Nice thread, Millarski
It seems from your original post that you have the basics of MTT play right and you just need to make a slight change in the way you change gears and play a slightly different game as the tournament moves forward. A mistake a lot of players make is trying to play the same way throughout the entire MTT, waiting for the big hands to hit you and playing them aggresively. Now, this isnt necessarily a bad strategy. Playing those strong hands aggressively is a very good trate in MTT play and will more often than not take you to the later stages of tournaments, unless you run into a bad beat or you simply run into a better hand
If you are able to build up 4/5 your starting stack within the first couple of hours, then I suggest you continue with your current strategy, as having a stack this size should give you the ability to see some more flops and bully the table you are at
Having a nice stack can also, at times, be a downfall, as you feel you can sit and wait for those big AA's and KK's to take players out, but in reality you are only gonna hit one of these once every 240 hands, so you gonna be paying plenty of blinds!
My advice would be to use your position wisely, and if you feel you have the best hand, however marginal it may be, get your chips in
My top 5 tips for any MTT player looking to improve (they have certainly helped my games)
1. Be aggressive with your strong hands
2. Dont call bets out of position/dont be afraid to call bets with position
3. Remember, if you ate gonna be calling bets in the Small blind for pots odds
, you will be the 1st to act after the flop
4. Only make plays in early position when you have a strong hand, if not fold
5. USE THAT BUTTON!
I know nearly all of us know these simple rules but I always remind myself of them as they can seriously move your game up 1 or 2 levels if you stick to them
Oh, and welcome to the forum, Millarski and good luck