MTG Pro Tutor - Insights, Tips & Advice from Magic: The Gathering Pros

MTG Pro Tutor - Insights, Tips & Advice from Magic: The Gathering Pros

MTG Pro Tutor is a top rated Magic: The Gathering podcast and here's why: professional Magic players and community notables share their origin stories twice a week (Tue & Fri) and impart actionable tips you can use the next time you sit down to play. Learn from the wealth of experience they've built through hours of practice and playing against hundreds of opponents and start seeing improvements in your own skill right away. Don't you hate feeling like you play and play and don’t improve? Surrounding yourself with better players is the best way to level up and the MTG Pro Tutor podcast is your way of doing that. Subscribe if you want to take your Magic: The Gathering skills to the next level while hearing cool stories and getting actionable advice from the biggest names in the Multiverse.

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275: How to Tell if Your Opponent Has an Answer with Josh Taylor
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Josh Taylor is a long time Magic: The Gathering grinder and is a feared Limited aficionado in the North East. Some of his notable finishes include Top 8 of Grand Prix New Jersey, 3rd and 9th at SCG invitationals, Multiple old school PTQ wins, and 40th at Pro Tour Atlanta 2014. Josh lives in Henryville, PA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Josh Taylor when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep275

First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Tempest block / Urza's block

Favorite Card

Bronze Sable

Early Challenge

Josh didn't know what he was bad at and couldn't improve. During a Ravnica event, Josh had an eye-opening experience that helped him see he had a lot to learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Josh went 1-4 at his first Pro Tour and decided to take a break from Magic. Looking back he realized he didn't prepare enough and was cocky.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix New Jersey 2018.

What Have You Learned From Magic

No one is perfect at Magic. Even the best players make mistakes. Keep a level head and don't let mistake overwhelm you.

Advice For New Players

Play every event round by round, game by game. Have a support group you can turn to.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't control their emotions and give away how the game is going for them.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Playing a ton of sealed events and paying attention to the commons and uncommons that he lost to.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy the highs of Magic and don't beat yourself up during the lows.

Magic Resource

Read articles and watch videos, SCG, CFB

Connect With Josh Taylor

Josh can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

Check Out Magic Story

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274: Playing Lands and Making Friends with Galan Falakfarsa
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Galan Falakfarsa has been grinding competitive Magic for about 6 years. His first exciting finish was in 2012 with an SCG Open top 8. Since then he's made top 8 at several PTQs and PPTQs and played in a couple RPTQs. His GP Santa Clara finish was his biggest so far & he's very stoked to play in Pro Tour Magic 25 in Aug. Galan is from Davis, CA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Galan Falakfarsa when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep274

First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Kolaghan's Command

Early Challenge

Galan didn't feel like he was very good. He would miss obviously good lines of play. Galan learned from older players and slowed down his play.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Modern event, Galan played a Splinter Twin mirror match and made some huge misplays. He fell prey to making the common play instead of the less common one that would have helped him win.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 at GP Santa Clara.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Decision-making. Magic is all about making the best decision on limited information.

Advice To New Players

Find players you know are better than you and play with them as much as possible.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players make not playing lands. A lot of the time people hold lands trying to bluff when they would be better off with the land on the board.

Parting Guidance

It's very helpful to play Magic with better players. Become their friends and seek their honest feedback.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8 (compare deck function)

Connect With Galan Falakfarsa

Galan can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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273: How Belief Affects Your Win Rate with Daniel Mabee
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Daniel Mabee is a semi-competitive Magic player from Sacramento, California who has been playing since 2000. He made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Santa Clara.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Opposition

Early Challenge

Dan was intimidated by going to events. Everyone knew each other and he felt like the new kid. Over time the community was a whole has become more welcoming and Dan learned how to make friends. This helped him feel more comfortable at events.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Theros Grand Prix in Sacramento Dan practiced a lot. He had high expectations but got smashed 4 rounds in a row. Dan was disappointed but learned it's important to remember that Magic is a game. Don't  get attached to a single event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Santa Clara when Dan made top 8 with his team.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Dan knows you can't change the past. It's easy to obsess over past decisions, but know that you can't change how you got there. You can decide how to act now.

Advice to New Players

Don't be afraid of going up and talking to people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not trusting your own intuition.

Parting Guidance

Most people struggle believing they can win. Explore your confidence and hold on to it. You have to believe you can win.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, MTG Salvation, The Source, Twitch

Connect With Daniel Mabee

Dan can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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272: Admitting Your Mistakes with John Martin
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John Martin is a long time MTG grinder who started playing in Scars of Mirridon/Innistrad block. He has 2 PPTQ wins, made top 20 at GP SA, and is the champion of GP Santa Clara. John lives in Austin, Texas.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from John Martin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep272

First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Restoration Angel

Early Challenge

John is very proud of his accomplishments and is competitive. It was tough to realize he wasn't the best in the room. He made a conscious effort to learn from others.

Worst Magic Moment

Just before GP Santa Clara, John was about to hang up the hat and stop playing Magic. He recommends having others outlets and knowing when to take a step back.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Santa Clara with his friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Critical thinking. Magic has helped John think at a higher land. It is also increased his mental capacity.

Advice to Early Players

There is no shortcut. Don't be results oriented. Just because you do poorly at a tournament doesn't mean you're a bad player.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't admit when they've made an in-game mistake.

Parting Guidance

If you want the Pro Tour, don't quit. Breaks are okay but don't quit.

Magic Resource

CFB, MTG Goldfish, TCG Player

Connect With John Martin

Twitter:@hardcastnarco

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271: Game State IQ and Dealing with Loss with Isaac Sears
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Isaac Sears has worked in the casino industry for a decade and his Magic accomplishments include 1 Grand Prix top 8, 1 team Grand Prix top 4, and a top 75 at Pro Tour DC. He also has 1 SCG top 8, 2 SCG top 16s, and was a semifinalist at the World Magic Cup. Isaac lives in Santa Rosa, CA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Isaac Sears when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep271

First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Mirrodin / Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Upheaval
Balance

Early Challenge

Dealing with loss and tilting has been hard for Isaac.

Worst Magic Moment

Isaac was banned for a time early in his career. It was rough because he didn't know the rule that the broke existed.
Always call a judge if you're unsure about anything.

Proudest Magic Moment

Tie between winning a WMCQ and making Top 4 at a team GP in Santa Clara.

Advice for Early Players

If it's cute it's probably wrong. Beware of interactions that are fleshy but don't actually win.
Always play test.

Applied to Life

Resource Management. Learning how to manage time and other resources in life.

Daily Habits

Check MTG Top 8, Read everyday

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get too comfortable and forget to check the little things. Be aware of the board state, including the graveyard.

Parting Guidance

If you're tilting, it's okay to walk away.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch, MTG Top 8

Connect With Isaac Sears

Twitter:@vonducky 

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270: GP Champion Jeremy Frye Says Don't Give Up - Success Takes Time
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Jeremy Frye has been playing competitive Magic for 8 years. In that time, he has made 2 Grand Prix top 4s with 1 win, and 1 SCG Open top 8. He has found himself to always need a competitive outlet and Magic has always been first and foremost. Jeremy lives in Austin, TX.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jeremy Frye when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep270

First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Wolfbriar Elemental

Early Challenge

Acquiring cards. Jeremy had to borrow, barter and work to get what he needed.

Worst Magic Moment

Jeremy needed one more win to make day 2 at a GP, he didn't consider all the cards, his opponent could have and didn't play around a counterspell. Now, he considers what's the worst his opponent could do. 

Proudest Magic Moment

First GP Top 8. Jeremy mulled to 4 and still won. 

Magic Milestones

First GP Day 2, placing high in another format.

Tournament Day Tips

Eating a good breakfast, getting sleep the night before, and take snacks.

Advice To New Players

Magic is a game of variance. Don't let it get you down.

Personal Growth

Jeremy has increased his confidence and social skills through Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana incorrectly and playing lands in the wrong order.

Parting Guidance

Don't give up!

Connect With Jeremy Frye

Twitter:@Ghostsonforever 

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269: Pick One Format and Master It with Jedrek Szmyd
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Jedrek Szmyd is a powerful magician, who is a dedicated blue mage. He made top 8 at Grand Prix Warsaw 2017. Besides MTG, he's also really into basketball and music. Jedrek lives in Poznań, Poland.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Early Challenge

Taking down the local "Endboss".

Worst Magic Moment

GP Warsaw 2012. Jedrek was playing well and felt like he had the game under control. In one turn his opponent turned things around and won.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Warsaw 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Don't be results-oriented. Focus on improving yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players lose their will to fight too early. They give up the game (mentally) too soon. Also, players don't have a plan.

Advice To New Players

Pick a format to be competitive in and stick with it for a while.

Parting Guidance

Pick your one format and have a plan every time you play.

Connect With Jedrek Szmyd

Twitter:@SzmydcasterMage 

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268: Playing Through Tough Slumps and Trusting the Success Will Come with Jacob Hart
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Jacob Hart started playing Magic in 1995 at school and made his first nationals appearance in 1996 making 17th place! He went to his first Pro Tour in Los Angeles 1997. He has 4 Grand Prix top 8s, 3 Nationals top 8s, and 3 Pro Tour top 64s. Jacob lives in Lavington, Australia.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jacob Hart when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep268

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

The Dark/Hour of Devastation

Favorite Card

Frenetic Efreet

Early Challenge

Keeping emotions in check. to deal with this, Jacob takes deep breathes before looking at his hand.

Worst Magic Moment

Jacob did really well at Magic when he was younger. Then when they started doing Planeswalker points, Jacob was in China and fell off the train. He went through a rough patch of years and ha started pulling out of it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Taking 2st and 2nd with his good friend at Nationals in 1999.

Best Format

Modern; Jacob play GB Tron; Fight tron with storm and land destination

Advice To New Players

Value the advice of seasoned players.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When players are nervous they tend to rush. It's okay to think through a few options and go all the way through turn and beyond.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy the game. Do your best but don't take it too seriously.

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv, Shaun McLaren, Gabriel Nassif

Connect With Jacob Hart

Jacob can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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267: Learn From Every Game with Sam Zakrzewski
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Sam Zakrzewski lives in Madison Wisconson and started playing Magic as a freshman in High School. He started playing competitively in 2016 and has had a fair amount of Grand Prix day 2s. He recently made his first top 8 at GP Atlanta and will now be attending his first Pro Tour in Spain (2018).

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Sam Zakrzewski when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep267

First Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Liliana of the Veil

Early Challenge

Picking the right deck for events. Now Sam researches more before events to make sure he's showing up on the right deck.

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Vegas 2017, Sam had two plays he could make. The way he chose ended up making him lose.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Atlanta.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to prepare for things Sam has really latched on to how crucial preparation is.

Advice for New Players

Life is a resource.Keep that in mind. Don't dwell on the results. You can easily improve as a Magic player and not see it in the results.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

A lot of people just copy decks and don't really know why each card is in there.

Parting Guidance

Don't focus on your win/loss record. Every game is a learning experience.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, MTG Goldfish, TCG Player, People you know

Connect With Sam Zackrzewski

Sam can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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266: Asking Questions - The Secret Sauce of Success with Thoralf Severin
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Thoralf Severin has been playing Magic since Nemesis and has tried about every format, no matter how silly. He enjoys figuring out new and wacky stuff and turning it into a big advantage. His record includes a top 8 at Nationals, 2.5 Grand Prix top 8s, 1 Pro Tour top 16, being on the coverage team for GP Lyon 2015, and getting 6th place in a Magic Online Championship. Thoralf lives in Berlin, Germany.

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First Set

Nemesis

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara Block

Favorite Card

Teferi's Response
Hidetsugu's Second Rite

Early Challenge

Thoralf really wanted to get better but we didn't have the same resources we do now. He overcome this by learning how to talk with others about Magic.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing the round for a PT top 8. Thoralf learned to think about every decision all the way through.

Proudest Magic Moment

First GP top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

English

Advice for New Players

Utilize the strengths and weaknesses of your group. Figure out what to learn from whom.

Magic Milestones

Top 8 at Nationals, won PTQ, first Pro Tour

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't play the best deck. Also, people don't bluff enough.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Thoralf watched a lot of twitch of streamers who played Limited a ton. You have to filter what people say and test and validate for yourself.

Parting Guidance

Nothing can go wrong by asking questions. Connect with good players and have an open mind to learning.

Connect With Thoralf Severin

Twitter:@ToffelMTG

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265: Gp Champion Christoffer Larsen Returns to the Show and Talks the Evils of Slow Rolling ;)
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Christoffer Larsen returns to the podcast, now with 8 Grand Prix top 8s including a win at GP Lyon. His origin episode was episode 114 (which was rerun as episode 254).

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Update

Joined team Genesis after his first episode: Traveled a lot and played a lot of Magic.

Biggest Growth

Playing with great players has made Christoffer a much better player.

World Travel

Christoffer has traveled to Australia, the states and all over Europe. He picked up a 5th place finish at GP Portland and a win with his team at GP Lyon.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Ordering the wrong amount of food. LOL
Underestimating the opponent.

Shortcoming As a Player

Playing really fast. Christoffer has dropped a few games (but has won many more).

Parting Guidance

Don't slow roll!

Connect With Christoffer Larsen

Christoffer can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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264: Finally Making It with Derek Candelario
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Derek Candelario is a Logistics Coordinator working on site at Google. He currently lives in San Jose, CA and has been playing Magic off and on for the last 20 years with the goal of getting onto the Pro Tour. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 from GP Portland 2017. Derek is from San Ramon, CA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Derek Candelrio when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep264

First Set

Stronghold

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Visara the Dreadful

Early Challenge

Regionals was Derek's first long tournament and his first big challenge.

Worst Magic Moment

Derek has faced frustration and set backs all along the way. He's learned to manage his expectations-both high and low.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Portland 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to get the most value from situations; resourcefulness; decision-making.

Advice for New Players

Preparation is key. Use Magic Online to practice and get reps in.

Daily Habits

Having a good routine helps you build in the time to get good at something.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Card Evaluation in Limited stumps many player.

Parting Guidance

Magic has been Derek's #1 hobby... the trick is being confident and proud of what you do.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch(Gaby, Kenji), talking with other players

Connect With Derek Candelario

Twitter:@Derek8701 

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263: GP Champion Alex Lloyd on Networking Your Way to Victory
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Alex Lloyd has 2 Grand Prix top 8s, with 1 win and numerous Top 16s. He's a 2 time Pro Tour Competitor, Level 1 Judge, and engaged in community development efforts. Alex is from Manchester, NH, USA.

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First Set

Scourge

Favorite Set

Gatecrash

Favorite Card

Toshiro Umezawa

Early Challenge

Money. Alex found that Magic can be expensive, so money was a barrier to entry.

Worst Magic Moment

The length of time between big finishes can be tough. At GP DC (Journey Into Nyx  Limited) Alex gets paired down and losses. He missed top 8 because of it. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Atlanta

What Have You Learned From Magic

Networking. How to connect and maintain relationships.

Advice for New Players

Learn to sequence (especially as a control deck).

Magic Milestones

Working at a game store.

Tournament Day Tips

Health and fitness are key at big events.Stay hydrated. Make time for yourself. Have snacks ready to go.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't value cards the way they should.

Parting Guidance

Networking is a huge. Connect with others as much as you can.

Magic Resource

5-0 list from MTGO Leagues, MTG Goldfish, CFB, SCG

Connect With Alex Lloyd

Twitter:@AlexLloydOSM 

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262: One Round at a Time, One Game at a Time with Brandon Goe
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Brandon Goe has been playing Magic since he was 4 and started hitting the competitive scene full throttle in Shards block. He has several 2nd places Pptq finish's and took 2nd at Montana State Championship. He made his first day 2 and first top 8 finishing 2nd at Grand Prix Portland 2017. He's looking to make Magic a career! Bradon lives in Spokane WA, USA.

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First Set

6th Edition

Favorite Set

Lorwyn Block

Favorite Card

Tarmogoyf

Early Challenge

Getting used to being the youngest person playing Magic. Also, Brandon had to learn how to handle losses. To get over that, he started taking criticism better.

Worst Magic Moment

Brandon struggled with the feeling of always getting 2nd and never 1st. He didn't take into account the consistent top 8 finishes.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Portland 2017. Being recognized by another player and having a kid say he wants to be like him.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Reading skills, research techniques, people skills

Advice for New Players

Take into account the cost of travel, food, and other expenses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players play decks they don't enjoy. Even if it's the best decks, if you don't enjoy it you'll play poorly.

Parting Guidance

Don't take losses too hard. Play decks you enjoy. Keep going for it no matter what.

Connect With Brandon Goe

Twitter:@NightFury301 

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261: Making Magic History with Piotr Glogowski
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Piotr Glogowski is a Modern enthusiast, weird-deck lover, MTGO grinder, Twitch streamer and Silver level pro. He's made it to the top 8 of a Pro Tour and 2nd place at the World Magic Cup with his Polish teammates in 2017. He also has two Grand Prix top 8s, both in Modern, and played in the 2016 Magic Online Championship. Piotr lives in Poznań.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Abzan Guide
Summer Bloom

Early Challenge

Piotr realized that he wasn't good at Magic, he was only good with his specific deck. He struggled with Standard and Limited. To overcome this, he played with players who he knew were much better than him.

Worst Magic Moment

Piotr remembers a weekend when he tried to qualify for Pro Tour Kaladesh. He played a Paper Magic event on Saturday and Sunday and a Magic Online event at Midnight between the two.
He had two nearer misses.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Pro Tour Ixalan, 2nd Place at World Magic Cup 2017.

Magic Milestones

Pt Atlanta, because Piotr learned to learn. Also, preparing for the Magic Online Championship with Simon Nielsen.

Advice for New Players

Don't assume you know things. Listen to what others have to say.

Parting Guidance

If you want a broken deck in Modern, play Lantern Control.

Connect With 

Twitter:@kanister_mtg

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260: Jacob Nagro Returns for a Year in Review and Another GP Top 8
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Jacob Nagro is a Silver level pro with 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (Denver 2016, Phoenix 2017). His goal is to play on every Pro Tour and to improve along the way. Jacob lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't think about how they tap their lands. Also, when you play your lands is important.

Tournament Preparation

Jacob familiarizes himself with formats by playing them on MTGO a lot.

Ixalan Draft Tips

BW Vampires has great commons to support it. 

What Have You Learned From Magic

Slowing down when it's time to make a decision.

Parting Guidance

Magic Online is a great tool for improving. Use it and you'll get out of it what you put in.

Connect With Jacob Nagro

Twitter:@JacobNagro 

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259: Victory Is Not Owed, It's Earned with Louis Bachaud
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Louis Bachaud has been playing Magic for most of his life but has only been grinding Grand Prix for about 2-3 years. This summer he played his first Pro Tour in Japan where he played a win-and-in for top 8, he followed this up with his first GP top 8 in Warsaw 2017. Louis lives in Lyon, France.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir/Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Young Pyromancer
Cabal Therapy

Early Challenge

Making day 2 for the first time was a challenge.

Worst Magic Moment

Louis was disqualified from a Grand Prix because he had an illegal deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Lille 2015. Louis missed the win-and-in for top 8 but was very proud of his performance. He felt in the Zone all event.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Louis has developed a very rational mindest from playing Magic. He's also embraced a stoic philosophy for life. Don't stress about the things you have no control over.

Advice for New Players

Build your own decks but still play the best decks to give you a leg up.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Sequencing and mechanical actions. Always do the thing that gives you more information first. (Draw a card first then make decisions.) Notice what information your opponent gives you.

Parting Guidance

Louis was obsessed with being good at Magic and pressure made him unhappy. Don't be results oriented. Be process oriented.

Connect With Louis Bachaud

Louis can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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258: GP Champion Jean-Emmanuel Depraz Talks Confidence and Deck Respect for the Win
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Jean-Emmanuel Depraz started playing Magic when he was 11 and never really took a break from it. He's only been playing competitively for 5 or 6 years and has one Grand Prix top 8 and two top 16s, and has played in two Pro Tours. Jean-Emmanuel lives in Paris, France.

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First Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon/Shadows Over Innistrad

Favorite Card

Birthing Pod

Early Challenge

Jean-Emmanuel had difficulty evaluating complex board states.

Worst Magic Moment

Jean-Emmanuel missed a trigger in a match in the quarterfinals of a PPTQ. He learned to analyze the board no matter if he's winning or losing.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8  at Grand Prix Warsaw 2017.

Advice for Beginners

New players protect life too much by chump blocking too soon.

Magic Milestones

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour by winning a PTQ(old system). Making day 2 for the first time at Grand Prix.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't respect the best deck enough. Too many people assume they have a good matchup against the best deck when they should actually just play the best deck.

Parting Guidance

Always be confident that you can win. Put yourself in the mindset that it is possible. 

Connect With Jean-Emmanuel Depraz

Jean-Emmanuel can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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257: The Power of Magic Online and Good Math Skills with Estonia World Magic Cup Captain Karl Sarap
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Karl Sarap is the 2017 World Magic Cup team Captain for Estonia and has 1 Grand Prix top 8 from GP Liverpool 2017 and won his first World Magic Cup Qualifier in 2016. Karl lives in Tallinn, Estonia.

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First Set

Saviors of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Shadows Over Innistrad

Favorite Card

Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Early Challenge

Karl quickly learned to listen to other players and ask questions of the better.

Magic Milestones

First Grand Prix (at age 16) cashing Second Grand Prix, Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017.

Worst Magic Moment

Right after Karl came back to Magic he made it to top 8 of a WMCQ. He attacked with one creature too many and died on the crack back.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP top 8 in Liverpool 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Things don't come easy. You have to work.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving up before the game is over.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Karl goes through the spoiler twice and rates the cards himself. Then he needs LSVs Set review. He'll attend the pre-release and play as much as he can online.

