Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quitting does: 2017 Season Report

Hello!

This is Ryan Loh again, and this time I’ll be writing a report on a season that went from 0 to an ending total of 328 Championship Points, and culminated with a 4-3 finish as I stumbled at the final Swiss hurdle of Worlds 2017 Day 1.

This season has been a satisfying one, and I’m happy I saw it through to the end. The story begins with Worlds 2016. Continue reading “Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quitting does: 2017 Season Report”

From the Ashes – T8 SG Open III

Introduction

It’s me, the Grandmaster.

This will be a simple team report, without war-stories.

This story began on the plane ride home after a devastating X-3 drop at the Malaysian Regionals. I was sitting with two other mates, and lamenting my crushing defeats. What was I doing wrong?

“You weren’t playing to your strengths. Ever since the start of your season, you’ve been obsessed with finding a perfect new core to work with. You play with hard reads, not defensive switching.”

Those words from Matt rang true. I hadn’t been playing to my strengths.

This wasn’t a long conversation. It was, after all, only a flight from Kuala Lumpur back to Singapore. It did move to an often overlooked Pokemon – Pheromosa.

Continue reading “From the Ashes – T8 SG Open III”

Decoy Sandcastle – Oceania Internationals 2017 Day 2 Report

Hi, I’m Matthew Hui, editor of The Mirage Island, contributing my own content for a change. I was one of four Singaporeans who made it into Day 2 of the 2017 Oceania International Championships in Melbourne, as part of the Top 32 after Day 1 of Swiss, and ended up in 23rd place. It’s my second such finish in Australia, having managed a similar placing in 2015, but this one was achieved in a field with much more international talent and quite honestly was beyond anything I had hoped to achieve going into the event.┬áHere, therefore, are my reflections on the event, to be joined by other attendees in the weeks to come. Continue reading “Decoy Sandcastle – Oceania Internationals 2017 Day 2 Report”