Hello there! Hello there! Hello there! He.. okay you got the point if you read the title.
Today I would like to talk about something that Studium Headmaster says when summoned: “Repetition is the key to mastery”.
There is a saying that I just remembered as I write this article. It’s from Bruce Lee and it goes something like: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10.000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10.000 times”. This quote has incredible truth to it. A man who has practiced 10.000 kicks only once cannot possibly be good at any of them. But the man who has practiced one kick 10.000 times is bound to be good at that one kick.
Here is my own copied version of Bruce Lee’s quote, for Elder Scrolls Legends or any cardgame: “Fear not the player who has practiced 10.000 decks once, but fear the player who has practiced one deck 10.000 times.
Okay don’t quote me on this because I did not come up with it. But I do hope that you understand the meaning of the quote of Bruce Lee.
Now let’s look at a few examples. I can’t think of any right now but give me a second.
Ah, Super Smash Bros. The pro players there pick a “main character” and some side characters for a rainy day. These players practice their main character for the majority of the time they are playing and therefor they know their character inside out. They know which moves knock out other characters and at what percentage. You can actually see them fishing for the knock out in some situations.
I will link to a video below. It’s a video from IGN that showcases a match between Fox and Pikachu. It’s a very exciting match, the Pikachu player is clearly very skilled and the Fox player, well who cares about the other player when Pikachu is playing! Just listen to that voice saying Pikaa! Adorable.
What were we talking about again? Oh right. At 4:12 you can actually see Pikachu fishing the knock out with the lightning bolts after pushing Fox offstage. At 6:40 you can see Pikachu get really ridiculous when he dives after his opponent to get the knock out. Amazing play. And at 6:51 you see Pikachu with yet another dive after his opponent. Man this Pikachu does not kid around does he. After that he continuous to knock his opponent out with 2 more dives to confirm the game and the match.
So would this amazing play be possible if the player had practiced Pikachu once? No way! Did that play come from hard earned experience by practice? Yes way! The Pikachu player makes it seem easy but it’s really not. The only reason it’s easy for him is because he has practiced his main character Pikachu a ton of times. Through losses and wins, he stuck with his chosen character, and now, he has hard earned experience that allows him to defeat his opponent in a friendly match.
Which brings me back to Studium Headmaster and his quote. The only way to get good at anything is to repeat it until mastery. Only then will it stick. As Eric Thomas said, jeez I really need to come up with my own quotes, anyway. Eric Thomas said that practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent.
Bruce Lee’s quote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/brucelee413509.html
Super Smash bros: Pikachu vs. Fox (credits to IGN) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGvd_wLxwEk