Parting Guidance

Play Magic Online as much as you can. If you won't get better play MTGO. 

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv/eheh_dude, Channel Fireball, MTGO BBD, Gabriel Nassif

Connect With Karl Sarap

Karl can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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256: Analyzing Strategy and Knowing Your Role for the Win with Torsten Anders
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Torsten Anders has been playing Magic since the end of 2002. He started playing competitively in 2004 but without any notable success. His best years started in 2008 when he first qualified for Nationals via a National qualifier which he would repeat for the following 3 years peaking with a win at a PTQ in Philadelphia in 2011. Since then he made Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. Torsten lives in Dresden, Germany.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Steel Hellkite

Early Challenge

Playing well at a small event was Torsten's first challenge. Torsten played a lot of Magic Online.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing key matches always stinks. Torsten doesn't dwell on it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. It was only Torsten's third day 2 at a Grand Prix.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't think about how the game will progress. You need to think ahead and not just play this turn.

Tournaments Day Tips

Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated.

Parting Guidance

Analyze your strategy. Know your role.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Torsten Anders

Torsten can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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255: HUGE A-Ha Moment from Hannes Mauch
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Hannes Mauch grew up in Bern, Switzerland. At the moment he is studying civil engineering in Zurich. He's 23 years old and I has been playing Magic: the Gathering competitively for about 7 years. He enjoys Magic in its complexity and difficulty to master. He has had decent GP results over the last five years, culminating in making Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. Hannes lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Daze

Early Challenge

Self-confidence was an issue for Hannes when he started because he was young. He stuck with it and get better over time.

Worst Magic Moment

At Hannes first big tournament-Swiss Nationals 2010-he was 14 years old and started out 7-0. He was the only 7-0 player. He lost 5 in a row and was knocked out of top 8. Hannes learned that Magic is still just a game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Hannes' first day 2 at a Grand Prix. It was a team GP and they started 1-1-1. Then they kept winning and ended the day 2 at 8-1-1 to make day 2.

Tips for New Players

There's a lot of resources to use. Channel Fireball, Limited Resources, and videos.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

now, draft players prioritize the wrong cards. Intermediate players only play from their perspective. Remember, your opponent is human. They think what you think.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Tournament

Hannes is mostly an MTGO player. He drafts a lot online to prepare for Limited events. He'll do Sealed as well when a Sealed tournament is coming.

Parting Guidance

Play Magic how you wan and have fun. Do it your way.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball, Limited Resources Podcast, other players

Connect With Hannes Mauch

Hannes can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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254: Effective Tournament Prep with Christoffer Larsen (best of)
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Christoffer Larsen is from Denmark and has 4 Grand Prix Top 8’s and has competed in at least 10 Pro Tours. He was on the Danish World Magic Cup team in 2015.

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First Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds – Selesnya

Favorite Card

Sulfuric Vortex

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Travel a lot. Likes going to Grand Prixs with friends.

Early Challenge

Damage on the stack.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG team event. Had a really bad UR deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of World Magic Cup with the team (back-to-back 2HG wins.)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Christoffer hates losing.

Take some time to move past it. Don’t whine.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Know your opponent’s deck. So many players don't think of their opponent.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Watch videos!

CFB

SCG

Playtest

Ask other for input and adjust

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks, clothes, code names

Improvement Suggestions

Talk to tournament players, ask for help, borrow decks.

Be kind and helpful to new players.

Work out, get byes (they allow you to sleep in), eat breakfast.

Magic Resource

MTG Pulse

Don’t take it too seriously and have fun.

Connect With Christoffer Larsen

Christoffer can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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253: Breathe. You've Got This. with Samuel Ihlenfeldt
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Samuel Ihlenfeldt has just started making a name for himself by busting onto the Magic scene when he made Top 8 at Pro Tour Ixalan. Sam lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad/Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Pirate's Cutlass

Early Challenge

Sam used to be afraid of big tournaments. But by going over and over again he got past that feeling.

Worst Magic Moment

Sam made it to the top 8 of an RPTQ and lost. He recognizes he made mistakes but in the match that mattered he mentally confounded himself and beat himself up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at PT Ixalan. But also, when Sam learned that two of his closest friends were going to PT Rivals of Ixalan. Sam made top 8 he knew he'd be going with his friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Breathing will help many situations.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not breathing. You need oxygen. Write down a reminder and breathe.

Parting Guidance

Anyone can do it. Sam knows that with persistence you can make it.

Connect With Samuel Ihlenfeldt

Twitter:@ihlenfeldt

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252: Don't Let One Game Ruin Your Day with Jeff Pyka
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Jeff Pyka is a long time grinder who made top 16 at his 3rd Pro Tour - Pro Tour Ixalan. He also has a top 8 finish at GP Cincinnati 2014 with UW devotion. Jeff lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Lightning Angel

Early Challenge

Not realizing what his own mistakes were. Plus, Jeff always wanted to build and play his own deck.

Worst Magic Moment

RPTQ for Honolulu. Jeff was playing a deck and was very confident. He miscalculated always and then lost. 
He tilted hard and lost game 3.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 16 at Pro Tour Ixalan.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Vocabulary. All keywords have meaning. Taking the punches of life, dusting off and moving on.

Magic Mentors

Jake Mondello, Antonio De Rosa

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't accept that they made a mistake. Take more ownership.

Parting Guidance

Don't let one game ruin your day.

Magic Resource

GAM Podcast, The Grinder Podcast, Top Level Podcast, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Jeff Pyka

Twitter:@PykaPower9001

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251: How Practice and Networking Yields Results with Daniel Gardner
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Daniel Gardner is a 26-year-old Business Development Manager for a Global biscuit manufacturer. He's been playing magic since 8th Edition/Mirrodin and enjoys watching and playing football, playing poker and of course Magic. He's the 2009 UK National Champion and placed 3rd and 8th at the UK Nationals in 2010 and 2017. He placed 19th at Pro Tour San Diego 2010 and 4th at GP Florence 2015. Daniel comes from London, UK.

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First Set

8th Edition/Mirrodin

Favorite Set

M10/Zendikar

Favorite Card

Baneslayer Angel

Early Challenge

Playing right decks. Daniel would get bored and switch decks too often.

Worst Magic Moment

At Pro Tour San Diego 2010, Daniel had 3 win-and-ins to make it to top 8 and lost all there. Daniel still got his best Pro Tour record yet.
Take a step back and recognize what you've done well.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning UK Nationals 2009.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Making decisions with Limited decisions and then dealing with the results.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't control their tells and give away too much. Stay cool you cause your opponent to question.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Daniel checked out the metagame using online sites and identified a few decks that he felt he'd like.
He doesn't like going to a tournament with a tweaked deck that just won an event so he a winning lost and practiced.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy playing. Remember it's a game and if you want to do well, practice and network.

Connect With Daniel Gardner

Daniel can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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250: Appreciate Your Opponent and Every Step of Your Journey with Ross Broxup
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Ross Broxup is the English Nationals 2017 finalist and rounds out the World Magic Cup team that will be representing England this year. Ross lives in Durham, England.

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First Set

Duels of the Planeswalkers(2008)

Favorite Set

Dragons of Tarkir/Hours of Devastation

Favorite Card

Master of the Pearl Trident

Early Challenge

Ross had a mental block that whenever he sat across a good player he would lose. He had to get to the point where he understood he had a chance. This came through practice.

Worst Magic Moment

At UK Nationals 2017, Ross picked the wrong strategy in a matchup and lost. The issue was he switched his plan midway through. If you have a plan make sure you have a good reason to switch.

Proudest Magic Moment

Being a finalist at English Nationals 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to deal with stress.

Shortcomings

Ross is working on his technical gameplay. Sequencing and lines of play.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing the opponent instead of the game. Learn to focus on the game regardless of who you're playing against.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ross felt confident with Limited and focused on Constructed. He considered a few options and settled on Mardu Vehicles. He felt good about Limited because he practiced a lot.

Parting Guidance

Don't be intimidated or underappreciate who you're playing against.

Connect With Ross Broxup

Ross can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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249: UK National Champion Autumn Burchett Returns and Shares Her Rise to the Top
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Autumn Burchett last came on the podcast after her 11th place finishes at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. Since then she has become the English National Champion, going undefeated in a field of almost 400 people, and is now eagerly awaiting the World Magic Cup later this year in Nice, France. Autumn lives in London, UK.

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Catching Up

Streaming a lot more and attending more event. Autumn decided that she's going to be practicing anyway, might as well stream it. It keeps her motivated.

Preparation for the Pro Tour

Autumn had quite different experiences working with two teams for two Pro tours. She learned it's crucial to have a team that communicates and shares information. There's a notion you have to have a team to do well, Autumn learned that it's important to have a team that suits you.

English Nationals

Preparation went much better for this event because Autumn found a group that communicated well with her. She practiced a lot and shared the results. 36 hours before the event, she switched decks and jammed several games to get a feel of it.

Parting Guidance

Accept that sometimes Magic needs to take a back seat. When you come back you'll be refreshed and ready to face new challenges.

Connect With Autumn Burchett

Twitter:@AutumnLilyMTG

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248: UK Captain Niels Molle Returns and Encourages You to Take the Next Step
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Niels Molle is the UK World Magic Cup team Captain and returns to the show with 2 Grand Prix Top 8 finishes and a Gold level Pro. Originally from the Netherlands but coming to us from England.

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Catching Up

Niels has spent the year playing more Magic Online and a lot more Grand Prix.

Biggest Lesson Over The Year

Niels' Limited game has improved a bunch this past season.

English Nationals

Niels played a Mardu vehicles lost. As the English team captain, he's with the other members to prepare for the World Magic Cup.

Standard

There are several tips 1 deck with Temur energy being the top.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

In reflection, Niels realizes that his technical gameplay needs work. (Money players struggle with this.) His solution is to slow down and consider the lines more.

Parting Guidance

Players are sometimes hesitant to take the next step. There's no substitute for just going.

Connect With Neils Molle

Neils can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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247: Go With Your Gut and Your Subconscious Super Computer with Quentin Martin
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Quentin Martin has 4 Grand Prix top 8s, 1 Pro Tour top 8 and multiple top 16s. He’s played on the Worlds team for Canada and most recently took 4th at the UK Nationals in 2017. He was the #1 player in the UK for 8 years, has his own Player's Card and is still near the top of the UK list based on Pro points. Quentin lives in Douglas, Isle of Man.

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First Set

Ice Age/Mirage

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Solemn Simulacrum

Early Challenge

Quentin realized he wasn't as good at playing as his peers. But his strength was in the analytics. He focused on understanding the metagame.

Worst Magic Moment

In a feature match on the Pro Tour, Quentin was playing to make top 8. A judge came over mid-game and said there was a mistake with his deck registration and he got a loss.
He reviewed the whole situation and realized he wouldn't have done anything differently. After he knew that, he stopped beating himself up about it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making first Grand Prix top 8; top 8 in UK Nationals 2017; Getting a Player Card

Growth Through Magic

Magic taught Quentin how to make friends and allowed him to see the world.

Tournament Day Tips

Sleep well the night before. Eat well. Stay hydrated. Forget your lost match.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not asking 'why'. Talk with players about their lines. Also, not thinking player don't consider their turn ahead of time. 

Parting Guidance

Smile and have fun. Go with your gut.

Connect With Quentin Martin

Quentin can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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246: Worlds Finalist Javier Dominguez on the Journey from Silver to Platinum
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Javier Dominguez returns to MTG Pro Tutor after two years of focused improvement. He's a Spanish Magic player with 6 Grand Prix Top 8s, including 2 Wins, 4 Pro Tour Top 16s, and just recently placed 2nd in the 2017 Magic Worlds Championship. Javier lives in Palau de Plegamans. (Check out episode 47 for his first appearance on the podcast.)

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What have you been up to

Javier leveled up by playing more and really focusing on improving. Last time he was on he was a Silver Pro and now his Platinum focusing on improving has paid off.

2017 World Championship

In testing, Javier quickly learned that forcing a tribe/archetype would not work. He focused on Limited and played a deck he knew for Constructed.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Consider that others are thinking too. All parties are doing their best.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not listening to others. It's easy to assume you know the matchup but you'll be surprised when you play the other side.

Parting Guidance

Know your Constructed deck inside and out.

Magic Resource

Magic Online, CFB, Record your drafts

Connect With Javier Dominguez

Twitter:@Thalaiet 

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245: Take Something Away From Every Game with Pete Ward
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Pete Ward made 2nd place twice at World Magic Cup Qualifiers and has made 1st place once. He went 10-6 at Pro Tour Aether Revolt and most recently got 3rd place at English Nationals 2017. Pete lives in Bath, England.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Origins

Favorite Card

Nantuko Husk

Early Challenge

Pete struggled with confidence at first. He wouldn't think he had a chance if he played against a good player. By constantly playing, Pete got more comfortable.

Worst Magic Moment

Pete recognizes times when his motivation to play is lower. However, by having people who he knows want to see him play keeps him going.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning the WMCQ  and playing on the English Worlds Team.

Magic Milestones

Playing for the World Magic Cup Team.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't learn from every game. There's always something you could have done better.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Pete plays a lot of Magic Online and gets really comfortable with the format.

Parting Guidance

Take something away from every game.

Connect With Pete Ward

Twitter:@Killablastlol

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244: GP Champion Andrew Baeckstrom Shares How Enjoying Getting Better and Focusing on Understanding Will Change Your Magic Career
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Andrew Baeckstrom is a member of team Channel Fireball Fire and was on the US National Team in 2014. He’s made Silver for the last 3 years and has 3 Grand Prix top 8s to his name including a win at GP Providence 2017. Andrew lives in Denver, Colorado.

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First Set

Prophecy

Favorite Set

Dragons of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Rancor

Early Challenge

Andrew struggled with the mindset that because everyone had been practicing for a long time that he had to come up with some crazy brew that no one was prepared for. He played really bad decks until his friend Gaby snapped him out of it. 

Worst Magic Moment

At Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, Andrew punted and lost his chance for top 8. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

The journey from player to a game designer.

Magic Milestones

Winning a single match at a draft. First top 8 at a PTQ. At his second GP, Andrew made top 4. Winning World Magic Cup Qualifier 2014.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not looking for opportunities to learn from other players. Magic is a 'big ego' sport and that gets in the way of their improving.

Parting Guidance

Make sure you're having fun.

Connect With Andrew Baeckstrom

Twitter:@abaeckst

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243: Be Passionate About Magic and Always Be Learning with Leon Van der Linden
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Leon Van der Linden played for the Dutch World Magic Cup Team in 2016 and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 where he was a finalist at GP Turin 2017. Leon lives in the Netherlands.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Hour of Devastation

Favorite Card

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Early Challenge

Getting a single win at an FNM. Leon started looking online and talking to people who are better than him. Being a student of Magic has served him well.

Worst Magic Moment

Leon made a lot of top 8's in the PPTQs system but never closed the tournament.
Even if you're losing you're still learning. Now, Leon is bronze and doesn't have to so PPTQs anymore.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the World Magic Cup in 2016.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Always be polite. Wish your opponent good luck.

Magic Milestones

Going to his first Grand Prix and making day 2. Making day 2 again, showed Leon he can do this.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not taking side boarding seriously.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Leon chooses to play Mardu vehicles because he had experience with the deck.                                                 

Parting Guidance

Be passionate about Magic.

Connect With Leon Van der Linden

Leon can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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242: Growing On Twitch and Growing in Life with Sam Rubin
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Sam Rubin has one of the largest Magic: The Gathering Twitch channels and has over 8 thousand followers and 2 Star City Game Top 8's. He travels to various tournaments around the world as he strives to get on the Pro Tour. Sam is from Manchester, Connecticut.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Gatecrash / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Wojek Halberdiers

Early Challenge

Sam's friends didn't go to play competitively. From game one, Sam knew he wanted to go big. Since his friends didn't want to play at that level, Sam turned to MTGO and played a lot on that platform.

Worst Magic Moment

Sam played at a team event and did very well. The team wanted to go to another event in Seattle but delayed in booking the flight until it was too late. He let his team down and felt terrible. He learned so much from this experience.

Proudest Magic Moment

After Hour of Devastation comes out, Sam had over 800 live viewers. This was huge for him.

Magic Milestones

Getting his first check after a Magic event. Getting 100 viewers on Twitch.

Magic Mentors

Phil at Get Some Gaming, Travis Woo

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players can prepare better. The more you put in, the more you get out.

Parting Guidance

Whatever you want in life, you have to work for it. You get out what you put in.

Connect With Sam Rubin

Twitter:@Samball49 

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241: Play More Limited :) with Matthew Nickolai
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Matthew Nickolai has 1 Grand Prix top 8 at GP Toronto 2017 and was a Junior Super Series Super Star. You may recognize him from his twitch stream @ twitch.tv/mattame. Matt lives in Waterford, Michigan.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques / Invasion

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Dark Confidant

Early Challenge

Playing his own thing until he saw others playing really good decks. He copied those decks and started doing really well. He learned to embrace the works of others.

Worst Magic Moment

Matt made it to the finals of a big event and would have gone to Nationals if he won. He lost and took a break from Magic. Taking a break isn't always bad.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Toronto 2017.

Ixalan Thoughts

Savage Stomp - green powerhouse
Snapping Sailback
Charging Monstrosaur

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players put cards on their Limited deck that is sub-optimal. Watch others who are better than you and practice a bunch.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited events, it is very important to be early on evaluating cards. Knowing what's good when others don't take practice but it is worth it.

Parting Guidance

Play more Limited. ;)

Connect With Matthew Nickolai

Twitter:@MatthewNickolai 

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240: Never Ever Give Up with Christian Hauck
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Christian Hauck has 3 Grand Prix Top 8`s, the most recent being the Standard GP Turin 2017. Christian lives in Mutterstadt Germany.

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First Set

German Limited Edition

Favorite Set

Alpha/Beta

Favorite Card

Knight of the Reliquary

Early Challenge

Christian played really well and made day 2 at his first GP. But even though he played well and got a good result it wasn't enough. This early challenge was also his lowest point. He learned to embrace variance.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at a National tournament for the first time.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Make the best of any situation you're freed with.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players keep too many hands. You need to be more willing to toss an OK seven-card hand for the chance of a great six-carder.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Christian reviewed the decks that did well in the most recent event and then studied the metagame.

Parting Guidance

Keep trying. Never give up even when you lose.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, CFB

Connect With Christian Hauck

Christian can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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239: Listen and Learn from French National Champion Bardini Alain
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Bardini Alain has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and has played in 1 Pro Tour. He’s also the 2017 French National Champion after playing in 2 WMCQ last year. He made the semi-finale of the last mocs playoff and 5th position for the leaderboard point. Bardini lives in Toulouse, France.

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First Set

6th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Early Challenge

Bardini started at FNM's and slowly got better and better until he moved from there to PTQs. He focused and ground and got better little by little.
Bardini learned to play a lot.

Worst Magic Moment

Bardini went through a period where he lost all the time. Example: At GP Metz 2017, Bardini had a great start on day 1 but went 0-5 on day 2. He was crushed and felt like quitting Magic. He learned to not get ahead of himself mentally.

Proudest Magic Moment

Becoming the 2017 French National Champion.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Bardini has learned that to get results he needs to practice a lot. This is true for life.

Magic Mentors

Raphael Levy

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to convince others that their cards and decks are good without listening to others (who may be better than them).

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Bardini plays a lot on MTGO and uses this tool to get reps in. He explores the best decks and gets a feel for what beats him. As he cycles through the best decks, he finds the one that is good and resonates with his style.

Magic Resource

Magic Online, Teams and other players

Connect With Bardini Alain

Twitter:@BardiniAlain 

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238: Don't Be A Barrier to Your Own Success with GP Champion Kyle Boggemes
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Kyle Boggemes a prolific Wizard who has an impressive record of top finishes at Pro Tours and Grand Prix. To date, he has 2 Pro Tour top 16’s, including a 2nd place finish, and 3 Grand Prix top 8’s including one win.

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First Set

Ice age

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Fact or Fiction

Early Challenge

Playing at a very competitive store. Kyle formed friendships with players close to his ages. From there they played and traveled together and started talking to the better players.

Worst Magic Moment

2011-the whole year. Kyle had great success in 2010 and all the benefits rolled over to 2011. However, he did horribly all year long. It was tough to have so many people follow him and then not do well.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Cincinnati in 2014. It was his first top 8 after coming back and it was a win so it was a big deal.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Kyle has been able to work hard out at something and see tangible results.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't understand side boarding. People over the sideboard. Have a focused game plan in game 1. Then, post-sideboard, you can be more targeted.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited, Kyle plays as many sealed events as he can because he recognizes that's his weakness. He talked a lot with friends about his pool.

Parting Guidance

Everyone has different goals when playing Magic. What are your goals? Know them and operate within that.

Magic Resource

Draftsim.com, GatheringMagic.com

Connect With Kyle Boggemes

Kyle can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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237: Top 16 at His First Pro Tour - Sergio Ferrer Shares His Secrets
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Sergio Ferrer made top 16 of his first Pro Tour in Kyoto 2017. He’s also made top 64 at GP Barcelona and dominates his local scene as two-time Amonkhet Game Day Champion and the Theros block league champion of his city. Sergio lives in Valencia, Spain.

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First Set

Darksteel

Favorite Set

Amonkhet

Favorite Card

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

Early Challenge

Sergio struggled to win a Game Day. Sergio would test a lot on MTGO and with friends. Through constant practiced Sergio improved.

Worst Magic Moment

The near misses along the way taught Sergio to enjoy Magic as a game and remove the pressure of doing well.

Proudest Magic Moment

Pro Tour Kyoto 2017 Top 16.

What Have You Learned From Magic

'If you lose today, you can win tomorrow.'

