Hello guys,

Today I would like to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of any deck. All decks have their own particular strengths and weaknesses. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, especially because this allows you to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses in a duel.

There is a popular saying which goes something like this ‘Know yourself and your enemy, and you need not fear the result of a hundred duels’ (see what I did there with the “duels”?). This is true for cardgames. When you know the cards your opponent might be holding you will gain a significant advantage. I cover more about this knowing which cards your opponent is holding in my blog “Knowledge = power in any cardgame”.

But merely knowing which cards your opponent might be holding is not enough. You also need to know how to exploit the weaknesses of your opponent’s deck and how to deal with the strengths of your opponent’s deck. This means that you need to know your own deck’s strengths and more importantly weaknesses. Confused? Perhaps this following quote will clarify things.

Lee Sin from League of Legends says the following “Master yourself, master the enemy”. Now this always spooked around in my thoughts. Knowing yourself is essential for anything, if you know your character’s strengths and weaknesses in the game League of Legends then you are able to significantly impact the game in your team’s favor. You will die less, you will get more kills and you will grow stronger than your enemy counterpart which fulfills the same role as you. Saying you play Lee Sin in Jungle, this means that you are able to invade the enemy Jungle because you know your own strengths and your opponent’s weaknesses and vice versa. This way you gain control of your own jungle as well as the enemy jungle which can lead to control of Dragon and Baron. All this from knowing your own and your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses!

The same is true for any duel. It all starts with knowing your own decks strengths and weaknesses. If you know which cards are essential to your deck (see more about this concept in my article “Roles of your cards, know your Queen, Knights and Pawns”) then you are able to make correct decisions each turn that will snowball to a massive advantage. On board as well as in cards in your hand. I leave life points out of this because some midrange and control decks stabalize at lower levels of life points.

Know your own decks strengths and play to them each turn, then you will be able to succesfully make up for it’s weaknesses. Know your opponent’s weaknesses and play to them each turn, then you will be able to succesfully make up for your opponent’s strengths.

Happy dueling!

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