In preparing for states many people get very nervous. One reason is that for some people it's their only way to Nats. Others just want to do well. Well I want to help with all the high nerves. Tip 1: Your deck Play a deck that you are comfortable playing, and are also familiar with. Don't wait till last second to build your deck. This will cause many mistakes during games. Also don't "tweak" your deck a lot. This creates a new feel to the deck causing more mistakes. When asking for deck help be open to all opinions, and remember just because you don't like it doesn't mean you can't try it. Also remember to keep your deck to a style comfortable for you. Tip 2: Net Decking This is not a bad thing, and doesn't make you a n00b. Maybe you can't think of a deck, and need something to play. If you do this remember a deck that's good for someone else may not be good for you. Try to make your own version too. That way it fits your playing style. Tip 3: Good luck charms Yes they're fun to have, but you can't rely on them. If you have a good luck charm remember that skill is just as important as luck. Don't be a person who loses their charm and freaks out because of it. Tip 4: Before the Tournament Stay calm and try to keep away from loud crowds before the tournament. This will reduce your anxiety level. Go into the tournament planning to have fun. Don't be cocky and expect to win every game. You will be too hopeful, and be crushed if you lose. One of the most important things is to get good sleep. You need energy for your mind to work well, and so you can play your best. Don't stay up till midnight play testing. Tip 5: During the tournament Remember to have fun during your game. Never give up because things look bad you never know what will happen next turn. Be a good sport. Congratulate your opponent. Don't be the depressed dope no one wants to play. It will cloud your mind and raise the number of mistakes you make. No matter what place you get be happy that you played. A lot of people would love to be able to be in your shoes even if you always loose. Tip 6: Physical health and Hygiene No one wants to play with someone who smells or has that nasty morning breath. Shower and brush your teeth in the morning. Not only will it help those around you, but you will feel refreshed and ready to go. It is also important not to skip breakfast or lunch, those meals are what get you through the day. I hope these helped if not I'm sorry. The way you play is based on your mental health so you want to keep yourself cheerful, and feeling good. That way you can do well. So, tell me what you think.