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When players make a mistake they tend to dwell on it and cause a chain reaction of bad decisions. When you make a mistake just tell yourself to move on. Breathe and focus on the situation now.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice, practice, practice. Sergio drafted online with a friend a ton! They discussed picks and lines of play.

Parting Guidance

Practice a lot and discuss games with your friends.

Magic Resource

Optimism versus Delusion article on CFB, Show, and Telling of moxes.com, CFB, SCG, Team La Comarca

Connect With Sergio Ferrer

Twitter:@noesmitipo 

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236: It Doesn't Matter What Others Think, Play YOUR Game with Theophile Delavy
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Theophile Delavy is a Swiss Magic: The Gathering player living in Geneva and has 1 Grand Prix top 8 at GP Metz 2017 - Hours of Devastation Limited.

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First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Dark Confidant

Early Challenge

The stress of attending his first PTQ. Theo felt pressured to prove to people he belonged at Magic events.

Magic Milestones

Theo's first PTQ top 8 was a big moment. He followed that up with making day 2 at his first Grand Prix.

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Utrecht, Theo was really hoping for a certain archetype to be viable. He was building on past knowledge and learned to consider each new set on its own.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Metz.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Theo has learned to just be himself and play how he wants. Not to worry about what others think. In life, he does the same.

Tips for Beginner Limited Players

Study the spoiler and read set reviews. Pay attention to cards that have large varying opinions.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being too aggressive when they are winning.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Theo plays Limited with friends twice a week. Through this process, he gets to know the cards and discuss the picks with his friends.

Parting Guidance

It doesn't matter what people think of you as a Magic player.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch, Magic Operation

Connect With Theophile Delavy

Theo can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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235: The Power of Positivity with Kris McCord
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Kris McCord is a Magic grinder from Switzerland who currently lives in Auburn Alabama (attending Auburn University). He’s reaching for Silver or better by the end of the 2017/18 season and is off to a good start with one Grand Prix top 8.

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First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Losing. Kris learned that you can't win every time. He realized he wasn't having fun anywhere and decided to focus on having fun and accepting the variance.

Worst Magic Moment

Top 8 of a PTQ when Kris felt favored but choked and took it hard. He decided to play more casually and reconnected with the fun of Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Indianapolis 2017 and qualifying for his first Pro Tour through an RPTQ earlier in the year.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Accepting that things don't always pan out as planned. Make the best of every situation given to you.

Magic Mentors

Kris observed all the top players and learned from them.

Success Habits

Read articles, discuss Magic with friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mulligan decisions.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited, Kris practiced with a team and drafted a lot. 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Kris takes a carry on so he doesn't have to check in the bag. Deck box, life pod, pen, dice, water, snacks

Parting Guidance

Stay positive. Negativity serves o one and has a poor effect on your game. Positive attitudes help you whether many bad situations.

Connect With Kris McCord

Kris can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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234: Improve Yourself, Don't Prove Yourself with Gregory Michel
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Gregory Michel is a graduate student and competitive Magic player in Minneapolis MN. He mostly plays Limited but also dabbles in Standard and Commander as well. He recently made Top 8 for the first time at a Grand Prix by piloting UW Monument to 7 places at GP Denver!

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First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Munda,Ambush Leader

Early Challenge

The first competitive event was a Grand Prix in D.C. 2014. Gregory cashed this event and the next 3 GP's. However, he hit a low and that was the struggle he faced.

Worst Magic Moment

Experiencing the stress of putting too much pressure on himself. Greg learned that Magic is a hobby and should be an escape.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Omaha where Greg played Multiple Platinum Pros and was one win start of making top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

When Greg applies himself to something he likes with a friend he can succeed.

Magic Mentors

Andrew Elenbogen of Episode 108.

Growth As A Player

Playing a bunch of formats has improved Greg's Magic instincts.

Shortcoming

Self-confidence pops up for Greg. He doesn't think of himself as a great player.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People feel a need to prove they are good. In reality, they should listen to others and learn as much as they could.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Greg found a deck that he liked and took it to events and practiced a lot with friends.

Parting Guidance

Have fun when you play. Magic is a hobby so have fun.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, Reddit, SCG

Connect With Gregory Michel

Twitter:@Magic_Michelp 

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233: Don't Wait To Go To Tournaments with Joao Lelis
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Joao Lelis is a Timmy/Vorthos player who loves eternal formats and had never made a Grand Prix day 2 until he became the Champion of GP Sao Paulo 2017! Joao lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

Early Challenge

Learning to play many rounds in a single day and playing against people who aren't your friends.
Joao learned the rules very well, so people can't use that against him. He also decided the Magic was a big part of his life and he wanted something more.

Worst Magic Moment

After the Shadowmoor set, there were no local players still into Magic. Joao didn't have any one to play with. It was a lonely time for him.

Proudest Magic Moment

Becoming Champion of GP Sao Paulo 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Joao learned that maximizing your chances to win is the best you can do, whether you win or lose.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't get the full value of their spells and creatures. They don't wait for the best time.

Parting Guidance

If you're just starting out, go to tournaments. They're fun. You'll learn and grow and maybe get lucky and win.

Connect With Joao Lelis

Joao can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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232: Preparation Is Worth More Than Results with Steve Hatto
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Steve Hatto is 34 years old and started playing Magic in Mirage. He played off and on like many do until he came back for good in Scars of Mirrodin. His goal was clear at that point - make it to the most prestigious events that Magic had to offer. There was, however, one problem: at his first FNM there were only 3 players… Steve lives in Luxembourg.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Finding players to test with. Steve finished in the top 8 of his first PTQ after coming back. Finding players with similar goals was rough. He focused on being polite and making friends at events.

Magic Milestones

First GP top 8 in 2015. Steve learned that mindset is huge to traveling up.
Steve accepted that he's pretty terrible at Magic. He also realized that he focused too much on doing well.

Worst Magic Moment

Travelling to Pro Tour Nashville, Steve's flight was delayed several times and then canceled. He made the best of it by sneaking into the business hugely.

Proudest Magic Moment

Luxembourg doubled its player base and went from 1 store to 3.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Approaching situations with the acceptance that you don't always have total control over the outcome.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Forgetting to lay lands. But beyond that people will follow up a mistake with another mistake out of embarrassment.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Modern, Steve knows his deck and can pick it up and go. This is only possible by practicing a lot in between events.

Parting Guidance

Figure out what your goals and then see what's missing to get you there. Play Magic a level you enjoy.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB

Connect With Steve Hatto

Twitter:@SteveHatto

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231: Believe It's Possible and Practice! with Vitor Grassato
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Vitor Grassato has a couple Grand Prix top 16s and finished 6th at Grand Prix San Antonio with Jon Stern and Alex Majlaton. He recently got 2nd place at GP Sao Paulo 2017! Vitor lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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First Set

Prophecy

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Meloku the Clouded Mirror

Early Challenge

Vitor constantly wanted to improve and would always talk to players who were better than him.

Worst Magic Moment

In 2010, Vitor was coming off one of his better results at the time. But he was young and angry and got in fight with a judge. He got banned for 3 years! After cooling off he talked to the judge and got his banning cut in half. Vitor took this time to change his entire mindset.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making 6th place with Jon Stern and Alex Majlaton.

What Have You Learned From Magic

If you want results, you need to focus at the maximum level.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Miscalculating win percentages and choosing to draw when you should play.

Parting Guidance

If you want to reach the Pro Tour, you have to think it's possible and practice.

Connect With Vitor Grassato

Twitter:@VitorGrassato 

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230: Face to Face with Robert Anderson - Don't Get Discouraged
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Robert Anderson has played on several Pro Tours and is the Champion of Grand Prix Toronto 2017. Robert works at Face to Face Games and lives in Canada.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Calcite Snapper

Early Challenge

The mental game. It's easy to be negative so Robert has focused a lot on keeping a positive attitude.

Magic Milestones

His first PTQ win.

Level Up Moment

Making day 2 of a Grand Prix.

Magic Mentors

Alexander Hayne, Doug Potter

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Amsterdam wasn't that great. Robert lost to decks that he had beat in play test. He also 0-3  a draft that he felt good about.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Toronto.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Calculating odds.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Lack of format knowledge in Limited. Not read give opponent right.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited, Robert recommends focusing on the draft and talking with others.

Limited Advice for Newbies

Watch videos and go to FNM.

Parting Guidance

Don't get discouraged and play Magic Online.

Magic Resource

Mana Deprived, First Strike Podcast, Reddit, MTG Top 8

Connect With Robert Anderson

Robert can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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229: GP Champion Mani Davoudi Keeps The Big Picture in Mind to Succeed
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Mani Davoudi has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (Houston 2013 and the Modern Champion at GP Las Vegas 2017). Mani lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Scars of Mirrodin Block

Favorite Card

Birthing Pod

Early Challenge

When Mani moved to Victoria for the university he had no friends and it was harder to play Magic. He turned to Magic Online.

Magic Milestones

First PTQ top 8, Mani played all the MTGO PTQs that he could. He remembers doing well but losing in the finals.

Worst Magic Moment

Mani was playing at a local event and he was undefeated going into the last round. In the last round, he got a deck check and as he waited he wandered around the store. The judge thought he was trying to get information and disqualified him!

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Champion Las Vegas 2017.

Biggest Growth

Becoming more social and enjoying people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get a situation stuck in their mind and don't refresh the data as often as they should.

Parting Guidance

Don't lose sight of the big picture by putting so much pressure on yourself.

Connect With Mani Davoudi

Twitter:@Zapgaze 

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228: The Key is Putting in the Practice with Dr. Chris Ferber
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Chris Ferber is a doctor who is new to the upper tiers of competitive Magic with 1 Grand Prix top 8. Chris lives in Torrance, CA and plays at Fire and Dice.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Green Sun's Zenith

Early Challenge

Card evaluation was tough for Chris. Talking with others helped Chris learn faster.

Magic Milestones

Top 8 at several PTQ's helped Chris realize he was actually a good player.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Shadows Over Innistrad Sealed RPTQ Chris went 3-0 right off the bat. He needed to win just one of three rounds to make it. But he couldn't get there. He learned to manage his time better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 at Cleveland with teammates.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Some things are out of your control but you still don't blame luck.

Biggest Growth

Magic gave Chris an analytical brain to look out problems and solve them.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding decisions in Limited.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Chris joined as many games as possible to understand the format and set.

Shortcomings

Chris has an autopilot made that he wants to turn off more often.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Backpack, snacks, water, energy  bars, decks, tokens

Parting Guidance

Put in practice.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG

Connect With Chris Ferber

Chris can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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227: Every Game Matters, Play as Much as You Can Says Ben Coursey
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Ben Coursey is a Level 2 Judge who has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 3 Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8's. Ben lives in New Hampshire.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Thoughtseize

Early Challenge

When Ben first discovered PTQs it was quite a jump from a casual player that he was a little put-off. Competitive Magic was really rough. Ben learned how to navigate it.

Magic Milestones

States 2007, Ben tested and came up with winning decks that got him to the top.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Las Vegas 2017 (Modern). 

What Have You Learned From Magic

The ability to plan ahead.

Best Format

Modern

Advice for Beginners Modern Players

Learn the archetypes.

Shortcomings

Rules knowledge.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't pay attention. Call a judge and ask for the Oracle text on foreign cards.

Parting Guidance

Play as much as you can.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB

Connect With Ben Coursey

Twitter:@Ben_Cenobi  

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226: Don't Be Too Hard on Yourself with Simon Linabury
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Simon Linabury rounds out the trio that took down Grand Prix Sydney 2017. Simon lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Oath of the Gatewatch

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Early Challenge

Figuring out what his opponent had and then what to do with the information. His test group was key in helping him overcome and learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Lost in finals of a Pro Tour qualifier. But what stands out is a Game Day when Simon was way ahead and still lost. He learned just because you ahead don't mean you'll win.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Sydney 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Simon has hone analytical skills and applied that else where.

Biggest Growth

Simon is competitive but loves seeing there close to him doing well.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding. Not having a good idea of how to side board in certain match ups. Are cards you're putting in better than the cards you're taking out.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Identify the best decks and play the best build.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, dice, tokens, pen, paper, snacks

Parting Guidance

Don't be too hard on yourself.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, MTG Mint Card, TCG Player

Connect With Simon Linabury

Twitter:@Winnerbury 

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225: Craig Wescoe Reveals Deck Building Secrets, Explores Strategies for White, and Talks Magic Coaching
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Craig Wescoe is the world's foremost expert of everything White in Magic. He’s the Pro Tour Dragon's Maze Champion, has 3 Pro Tour Top 8's + 2 more Top 16s and his Grand Prix record currently stands at 11 top 8s, including 1 win. He’s a weekly columnist for magic.tcgplayer.com. Craig lives in New York.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Visions

Favorite Card

Swords to Plowshares

Early Challenge

Transportation as a young player was tough. Balancing life and Magic was an early struggle and as Craig got better, he could do more Magic.

Magic Milestone

Winning the first tournament with his own deck. Also, going to his early Pro Tours and seeing the caliber of players from Magic hubs like New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. 

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Amsterdam, Paul Rietzl won with a white-based deck-very Craig Wescoe. Craig could have switched, but didn't.
Craig learned he regrets not playing white when he can.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Pro Tour Dragon's Maze.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic is a microcosm of life.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People aren't honest with themselves when they make a mistake. They also don't think about mulligans and side boards in advance.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Look at decks and their weaknesses, how can you attack it?

Parting Guidance

Even though winning is important, always have fun.

Connect With Craig Wescoe

Twitter:@Brimaz4Life 

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224: Just Keep Learning with Daniel Wong
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Daniel Wong is a San Francisco Bay Area grinder with a top 8 in the Modern portion of Grand Prix Las Vegas 2017. He's an up-and-comer who will be playing in his first Pro Tour in November 2017 at Pro Tour Albuquerque. Daniel lives in Berkeley, CA.

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First Set

M13 on Magic Duels

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Howling mine

Early Challenge

Side boarding. Daniel doesn't write a side boarding guide ahead of time. He thinks about what his opponent will do and then sides against that.

Worst Magic Moment

Punting on important games. Play a little slower, think a little more.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 GP Vegas 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Expected Value (EV). If I make this decision, how likely am I to get the desired outcome.

Advice For Beginners Modern Player

Play more games. Got to know what they do and how they work.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Controlling emotions. Not allowing yourself to treat others poorly because you feel poorly.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not spending enough time thinking about your turns.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Always consider how to make your deck better, take snacks and water.

Parting Guidance

Keep learning at every game.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Connect With Daniel Wong

Daniel can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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223: Networking is Karl Eyre's Secret Sauce and It Can Be Yours Too
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Karl Eyre is a 23 years old freight and logistics manager at a small POS company. He’s a casual, online gamer who started playing Magic in 2008. He started to play at Meta Games in 2009 which was known for having high-level players. Draft and Australian Highlander are his formats of choice. In 2014 he played his first Grand Prix and since then he’s played in 8 GP's with 3rd at Sydney 2017, 9th at Sydney 2014 and a near miss at Melbourne 2016. Karl lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

None

Favorite Card

Rith's Charm

Early Challenge

Believing you can do it was a struggle for Karl. He didn't have a large collection but little by little he increased his confidence.

Magic Milestone

First, win at a Highlander tournament. First Grand Prix, Karl mode day.

Worst Magic Moment

When Karl was 17, he didn't understand how intentional draws worked and got disqualified for prize splitting.

Proudest Magic Moment

3rd Place at Grand Prix Sydney.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Critical assessment. Every time you play you should write down all your mistakes.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Karl learns by doing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't make the initiative and see their potential on board.
Players need to learn when they are the aggressor.

Daily Habits

Playing other games helps Karl understand.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, sleeves, clothes

Tournament Day Tips

Don't stay up all night, network between rounds.

Australian Highlander Tips

Look through old cards. There are gems hidden everywhere.

Parting Guidance

Network. Find the best players and talk with them.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8, CFB

Connect With Karl Eyre

Karl can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

Check Out Magic Story

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222: You Can't Get Better in Isolation with Ivan Schroder
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Ivan Schroder is an Australian grinder and member of Team EXP who just made his first Grand Prix top 8 by taking down GP Sydney 2017 with his team. Ivan lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set

Legions

Favorite Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Meloku the Clouded Mirror

Early Challenge

Ivan is a brewer and he would try to make cards work, even if they weren't competitive.

Magic Milestones

2nd place at New Zealand Nationals.
Winning a PTQ  and going to Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

Worst Magic Moment

In Worlds, Ivan is up a game... but still loses because he had every high variance cards. 
Another time, Ivan is at a Grand Prix playing a game to get into day 2. He was looking too far ahead and made the only line of play that gave his opponent the way out to win.

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting back to the Pro Tour through winning GP Sydney. Ivan is also really proud of an epic win he pulled off in Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic and life are not all about you. Both players need to have fun.

Shortcoming

Developing an adaptable, longer plan.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tilting. Players who can't handle their emotions when things don't go their way is a problem Ivan sees. Stop sharing bad beat stories. That's not where your focus should be.

Limited's Effective Preparation for a Big Event

Magic Online has become one of Ivan's best tools. There's too big of a skill range at the shop, so Ivan plays online to get the high-level practice he needs.

Parting Guidance

We can't get better in isolation. Cultivate your community.

Connect With Ivan Schroder

Ivan can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

Check Out Magic Story

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221: Teresa Pho Qualified For the Pro Tour By Mastering Combat and the PPTQ System
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Teresa Pho is a data analyst who just qualified for her first Pro Tour by making top 4 of a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier. Teresa lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Teresa Pho when she shared her story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep221

First Set

Avacyn Restored / M13

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Squee's Toy

Early Challenge

Catching up to the new rules. Damage not going on the stack.

Magic Milestone

Teresa won a Grand Prix Trial and got 2 byes for her first Grand Prix.

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Pittsburgh 2016, Teresa lost her win-and-in to day 2.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 of an RPTQ and qualifying for the Pro Tour. Making day 2 at GP Pittsburgh 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic is a lot of strategies and resource management. That helps a ton at work.

Tournament Day Tips

Teresa takes Advil to relieve a headache at tournaments.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Teresa sees she's the type of person who is competitive and can dedicate time and energy to what she loves.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are bad at combat. 
Look at the mana your opponent has up, think of what you've seen, cover how you think they'll block.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Teresa studies the meta and decides the best build to go with. Then, she tweaks the sideboard for herself.  

Parting Guidance

Watch coverage and really analyze what's going on.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Teresa Pho

Twitter:@teresapho ‏ 

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220: GP Champion Jim Wilks Knows You SHouldn't Get Too Smart
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Jim Wilks is an Australian grinder and the Captain of Team EXP. He’s made the Top 8 of World Magic Cup 2016 with Team Australia and is the Champion of Grand Prix Sydney 2017. Jim lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Sphinx's Revelation

Early Challenge

The idea that he didn't have to win every tournament. this detached Jim from the results and led to more wins.

Magic Milestones

World Magic Qualifier-Jim made top 8 and realized he could play at higher level.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Sydney- Zendikar Sealed- Jim wins play a Blue/Red deck. He had a great position on the board and didn't think he could lose. He lost because he didn't think all the way through the turn.
Don't get over confident.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 World Magic Cup 2016, Jim felt very validated as a player. Also, winning a Grand Prix was huge for him. 

What Have You Learned From Magic

Approach things objectively and don't tilt.

Magic Mentors

Dan Unwin, John-Paul Kelly, Ivan Schroder

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Jim really values positivity.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to get too smart with their cards. Instead of playing smart they set up a complicated chain that's unnecessary. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Team EXP had 7 Sealed Pools and rotated those among all the team to get fresh perspectives.

Tournament Day Tips

Snacks and water.

Parting Guidance

No matter how good you want to be, remember you're playing a game and you.

Connect With Jim Wilks

Twitter:@ForceOfWilks 

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219: Lukas Blohon Returns and Shares 1.5 Years of One Game at a Time
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Lukas Blohon returns to the show after increasing his already impressive record. He now has 7 Grand Prix top 8s including 2 wins and 2 Pro Tour top 8s. Lukas lives in Prague, Czech Republic. His first appearance on the MTG Pro Tutor podcast was episode 61.

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Whats New

Lukas now plays Magic full time. He produces content for Hareruya and plays.
After locking Platinum, Lukas decided to make the leap.

Time Management

Breaking up Magic times with other activities helps Lukas focus better.

What happened at GP Vegas

Lukas played in the Modern event and remembers a loss he had. After 4 days of solid Magic, Lukas missed an onboard manland and his opponent won when Lukas was favored.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too fast. People don't think their whole turn through.

Shortcoming

Playing an auto pilot. Lukas does it in practice and wants to get better.

Parting Guidance

Play one match at a time.

Connect With Lukas Blohon

Twitter:@LukasBlohon 

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218: The Secret to Recording Your Magic Games with Allen Wu
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Allen Wu is a Master's student at Stanford University where he studies Management Science and Engineering. He broke onto the Pro Tour by winning an MTGO PTQ 3 seasons in a row. His best results are 2 Grand Prix top 8's with 1 win and going 10-6 in the last 3 Pro Tours. Allen lives in Mountain View, CA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Allen Wu when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep218

First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Vendilion clique

 

Early Challenge

Allen played a lot and got better by accident :)

Worst Magic Moment

At a Pro Tour, playing against  Mike Sigrist, Allen missed a play that would have won him the game. He missed out on qualifying for 2 more Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning his first MTGO PTQ.

What Have You Learned From Magic

"Magic has improved my critical thinking."

Best Format

Legacy

Advice for Beginner Legacy 

There are so many decisions and decks learn from every game.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Making great friends has been a fantastic side effect of playing Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too scared. Players pump the brakes when they shouldn't. You have to read how your opponents have been playing and surmise what they don't have.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play a lot of Magic Online and get a group to play test.

Tournament Day Tips

Hangout with friends between rounds. Make sure you're having fun.

Parting Guidance

Record your games and watch them.

