I love goals.
I love having something to work towards.
That being said, I've come up with some goals so I uhh work towards them. I split them into short, long, and stretch goals. The short-term goals are one month in length. One month is the most logical time frame on Magic Online since the MOCS takes a month as well. The long-term goals are 3-6 months in length. There's not a particular deadline for some of them, but that seems fair. Lastly, the stretch goals have no time-frame. I don't even know if I'll be able to do them, hence they're called stretch goals.
Qualify for Modern Festival
I'm super excited for the modern festival. I know I have no business winning it; there are so many good modern players. But I am looking forward to the level of competiton that the Modern Festival will bring, and I think Qualifying for the main event is an achievable goal.
15 QPs this month
The MOCS is modern this month. Modern Festival prelims give out QPs, and I'd expect a lot more 8-mans to fire than normal because of the festival. I've never got 15 before in a month, and this one might be stretch too, but we'll give it a go.
Reduce Mistakes per Game
I've started tracking mistakes per game, which includes times when I don't know what the right decision is. I'm looking to reduce these, and at the end of the month we can look at a graph. Should be cool (not).
Win 8-Man Queue
Always a bridesmaid. I've never won one. I've got second numerous times. This month is the one where I'm going to win one. It'll be tough to get 15 QPs without winning a couple anyway.
Get 35 QPs in One Month
I'd love to qualify for the MOCS main event one month. Obviously this month being modern would be ideal, but I couldn't imagine that happening with my current level of skill with the deck. This one we'll come back to in a year if I haven't done it.
Understand Deck Better
Typically, I don't like to set goals for things that are difficult to quantify, but for this I'll make an exception. Before the banning of Dig Through Time I really felt like I had mastered Scapeshift. I could see every line, and won way more than I had ever before. It felt like I was in control. I want to revisit this in 3 month and see how I feel.
Manage Budget & Time
I have an addictive personality. Thank my dad for that. A lot of the time when I like something, I go WAY overboard on that thing. I'm going to do my best to maintain a balanced life, and not overspend on Magic. We'll come back to this in 3 months.
1800 Constructed MTGO Rating
I'm kind of obsessed with the rating system. When I first started MTGO I was playing standard Burn and had a poor 1550 rating. Now, after a year or so, I'm up to 1695. As much as it's just a number, it really does represent where you are in the tiers of players. In 6 months, I'd like to be firmly in the 1800s.
Qualify for PT
I'm not a fool. I'm nowhere near Pro Tour quality at the moment. And specializing in a format like Modern doesn't lend itself for PT qualification. But I would like to try to qualify for an online PTQ through the PPTQ system. But they are expensive, and modern ones don't come up very often.
This ties in with the Understand Deck Better goal, but is just pushed further. I want to feel like I'm one of the best pilots of the deck. I also want to feel like I contribute something to the format.
This one is going to be hard. The best players are 1900+ and that's where I want to be. On a platform as competitive as MTGO, winning at this rate (I think ~65%) will be hard. But I guess that's why it's a stretch goal.
So that's it. That's what I'm going to be working on.
I'm also thinking about streaming, but I'm not sure about that yet.
Thanks for reading!