I haven't read all the responses, I admit. But I just want to say this...
When I started out in ptcgo I too saw myself facing countless EX-containing decks. I'd lose most of the times. I realized if I was facing such players, they should be in a rank close to mine, although having EX cards in their decks and looking so strong... well they wouldn't be that much good players and probably would constantly lose when facing similar decks, thus droping in the rankings and facing beginners like me. Probably.
True or not, that made me realize that the first ability to develop in ptcg is tactics and know how/game knowledge, rather than having good cards and healthy built decks. One thing pushes the other... a flaw in your tactic makes your realize the deck can be better build, and a better built deck favours a better tactic, and so on. The second ability I'd have to master would be how to build a proper deck, a healthy combination between pokémons and trainers, and a good balance of supporters and items, and by modifying my deck after each match I was on the right path. Now I was facing these EX players and beating them more consistently, still losing many times of course, but victories bring prizes and prizes get you good cards. Now I was set on getting me some good EXs and pushing my abilities forward with stronger decks.
I already had some game knowledge, some ideas on how a good deck should be built, and now I had EXs. I started winning more consistently, getting more prizes meanning (for me) more cards, changing decks more often, entering tournaments, and as the metagame shifted, I adjusted and started entering the meta world.
I lost a huge percentage of my matches when I started up, and I invested a lot of hours, not even eating sometimes, entire days, and not everyone has that availability. But eventualy I started dominating the concept, growing in the game, learning from my mistakes and my opponent's, and only then I found this forums, to help me cement the ideas. It was tough, I was all alone, and evolving alone gave me strenght to keep going, as I saw my efforts paying off. Today, I don't play for half a year, and I don't intend to, but I know the road that's behind me and that fills me with gratitude.
Everyone can achieve anything if they're set to it. I'm not particularly intelligent, nor am I dumb, but I like to improve my skills, and doing so via analyzis and introspection, rellying only on my capacities, makes me realize I CAN DO IT.
AND SO CAN YOU.
btw, all the stuff people said here and in other similar threads along the time as deck building threads, I had to realize on my own (and probably themselves too), because I didn't knew nor searched for online help. And in my opinion, that's the way to g®o(w). Without foreign help, just one brain. Help comes after, when you have enough knowledge to understand an idea and discuss it.
all these deck building threads and noob deck building help would be like reading chinese for me when starting out, as it is for most noobs. Newbies don't have the mindset to understand the concepts of balance between trainer cards or energy amounts, or including a determinate effect via pokémon ability or item card, for instance, or even why is great ball a terrible card. The moment you stop being a noob is defined as the moment you start understanding all these concepts, even if you constantly lose your matches. Being good at something means you invest your time and intelligence into it.
Edited by Cuqk, 27 May 2018 - 12:35 AM.