Magic Resource

Watch videos and pause as you go talk with friends.

Connect With Allen Wu

Twitter:@lhefriel 

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217: First Listener Turned Guest Tyrell Wheeler Shares His Secret to Making Pro Tour Top 16 on Part-Time Magic
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Tyrell Wheeler is the first Pro Tutor Prodigy listener turned guest! He has been playing Magic since Revised and has one Pro Tour top 16. Tyrell lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Time walk

Early Challenge

Don't know the proper playing of Magic when in an autopilot.

Worst Magic Moment

He lost his backpack including his deck and some of his personal belongings the night before the event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tour even though his life gets busy and played Magic on and off.

What Have You Learned From Magic

He could repeat other people's process to success so being mindful. Practice does not make perfect but perfect practice makes perfect.

Best Format

Sealed deck.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players just talking with everybody and setting down to play. People need to put the mental energy into thinking about what the best plays. Keep in touch with your monologue, ask questions why that this happened and internalize the game.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Watching Limited videos, ask pieces of advice from mentors, watching Magic matches once a week, get practice, think some plan and strategy and have confidence.

Tips For Long Days in Magic

Have big meals, eat salad, apple, banana, drink enough water, bring paper, pens, tokens, dice, etc.

Parting Guidance

Mindfully think through the games and adapt else' process that is so much better than you.

Connect With Tyrell Wheeler

Tyrell can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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The Archmage of Goldnight - Magic the Story Ep. 2
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The Archmage of Goldnight

Magic Story is the audio presentation of Uncharted Realms, the weekly Daily MTG column that tells the lore behind Magic: The Gathering.

This episode is brought to life by voice actors, a composer, and a sound designer all of the highest caliber.

Credits:

Austin Schumacher (Narrator)

T Katz (Arlinn Kord)

Nathan Ondrecek (Archmage Reeves / Archmage Rembert / Cathar Leighton / Male Cathars)

Kaitlyn Lavo (Olaylie / Mad Angel / Female Cathars)

Miriam Penrod (Boy)

Nathaniel Drew (Composer of the original score)

Ansh Rajput (Chief sound designer)

Brian Lang (Cover art)

Shaun Penrod (Executive Producer)

 

 

 

215: How To Learn From Magic Downs with Benjamin Luft
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Benjamin Luft is a 31-year-old Tax Consultant Assistant from Hannover, Germany. He’s been playing Magic since Visions but has stepped away from the game several times (as many of us do). He cashed for the first time at a Grand Prix when he made top 8 at GP Amsterdam which also sent him to Albuquerque for his first Pro Tour.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Benjamin Luft when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep215

First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Finding people to play with as preparation for tournaments.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing on a PPTQ in semifinals and losing again in another PPTQ the day after in finals. But it paid off because he got practiced in higher level and made him qualified for another PPTQ.

Proudest Magic Moment

Win and got 6-1-2 after 9 rounds and hit 6-0 on day 2 and even considered dropping to play some Mulligan side events.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Seeking opportunities to open and get yourself in a situation where you can gain experience and even risk but keep trying to succeed.

Best Format

Standard

How Far You Choose Your Deck

A week before the event and test it with friends.

Different Between Making the Top 8 and Day 2

Choosing and positioning the deck matters. Decide from the recent tournament results and find the weaknesses of the dominated decks.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Become a better person. Be able to handle mistakes, loss and treat others nicely.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People concede earlier.

Tournament Day Tips

More foods and keep hydrated.

Parting Guidance

Not conceding earlier. Don't try to win but also try to make it an enjoyable experience. Keep trying and succeed.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, The game podcast

Connect With Benjamin Luft

Twitter:@_bluft

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214: Hunter Cochran Shares His Rise to a Grand Prix Top 8
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Hunter Cochran is a 25-year-old graduate student of physics at Stony Brook University. He’s originally from Arkansas and Texas and has made the top 8 of three GPs, winning one. Hunter lives in Long Island, New York.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

MIrrodin, Darksteel

Favorite Card

Perilous Vault
Tireless tracker

Early Challenge

Not having the access to cards and the money to buy to very competitive decks. Difficult to play ranges of decks and be able to think from other perspectives and learn new types of decks and strategies.

Breakthrough Moment

During the PPTQ in the Spring of 2015 when he decided to spend some money and attend the events. 

Worst Magic Moment

A very embarrassing and lowest moment that got him banned from playing Magic in a local venue in college. Playing against a good player that got him rolled by his opponent's super deck. Got angry, throw his fist to the table, punch the table and sat on the table for the rest of the day. 

Proudest Magic Moment

His first PPTQ win in just 3 months of playing.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learned controlling emotions when results are unfavorable to you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having a very clear vision for the game, not knowing your role and how your deck is built and the difficulties to pinpoint why you lose the game. For Constructed - thinking about things before the tournament. For Limited- thinking about things before your round.

Tips to Curve Frustration

Try to be pretty animated and vocal with opponents. Try to make interaction and experience be personal. The more you see your opponent as a person, the easier to beat frustration.

Parting Guidance

Magic is a community game so build relationships, talk to people who might help you to open and close doors and get so much perspective on Magic.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB

Connect With Hunter Cochran

Hunter can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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213: Be a Generous Winner and a Gracious Loser with Kevin Jones
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Kevin Jones has been playing magic since Urza's Saga and has been playing competitively since Onslaught. He has 10 Star City Games Open top 8s, 1 Grand Prix top 8, is a 3 time SCG Player's Championship Competitor, has 2 Pro Tour Appearances AND is the Co-host of The Weekly Ward Wednesdays on Twitch.tv/kirwansgamestore. He is also a writer for MTGCardmarket.com. Kevin lives in Kingston, NY

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First Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Early Challenge

Kevin has always been competitive and his play group was too. He watched his younger friends get really good he wondered why he wasn't improving. Kevin expanded himself by playing new decks and learning different archetypes. 

Magic Milestones

Kevin made top 8 at States in 2004.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Pro Tour, Kevin built his deck the night before the event. He failed to make day 2 and was really taken aback by it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Math :). Magic also changes the way you think as far as values and risk.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Caring so much that it pains you to lose. Young players tend to lose sight of the big picture and get torn up when they lose. To overcome this, your mindset / approach to Magic needs to evolve to where you enjoy the game and understand that it is a game and how lucky you are to fuel your competitive drive through a complex hobby.

Parting Guidance

Don't lose sight of yourself and don't let loses define who you are.

Connect With Kevin Jones

Twitter:@kjvsthehighway

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212: From Scratch Deck Building Expert Marc Tobiasch Reveals His Secrets
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Marc Tobiasch used to exclusively play Vintage and Legacy and claims he got onto the Pro Tour “pretty much by accident”. He has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Pro Tour top 8. Marc lives in Bonn, Germany.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Onslaught

Favorite Card

Null Rod

Early Challenge

Figuring out which events to go to and who to travel with are huge when you're climbing.

Worst Magic Moment

Marc used to let loses get from bad to worse. When he played around the "right" card and lost anyway he struggled with accepting it until he learned to control tilt. He overcome tilt by focusing on what he can control.

Proudest Magic Moment

Pro Tour top 8 / Finding friends at events.

Career Highlights

At his first Pro Tour, Marc learned there was a whole other level of Magic you can aspire to play at.

Building a Deck from a Scratch

Marc is a renowned deck builder and shares his process.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to think about everything every turn. You can shortcut this by weighting your focus towards what has changed. Also, players do things because they can and don't think whether they should. "Helping a little right now is not as good as helping a lot later."

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Marc meets with his team a week or so before the Pro Tour. For Grand Prix, he observes the format and for Legacy or Modern, chooses his deck fairly close to the event.

Parting Guidance

Before playing a card, think "should I play this card now?"

Connect With Marc Tobiasch

Twitter:@MarcTobiasch

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211: Martin Juza Shares Heavy Lifting Drafting Tips
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Martin Juza has a record that speaks for itself with an impressive 25 Grand Prix top 8s including 4 wins and 3 Pro Tour top 8s with an additional 3 top 16 finishes! He’s well known in the Magic community as a pillar of good sportsmanship. Martin lives in the Czech Republic.

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First Set

Urza's Destiny

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Counterspell

Early Challenge

Every aspect of Magic was new but events, articles  and other people helped fill in the gap.

Worst Magic Moment

There was a year where Martin didn't make Platinum. He missed one European Grand Prix and it cost him $1,000 bucks.

Proudest Magic Moment

There was a year where he always made top 8 or top 16. Also, his first Pro Tour top 8 felt really great.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Travel the world and experience  different culture.

Magic Shortcomings

Martin is working on preparing better for Magic event.

Drafting Tips

If you're choosing between two cards that are of similar power levels, always pick the cheaper card.

Tournament Day Tips

Don't be like Martin ;)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

The most important thing in constructed is good side boarding. Having a plan and knowing what to take out and put in is key to success.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Martin practices with Channel Fireball team and they constantly discuss the best deck and evaluate the meta-game.

Daily Habits

Martin has experience with other games (Hearthstone and poker) and brings that to Magic.

Parting Guidance

Read a lot of article, watch games and learn all you can.

Connect With Martin Juza

Twitter:@Juzam_

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210: Controlling Emotional Responses with Javier Luna
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Javier Luna is a veteran player who has played in several Pro Tours and Worlds. He runs a website at magiclair.com.ar that provides free articles in Spanish. The site covers all the formats and focuses on growing the Latin American Magic community. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 1 Super Sunday Series Final Top 8. Javier lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Legends / Urza's Saga

Favorite Card

Mana Drain

Early Challenge

Drafting has always been a challenge for Javier. He focuses on this by drafting online. Screenshots are a lifesaver.

Worst Magic Moment

At a GP in Santiago, Javier went 9-0 in day1 but went 0-5-1 on day 2. He felt so bad and struggled mentally, but came to realize that everyone has good and bad days.

Proudest Magic Moment

First Grand Prix top 8 / Seeing countrymen do great.

Shortcomings

Javier is working on his draft skills and is focusing on controlling his emotional responses to losing.

Best Format

Legacy

Daily Habits

Reading everything he can. Javier keeps tabs through CFB and SC. He also plays every day even if it's just one or two matches.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Javier learned about leadership and friendship.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players complain about luck all the time when they have no control over it. Improve yourself and understand that luck is part of the game.

Preparation for  Tournaments

Javier followed the metagame closely and chose a Blue / Red deck. However, one week before the Grand Prix, he started losing a lot. So Javier talked with the best player in the country and switched to a Mardu deck.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy the game. Magic is great. Play with friends and meet new people. Travel all you can.

Magic Resource

magiclair.com.ar, CFB, SCG

Connect With Javier Luna

Twitter:@MagicLair

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209: Max McVety Returns! and Uncovers the Factors You Can Control
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Max McVety is a mechanical engineer from Ann Arbor who has 2 Grand Prix top 8 finishes, an SCG Invitational win, and a couple of Pro Tour cashes. He recently picked up RIW Hobbies as his first sponsor.

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How To Choose A Deck

Know the balance between pushing your range and sticking with what you know.

What Are The Key Relationship in Your Career

Andrew Elenbogen, Kyle Boggemes

Where Do You Fit in a Team

Max is the side board expert. He nails down the exact cards to take out and put in.

Color Philosophy

Max aligns with blue. He likes to think deeply about a topic.

Level Up Moment

Dealing with variance.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players know what the best deck is and try not to play it.

Parting Guidance

Prepare for the event by focussing on what you can control:
-Deck choice
-Side board
-In-game decisions

Connect With Max McVety

Twitter:@m_mcvety

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208: You Never Forget the First Time You're Last with Ethan Gaieski
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Ethan Gaieski started to play seriously when he moved to Japan in 2015. He came back to the States and did decently well on the SCG Tour but didn’t get any big results. Just a lot of cash. He finally made his first GP top 8 at Grand Prix Montreal 2017.

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First Set

Innistrad

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Sigarda, Host of Herons

Early Challenge

Financially keeping up with Magic was really rough. Also, the mental challenge of thinking everyone is better than him.

Worst Magic Moment

GP Orlando 2017, Ethan did poorly and because he prepared a lot and this was the third bad Gran Prix in a row, he was crushed. Embracing the variance is a lesson Ethan learned.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 Grand Prix Montreal 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Quantitative Reasoning. (Recognizing patterns and Math)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Ethan knows he can become as good as he can if he doesn't crumple under people's expectations.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When players got unlucky, they think they couldn't have won. Don't offload the responsibility. Own it and ask what you could have done. Talk to people.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Tournament

Ethan watched the Pro Tour closely and strove to understood best decks. He practiced by playing 10 Leagues on MTGO.

Parting Guidance

Always be looking for ways to improve. There's always something you can do.

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv/alexjchen, MTG Coverage, Ari Lax, Garry Thompson

Connect With Ethan Gaieski

Ethan can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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207: You're Never Too Old To Learn, The Key To Charly Traarbach's Success
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Charly Traarbach is 30 years old and just made his first Grand Prix Top 8 in Utrecht 2017. He will be playing in Pro Tour Kyoto (2017) as his very first Pro Tour appearance!

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

[draft]Emrakul, The Aeons Torn[/draft]

Early Challenge

Charly was terrible at losing. He's very competitive and processed losses poorly.

Worst Magic Moment

In the GP Top 8 in Utrecht, Charly had forgotten to take out his side board from round 15! He got a game loss and ended up losing the match.
Lesson:  Always check your side board. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at Grand Prix Utrecht.

What Have You Learned From Magic

A better understanding of English language. Interpersonal skill. Making friends.

Daily Rituals

Workout (run,  sports). When your body is strong and active, your mind will be sharper.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

You're never too old to learn.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Score pad, Playmat, Extra Sleeves, Snacks, Water

Parting Guidance

To become better at Magic, play a lot of Magic. Surround yourself with people who invest a lot of time in Magic.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, TCG Player

Connect With Charly Traarbach

Twitter:@CharlyTraarbach

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206: Eli Kassis Returns to the Show and Talks About Being an Ambassador of Magic: The Gathering
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Eli Kassis is a past guest of the show and now has 3 Grand Prix Top 8’s (2 back to back top 4 or better finishes), 7 Pro Tour cashes, 13 SCG’s Open Top 8’s, and 17 Old school PTQ Wins.

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Team Events

Team events are catching on. In a team event, Eli made top 4 with his team.

GP Secrets

X-2 still get invited to the Pro Tour, so don't draw.

Evaluating The Metagame

Eli and his team looked at the popular Modern decks and determined, there wouldn't be a lot of control. Eli picked his deck because he knew it inside and out and it had a good match up against the rest of the field.

Future of Pro Magic

Eli sees the Pro circuit growing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When stress and pressure are on players, abandon the decisions that got them there and hope luck gets them there.

Parting Guidance

You are an ambassador to the game. Be proud of it and treat others with respect so when anyone says "I play Magic" it means something.

References

Team NFGBot.com

Connect With Eli Kassis

Twitter:@lifer2121

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205: How Trusting Teammates and Adopting New Strategies Will Yield Results Like Simon Nielsen
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Simon Nielsen is a 22 year old linguistics student from Denmark who tries to play Magic for a living. He is currently testing with the team Mint card, and writes articles for mtgmintcard.com. He was part of the Danish national team that won the World Magic Cup in 2014 (the Daneblast guy), got 2nd at GP Brussels 2015, 8th at GP Bologna 2017 and 10th at the Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

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First Set

Mirrodin besieged

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Liliana of the veil

Early Challenge

Brewing decks were a struggle because Simon told himself he wasn't good enough to play tier 1 decks. He finally overcomes this by understanding that playing the best deck is his edge.

Worst Magic Moment

At Simon's 2nd World Magic Cup, his team was knocked out early. This felt bad because they had won the year before. Simon stayed and cheered on other countries and made friends.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning World Magic Cup in 2014.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Risk management. What's the expected value of your decisions. Compare the best thing you could get to the chance of getting that outcome.

Magic Breakthrough Moment

Simon went from being terrible at Limited tot a year later top 8'ing a Limited Grand Prix. It took a while, but he started trusting his teammates and adopting their strategy.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Player's don't have plan. Look far down the line. How are you going to win. Work on the sideboard and play more side board games.

Parting Guidance

Read Simon's articles "How to become the worlds luckiest Magic Player" and "All your invalid excuses for not playing the best decks."

Magic Resource

mtgmintcard.com -Simon's articles

Connect With Simon Nielsen

Twitter:@MrChecklistcard

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204: The Power of Reflection with Francesco Giorgio
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Francesco Giorgio is an Italian Magic player living in England and a member of Team Axion Now. He's at his best with 40 card decks, but also enjoying the Standard format. His achievements include 2 Limited Grand Prix Top 8s and Top 8 at the 2014 World Magic Cup. 

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Birthing pod

Early Challenge

At first, Francesco didn't like the "best decks". Now, he understands that others have done well and he can draw on their knowledge.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing the finals of a GP due to a terrible mistake. He didn't read all the cards.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at 2014 World Magic Cup.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Francesco learned to analyze his mistakes regardless of the outcome.

Shortcomings

Constructed. Focus more on tournament preparation.

Habits

Draft often. (Daily if possible.)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Francesco loves travelling.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

In Limited, players don't block enough.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Tournament

Practice and discussion. For Limited, each player ranks every card and players discuss the differences.

Parting Guidance

Look back at every game and reflect, regardless of the results.

Magic Resource

Team Axiom Now, MTG Goldfishwww.mtgprotutor.com/giveaways200

Connect With Francesco Giorgio

Twitter:@Sniesk

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203: How Focusing on the Next Game Only Will Get You to the Pro Tour with Dario Veneri
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Dario Veneri is a 24 year old Clerk from Zurich, Switzerland who started playing Magic about 4 years ago. He’s been to a bit more than a dozen GPs and made his first top 8 at Grand Prix Bologna 2017.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Amonkhet

Favorite Card

Hero of bladehold

Early Challenge

Dario struggled with variance at first. To overcome this, Dario focused on the new and just play the next game.

Worst Magic Moment

At a World Magic Qualifier, Dario got ahead of himself and didn't focus on the next game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Bologna and getting his first Pro Tour invite.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Variance is everywhere and being mindful of it in Magic has brought it up to Dario in other areas and has helped him.

Tournament Day Tips

Go with friends. Interact with them between rounds. DON'T COMPLAIN and discuss crucial decision times from your game. Also, eat right. Plan it ahead and be mindful.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players tend to splash too much in Limited. They sacrifice their mana base for a low impact pay off.

How to Effectively Prepare for Grand Prix

Dario created a network of experienced players he likes and respects. He played a lot of Magic Online and attended as many Prerelease as he could. He discussed cards extensively with friends.

Parting Guidance

Focus on the next game and don't let variance get you down.

Connect With Dario Veneri

Twitter:@Josslyn_Avalon

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202: Don't Let Circumstances Affect Your Fundamentals with Matthew Pope
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Matthew Pope started playing Magic during Scars of Mirrodin and his first Launch Party was Magic 2012. Innistrad was the first pre-release he attended (and ran) at his local game. He was taught by a friend in college (the last 2 years of high school) and has come a long way with 1 Grand Prix Top 8 which was a 2nd place finish at Grand Prix Barcelona 2017. Matthew lives in the United Kingdom.

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First Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Geist of Saint Traft

Early Challenge

Mulligan decisions. Matt noticed that even as he got better at mulligan decisions, he would revert back in high stakes games.

Worst Magic Moment

Matt attended a PPTQ and went 4-0-1. He wins the quarter finals and plays the best player in the room in the semi-finals. In game 3, Matt chokes and he missed the RPTQ invite. It was so close and the burn was real. Matt didn't attack based on a bluff from his opponent. Matt learned to play around what he should and ignore what he can't play around.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Barcelona 2017.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing around cards when it doesn't matter/wont make a difference.
Also, deck selection without enough time to get good at it.

Parting Guidance

Don't let circumstance affect your fundamentals. Mulligan decisions are huge, so practice, practice, practice and don't forget what you've learned.

Connect With Matthew Pope

Twitter:@immagicmatt

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201: Control What You CAN Control with Jack Dobbin
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Jack Dobbin is a long-time grinder from the United States Midwest with a couple Pro Tour appearances and one GP top 8. He's living, learning and loving all things Magic: The Gathering.

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First Set

Legions

Favorite Set

Theros (for the draft environment)

Favorite Card

Cruel ultimatum

Early Challenge

Being stubborn. Jack would draft a good card and then get fixated on it. He would force an archetype and learned not to.

Worst Magic Moment

When Wizards switched off of the ELO system, Jack's qualification chances plummeted  because he doesn't play that often. He learned to enjoy Magic at its roots.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tour and calling his wife to say they are taking a trip. 

What Have You Learned From Magic

Making decisions with incomplete information.

Magic Mentor Advice

Don't play cards that lead you to being 2 for 1'd. Draft two colors.

How To Go from Day 2 to Top 8

Keep at it. Do what you're doing and take advantage of when variance breaks your way.
Keep your emotions in check. Don't tilt.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

You can have a good time while losing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving away information and playing slow. Play faster!

Parting Guidance

Remember to have fun.

Connect With Jack Dobbin

Jack can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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200: How To Build a Healthy, Thriving Magic Community with Paragon City Games co-owner Brian Andersen E
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Brian Andersen E is a 25 year old Magic enthusiast from California, but he’s lived everywhere. He’s played magic in both Asia and the USA at the basic LGS level. He’s an investor a partner at Paragon City Games and generally a loud mouth. Brian lives in Draper, Utah.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Odyssey

Favorite Card

Kamahl, Pit fighter

Making a Store Stand Out

Be deliberate about the feel you want players to experience.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having enough experience with their deck. Take the time to play and know your deck ahead of time. Ask a lot of questions.

Tournament Day Tips

Control your emotions and look at what you did wrong. Successful players tend to be brewers. Their brains are always churning. Have a good breakfast.

