How to Use Prophylaxis Effectively in Online Skill GamesAdded - Dec. 22, 2014 Skill
In games that involve two players facing off against each other with elements of attack and defense, there are different ways to think about the different aspects of the game. One of the main defensive ideas that is available on a high level is the concept of prophylaxis. This is a preventative form of strategic defense that's all about systematically stopping your opponents from having any good plans instead of immediately worrying about instigating your own attacks. It's an exceptionally insidious way to play a lot of online skill games because it's very hard for your opponents to figure out why they aren't ever getting in good situations.
While how you specifically use this will vary from game to game, you can always break down any particular title into parts to figure out how to effectively use it. That's what we're going to show you how to do here. Start off by figuring out the strategic elements of your particular game. It's fine to just make a quick list on a piece of paper of things like mobility, open lines, the number of pieces you have, the number of actions you have available, any powerups, territorial advantages, geometric advantages, and so on.
An attacking player will try to accumulate these somewhat abstract advantages and make them more concrete through some sort of tactical approach. Instead of doing that, a player who uses prophylaxis to guide his or her play will focus on preventing the opponent from gaining these advantages instead. This is an important point to note because not all games will allow you to do this, and sometimes you just have to be a better attacking player to win most of the time in games that don't allow these preventative ideas.
However, if the structure of the game does allow for this approach, then what you're going to want to do is think about what the opponent is trying to accomplish with each move or action in a given situation. Once you think you know the opponent's plan, ask yourself if it's a good one. If it's not a good plan, then carry on with your own advancement, but if it is a good plan, then do what you can do to prevent the strategic advantages that would be required for that plan to be a success.