Mind games refers to the act of playing mental tricks and confusing your opponent during play. Unlike many other advanced tactics, mind games is not something that can be "taught," and must instead be learned individually. Mind games usually revolve around using an unorthodox move or playing style in order to put your opponent in a state of susceptibility. This can cause them to move too soon or respond to a situation in an incorrect fashion, leaving them open to punishment or set-up. Baiting attacks is an example of a mind-game, where you purposely advance on your opponent to purposely lure out an attack that you plan to punish. Mind-games are often specific to a particular opponent, and some must be improvised during a particular match. What works for certain opponents will not necessarily work for others, which makes mind-games a difficult tactic to employ effectively.
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