What Have You Learned from Magic

Patience. So many times you want the results now but understand that it will come once your skill is where it needs to be.

Parting Guidance

Have patience with yourself, your community and your store.

Magic Resource

Paragon City Games, twitchtv/paragoncitygames, MTGProtutor.com/giveaway200

Connect With Brian Andersen E

Twitter: @JBrandersen

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199: Dedication and Practice Will Get You to the Top with David Brucker
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David Brucker is a returning Magic Pro who is coming back after a 9-year break. He just added his 6th Grand Prix top 8 to his record and even boasts a Grand Prix win from back in the day. On the Pro Tour, he has 6 top 16 finishes and is looking for a top 8 with his most recent invite. David lives in Munich, Germany.

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First Set

Ice age

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Fact or fiction

Early Challenge

Not knowing cards and winning decks. Lack of information was a big deal in the early days.

Worst Magic Moment

At his 2nd Nationals, David drank with friends the night before and showed up to the draft hung over. He went 3-0 but then got disqualified because he registered a 37 card deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

David won the European championship and got a big trophy and $15,000. He and his parents were so proud.

What Have You Learned From Magic

"Breaking" a deck is similar to science. Trying to find the best solution for a format is like finding a solution at work. Also teamwork.

Magic Mentors

Henniry Ramquist - he was very competitive and taught David to take the game seriously.

Tournament Day Tips

Get byes. Attend GPT's, PPTQs and Grand Prix

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

David is very competitive. He also likes to travel.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing your lost card in hand pre-combat.
This gives away so much information.
Think about every game and why you actually lost. Avoid the mindset of blowing outside influences for your losses.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothing, deck box

Parting Guidance

Play a lot. Find the best players in your region and play against them.

Magic Resource

CFB, 5-0 decks from MTGO

Connect With David Brucker

David can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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198: Robert Lombardi Returns for Magic PRO-Pourri
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Robert Lombardi still has a Degree in Mechatronics Engineering (he hasn't lost it), and is married and has a 15-month-old son. He has 3 Grand Prix top 8s now including a win at Grand Prix Toronto 2016. He’s still better at Limited than Constructed and is striving to not be 1 point shy of Silver. Robert was first on the MTG Pro Tutor podcast in episode 125.

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How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Robert played around with all the top decks and found his stride with Mardu vehicles.

FNM Side Board VS. Pro Side Board

You know the meta much better at the local level. Your board at a big event is less targeted.

First Strike Podcast

Robert is co-hosting a spiky podcast about competitive Magic.
Brian Gottlieb is the best built from scratch deck builder.

Parting Guidance

People ask for feedback but then argue when they get it. Don't do that!

Magic Resource

First Strike Podcast

Connect With Robert Lombardi

Twitter:@RobertLombardi0

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197: Ben Friedman Made the Pro Tour a Regular Thing By Learning How to Learn Better
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Ben Friedman has four Grand Prix top 8s, two Pro Tour top 16s, 5 SCG invitational top 8s, and does it all while rocking a mean cowboy hat! He is a member of the MetaGameGurus on the SCG Tour and the Captain of Mox Box Bowl on the Pro Tour. Ben lives in Baltimore, MD.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Snapcaster mage

Early Challenge

Understanding how to attack a metagame.

Breakthrough Moment

JSS Nationals - first cashing a tournament.

Worst Magic Moment

After getting crushed at his first Pro Tour, Ben was really down. He learned he wasn't the hot shot he thought.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour. Next was when Ben made it to the Pro Tour off of a special invite due to rule changes. This PT invite got him the Gold status that year.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Delayed gratification.

Tournament Day Tips

Drink a lot of water, Ben knows that for him fasting makes him more focused.

Advice to New Players

Build your network and share cards. Networks help you make friends, save money and play Magic.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Ben learned his play style is very value oriented.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't understand side boarding. They don't consider how their side boarding choices change when they are on the play versus the draw.

Parting Guidance

Think for yourself, learn for yourself and learn how to learn better.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, TCG Player

Connect With Ben Friedman

Twitter:@40cardfriedman

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196: GP Champion Corey Baumeister on Building a Successful Magic Network
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Corey Baumeister is a Gold Level Professional Magic player who has 2 Grand Prix top 8's to his name including a win in New Jersey 2017! He also has 1 top 16 and 2 top 32 finishes at the Pro Tour. Corey lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guild

Favorite Card

Ogre savant

Early Challenge

Deck design during new sets.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Austin. Corey was playing a win-and-in match for Top 8 of the Pro Tour. Corey misplayed because he didn't know the matchup.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix New Jersey 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Recognizing mistakes and adjusting.

Best Format

Standard

Advice for New Standard Players

Follow events and see what's winning. Find answers to that deck by scouring legal cards.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Don't be so critical of yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Using luck as a crutch for your losses. It takes a smart player to realize they did something wrong.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Corey played hundreds of games leading up to the Grand Prix. He knew his deck inside and out.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Boogie board, stockpile of cards, dice

Parting Guidance

If you have the will to chase the dream then don't quit playing.

Magic Resource

Knowledgeable friends

Connect With Corey Baumeister

Twitter:@CoreyBaumeister

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195: Don't Stop and Don't Quit with Jorge Mantilla
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Jorge Mantilla is 28 years old and was born in Miami, Florida. He started out by playing Poker and sneaking into casino's throughout high school to make extra money. He’s a well known Spearfisherman through his videos on youtube/Instagram. He started playing Magic after Dragons of Tarkir and fell in love with Limited. He’s been to 2 Grand Prix's - Atlanta, where he won the last 4 rounds in a row to make day 2 and Orlando where he made Top 8. Jorge lives in Miami, Florida.

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First Set

Dragon of Tarkir

Favorite Set

Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Walking ballista

Early Challenge

Side boarding and deck building. Every time Jorge lost in Limited, he would look at his opponent's deck at ask why was each card in that deck.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing his first PPTQ win-and-in. Jorge learned the importance of early pressure and keeping good hands.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Orlando.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Confidence and being nice to people.

Advice to New Limited Players

Watch a good drafter and learn why they chose what they did.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I have the confidence to achieve my goals."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not keeping track of the board state.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Jorge did a Limited event online every day for about 8 months.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Draft box: Lands, tokens, sleeves, paper, dice

Parting Guidance

Play frequently. Don't stop. Don't quit.

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, CFB

Connect With Jorge Mantilla

Jorge can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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194: You Need a Little Hubris with Kasper Nielsen
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Kasper Nielsen is a new face on the Pro Tour as he just made his first Grand Prix Top 8 at Utrecht 2017. Kasper lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Theros (least favorite) lol

Favorite Card

Snapcaster mage

Early Challenge

Qualifying for the Pro Tour. Kasper would make it to the finals/qualifying rounds and lose. He finally broke through at GP Utrecht.

Worst Magic Moment

Kasper got a win he didn't deserve because he didn't understand the cards and the judge he asked were confused.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at GP Utrecht 2017. Kasper was so excited to finally making it to the Pro Tour.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Underestimating yourself and your chances, especially against a "known" player. This happens with local "and losses". 
A little degree of hubris is good in a player. Say "I'm going to beat this player" or at least "I can beat this player."

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

At the previous GP, Kasper studied the best decks and talked to others about which deck beat which others and why. He chose a deck and started practicing. He took a deck to a friend's house and played the mirror for 5 hours so he could deeply understand the deck. He attended local events to stay sharp nad then when Utrecht came he studied the meta again, chose a deck and practiced - a lot.

Parting Guidance

Remember to have fun!

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, CFB

Connect With Kasper Nielsen

Twitter:@ks_nielsen

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193: Don't Quit and You Will Win with Amir Radmard
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Amir Radmard lives in Oklahoma City, OK. As a daytime job, he is an IT technician for a small company. In regards to Magic, he is a glorified FNM champion and considers himself the most grindiest of grinders. He has 1 Grand Prix top 8 that happened at GP Houston and has competed in several RPTQs. He’s been to the Pro tour once and is looking for more.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Braids, Cabal Minion

Early Challenge

Card Evaluation

Advice That Has Stuck With You

"You have to win here before you can win out there. " The local champs encouraged Amir to step up his game.

Worst Magic Moment

Amir struggles with tilt. He remembers a PTQ where he had a solid sealed deck and one opponent played an unbeatable. Amir tilted so bad he made misplays.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

You have to cut a card to add a card. This applies to life because you have to take something out to add in a new thing.

Best Format

Limited

Pre-Release Tips

Sealed is more "bomby". Review all commons and uncommon in the set. Review combat tricks. 

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Amir learned how good he can get at something when he really applies himself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People think they know more than they know. They don't listen or accept advice.

Ideal Tournament Preparation

Amir spends his time tweaking a deck to make sure it can take down the top strategies.

Tournament Day Tips

Go with friends, have a good breakfast, stay hydrated and sleep.

Parting Guidance

"Speak little, do much." Monastery Mentor

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG (Premium is worth it), Brad Nelson articles, MTG Coverage.com

Connect With Amir Radmard

Amir can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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192: Aleksa Telarov is the First Serbian to Top 8 a Grand Prix and Shares the Importance of Humility
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Aleksa Telarov is a 7 time National Champion and has appeared in 10 Worlds & World Magic Cup events. At the World Magic Cup he’s made top8, top16, and top32. He took 3rd at the 2015 MOCS and has 3 Grand Prix Top 8 including a win at Grand Prix Madrid 2015. Aleksa lives in Serbia.

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First Set

Guildpact

Favorite Set

Ravnica block

Favorite Card

Tireless Tracker

Early Challenge

Aleksa would play all the tournaments he could. No matter the format. He started drafting and didn't win for a year.

Breakthrough Moment

GP Vienna - first top 8.
GP Madrid - win.

Worst Magic Moment

Not qualifying for the Pro Tour after GP Milan. Aleksa also had a chain of 6-3 results when to make day two he needed 7-2.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Madrid.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players lack focus. Magic is a demanding game and people don't realize the commitment it takes to do well.

Parting Guidance

Focus on the important things in life and the rest will fall into place. Be a good person.

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Aleksa Telarov

Twitter:@AleksaTelarov

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191: What You Don't Know Can Cost You with James Larsen-Scott
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James Larsen-Scott is a 20-year-old magic player from Tasmania, Australia who has been playing Magic for 8 years. He is constantly trying to learn and improve his game and recently obtained his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Brisbane 2017. 

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First Set

Alara Reborn

Favorite Set

Zendikar / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Jace,The Mind Sculptor

Early Challenge

Learning the difference between the Limited formats.

Magic Breakthrough Moment

When James got his first draft 3-0 and when he got his first Grand Prix day 2.

Worst Magic Moment

James went to a PPTQ and lost 3 win-and-ins because he took a deck he didn't know.

Proudest Magic Moment

First Grand Prix Top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Knowing your role is an allegory for life. Sometimes you need to push hard and make things happen. Other times, you need to sit back, see what happens and react.

Best Format

Limited

Magic Mentors

LSV

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

He can do it if he puts his mind to it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't know why they are playing a card. You should know why every card is in your deck.

Tournament Day Tips

Bring tokens, pen, and paper. It's huge to have friends there to talk to between rounds.

Shortcomings

Losing focusing in a game.

Beginner Limited Advice

Watch tons of Magic Videos.

Parting Guidance

Don't be intimidated when playing big name players.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch.TV

Connect With James Larsen-Scott

James can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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190: Grand Prix Champion Ryan Hare Doesn't Not Expect Results - Always Work For It
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Ryan Hare is the Champion of Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2017 and is looking towards silver and beyond. He can't resist a good pun, and his favorite colors are Black and Green (usually together).

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

7th Edition / Onslaught

Favorite Card

Daru Cavalier

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Ryan came back when a friend invited him to play cube. He had another friend who always beat him and Ryan wanted to know why.

Early Challenge

Ryan had to build his knowledge of Magic and Magic players.

Worst Magic Moment

After making top 32 at a GP, Ryan had a chance for silver but after 5 Grand Prix he didn't make it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Pittsburgh felt great but Ryan really remembers a Modern Premier IQ where he did well because it was his first big event it stands out to him. He made top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to make good spreadsheet and how to track details.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

There's a balance between over confidence and lack of confidence. You're not always right but you also can't count yourself out.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Put all the events you're going to on a list and keep up to date with what's coming up and how can you prepare.

Parting Guidance

Book flights at least 6 weeks in advance. Find a magic bag of trail mix. Put yourself in the best position to succeed.

Connect With Ryan Hare

Ryan can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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189: How Drafting Everyday and Playing Boldly Will Help You Win Like Donald Smith
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Donald Smith started playing Magic in Theros. He got his first (and only) GP Top 8 in Charlotte 2015 and has chained Pro Tour invites ever since. Now he has a Pro Tour Top 8 under his belt and is a Gold level pro.

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First Set

Theros

Favorite Set

Theros / Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Chained to the Rocks

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

"I got hooked on Magic because of the social aspect."

Early Challenge

Preparing for tournaments.

Worst Magic Moment

The period between PT Atlanta and PT Honolulu, Donald didn't have a good finish at any event. He also learned humility.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 of Pro Tour Dublin. Also, the 11th win that got him the Pro Tour Dublin invite.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Taking risks pays off. Risk within reason.

Best Format

Limited

Magic Mentors

Derek; looked at the game with analytical eyes.
Owen Turtenwald

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Donald learned a good work ethic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People play too scared.

Advice for Beginner Limited

In AER Limited, have your colors set by the end of pack one.
People let color biases affect them too much. Don't buy into hyperbole.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Life pod, dice, pens, playmat, laptop, snacks, granola bars, Clif bars, water, token

Daily Ritual

Play daily.

Parting Guidance

Draft every day!

Connect With 

Twitter:@donaldwsjr

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188: Broaden Your Base with Alex Bianchi
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Alex Bianchi is a Silver-level pro from Buffalo, New York with 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 1 win (GP Pittsburgh 2015). He is also the team captain of Team Dave & Adam's for the 2016-2017 Pro Tour Team Series, and writes articles for ManaDeprived.com.

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First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Nahiri, The Harbinger

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The game is challenging and the people are great.

Early Challenge

Deck selection. It took a while for Alex to realize he should play the best deck.

Worst Magic Moment

Needed 2 points to get the silver; got it, then needed one win to made top 8. He missed it three times in a row.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Pittsburgh. When he made Top 8, he qualified for his Pro Tour and went with two friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Networking and traveling.

Best Format

Death Shadow Jund

Magic Mentors

Kai Burnett taught Alex how to grind.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

The social aspect of the game is more important.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Focusing too much on specific formats. You need to be good at many formats.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Alex plays a lot of MTGO competitive leagues.

Shortcomings As a Magic Player

Getting unintentional draws.

Tournament Day Tips

Rest between rounds, drink water.

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, MTGCoverage.com, SCG, MTG Pulse

Connect With Alex Bianchi

Twitter:@Gemmanite

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187: How to Prepare Like a True Magic Professional with Jon Stern
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Jon Stern has been playing competitive Magic off an on for a long time but started to really take it seriously in 2012. He has 7 Grand Prix Top 8s including wins in Atlantic City 2013 and Atlanta 2014. He hasn’t broken through for a Pro Tour Top 8 yet but has a Top 16 and a couple Top 20 finishes.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Invasion block

Favorite Card

Aquamoeba
Standstill

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

You're rewarded based on the decisions you make.

Early Challenge

Knowing how to prepare for tournaments. Joining a team and preparing in a professional manner.

Worst Magic Moment

Forgetting to write down two cards in deck registry led to a game loss.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Grand Prix Top 8.
Winning his first Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Planning ahead, making decisions.

Advice from Magic Mentors

Understand there is variance. Magic is a number game. Trust yourself.

Shortcomings

Deck building in a new format.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

You're not going to win every time but that doesn't mean you're on the wrong track.                                                                                                                                             

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Having an unlearning attitude. There is a learning curve in Magic and you can move up by talking, listening, asking and learning.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Jon focuses on time management. He looks at how much time he has to prepare and chooses his activities accordingly (Main board, side board, play testing).

Best Format

Constructed

Beginner Standard Advice

Realize that a lot of people are going to play one of the top 2 decks, card for card. This is exploitable.

Parting Guidance

Test with a purpose. Don't kill yourself over deck selection.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, MTG Top 8, Magic Online League results

Connect With Jon Stern

Twitter:@JonSternMTL

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186: How to Stave Off Mental Defeat with Bronson Gervasi
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Bronson Gervasi planned a trip in 2017 to do the Star City Games tour starting with SCG open Columbus. From there he played in Richmond, then in the regionals in Baltimore, and finally at the Grand Prix in Pittsburgh where he made his first GP Top 8, qualifying for the Pro Tour for the first time. 

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First Set

M12

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Death's Shadow

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive aspect of the game is very appealing.

Early Challenge

Coming to grips with variance, Bronson struggled with giving up early after a few losses.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Regionals, Bronson made it to the top 8 and then lost, missing the Pro Tour invite. He had to multi-game and learned to shuffle a lot.

Proudest Magic Moment

At his first GP, Bronson played a friend's deck in a side event and won. He got invited to a TCG 50k events.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Bronson has applied Magic to business and interpersonal relationships.

Best Format

Standard

Shortcomings

Bronson is working on seeing where the meta is going and developing the next winning deck. He also knows he's not the best-controlling player.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Bronson tends to make riskier plays and he sees too many players be too cautious.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Evaluate the best decks and decide whether to beat them or join them. Make the deck your own by tweaking and tuning.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Every Standard card, commander deck

How To Make Day 2

Deciding to play the best deck and not give up mentally. Don't think about future games, stay focused.

Parting Guidance

Stave off mental defeat by stay positive and not giving up.

Magic Resource

TCG Player, SCG, MTG Top 8

Connect With Bronson Gervasi

Bronson can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook Group.

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185: Meet Your Heroes as Peers - An AJ Sacher Journey
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AJ Sacher is one of the greatest minds in Magic: The Gathering. He has 2 Grand Prix top 8s and 15 StarCityGames top 8s with 2 wins. He’s created content for StarCityGames, TCG Player and is currently writing articles, shooting videos and streaming for Numot Gaming. AJ lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Kamigawa - Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Brainstorm

Early Challenge

Hubris. AJ thought he knew more than everyone and it stopped him from progressing until he realized this got in his way.

Breakthrough Moment

Going Pro after just over a year. AJ made top 8 of a GP in Denver. This was a turning point for AJ.

Worst Magic Moment

At Pro Tour, San Juan AJ didn't win a game. He also turned down an offer to play the best deck. AJ realized that he had to take care of himself first.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Costa Rica / Meeting his heroes as peers.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Time management, resources management, critical thinking, deduction, induction, etc.

Best Format

Legacy

Ideal Tournament Preparation

Time management is critical. These are only so many hours to prepare for a tournament, utilize that time that time wisely.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People's pride get in the way of their learning. Also, people just play cards on autopilot instead of actually playing a game of Magic.

Tournament Day Tips

Hydrate, eat, wash your face, go to the bathroom and sleep.

Parting Guidance

Hubris is poisonous. Have the humility to learn. Also, reflect on what you want out of Magic.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, TCG Player, Numotg gaming, Steaming (Twitch)

Connect With AJ Sacher

Twitter:@AJSacher

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184: Pick and Stick to a Deck with Daniel Fournier
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Daniel Fournier is a Toronto native, known locally for his dedication to the game and aggressive hyperbole. He had a breakout year in 2014, top 8'ing Grand Prix Montreal after going undefeated in the Swiss rounds. Then he represented Canada at the World Magic Cup. Since then, he's rattled off another pair of Grand Prix top 8s and is hoping to make it big on the Pro Tour stage.

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First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The depth of Magic attracts Daniel. "It's a puzzle that's constantly changng but always has a  solution."

Early Challenge

Deck building. Daniel would just copy decks and not understand why the cards were there. He played with great players to overcome and become better at this challenge.

Breakthrough Moment

GP Montreal and qualifying for the Pro Tour for the first time.Also realizing that building a solid deck and playing it well will get you results.

Worst Magic Moment

First Pro Tour Daniel was excited and nervous, Daniel received a call that his grandma is in the hospital with cancer and not doing well. He was emotionally distraught and did poorly in the draft. But he realized that he couldn't control that he did poorly because he drafted bad.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning WMCQ and representing Canada at the World Magic Cup.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Quick, visual, analytical skills

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic has helped Daniel realize his talents.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don't pay attention to technical play card sequence, tapping correctly, remembering triggers etc.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Be actively involved in researching the metagame for several weeks leading up to your event.

Parting Guidance

Stop switching decks in Standard. Pick and stick.

Connect With Daniel Fournier

Twitter:@tirentu

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183: Jonathon Zaczek Reveals the Most Important Thing You Can Do in Magic
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Jonathon Zaczek is the Champion of Merfolk. He made top 8 at Grand Prix Vancouver, while his followers Przemek Knocinski and Simon Slutsky won GP Copenhagen 2015 and GP Los Angeles 2016 with Merfolk. Merfolk has been scrubbed off as a joke by the top players for years. It is our guest’s mission to prove them wrong, AGAIN.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Theros

Favorite Card

Master of Waves

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Every set changes the whole game. It keeps the game fresh.

Early Challenge

Finding the right people to surround himself with.

Worst Magic Moment

Jonathon played Mono blue devotion in Standard. He did very well everywhere except at PTQ's. At his lost PTQ he lost every single game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Vancouver

Breakthrough Moment

When Jonathon started winning PTQ's with Merfolk.

Advice from Pros

Play the deck that speaks to you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't play around what their opponent might have.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play competitive leagues on Magic Online. Sleep very well the nights before.

Parting Guidance

Playing around cards is the most important thing you can do in Magic.
You're at the mercy of your cards. Never resign.

