I was watching some Prismata analysis recently, and the topic of deliberate practice came up (in this video, if you’re curious). I’m curious to apply it to Yomi (and in particular explore ways to practice effectively outside the tournament setting).
The core pieces of deliberate practice are (from http://expertenough.com/1423/deliberate-practice):
@cpat was helpful enough to provide some of what he sees as the key things that have helped him in Yomi on discord the other day, as well:
I’d love to figure out some exercises based on this list that would be playable with the Yomi AI. Thus far, I’ve thought of
- Identify the Mixup: Pick a high level player, and load one of their replays. Observe their opponent. While stepping through the replay, before each combat reveal, record the top 3 actions you think your opponent might play. These should be as specific as possible while remaining functionally equivalent. So, you might list “Dodge into Anarchy/Raw Anarchy/Counterthrow [5/7]” against a late-game Zane player. After the combat reveal, record what theopponent played. Grade yourself on the number of plays where you correctly predicted the opponents range (they played one of the options you listed). This covers skills 1 and 3 on @cpat’s list, I think.
- Range Shifts: Pick a replay as in Identify the Mixup. After each combat, decide if there has been a range-shift, and if so, record what the new range is. Also record each combat reveal by the opponent. After the game, grade yourself by counting the numbers of blocks/throws/attacks/dodges in between each range shift you identified. Did they match your expectations? Why were the ranges your predicted incorrect (if they were)? What was the opponent trying to do instead?
- Play Along: Find an interesting hands-off video record (for example, from here, here, or here, for example). Mute the commentary. As you watch, record your guesses about what each player will combat reveal, and what each player revealed. Pause the video if the players are playing to quickly. At the end, evaluate how you did on each turn. Why did the players play what they did? Would your plays have been better (both locally, and globally)? Source: @mysticjuicer
- Commentary Analysis: Choose a recording as in Play Along. Leave the commentary on. Listen for the commentators certainty about what they know, or what they suspect. Did you know/suspect those things as well? If not, go back and figure out how they knew (or why they suspect what they did)? Are there types of inference that you are consistently missing? Source: @mysticjuicer
Checklist: Write out a list of actions you want to take each turn. Play through some no-timer games and record the result of each checklist item each turn. At the end of the game, check: did you miss any? Why? What was happening? For an extra challenge, explicitly use the checklist during a timed game to force yourself to work through it quickly. An example checklist:
- Check both discards, be sure to actively count cards of interest
- Consider the exact contents of your opponents hand
- Actively label what you think your opponents range currently is
- Actively label what your own range is
- Identify which options in-hand are likely to win? Are they resources you want to spend right now, or save for later?
Anyone have any other suggestions?