How does one deal with going 0-2 in tournaments?


#1

I’ve just been feeling really down lately. I just went 0-2 at UFGT in UMvC3 not too long ago and I’ve been feeling depressed ever since, especially since I did decently last year going 2-2 in MvC3. I know I usually do anywhere from decent to extremely well in tournaments whenever I sign up for them, but here since the competition was so beyond anything I’ve experienced before (no surprise there), I was not prepared for all the variety in teams being used and just got blown up in both my matches, not even taking a game from my opponents at all. I’m very impressed that everyone I played at the tournament was outstanding, but I felt dissapointed in myself that in my tourney matches, I wasn’t even able to put up a decent fight. I know it sucks and it happens to the best of us, but I would like to hear how any of you feel when the same thing happens to you.


#2

Turn that depression into motivation. All this shows is that you have a long way to go. Its ok to go 0-2 sometimes, means you gotta step it up…don’t fear failure.


#3

Accept that anything can happen.

If its still bugging you after a couple days take a break from the game.

Your execution will drop But you’ll comeback with a fresh mind when you decide its time.


#4

Getting better, usually.

Binge drinking the rest of the 90%!

Honestly tho I think this is one of the most facsinating things about FGs. You remember that first time you played someone and you’re like A-HA so its like that is it? And then you max punished his ass? This feeling never goes away, there’s just 10,000 A-HA’s waiting in the wings. So embrace it and push to that next level. It’s waitin’ on yah.


#5

I usually grab something to eat and play casuals until it’s over.


#6

What blew you up? If you feel like it was execution or poor decisions then you need to practice and play more solid. If it was a match-up thing then work on those match ups. I went 1-2 at UFGT this year despite winning the majority of the matches against people I play locally. I lost due to match-up inexperience with characters we don’t have where I play. For me I need to work on those match ups. It sucks but, as long as I can identify what went wrong and I know I was doing everything else correctly then I know how to proceed in future matches.


#7

Well, i guess they’re just exposing your lack of matchup experience, by the sound of it. Figure out what caused your losses, and figure out a gameplan to correct that error in your gameplay. Bad execution? Poor team synergy? No strategy to deal with your opponents? Your strategy is shit, and you need to come up with a better one? Take that salt and turn it into motivation for the next time. Attend your local events, casual sessions, weeklies, and even use online as a practical training tool. Just be sure to have a purpose to your training, otherwise you’ll just end up wasting your time and not seeing much improvement.


#8

I’m assuming you were recorded on stream, so re-watch your match and analyze it. How about you post your match here, no shame, and ask people what you could have done better.

It seems like you’re a little embarrassed. If I’m wrong then sorry, but if I’m right:

It took me quite awhile to get over being embarrassed at my losses, and fuck it. It’s for the better. If people think you suck, that’s okay - people are always going to call you a scrub and tell you that you suck, because they don’t want you to get better. People are gonna put you down so you stay down and they have less competition. So just prove them wrong. Show your shittiness to the world and ask for help about it.


#9

If possible, pull the dude who beat you aside and play some casuals.


#10

suck it up and stop sucking and QQing


#11

^ way overdone response. not funny or helpful IMO.


#12

Just deal with it. Its really not that serious. Or you could just bionic arm the other guy for winning (that’ll teach em to be a better player than you)


#13

The best advice I could give you is this: if you still have emotional reactions to your performances in tournaments, you need to step back for a second an examine a few things.

  1. Why are you playing? If you’re under emotional distress, there’s something off here.
  2. What’s the goal at a tournament? You say going 2-2 is doing well, so you’re obviously not realistically trying to win. That’s fine. To me, though, if you aren’t trying to win the entire tournament, it makes no sense to rate your performance in wins and losses at all.

There’s a difference between playing to win, and playing to learn. I find, most players that get overly frustrated with losses, spend too much of their time playing to win (even though they know, realistically, they aren’t ready to win), and not enough playing to learn. Incidentally, these players tend to stagnate at a fairly low skill level.

By setting your goals in tournaments so low (2-2), you recognize that you’re a player that needs to grow. That being the case, you should be using tournaments as practice. If you view your tournament as an exercise in a higher pressure environment, it can help you in a few ways. For one, I find that players that always try to win, tend to use desperate tactics in lots of situations. It’s very hard to actually get better, if you turn lots of situations into guesses, instead of thinking your way through them. Taking unnecessary pressure off your matches, can allow you to think clearly, not get desperate, and learn faster. Getting better quicker.

Also, being in those pressure situations, takes more pressure off of yourself in subsequent times when you’re in similar situations. If you know how to be calm in pressure situations, you have an upper hand on a ton of players.

When you add this calmness in pressure, with the fact that you’re actually getting better quicker, you’ll find that your results will improve greatly. You’ll also find that you’ll be able to deal with losses better, and not get so emotional over them, because you can see your losses just for what they are: you played against another player, and he either beat you with things you aren’t familiar with (easy solution: study up) or he just outsmarted you. If he outsmarted you, your less cluttered mind will be able to have an intellectual reaction to that, and figure out what happened, why it happened, and if there are changes you can make to prevent that from happening again, as opposed to this more emotional, visceral response which serves absolutely zero practical purpose, and only serves to slow (or outright prevent) learning from the situation.


#14

I believe Allen Iverson calls the word for this “practice”. when you lose its all you can do.


#15

This is excellent advice. When you are a low-level player entering tournaments, especially majors, you have no reason to expect any amount of success in terms of wins and losses. Take advantage of the opportunity to play against better players, and hope that your matches are streamed. That way, you can watch videos of your play, and see what worked and what did not work. Try to figure out why you lost, and try not to repeat your mistakes next time around. Identify what you need to practice and improve upon. You should take pride in playing well against good players at this point, not in getting some cheap early-round wins.


#16

Good advice in this thread.

Fight for every round of every game. Assuming its 2-out-of-3 games per match, and 2-out-of-3 rounds per game, you have to lose at least EIGHT rounds total to be kicked out of a double-elimination tournament.

Don’t feel too bad though. Remember that by definition, 25% of people go 0-2 in a double elimination tournament.


#17

Player skill aside, you have 50% chance of losing each match you play. In a US-format tournament, with full brackets, players have a 50% chance of getting relegated to losers immediately, and 50% of those (25% total) will go 0-2. See, that shouldn’t be a surprise for an ordinary player to go 0-2 at a tournament.


#18

To put that in perspective for the OP. 1 in every 2 participants will be sent to losers. 1 in every 4 participants will go 0-2. It’s weird to think that, especially when you are at the tournament and pretty much every 4th person you see will go 0-2. But it puts things in perspective.


#19

Move to Asia and learn to deal with going 0-1!

It would seem like going 0-2 would feel worse as you had two chances to win, but man, going 0-1 in a single elim, one game match tourney just feels so unsatisfying.


#20

Here’s how I dealt (and am still dealing) with it :

First, I thought : “Okay, what did I learn?” So I made an inventory on that.
Second, I talked to other players in order to learn various things. For those who watched me play, what I did wrong, how I could have dealt with things, etc.
Third, when I went back home, I started working on those things in order. Marvel, for me, needs a lot more solo work than AE so that’s what I’m concentrating on even though I went 0-2 in both tournaments.
Fourth, I’ll try to show up to more casual events and play games. That way I can get match experience at other places than larger-scale events.