Magic Resource

NikachuMTGYouTube, MTGEloProject.net, MTG Top 8

Connect With Jonathon Zaczek

Twitter:@nikachumtg

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182: The Pro Tour Prophet Adam Van Fleet Shares His Secrets
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Adam Van Fleet is a full-time Project Manager who plays Magic in the little spare time he can muster. He was introduced to the game back in 1998, and has played competitively off-and-on since 2012. He Top 25'd Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx, Top 8'd GP Pittsburgh 2017, and Won SCG Philidelphia 2013.

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First Set

Exodus

Favorite Set

Mirrodin / Theros block

Favorite Card

Arcbound Ravager
Force of Will

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It started as a way to hang with friends. As time progressed Adam came to the competitive aspect.

How to Top 8 a Grand Prix from Consistent Day 2

You have to really understand the metagame.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Legacy GP, Adam played Affinity and in round one, his opponent blew him out. #feelbad.
At another event an opponent rules lawyered Adam and he felt bad about the situation.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making it to the Pro Tour for the first time.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Friendships

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Frustrated at inability to control outcomes.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Rushing. A lot of players do thing too quickly without thinking of the consequences.
Ask yourself " Why am I making this play now?"
'The most important decision is keeping your opening hand.'

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice at FNM and other weekly local events. Practice Limited on Magic Online. 
Adam will save packs from wins and then practice drafting and building sealed pools.

Parting Guidance

Have fun! At the end of the day, it's a game.

Connect With Adam Van Fleet

Adam can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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181: Gerry Thompson Thinks YOU are Great! and How You Treat People Matters
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Gerry Thompson is a master deck builder, deck-tuner, and Pro Tour mainstay. He dominated the SCG Tour and even worked at Wizards of the Coast for a bit. He has 11 Grand Prix Top 8s with 2 wins and 1 Pro Tour Top 8.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Nether Spirit

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Gameplay is super fun. Gerry loves to solve a puzzle.

Early Challenge

Card advantage was a concept that Gerry didn't grasp at first but made a huge difference once he learned.

Breakthrough Moment

First Grand Prix top 8

Worst Magic Moment

At a Magic Worlds tournament, Gerry had a bad deck and was doing his best. He conceded a game that he didn't have to because he was unfamiliar with his deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning two opens in one weekend and making Magic: The Gathering History.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Social interactions, decision-making skills,  and a word everything.

Best Format

Modern

Magic Mentors

Neil Reeves

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic help Gerry mature. He learned that how he treats people matters.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding and not understanding your role.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ask critical questions in every match up.

Shortcomings

Gerry is working on getting better Pro Tour results.

Winning Strategy in Modern

Death Shadow

Tournament Day Tips

Get 8 hours of sleep. exercise in the morning, stay hydrated

Parting Guidance

If you've ever

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Twitter:@G3RRYT

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180: Don't Complain and Learn from Every Single Game with Petr Sochurek
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Petr Sochurek has been playing Magic since he was 11, and started grinding PTQs and GPs at about 16. He qualified to Valencia, where he made top 16 at his first Pro Tour with Merfolk. He’s a Platinum Level Pro with 4 Grand Prix top 8, including a finals at Rimini and a win at Paris.

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First Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Venser, Shaper Savant

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Petr loves to win. He enjoys the challenge and complications.

Early Challenge

Petr learned how to learn. After each game, Petr asks what he could have done better.

Breakthrough Moment

When Petr was 18-19 he qualified for his first Pro Tour.

Worst Magic Moment

Petr lost his first PPTQ final and didn't qualify for the Pro Tour. He learned how bad he wanted the Pro Tour and prepared even harder.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Platinum in 2016. To get there he practiced every day online.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Petr has become more analytical.

Magic Mentor

Lukas Blohon, Martin Juza

Tournament Day Tips

Get some sleep and practice wake up at the time you would for the tournament. Bananas and fruits.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Petr learned if he really wants something he willing to sacrifice for it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People make the 80% right play. People don't think through their play and don't realize when they should make the 20% play.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Petr is open to playing any deck. He talks with other players and knows that just because his good players mean he knows everything.

Parting Guidance

You can learn from every single game. Don't complain.

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish, CFB

Connect With Petr Sochurek

Twitter:@PetrKikac

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179: Ungrinding Magic with Simon Slutsky
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Simon Slutsky has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 1 Grand Prix win. He made day 2 at Pro Tour Sydney and is a 5 time PPTQ second place finisher. He’s a Merfolk enthusiast who goes a little deep on Modern and a Nuclear physics researcher when he’s not playing Magic.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Phantasmal Image

Early Challenge

Simon struggled with guessing what his opponent level and trying to play around things

Breakthrough Moment

GP Los Angeles 2016

Worst Magic Moment

After practicing with his Merfolk deck, Simon attended a GP and got a terrible pairing in round 1. He got destroyed but learned to take every game one at a time.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Simon has noticed that life has taught him how to handle Magic and Magic has taught him to keep an ever keel.

Best Format

Modern

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People tend to over think things too much. There's a line between theory crafting and wasting time.

Tournament Day Tips

Drink water, bring healthy snacks, go with friends

Parting Guidance

Have fun. Magic shouldn't be a grind.

Magic Resource

Twitter, Reddit, CFB, MTG Goldfish, Modern Nexus.com

Connect With Simon Slutsky

Twitter:@somesalmon

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178: Review Your Actions to Find Success with Roope Metsa
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Roope Metsa has been playing Magic since Khans of Tarkir and just qualified for his first Pro Tour by making top 8 at Grand Prix Prague 2017. Roope lives in Vantaa, Finland.

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First Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Opposition

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic games are hard.Roope likes making decisions.

Worst Magic Moment

At an RPTQ Roope lost in the top 8. Roope learned how to manage loss better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague.

Preparation for Success

Roope missed the pre-release but he drafted as much as he could. He wants to the GP with 15-20 drafts under the belt.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Competitive gaming has taught Roope the importance of receiving your actions.

Best Format

Modern

Preferred Deck

Grixis

Post Game Evaluation

Ask your opponent " why do you think you won that game?"

Tournament Day Tips

Drink a lot of water, walk outside between rounds.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People get drawn in by fancy tricks and don't focus on fundamentals.

Parting Guidance

The best way to improve is to play against better players.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8, CFB, MTG Reddit

Connect With Roope Metsa

Twitter:@Foleroo

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177: Play What You Know with Marcio Carvalho
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Marcio Carvalho has an impressive record of 13 Grand Prix Top 8s including 3 wins, 3 Pro Tour Top 8s, and was a finalist at the 2016 Worlds tournament.

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First Set

Stronghold

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Wasteland

Early Challenge

Choosing a deck.

Breakthrough Moment

First time competing at Worlds in 2005.

Worst Magic Moment

Getting banned for 6 months for looking at others cards in a draft.
Marcio learned to not try to be the coolest kid in the room.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Platinum and being a finalist Worlds Moment in 2016.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Slow down and understand it's okay to be wrong.

Best Format

Limited

Advice From Pro

Magic is a game of variance. Prepare it.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Marcio learned he can work hard when he wants to.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Forcing a pick order in a draft. Drafts are fluid and you shouldn't put blenders.

Shortcomings

Constructed

Daily Habits

Not getting burned out by playing too much.

Tournament Day Tips

Eat well and drink water.

Parting Guidance

Don't force things. Play what you know.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG

Connect With Marcio Carvalho

Twitter:@KbolMagic

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176: Make Magic Fun for You and Others with Grand Prix Champion Florian Koch
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Florian Koch has been playing Magic since 1994 and played semi-competitively until he got his first Pro Point in 2010. He then won GP Lyon later that year. Since 2010 he’s made the Top 8 of three GPs and is striving for success on the Pro Tour. Florian is from Cologne, Germany.

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First Set

The Dark (Just before)

Favorite Set

Florian doesn't have a favorite set.

Favorite Card

Lightning bolt

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

At first, it was the interactions between cards. Then it was the competitive scene.

Level Up Moment

Florian watched a friend play who explained that recognizing what matters in a game is the key to winning.

Worst Magic Moment

Florian 9-0 day one of a Grand Prix but flowed out on day two. He learned to prepare for the whole event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Lyon.

Best Format

Limited

What Have You Learned from Magic

Make your own decisions and decide what matters. You don't have to use the same yardstick as everyone else to measure yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not enjoying yourself. You spend all day at an event, don't make it awful for you or your opponent.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Florian played with the best players he could find and talked with the best players at the event.

Shortcomings

Florian is working on being a better control player.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, Clothes, Hygiene products

Advice From Pro

Florian saw Dirk B. sort cards into tiers for the first time and that help him see Magic differently.

Advice For Aether Revolt Limited

The Improvise mechanic is overvalued at the moment. Aggressive strategies are working. Combat tricks in this format are decent.

Improvement Suggestions

When you go to a Magic tournament, make it fun for you and others. Care for your community.

Magic Resource

CFB, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Florian Koch

Twitter:@Odin_FK

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175: How to Theorycraft with Eric English
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Eric English has cashed many Grand Prix and has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and a Pro Tour top 32, both in 2016. He’s a Silver Level Pro looking to continue the success he had last year. Eric is from Rochester, New York.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Engineered Explosives

Early Challenge

Eric's deck selection skills were sub par. By consuming content Eric was able to get a better feel for the metagame.

Breakthrough Moment

SCG Open in 2014, Eric played a Rabble Red deck and took 2nd.

Worst Magic Moment

At a local invite is the only tournament Eric lost his chance to make top 8 and he tilted really bad. He made a fool of himself. Now he thinks of the game in terms of resource management. Eric views his emotions and mental energy as a resource.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning an SCG Open while visiting a friend in Washington.

What have You Learned from Magic

The practice of thinking through multiple scenarios.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Misunderstanding the flow of the game. Combat this by thinking on your opponent's turn and shortening your gameplay actions.

Shortcoming

Eric loses focus when he's winning.

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun. Play the game. Magic has many forms.

Connect With Eric English

Eric can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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174: Grand Prix Champion John Asbach Reveals How to Get to GP Top 8 from Day Two
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John Asbach is 25 years old and an active duty military member. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (Westpoint) Class of 2013 and is originally from Buffalo, NY. He loves theater, coffee, and hockey and is the Champion of Grand Prix San Jose 2017.

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First Set

9th / 10th

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Dark Intimations

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It's different everytime you play.

Early Challenge

Constructed. Choosing the right deck. Getting advice from knowledgeable players helps John share this up.

Breakthrough Moment

Grand Prix San Jose validated John's effort.

Worst Magic Moment

GP Portland. John went to time against a grindy Bant company deck. He ended up playing the draw bracket and doing poorly.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix San Jose 2017.

How to Get from Day 2 to Top 8

Focus on the things you can control. Play, card evaluation (Limited), deck building.
Ask yourself " how does my deck win?"

What Have You Learned from Magic

Thinking ahead and solving problems.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not giving enough attention to your mana base in Limited.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For a new set, go to the Pre-Release and draft as much as possible before the Grand Prix.

Tournament Day Tips

Water, granola bars, the days are long. Take it one match at a time.

Improvement Suggestions

Be your mentality flexible. Find what works for you and talk to others.

Connect With John Asbach

John can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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173: Focus on Your Decisions and What You Can Control with Adam Ragsdale
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Adam Ragsdale is a former MTGO grinder and content producer turned current occasional traveler. He has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s, both in the last calendar year. Adam lives in Toronto.

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First Set

Torment

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Arc-slogger

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Adam loves solving the puzzle using all the pieces of Magic.

Early Challenge

Time management. Playing too fast and too slow at different times.

Breakthrough Moment

First PPTQ win in 2006. Know the meta. Check the 5-0 lists from Magic Online and ask questions.

Worst Magic Moment

ProTour-Charleston circa 2006. Lost 4 times, got a bye and dropped.
You can't let one tournament make you feel like you're not good enough.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Pittsburgh top 8.
If there is a "best" thing to be doing, do that thing. Play that deck.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Adam tends to operate on instinct so he needs to prepare a lot.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not playing the best deck. Not understanding the match up on a conceptual level.

What Have You Learned from Magic

Everything has a range of outcomes. Prepare as best as you can to guide to the most positive outcome.

Tournament Day Tips

Get a good amount of sleep and eat well. Book flights to get arrive at a decent time.

Improvement Suggestions

When you're playing in a tournament, focus on your decisions and what you can control.

Connect With Adam Ragsdale

Twitter:@aWinnarIsYou

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172: How To Avoid Giving Away Information with Rodrigo Togores
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Rodrigo Togores has several good finishes at many Magic events, but most notably is the Champion of Grand Prix Prague 2016.

 

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Card

Brainstorm
Tendrils of Agony

Early Challenge

Combat Math.

Breakthrough Moment

2015, Rodrigo won a Vintage tournament in Italy.

What have You Learned from Magic

Planning ahead and being prepared. By traveling a lot Rodrigo has gained skills that are useful all the time.

Worst Magic Moment

Rodrigo traveled to the U.S. to play in an SCG event. He lost his win-and-in to Jim Davis because he miscounted by one. Rodrigo learned to think twice when he plays. It's a skill worth having for any match up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Win GP Prague.

Advice for Beginner Legacy

Not every deck is super expensive. Legacy cards maintain their value so you can sell a deck and buy into another one fairly easily.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players give away free information. Always think if it matters to play this card now or later. If you can, play it later.

Tournament Tips

Drink a lot of water, go to the restroom between every round.

Improvement Suggestions

Don't pile shuffle!

Connect With Rodrigo Togores

Twitter:@TogoresTcg

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171: Matt Tabak Comes From Inside Wizards of the Coast and Talks What It's Like To Be Rules Manager
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Matt Tabak is a senior editor inside Magic R&D. He is a former level 3 judge, competed at the Pro Tour four times, and holds the record for longest tenured Magic rules manager. He’s the lead editor for Magic Duels and the upcoming Magic sets Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation. Matt lives in Seattle, WA.

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First Set

Alpha

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Hidden Path
Prodigal Sorcerer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling and meeting the players.

Most Notable Ruling You've Ever Made

Judging a Pro Tour Qualifier. Matt disqualified a player for having a 59 card deck. Matt realized that player experience is very important.

Best Experience Working on Magic

Traveling to PAX 2016. Revealing Kaladesh to the world was awesome.

If You Could Change One Thing About the Rules What Would it be

Make all Instants, Sorceries

Las Vegas Magic Story

A friend got arrested for using a hot tub that wasn't theirs.

What have You Learned from Magic

Matt has learned about collaboration.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Failures to learn from mistakes. Don't blame luck. Take ownership and learn from mistakes.

Improvement Suggestions

You get out of it what you put into it. Life is ultimately about the connections you make with other people.

Connect With Matt Tabak

Twitter:@TabakRules

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170: Focus on Having Fun and the Wins Will Come with Cody Napier
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Cody Napier started playing magic in 2009 and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 (Louisville) and 1 SCG open top 8 in his record. He’s attending his first Pro Tour later this year which is only 45 minutes away from his house. He loves cube and Legacy but mostly plays Standard. Cody lives in Tennessee.

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First Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Elvish Visionary

Early Challenge

 Thinking too far ahead. Cody would think about the end of the tournament instead of the current match.

Worst Magic Moment

Cody was playing against Brian Braun-Duin for a top 8 slot. He didn't kill a key creature and then had to discard his removal spell.

Proudest Magic Moment

Playing for top 8 at Grand Prix Louisville, Cody had the foresight to play around a Vendilion Clique. This drew him into Griselbrand for the win.

Best Format

Legacy

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Cody has learned he doesn't do things halfway.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players look at Magic more as a job than a game. If you take the game so seriously then losses lot harder and you're more likely to tilt.

Magic Mentors

Brian Braun - Duin, Gerry Thompson, Todd Anderson

Beginner Legacy Advice

Watch Legacy coverage and learn card interactions. Learn how to cast brainstorm. AJ Sacher articles really help.

Improvement Suggestions

Focus on having fun, not winning.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, TCG Player, MTG Top 8, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Cody Napier

Twitter:@cody_napier

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169: Reid Duke on How to Prepare for Success
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Reid Duke has an impressive record of 19 Grand Prix Top Eights with 5 wins and 2 PT Top Eights with 2 additional Top Sixteens. He’s lauded in the Magic community as a boon of positivity and a shining example of kindness. Reid is mentioned by several past guests of the show as a player they look up to. Reid lives in Sugar Loaf New York.

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First Set

4th Edition Ice Age

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara / Ice Age

Favorite Card

Green sun's zenith

Early Challenge

Reid did poorly at his first several Pro Tour. He was used to PTQ level players when the Pro Tour had much higher caliber players.

Worst Magic Moment

Placing 2nd at World Championship in 2013.
Reid was up 2 games in the finals and then lost 3 games in a row.

Proudest Magic Moment

Doing so well at Worlds 2013 and making it to 2nd place. Also, winning the mocs 2011.

Magic Mentors

LSV

Advice for New Legacy Players

Stick with the same deck.

http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-guide-part-i-introduction-to-legacy2/
http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-guide-part-ii-overview-of-legacy/
http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-guide-part-iii-choosing-your-deck/

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to do too much. The more you get into Magic the more time management becomes important.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Reid starts about 3 weeks in advance. Reid will draft as much as possible and play practice games with locals and online

What have You Learned from Magic

Reid has learned, to be honest with himself and these around him. He has learned to not cut corners. 

Shortcomings

Time management and deck building.

Daily Habits

Quality practice over quantity. Reid doesn't 

Improvement Suggestions

Stick with Magic through the good and the bad.multiqueue or listen to music.

Connect With Reid Duke

Twitter:@ReidDuke

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168: Australia Team Captain David Mines is Always Open to Learning
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David Mines has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Grand Prix win under his belt, has 2 Pro Tour top 16 and is the captain of the 2016 Australian World Magic Cup team. David lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Liliana of the veil

Early Challenge

David found it hard to be taken seriously because he was so young. Testing with other groups was hard. He's learned to be very open to other ideas.

When was Your Magic Breakthrough

At David's second PPTQ he and his team went all the way to the finals and split the win. He learned to not intimidated by big games.

Level Up Moment

After coming back, David won a PPTQ and linked with a team that took Magic very seriously. This approach opened. David's eyes.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Grand Prix soon after David's return, he throws away a top 8 because he played around a card that he shouldn't.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Melbourne 2016 (David won!) Top 8 at World Magic Cup 2016.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

David has learned how competitive he can be and has been able to learn to tone it down.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to play around too many things.

Underplayed Card in Modern

Midnight Oil

Beginner Modern Advice

Final a deck that fits your play style. Learn what the other decks do.

Daily Activities

Listening to music helps David's frame of mind.

Improvement Suggestions

Be open and receptive to learning. Soak in knowledge and learn from better players.

Magic Resource

CFBSCG

Connect With David Mines

David can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

 

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167: Seth Manfield, 2015 World Champion on What it Take to Rise to the Top
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Seth Manfield is the 2015 World Champion and has 11 Grand Prix top 8's including 5 Wins. He also has 2 Pro Tour Top 8's as well as multiple Pro Tour top 16's. He’s a full time Magic player and content producer for TCGplayer.com. Part of the #mtgdad club and a current Platinum Pro. Seth lives in Maryland, USA.

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First Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Vedalken Dismisser

Early Challenge

Confidence in his ability to compete.

Breakthrough

First Pro Tour Top 8. Fate Reforged.

Worst Magic Moment

Loss to Shahar Shenhar to make top 8 of a Grand Prix. Seth thought he blew his chance to make the Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning 2015 World Championship.

What have you learned from Magic

You can follow what you love and turn it into a career.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Most players look at Magic as a hobby. Seth approaches the game as aa job. He's come to be okay with lifestyle.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Thinking they've won a game before it's over. Think about your opponents outs.

Shortcomings

Seth is buying up misplays and his deck building skills.

Weekly Rituals

Look at decks that are doing well and familiarize yourself with the top deck lists.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Know the current meta-game. What are the best decks? Play against the top 3 decks but also be prepared for the surprise builds.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Cards, Deck, Life Pad

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun, brew decks. Try things out and be happy with how you view the game.

Magic Resource

TCG Player, Wizards of the Coast Website

Connect With Seth Manfield

Twitter:@SethManfield

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166: Sick as a Dog to King of the Hill: The Rise of Ben Hull
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Ben Hull played Magic fairly casually for about four years before qualifying for Pro Tour Kaladesh. He made top 8 at Pro Tour Kaladesh and since then, also picked up his first Grand Prix top 8 in Denver. Ben lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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First Set

Antiquities

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Overgrown battlement

Early Challenge

When playing control, when do you start a Hacking.

Worst Magic Moment

Being horribly sick before his first Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Denver. This validated Ben's Pro Tour finish.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learned how to accept bad outcomes.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Card evaluation skils are sub par. To get better, read what others say. Tap into the knowledge of others.

What Tournament Day Tips Can You share

Play one match at a time. Just focus on the here and now.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Play Magic! Put more effort in Constructed and have fun.

Success Activities

Watching and listening to Magic content.

Improvement Suggestions

Slow down sometimes and really evaluate your decisions.

Connect With Ben Hull

Twitter:@IbbinMTG

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165: Why You Should Stick to Your Guns with Daniel Cathro
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-Daniel Cathro is a newcomer to the competitive Magic scene as he only started playing competitively with Dragons of Tarkir. He qualified for his first Pro Tour at Eldritch Moon through an RPTQ and just qualified for Pro tour Aether Revolt to make 3 Pro Tours in a row. Daniel lives in Provo, Utah.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Magic Origins

Favorite Card

Goblin Rabblemaster

Early Challenge

Constructed specifically sideboarding. Daniel read a ton of sideboard guides to flesh out his knowledge.

Level Up Moment

Round one of his first Pro Tour, Daniel played against Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa and won!

Worst Magic Moment

At his second Pro Tour, Daniel didn't earn a Pro Point and felt really bad - since his first PT he did very well.

