It’s the end of May, which means WCG season is just around the corner. This is the perfect time for me to blog about an important mentality that all prospective WCG players should adopt:Play to the absolute best of your ability, not play to win. Many gamers have the wrong approach when it comes to competitive gaming. They view “winning” as a gauge of their pro-ness. They are only concerned about victory, and nothing else. If you play with only the mindset of winning, then it’s a lose-lose situation for you. When you lose a match, you feel demoralized and upset at failing to achieve your goal. You become even more discouraged when you’re on a losing streak. Then you give up easily. If you win, well good for you. But your satisfaction will last only till your next loss, whereupon the cycle repeats itself. It’s a stagnant goal that does not lead to improvement in the long run. No sportsman or pro gamer is immune to defeat. Roger Federer, the all-powerful tennis genius that he is, loses matches. Daigo Umehara loses matches. Glasgow Rangers can’t keep winning the Scottish League every year. Losing is part and parcel of sports. Now, I’m not saying that losing is fun. I’m no advocate of masochism. What I am saying is that as long as you put in your absolute, 101% best effort, and work towards improving your gameplay above all else, then you will be able to lose with no regrets or excuses. I speak from my previous MBAA experience at AMK arcade. Never in my life had I plonked down so many consecutive credits at once within a short space of 3-4 hours. Yet at the end of the day, despite having a 95% loss record against Ning and Asuka, I could feel that I had gained a lot from my losses. Get thrashed, get owned. But go down with a fight to the best of your ability. Rise and rise again, until your skills improve.