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What do you drink?


#1

When you’re playing your match, what do you drink?

Does it matter if you want to win? Or are afraid to lose? Or are coasting through the moment?

When I want to win: Earl Grey Hot. Just like Picard, I like a contemplative beverage. The bergamot stimulates without clouding your judgement.

When it feels like 50/50: Canadian lagers, such as Labatt’s Blue or Molson Canadian, are a staple in my house. Takes the edge off of a work day then eases you in to a competitive mindset.

When you know you’re going to die, badly…: Bell’s Two Hearted IPA Ale. At 7% ABV it’s the right choice when balancing humiliation against false hope. Plus, it has bitter grapefruit tones softened with a hint of sweetness. (honorable mention: DogFish Head IPA, also excellent)


#2

Cool refreshing water. Unless it’s casuals, in which case a nice light beer! Something like Bud Light. For some reason I can’t imagine having an amber or dark beer while playing Yomi.


#3

Almost always water. Nonalcoholic ginger beer if I have it in the fridge for some reason. (I rarely do as I don’t buy it that often and when I do it doesn’t tend to last.)


#4

Just water for me. I don’t drink alcohol, and I’ve never really been a fan of soft drinks, so the only time I bother with anything that takes more time/cost than water is if I have a sudden craving for hot chocolate or apple juice (the latter in particular became a favorite of mine when I found out that it’s really good for soothing a sore throat).


#5

The tears of my opponent after landing silent Maximum Anarchy / Beast Unleashed / TPoS


#6

I occassionally drink Redds Apple Ale. I am actually undefeated when I have a few drinks. It is a small sample size, but I am too old to create a sample size large enough to be statistically significant.


#7

Not infrequently, a dark and stormy. But frankly, my Yomi match conditions are rarely conducive to strong concentration (which I think my Elo demonstrates).


#8

Mostly nothing, as I play on nights where I work the next morning a lot, but if I don’t its a good Bloody Mary or White Russian. When I play a single day tournament I almost always get a bit toasted beforehand, and my record in those is phenomenal. Realize this: if you have lost to me chances are that I may very well have been either drunk or on the toilet (not both).


#9

Water water water. My drink bottle never leaves my side.
Though I have also been known on occasion to have some tea or ginger beer, I haven’t while yomiing for quite some time.


#10

Normally water or tea; I’ve taken to saying what fancy loose-leaf tea is in my pot if I’m doing a live commentary as I’m playing. If I’ve got some beers lying around (unusual) they tend to get drunk whether or not I’m playing Yomi (which is why I tend not to have any spare…) and those are typically bottles of ales, often something local from one of the fancy off-licences nearby, or even my homebrew. I haven’t paid much attention to my winrate on beer vs water/tea; I suspect it’s not an improvement.


#11

I always hydrate with water before hand, but during the match its self I like redds, tequila shots, or a good stout/porter/dark ale. I don’t always drink during matches, but when I do I win two tournaments.


#12

Yeah, I win more while buzzed hands down.


#13

Belligerence is a valuable skill.


#14

The sweet orange nectar that is Barr’s Irn Bru Xtra. (The marketing rule was one vowel per word apparently)

Irn Bru (pronounced Iron Brew) is a Scottish soft drink that makes us one of only a handful countries in the world where a soft drink outsells one made by Coca Cola. Imagine a vaguely orange soda crossed with a cream soda and you’re somewhere in the right ball park.

I generally prefer the pepsi-max equivalent because it means I can save my sugar intake for cake.


#15

Color me intrigued. I enjoy a good orange cream soda every so often. I’m actually about to experiment with homemade root beer, but it sounds like I need to try orange sodas too.


#16

Be careful, the causal relationship between “being Scottish” and “drinking Irn Bru” has not been fully investigated, and we are not yet sure which one causes the other.


#17

Holy carpe, :angel::fish:, that sounds hecka good! :o I want to try that sometime! :orange_heart:

As for what I normally drink during a Yomise, there is a little water, but I drink a lot more fruit juices! Simply Lemonade is one of my favorites & I also like to mix it with cranberry/cherry juice! I’m basically a sugar-aholic, so I’m drinking that as often as is possible! :smiley_cat:

(Sometimes, though, I’m not drinking anything… Even when I have a glass or my water bottle nearby!? :scream_cat:)


#18

I usually have some kind of squash (usually Ribena) next to me, but sometimes when I’m in after work and need some energy to pick me up I’ll have something like a Lucozade Orange. I’m not a hot drink person, so I remain a disgrace to my English heritage by never drinking tea, and I’ll have about 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a year.


#19

I’m kind of surprised. Not a lot of beer drinkers here. Thought we’d have some people touting their local micro brews. I went to the wine country and north on my honeymoon where I was introduced to Anchor Steam and Callistoga Red. Both good memories.

Orange Cream Soda seems to be trending. I’ll have to give it a try. Probably not for use during matches though.


#20

Micro brews are expensive man. I would explore them if I could, or if it seemed that greater than 25% of them were not IPA’s /s