Proudest Magic Moment

2016 has been amazing. Danny feels very validated.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Danny is able to see odds not pan out and not be upset.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Many [layers will over think a situation or give their opponent too much credit. Play your game plan.

Best Format

Modern

Advice for Beginner Modern Player

Pick a deck and learn it inside and out.

Activity that Leads to Success

Play and testing with friends have been invaluable.

Improvement Suggestions

Stick to your guns. Learn a deck or strategy and double down on it.

Magic Resource

Limited Resources, CFB, SCG, Event coverage

Connect With Daniel Cathro

Twitter:@djcathro

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164: Focus on the Present with Jacob Nagro
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Jacob Nagro is a competitive Magic player from Albuquerque, NM. His first Pro Tour was PT Kaladesh and he later earned his first GP Top 8 in Denver.

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First Set

Betrayers of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Shadowmoor / Eventide

Favorite Card

Life from the loam

Ravnica Guilds

Simic

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The community and interacting with people makes Magic fun for Jacob.

Level Up Moment

At his 2nd Grand Prix, Jacob finished 12-3.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Los Angeles (May 2016). Jacob started 5-0 and then got a loss that he realized was his fault. He qualified for day 2 but dropped to get more experience in a side event. Later he wished he played day 2 so he could learn more.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix Denver.

Advice for Beginner Standard Player

Know from round to round the game plan of the current top decks.

Advice for Yourself 5 Years Ago

Some decks which powerful for a reason. Don't be afraid to plan the best deck.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learning how to not carry over mistake or losses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players sequence lands or top lands in a way that gives away information.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Leading up to GP Denver, Jacob played 5 Leagues and learned which decks were going to be good.

What’s in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, small box of cards, decks for side event, waterbottle

Shortcoming

Not getting enough out of matches when playing online. After each match you want to review what happened and which cards were good and carried weight.

Improvement Suggestions

Stay focused during games. Reflect after the round, focus during.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG

Connect With Jacob Nagro

Twitter:@JacobNagro

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163: Schedule Time for Success with Bas Melis
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Bas Melis is 31 years old and won Dutch Nationals in 2010 with a 15-0 record. He finished 8th place with the Dutch team at Worlds 2010. Played in 6 consecutive Pro Tours and finished 2nd at GP Rotterdam with Brent Vos and Frank Karsten. Bas lives in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Alara block

Favorite Card

Life from the loam

Early Challenge

First match and quarter finals are tough for Bas. By persisting and understanding the numbers, Bas know his time would come.

Level Up Moment

Regularly going to events with the best players in his area. This game insights, motivation and companionship.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix and Pro Tour in Paris, France. Bas had loss after loss in both events. The event was poorly organized and Bas finished lower than he should. He learned to only go to the GP's he wanted.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Dutch Nationals with a 15-0 record.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Bas hated losing when younger. He would become sour .of things were going to South. Now, he's focused on improving that and is happy that he's a positive player, win or lose.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People loss the game before it ever starts. People psych themselves out when playing a "big name" in Magic Player.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Schedule time and practice, practice, practice. Use leagues on MTGO to get reps.

Beginner Standard Advice

Control decks are Bas' favorite and if the meta allows it, try a control deck. If not, go ogre.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Start practicing draft a lot more.

Improvement Suggestions

Keep having fun. Never lose sight of that.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Bas Melis

Bas can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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162: How to Build Better Decks with Master Deckbuilder and Allied Strategy Co-Host Ben Weitz
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Ben Weitz is a Gold Pro Magic Player and one of the resident deck builders for East West Bowl. He has 4 Grand Prix Top 8s and is working on improving his game to get his first Pro Tour Top 8.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Vesuvan Shapeshifter

Early Challenge

Sideboarding. Ben would have sideboard powooos with friends and learn how the built sideboard.

Worst Magic Moment

Ben terribly at a Grand Prix with a deck that he created. His friend (piloting the same deck) did very well. The dichotomy really stung.

Proudest Magic Moment

Hitting Gold after his second year on the Pro Tour.

Level Up Moment

Ben built a deck that Top 8'd in a Grand Prix and he realized "Wow, I'm a good deck builder".

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Competitive environments is Ben's preferred way to socialize.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not sequencing your spells correctly.

How to Build Better Magic Decks

Note whether you are building for a known metagame or an unknown metagame. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the metagame and either take a deck that has a way to address what's going on or build a deck that does the same.

Improvement Suggestions

Magic is about having fun. If you burnout, take a break or skip a Grand Prix.

Connect With Ben Weitz

Twitter:@bsweitz123

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161: Strong Support Systems with Manuel Succari
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Manuel Succari is from Panama but is currently living in Taiwan studying Japanese. He’s played for team Panama in two World Magic Cups and made top 8 of the most recent one. When his schedule and budget allow, he enjoys attending Grand Prixs and has a personal best record of 11-4.

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First Set

8th Edition

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Tarmogoyf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive aspect of the game is very appealing.

Level Up moment

Grand Prix Taipei 2016

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Tokyo, Manuel flew to Tokyo, prepared a lot and didn't make day 2. He felt like quitting but his support system held him up and encouraged him to not give up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of World Magic cup 2016

Best Format

Format

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

"You can do it."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Choosing the wrong deck of the sub-optimal choice. Plan the deck you know the best and feel most comfortable with.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice early and practice a lot. Test every Top deck from the Pro Tour and see which resonates with you.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, Dice, Tokens

Daily Advice

Play at least a match a day.

Advice to New Standard Player

Ask a lot of questions and practice.

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun playing the game.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, Twitch.tv(Paul Cheon/Kenji)

Connect With Manuel Succari

Twitter:@manugoyf

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160: How to Have Fun, Even When You're Losing with Rob Pisano
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Rob Pisano was a finalist at Grand Prix Indianapolis and made top 8 at Grand Prix Denver. He’s a Silver level pro soon to be Gold.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Jace, Vryn's prodigy

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Rob loves the challenge of deck building and high-level play.

Early Challenge

Learning how to lose. Be social at the table and you'll develop a good relationship with your opponent. This will help take the sting of losing.

Magic Mentors

David Williams

Worst Magic Moment

Second Pro Tour, Rob lost two win and ins to the top 8.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tutor for the first time. Rob made top 4 of an RPTQ and was so excited.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Rob learned how persistent he can be. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting discouraged when odds are in your favor. Stay focused and keep your head in the game. Always ask "how can I win this?"

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

In modern, you need to ask "What's changed since the loss of big event?"
In Standard, you need to test a lot. It's tedious but the results will come.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Play Magic! Go to as many competitive events as possible.

Daily Actions

Play Magic often. Leagues help.

Improvement Suggestions

Take loss as a challenge. Be friendly with everyone, Magic is the best game. If you're not having fun, make it fun. Innovate and come up with your own ideas.

Connect With Rob Pisano

Twitter:@Rob_Pisano

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159: Near Misses Aren't the End with Gold Level Pro Eric Severson
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Eric Severson is a Gold Level Pro and a member of Team East West Bowl who has 4 Grand Prix Top 8s to his name. Eric lives in Davis California.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

M13

Favorite Card

Birthing pod

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Competition is key to having fun for Eric. The ability to progress is very appealing.

Early Challenge

Sideboarding was tough at the beginning. By finding a deck, he would master helped him focus on improving his sideboarding skills.

Level Up Moment

Playing the same deck and going to competitive events regularly really added to Eric's skill.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar (3rd Pro Tour), after a great day one and having a 10-1 record, Eric loses 4 games in a row and then draws and misses top 8 and a Pro Tour invite.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8'ing a Grand Prix to make silver and get the Pro Tour invite after losing it 6 times. Top 4 of a team Grand Prix was also a highlight. Eric made a sweet reanimator play on camera.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players drop from tournaments. WHY? If you paid and traveled, then play all the rounds. Thinking through this turn and the next yields big advantages.

Best Format

Limited

Effective Limited Preparation

Grind booster drafts and sealed events on MTGO. Play pre-release. Have a draft camp weekend.

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun playing the games.

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158: Playing Against the Unknown with Sergiy Sushalskyy
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Sergiy Sushalskyy started playing Magic in 1999 with the Urza block. He’s been regularly competing in Grand Prixs since 2012 and has 3 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2 Ukraine National Champion's titles and a recent Magic World Cup Top 8 with team Ukraine. Segiy is from Kiev, Ukraine but lives in Edinborough, Scotland.

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First Set

Portal 2nd Age

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Counterspell

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

After a year or two, Magic went from a hobby to a competitive objective. He loves the competitive aspect.

Early Challenge

Deck building is the most difficult aspect of Magic. That and dealing with uncertainty. When playing against an unknown, be more cautious.

Level Up Moment

After Sergiy's first Grand Prix Top 8, he top 8'd another about one month later. He prepared by playing Limited and reading articles.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Barcelona 2016 - Sergiy was playing to get 59 match points. It was the lost GP of the season and if he won his lost match, he would make Silver-level Pro for the season. Sergiy lost and took a break after come back (as always).

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 with team Ukraine in 2016 World Magic Cup.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Sergiy is easily discouraged and gets frustrated. But he learned that everything is possible.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Losing focus part way through the day of a big tournament. The noise of GP's can be very distracted. Get outside and clear your mind. Get fresh air.

Beginner Limited Advice

Time yourself making decks with a sealed pool.

Improvement Suggestions

What is Magic for you? Is it a casual hobby or are you looking to be competitive? Once you know, dedicate the appropriate time to achieve your goals.

Magic Resource

ChannelFireBall, SCG

Connect With Sergiy Sushalskyy

Sergiy can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group

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157: Dream Big but Start Slow with Petros Tziotis
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Petros Tziotis is a Greek Magic: The Gathering player who in his first year of playing won Nationals 2007. This year he came back to win the World Magic Cup with his teammates Bill, Panos and Nikos. Petros lives in Athens, Greece.

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First Set

9TH Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Bloodbraid Elf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Meeting lots of new friends and having the opportunity to connect with cool people.

Early Challenge

Playing new decks was rough for Petros. He learned by watching other players.

Level Up Moment

When Petros started going to local stores and playing with good players he grew the most.

Worst Magic Moment

A PPTQ come to Greece during Scars of Mirrodin. He did 100 sealed events online. At the event, he went 0-2. He left without talking to anyone because he was upset. He learned that you have to accept the losses and understand that it's cyclical.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning world Magic Cup 2016 with his teammates.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic has similarities to fencing and Petros learned to love the mind games and bluff.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't realize their mistakes. Too often players don't break down the game after and analyze what they could have done differently.

Advice To Yourself 5 Years Ago

Play more and take advantage of opportunities that came by.

Advice for Standard

Find a deck that fits your style and play that a lot.

Success Tip

Regulate drafts. Keeps your Magic mind sharp.

Improvement Suggestions

Start slow but dream big. If you want to go big, find those better players.

Connect With Petros Tziotis

Petros can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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156: Finding The Balance with Peter Vieren
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Peter Vieren played continually on the Pro Tour from 2010-11, then took (sort of) a break when he started working. He got back to the Pro Tour in 2015. He has two Magic Grand Prix top 8s (Lyon '10, Prague '15), 1 Pro Tour top 16 (Milwaukee '15) and is the captain of the 2016 Belgium World Magic Cup team which took second place. Peter lives in Leuven, Belgium.

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First Set

Planeshift

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Jace, The Mind Sculptor
Dig through Time

Early Challenge

Peter played rogue decks "too much". However, he has learned from every deck his built.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Amsterdam; Peter played a Restore Balance deck and missed in day 2 by one match.

Proudest Magic Moment

World Magic Cup 2016 - being in a great environment with a wonderful team.

Level Up Moment

Coming back to the game after a break showed Peter that being calm and not being  whipped up in the results.

Best Format

Draft, look for mana sinks in limited.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Peter has the ability to be very focused.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding is where many players stumble. With experience, you'll know your own deck and format better.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water, Cards

Mentors

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (past guest)

Improvement Suggestions

Balance is big. Don't be extreme in some cases and too soft in others. Questioning every decision you made gets you nowhere but not seeking advice is also flawed.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Peter Vieren

Twitter:@peter_vieren

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155: How Being Nice Will Get You Ahead with Lauri Pispa
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Lauri Pispa has been playing Magic competitively for 2 years, which comes after a 10-year break from the game. In that time he played other games competitively and even opened a card shop one year ago named Sensei’s Divining Shop. He’s a member of the 2016 Finnish World Magic Cup team and lives in Tampere, Finland.

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First Set

Urza block

Favorite Set

Prophecy, Innistrad

Favorite Card

Tangle wire

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling is a lot of fun. Magic is a good excuse to get out and see the world.

Early Challenge

Lauri wasn't good at taking criticism. He thought he knew it all. But as he lost at GP's he learned that he had a lot to learn. Now he embraces learning from others.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Madrid 2016, Lauri needed to win 2 of the last 4 games but didn't win a single one. He went out with the team deconstructed the event.

Proudest Magic Moment

World Magic Cup Top 8 2016

Level Up Moment

When Lauri decided he was going to be competitive and when he recognized there is always a better player. He started reading and watching content.

Best Format

Legacy and draft

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Lauri has learned that he enjoys the deep thinking process.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being open to criticism. Players sometimes don't listen to others.

Mentors

BBD- Brian Braun-Duin (Past guest)

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Extra cards to build decks, Clothes

Improvement Suggestions

Be nice to everybody. Be nice to your opponents and be nice to yourself.

Magic Resource

www.senseisdiviningshop.fi, MTGGoldfish, CFB, SCG

Connect With Lauri Pispa

Twitter:@Telkku

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154: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Ryan Cubit
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Ryan Cubit made it to his first Pro Tour (PT Madrid) in early 2016 where he made day 2. He’s been playing on and off since 2000 and has won states and regionals as well as other low-level tournaments. He’s a member of the 2016 Australian World Magic Cup team who loves building new decks and tweaking current ones. Ryan lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Goblin Guide

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The good memories of his friends keeps Ryan involved.

Early Challenge

Ryan loved 80 card decks. He struggled to cut his deck down to 60 cards. Resource management. Your life total is just a tool.

Worst Magic Moment

Soon after winning States, Ryan played an FNM and went 0-3 and then got a bye. He had never lost that badly. Ryan learned magic is a game that you win and lose.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning in the States in 2004. Crushing a pre-release in Austria while traveling with a friend.

Level Up Moment

Ryan started top 8'ing tournaments and other players noticed him.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

How far your morals play into everything you do. In competitive events, there is always the ambition to win at any cost. Ryan has realized the importance of his values.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get in their own head. They let misplays and losses affect their next match.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ryan played a lot of Leagues on Magic Online. He has a Restore Balance deck in that he's practiced with a lot.

Improvement Suggestions

Be yourself. Play and have fun.

Magic Resource

SCG, SCG Premium, CFB, Gatherer

Connect With Ryan Cubit

Twitter:@EgyptainCubit

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153:Masters of Modern Founder Alex Kessler Talks Content Creation and Mana Management
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Alex Kessler is the creator of the web show Top Decking, the previous host of Mad Magic, and the creator and host of the Masters of Modern Podcast. He’s a Founding member of the website www.Collected.Company, and is the President and game and toy designer of the KessCo toy and Game company. Alex lives in Santa Monica, California.

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First Set

5TH Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Geist of Saint Traft

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The content creation has been a large hook for Alex. He also loves the brewing side of magic as well. The creation is key.

Early Challenge

Attack step. Alex is a more passive player and plays a deck that doesn't attack a lot.

Level Up Moment

Reading a draft and pick article in Zendikar block led to his first win.

Worst Magic Moment

Alex assumed he lost a game that he actually won. He didn't count the damage and scooped. His opponent lets him lose.

Proudest Magic Moment

The first decent finish at an event. The positive response to Top Decking.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Alex is more competitive than he realized. He's also greatly improved his ability to learn.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

The mana management. Tapping the wrong land, Keep your mana organized.

Shortcoming

Learning the deck that he should play and sticking to it.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Buy fetch land.

Underplayed Card in Standard

Gideon Jura
Geist of Saint Traft

Improvement Suggestions

Always ask for help. Call a judge if you need to.

Mentors

LSV(Luis Scott-Vargas), Patrick Chapin,Brian Kibler

Connect With Alex Kessler

Twitter:@mmcast

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152: Why Playing the Best Deck is Right with Zachary Kiihn
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Zachary Kiihne is a 19 year old Computer Science major at Umass Amherst. Grand Prix Providence 2016 was his first Grand Prix Top 8. Previously he had top 64ed two GPs and top 8ed the last RPTQ. This is his first time breaking through to the Pro Tour. Zachary lives in Amherst MA.

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First Set

Eventide

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Archangel Avacyn, Pyromancer Ascension

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The challenge of stay focused and then the reward of winning.

Early Challenge

Side boarding and multi-gaming in constructed.

Level Up Moment

It was summer before college when Zach became top 8’d in a limited PPTQ. In the semi-finals, he lost due to getting warnings. He learned that cold streaks end.

Worst Magic Moment

Shuffled in a card to his deck and lost because of game rule violations. Zach learned to slow down and clean up his play.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Providence, 5TH  place

Underplayed Card in Standard

Westvale Abbey in W/U Flash

Mentors

Noah Walker

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Zach has learned that he likes to focus and he likes to compete.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don’t break down why they lose. Think about what you could have done differently whether or not your opponent got lucky.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Zach made the decision to play whatever deck went 9-1 at the Pro Tour.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, Paper, Pencil, Water

Improvement Suggestions

Look back and evaluate each match and each game.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, SCG Premium

Connect With Zachary Kiihne

Twitter:@ZKiihne

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151: Andreas Ganz Knows There is Always More to Learn
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Andreas Ganz has filled his life with many Magic-related activities. When he’s not playing Grand Prixs he works at a local Magic store, manages content for Blackborder.com and does some trading of his own. He has top 8ed 2 Grand Prixs and won 1! Andreas lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Mirrodin & Full block Ravnica

Favorite Card

Polymorph

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic is constantly evolving.

Early Challenge

Andreas thought he had "figured it out". However, when he started playing against top players he realized how much he had to learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Playing for top 8 at GP Vienna, Andreas was playing mono black and made a terrible chump block that cost him the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8ing a Grand Prix for the first time. (Charlotte 2016)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Andreas learned that if you don't give up you can achieve your goals.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get to a point where they think they are good when they still have much to learn.

You should always try to learn from others.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Read content about what's going on in your format. Remember that people want to play new cards and try what's popular. Choose the deck that is well positioned based on that knowledge.

Mentors

Kai Budde, Ben Stark

Advice To Past Self

Be patient. Results will come as you focus on your game.

Underplayed Cards

All the modules

Guidance

Enjoy the game. If you don't, take a break.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Cockatrice

Blackborder.com

Connect With Andreas Ganz

Twitter: @Pfluegmeischter

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150: The Mitas Touch of Tournament Prep with Alex Mitas
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Alex Mitas is a college student from Albuquerque, NM, and an up-and-coming Magic player with a penchant for playing control decks, experience on the pro tour and, most recently, a grand prix top 8 competitor.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Alex Mitas when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep150

First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Lorwyn, Innistrad

Favorite Card

Sphinx's Revelation

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Flavor, story, art, but above all - the competition.

Early Challenge

Alex played too impulsively.

Level Up Moment

Discovering Twich.tv and watching videos of other Magic players.

Worst Magic Moment

At Grand Prix San Antonio years ago, Alex went 0-3 and dropped. He felt awful because he had drove a long way, spent money on the event and practiced really hard. He learned to be more open-minded about his mistakes.

Proudest Magic Moment

First time Alex qualified for the Pro Tour. Alex felt like it was all worth it.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Alex has learned he has a capacity for patience.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mulligan decisions. Newbies don't mulligan enough. More advanced players (on the cusp of being really good) mulligan too much.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

"Sit down and do the work." Get a team together.

Mentors

Andrew Cuneo

Guidance

Play Magic because it's fun. Not for the sunk costs.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

"Be more open-minded."

Best Format

Limited

Underplayed Limited Card

Panharmonicon

Beginner Limited Advice

Keep almost every hand with 2-5 lands.

Resources

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames

Twitch.tv

Connect With Alex Mitas

Alex can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group

Check Out Magic Story

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149: Special Guest Jason Preston Helps Us Apply Magic Skills to the Workplace
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Jason Preston is the co-founder of Dent, a conference and a community of entrepreneurially minded creatives who seek to put a dent in the universe through great leadership and personal mastery. He's known as "Spade" in Counter-Strike, and recently picked up Magic. Jason lives in Seattle WA with his wife and two kids.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jason Preston when he shared his story on MTG Pro Tutor today! Click here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep149

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Thing In The Ice

Personal Mastery

There is a difference between having a set mindset and having a growth mindset. With a growth mindset you can unlock certain aspects of yourself that were previously thought to be written in the genetic code.

Deliberate Practice

The best way to improve. It most be specific, measurable and real time.

Hiring and Firing

Just like we have to evaluate the value of cards and decide which ones stays in our deck and which ones go, we likewise exercise this skill in the workplace when deciding what aspects of our culture or which team members stay or get cut.

Adaptive Leadership

Diagnose the system, come up with interventions (experiments to try), implement, check results, repeat.

Leadership vs. Authority

There is formal authority and informal authority. Who says what and who jumps because of it.

Resources

Books:

Connect With Jason Preston

Twitter: @jasonp

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Let me know what you like and what I can do better so I can make the show the best it can be and continue bringing you valuable content.

I read every single one and look forward to your feedback.

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148: The Importance of Getting Reps in with Joey Manner
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Joey Manner is the owner of The Only Game In Town and has been on and off the Pro tour. He recently took a hiatus from Magic to focus on the shop but with the help of some very talented players he managed to top 8 Pro Tour Kaladesh with a deck no one saw coming (Blue White flash). Joey lives in New Jersey.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Joey Manner when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep148

First Set

Shards of Alara / Zendikar

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Gideon Jura

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Joey loves gaming and Magic just clicked.

