do. This guy, however, believes that in addition to this, you've got to work on your focus. In all of the quotes below, he's talking about the online version of the game. Let's dive in, shall we?
"[When it comes to being distracted] Magic Online is a whole different beast in this regard. Theoretically it's much much easier to reduce external distractions. I often play Magic Online on my laptop while sitting in bed next to my sleeping girlfriend."
Tell me how you focus!
"If you want to achieve true focus, then stick to simple foods before the tournament. Try a chicken breast with asparagus or carrots instead of pizza with pepperoni and sausage. "
"Oh Mike" you say, "his advice can't be all bad, can it?" and no, it's not. He talks about not letting one bad play lead into another and then the loss. But what really got me was the following suggestion:
"If you're interested in reading more about different breathing exercises, I've attached some links in the appendix at the end of this article. If you really want to learn more than [that] sign up for a Yoga class! "
He goes on to talk about meditation techniques and suggests going for a jog before a big online tournament. If you're going to sign up for a yoga class so that you can play cards better, I think your life might be too linked to the game.

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