Early Challenge

Joey identified himself as a control player and really struggled with combat math. He forced himself to play creature-based decks.

Level Up Moment

Joey was playing Magic Mon-Fri and on Sat and Sunday he was going to PTQS and competing at top events.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing in top 4 of first PTQ. (In the day when only first place got the invite.)

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Pro Tour Kaladesh

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

I've learned how to make friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not mulliganing aggressively enough.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Play more magic. Don't show up unprepared.

Shortcomings

Deck building skills - specifically mana bases.

Underplayed Card

Bruna and Gisela

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, Deck, Paper

Mentors

Christian Calcano

Magic Resource

Magic Online Beta Client
The Only Game In Town
MTG The Source
MTGCoverage

Guidance

Get your reps in Play Magic to get better at Magic.

Connect With Joey Manner

Twitter: @togitnj

Check Out Magic Story

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147: Let Go of Your Expectations with GP Champion Gabrielius Kaklauskas
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Gabrielius Kaklauskas has been honing his craft and can claim 2 World Magic Cup appearances and 1 Pro Tour appearance as well as making day 2 for the first time at GP Warsaw 2016 where he walked away the Champion! Gabrielius lives in Lithuania.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Gabrielius Kaklauskas when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep147

First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

The are all so unique

Favorite Card

Spell Queller

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive natural. Less time to get really good

Early Challenge

Speed. Gabrielius played too fast early on. By playing more Gabrielius become more familiar with lines of play.

Mentors

Owen Turtenwald
Odin

Worst Magic Moment

Going to a World Magic Cup with high expectations. He did well before and was not focused on the current match.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Warsaw 2016

Best Format

Draft

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Just play and have fun. Remove all expectations.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not reading the cards. Players assume they know and scan over important details. Make sure you read the cards and know what they do.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Asking players how to sideboard against them.

Shortcomings

Focus. Stay hydrated.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Book, Dice, Deck

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Buy some Tarmogoyf. Keep reading, keep playing.

Magic Resource

CFB
SCG
TCG

Advice to New Players

Determine how much you can spend and decide the format.

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146: In Chase of Silver with Christian Cespedes
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Christian Cespedes is a Chilean Magic: The Gathering player. He's the 2010 Chilean National Champion and made top 8 at Grand Prix Santiago 2016. He’s an avid Magic Online grinder and lives in Via Del Mar, Chile.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Christian Cespedes when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep146

First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Polymorph

Early Challenge

Learning the rules. Christian overcome this by playing a lot and making a lot of mistakes.

Worst Magic Moment

Featured match at a Grand Prix. Playing a top 8 win-and-in. Christian felt the pressure and made mistakes. He lost.

Proudest Magic Moment

2010 Chilean National Champion

Best Format

Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Patience. Learning how to be patient. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana wrong. Information is a gift. Guard it.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Took 2 vacation days and played Leagues on Magic Online.

Working on

Working on improving Pro Tour record.

Underplayed Card

Gearseeker Serpent

Advice to New Limited

Stick to two colors. 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Dice, Paper, Pen

Daily Ritual

Read something about magic.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Learn English

Magic Resource

SCG
CFB
TCG
MTG Mint Card

Advice to New Players

Be careful with trading. Learn how to play first.

Guidance

Enjoy the game and have fun.

Connect With Christian Cespedes

Twitter: @capitano_cl

Check Out Magic Story

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145: Ian Bozley Expounds on Expanding Your Limits
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Ian Bozley is a local hero from Glen Burnie, Maryland who has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (one in 2015 in Charlotte and the second in 2016 in Providence). He’s the (unofficial) team leader of Team MTGFirst.com, a member of Brown Magic, an alleged "friend" of Jeff Carr, and the owner of the coolest playmat in Magic!

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ian Bozley when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep145

First Set

Mirrodin Besieged

Favorite Set

Innistrad / Theros

Favorite Card

Kitchen Finks

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The people make Magic what it is. Going on trips with friends is the best.

Early Challenge

Planning the first three turns of the game. "Mana efficiency is the most important part of Magic."

Level Up Moment

Going through a tournament Ian felt like he was seeing lanes that he hadn't seen before. 

Worst Magic Moment

2014 - GP Charlotte - Gatecrash Sealed 
Played very poorly in round 8 & 9 and lost. Ian won Round 10 to stay on day 2 and then lost every round after that. Ian had to evaluate what he really wanted from Magic. 

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Charlotte - 2015 - Modern; Playing Abzan Company. Ian made it to the Pro Tour for the first time. 

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I was incredibly sore loser." Ian has gotten much better as he understood Magic has winners and losers every game and his number comes up sometimes. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Poor sequencing is a problem for many players. Also, going into auto pilot. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Understand your range in Magic. Don't play decks that don't resonate with you. Practice consistently. Try different decks. Build on past experiences. 

Mentors

Owen Turtenwald, Reid Duke, Andrew Tenjum

Guidance

Players think they are above a deck. This limits your range and growth potential. 

Magic Resource

MTGFirst.com

Connect With Ian Bozley

Twitter: @Bozzles

Check Out Magic Story

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144: Ricky Chin Shares How He Top 8'd His First Pro Tour
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Ricky Chin played in his first Grand Prix and Pro Tour Qualifier at the end of 2014. Since then, he has qualified for his first Pro Tour, which he also top8'd. He’s a Gold level pro and a proud member of Team East West Bowl. Ricky lives in Quebec.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ricky Chin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep144

First Set

Prophecy

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Arcbound Ravager

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Friends make Magic fun for Ricky

Early Challenge

Learning to play around cards. Thinking about what cards your opponent could have and how your deck interacts with that deck. Play games and take notes while you play.

Level Up Moment

Ricky always felt he was good at the game and by consistently playing his improved.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing a lot at PT Madrid 2016 was super rough. Ricky didn't make day 2. He made a mistake and lost a game. He learned to focus on this game right now. He thought too far ahead and lost because he wasn't focused.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at his first Pro Tour. (Milwaukee 2015)

Best Format

Modern or Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"with time and practice I can do anything."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too fast. Oftentimes, players don't think and rush through a turn without considering life totals, graveyards, board state etc. .

Shortcoming

"The way I approach a tournament. I need to work on staying in the zone."
Ricky asks himself questions to refocus on the game.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Start being competitive sooner and buy a lot of Underground Sea

Advice for New Modern Players

Find a deck you like and play a lot with.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Cards, clothes, playmat, laptop

Daily Ritual

Play a little everyday.

Mentor

Pascal Maynard

Magic Resource

MTGO and friends

Guidance

Play Magic and enjoy your time.

Connect With Ricky Chin

Twitter: @Slithice87

Check Out Magic Story

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143: How to Learn from Mistakes with Marcus Hensing
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Marcus Hensing is an up and coming Magic star from Copenhagen, Denmark who has recently made his first Grand Prix top 8 in London 2016.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Marcus Hensing when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep143

First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

Underplayed Card

Hunt the Weak

Early Challenge

"I'm a red mage at heart and I like attacking." Marcus had to learn that even though he wanted to attack, some times he had to take the defensive side. Learning to switch between aggressor and defense is an early skill Marcus worked on. 

Level Up Moment

During the return to Ravnica block era, Marcus had two enchantments to deal with a lethal creature. However, he made a mistake by missing a key card in the graveyard. 

How to Learn from Mistakes

In the middle of a tournament, don't go on tilt. After the tournament consider the mistake and what caused it. Did you not fully consider the board state or failed to track information? Look for general lessons.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Gran Prix Marcus built a WG deck with no removal spells. He could have splashed a removal in his pool but didn't consider it. Marcus learned to take another look at his pool before submitting to see if there are cards (like removal) that are worth splashing. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix London 2016

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Marcus learned critical decision making, when to trust his instincts and when to think things through. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Attacking without having a proper game plan. 

Advice

Focus on combat

Magic Resource

Limited Resources
Next Level Podcast 

Guidance

Have a game plan. Why are you making that play ?

Connect With Marcus Hensing

Twitter: @Lobster667

Check Out Magic Story

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142: Bordifies.com Founder Peer Richelsen On Legacy, Organizing Tournaments and Starting a Magic Product Company
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Peer Richelsen is a long time Legacy player and the principal organizer of the Bordifies Eternal Series. He is also the founder of Bordifies.com, a premium perfect-fit sleeve with solid borders for customizing and unifying magic cards. Peer lives in Kiel Germany.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Peer Richelsen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep142

First Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir/Innistrad

Favorite Card

Knight of the Reliquary

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Peer is very creative and likes to challenge himself to innovate. He loves customizing and building decks.

Early Challenge

Calculating outs. Peer had to shift his thinking to "How do I win in the next three turns?"

Worst Magic Moment

Lost to Triskaidekaphobia in Legacy. Peer's opponent had a surprise card that he lost too and it felt bad losing to a "goofy" card.

Proudest Magic Moment

Danish Legacy Masters - Peer made top 4. He fought through an opponent who cast 3 Liliana of the Veil. It was rough but Peer did it and felt he leveled up and played above his level.

Choosing a Legacy deck

Consistency wins the most, so find a deck with a lot of tutors or a deck with very similar cards.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Peer increased his competitiveness and developed a desire to push his boundaries and improve.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not knowing your role. Players misread the board.

Guidance

You grow into the entrepreneurial spirit. If you have an idea just try it out. You'll learn a lot.

Magic Resource

Bordifies.com

Connect With Peer Richelsen

Twitter: @Peer_Rich

Check Out Magic Story

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141: Intelligence Based Marathon with Cash Turner
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Cash Turner has been playing Magic off and on for twenty years. He made Top 16 at Grand Prix Las Vegas in 2015 and Top 8 at Grand Prix Atlanta. He’s just a back room scallywag of ChannelFireball with a squad of ChannelFireball locals who have the heart and grit but not the spotlight. He’s blessed to be surrounded by low tier secret gods.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Cash Turner when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep141

First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Fireblast

Underrated Card

Bastion Mastodon

Early Challenge

Cash was very opinionated and arrogant. He recognizes now that he didn't learn all he could.

Worst Magic Moment

Cash made a terrible attack against Ben Stark at GP Vegas 2015 and missed making Top 8. Learn to focus on what's important. Don't get distracted by big creatures or planeswalkers.

Proudest Magic Moment

Through clever body language Cash defeated an opponent at GP Albuquerque when he had an inferior deck.

Best Format

Limited - Sealed

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Always wanted to figure out life. Magic has taught Cash about who he could be and how he doesn't want to be. He never wants to be a angry jerk.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Play the game how you want to play. Don't copy the styles of others.

Shortcoming

Memorize draft picks.

Daily Rituals

Rejecting the modern draw of constant entertainment. You can't get grit w/o a little bit of boring along the way.

Guidance

Everything is in the fringes. Be polite.

Pro Player You Look Up To

Paul Cheon
Cash's Squad

Magic Resource

Cash plays a lot and doesn't read as much.
Follow Greg Hatch

Connect With Cash Turner

Twitter:@PontifX

Check Out Magic Story

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140: Thien Nguyen Talks Near Misses, Close Calls and Victories (aka All the Stories)
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Thien Nguyen is a 26 year old engineer living Boston. He’s known as a Titanshift Innovator and has made top 8 at GP Pittsburgh 2015 and GP Atlanta 2016. He’s a Silver Level Pro looking to move on up.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Thien Nguyen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep140

First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Primeval Titan

Early Challenge

Thien struggled with feeling intimidated. He started looking at better players like Ari Lax and getting feedback from them. 

Worst Magic Moment

1st Limited PTQ. Thien was very arrogant. He felt he played very well and got to the point where he felt like he deserved to win. He made it to the finals and lost game one. In game 2 his opponent missed triggers and got a game loss. In game 3 the wheels come off and Thien lost hard. He was very down but through reflection he realized he wasn't ready for the Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Pittsburgh - Playing against Willy Edel.
Thien's luck turned and he was able to make top 8.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Thien learned he wants to be as happy as possible in life and Magic brings him a lot of joy.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

During combat the most mistakes are made. People make attacks they really shouldn't and Thien will quadruple block to catch them off guard. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For sealed events, play as many pre releases as possible. Memorize combat tricks, know which cords are "may" and which ones you have to execute. 

Guidance

Friends in Magic are invaluable. Bouncing ideas of others is critical. 

Magic Resource

Friends
MTGO

Connect With Thien Nguyen

Twitter: @thinenagooyen

Check Out Magic Story

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139: Pro Tour Hall of Famer Ben Rubin on Developing a Long Perspective
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Ben Rubin is a Pro Tour old timer who started when he was 15 yrs old. He has 4 Pro Tour top 8s, about 8 Grand Prix top 8s, and has won 2 masters. He’s a member of the Hall of Fame and got there by winning and losing a lot of matches.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ben Rubin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep139

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Mirrodin Block

Favorite Card

Traverse the Ulvenwald

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Network with really smart people.

Early Challenge

Really wanted to break the format and wouldn't listen to others input.

Level Up Moment

In High School, Ben was very strong relative to the field.

Who have been your mentors

William Jensen
Jon Finkel
Patrick Chapin

Worst Magic Moment

Playing in a Masters competition. Normally Ben left basic mana up to play around wasteland. Ben drew a Pyroblast and couldn't play it because of his hobbit.

Proudest Magic Moment

Very proud of team at Grand Prix Louisville. Accomplishing something great with a team is great.

Best Format

Doesn't have one but enjoys toning decks.

Activities that help you in Magic

Play a lot of Magic.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Ben has an affinity for competition.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having a long view. People get so hurry up on this game instead of understanding the overall picture.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Building pools leading up to a team sealed event and really discussing choices.

What are your shortcomings

Getting into the new method of preparation.

Magic Resource

Reviewing deck lists

Check Out Magic Story

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138: How to Qualify for the Pro Tour 3 Different Ways with Brandon Pascal (He Did All Three!)
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Brandon Pascal is a professional Magic: the Gathering grinder who has qualified for the Pro Tour three different ways! He won a Regional PTQ for Pro Tour Atlanta, a MTGO PTQ for Pro Tour Sydney and top 8'ed Grand Prix Indy for Pro Tour Hawaii.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Brandon Pascal when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep138

First Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Blade Splicer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competition and the people.

Early Challenge

Changing deck types. Brandon was set on his elf deck but eventually had to move on.

Level Up Moment

Last year (2015). Brandon gained a new perspective.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG Event. Brandon was one round off of making top 8. In game 3, Brandon misplayed and lost his win and in. He realized his mistake as soon as he passed the tournament.Brandon learned to slow down and think through plays.

Proudest Magic Moment

Regional PTQ. Brandon traveled over an hour for a PPTQ. He barely squeaks a win in the final. Then he drove 4 hours for the RPTQ.

Pro Player You Look Up to

Kevin Jones

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana wrong.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Magic back pack, binder, decks, spare cards

Advice to new players

Don't let price scare you. Trade with people.

Magic Resource

Twitch
"When you watch magic you learn so much more."
CFB
Gathering Magic
SCG

Connect With Brandon Pascal

Twitter: @bmppwns

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137: Practice to Your Energy with Matt Sperling
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Matt Sperling has 6 Grand Prix top 8s and 2 Pro Tour top 8s. He writes a regular column called Sperling's Sick of It and tries to play to win without taking himself too seriously. He considers himself a hobbyist, not a professional, but feels that playing on the Pro Tour is just the best experience available. Matt lives in the Bay Area of Northern California.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Matt Sperling when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep137

First Set

Legends

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Preacher

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The friends Matt had made is more important than the game now.

How do you balance having fun and being competitive

"I only play Grand Prix and Pro Tours." You have to devout time to the aspects of your life at the appropriate time.

Aspect of Magic you improved at

Getting attached to one deck. If you can only play one style of deck, look for opportunities to learn.
"Empathy = Thinking about things from both sides of the table"

Pro Player You Admire

Jon Finkel

Worst Magic Moment

Most recent Pro Tour, Matt was Platinum level but hadn't done well and was shooting for Gold . He missed it by one game.

Proudest Magic Moment

1st Pro Tour Top 8

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Impulse control. Playing fast and making the first good play that comes to mind helped Matt develop intuition. However, Matt has learned to think of other good plays. Not just the 1st one.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being afraid to make obvious attacks or blocks.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Follow the intuition of "this card feels really powerful" and "I feel helpless against this card."

What are your shortcomings

Constantly working on impulse control.

Back in 10yrs Ago what advice would you give to yourself

Look for energizing relationships and deck/strategies 

Guidance

To produce content for Magic, find something you can be proud of.

Magic Resource

CFB
SCG
TCG Player
Playing w/ friends in similar level

Connect With Matt Sperling

Twitter: @mtg_law_etc

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136: Deepen Your Knowledge and Expand Your Skill by Playing Outside of Your Normal Group with Immanuel Gerschenson
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Immanuel Gerschenson is 23 years old and is studying technical physiques. He has 2 Grand Prix wins and 1 Pro Tour Top 16. He’s made Gold level Pro for the second season in a row and is a member of team EUreka.

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First Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Jace Beleren

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling around the world with friends.

Early Challenge

Constructed. Early on Immanuel was not good at building decks, but the events he wanted to attend were constructed so he had to practice.

Level Up Moment

Going from Silver to Gold level pro at Pro Tour Vancouver

Worst Magic Moment

GP Ghent went 0-2-1 and dropped. He stopped playing for a few months. Good friends got him to comeback

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Madrid - first Grand Prix win
PT Eldritch Moon - needed 11-5 to stay on the train. Immanuel got 11-4-1.

Effective Playtest

Watch others play and keep track of hard to deal with cards so you can develop a plan.

Best Format

Standard

What card is underplayed in that format

Nahiri The Harbinger

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Not to get as down or angry after a loss. It comes with time and by emulating players you respect.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players stay in their own playground. Go to events and play with others.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 10 years ago, what would you say

Look up to other players and learn.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water, Apples, Deck, Note Pad, Pen, Dice

Improvement Suggestions

Socialize and make friends. Magic is best when shared with others.

Magic Resource

SCG
CFB
MTG Mint Card
MTG Salvation
MTG Goldfish

Connect With Immanuel Gerschenson

Twitter: @igerschenson

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135: What Star Craft II Taught Chris Botelho About How to Succeed Playing Magic: The Gathering
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Chris Botelho is a relatively new player who started playing in Fate Reforged. Grand Prix Portland was his first Standard GP (second GP ever) and his only Top 8. He works at CCGHouse, and goes to sleep each night a little bit better at Magic than when I woke up. Chris lives in Vancouver Washington.

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First Set

Fate Reforged

Favorite Set

Dragons of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Demonic Pact

Underplayed Card

Make Mischief

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Connecting with new people face to face.

Early Challenge

Playing creatures in Main I instead of saving mana for combat.

Level Up Moment

When Magic Origins launched, Chris used a sealed pool generator to practice building decks. He was able to translate which cards were good from sealed to draft. Also, when Chris was testing for GP Portland. He loved his deck and practicing it was fun.

Pro You Admire

Caleb Durward

Worst Magic Moment

Chris had two chances to make day 2 of his first Grand Prix and missed both. Play around cards not effects. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Portland

Best Format

Draft

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting your ego wrapped into the game. Look at every game and say "I know I made a mistake , what was it and how can I learn. "

Daily Habits

Sorting commons every set

Drafting Advice

Evaluate how your deck is going to win.

Guidance

Love Magic. The more you love it the more you'll practice.

Magic Resource

r/spikes

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134: How Focusing on Your Own Mistakes Can Get You to the Top 8 of a Grand Prix with Ryan Solave
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Ryan Solave is from Sarnia, Ontario and has been playing Magic since Alara block. He plays a lot of online games, but sets aside most of his time for Magic. He had his first Grand Prix Top 8 in Indianapolis and is qualified for PT Kaladesh in Hawaii.

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First Set

Alara

Favorite Set

khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Bloodbraid Elf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Player base is great. People are competitive but still nice.

Early Challenge

The Stack. Ryan was not good at it early on.

Level Up Moment

After Khans came out Ryan hit events hard. By consistently playing at a high level Ryan got experience.

Pro's You Look Up To

Owen Turtenwald

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Toronto Ryan made a huge misplay. He assigned 1 damage to tokens when his opponent had a Gideon Emblem.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Indianapolis

Best Format

Steppe Lynx

Conversation w/ Yourself 5 Years Ago

"How are you going to win this game."

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learning different formats has helped Ryan read his opponents better.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Over side boarding

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Choose a deck and play against the gauntlet starting a month.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck Box, Pad, Deck

Daily Habits

Use same water bottle, make list

Modern Advice

Learn the stack. Know when you can respond and what you should respond to. Learn the removal of the format.

Advice To New Players

Play whatever is most fun for you. Just have fun.

Improvement Suggestion

Focus on your own mistakes.

Magic Resource

CFB
SCG

Connect With Ryab Solave

Twitter: @RyanSolave

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133: 13 Year Old Magic Whiz Kid Ethan Brown Shares the Secret to Leveling Up
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Ethan Brown is 13 years old and loves to play Magic! Since he started playing almost 4 years ago, he has competed in 7 Grand Prixs, made day 2 in 4 of them and top 8 in one. His favorite formats are modern, legacy and pauper. Ethan lives in Portland.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Theros and Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Olivia Voldaren

Underplayed Card

Rune Snag

Guilds of Ravnica

Selesnya Conclave

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Like complicated mind games.

Early Challenge

Deck building and drafting.
Solution: Listened to Limited Resources podcast.

Level Up Moment

During Theros, Ethan grew a lot as a player.

Pro Player You Look Up To

Paul Cheon

Worst Magic Moment

Playing against Splinter Twin. Ethan forgot to sideboard.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Los Angeles 2nd place. Started a journal to track sideboards.

Effective Playtest

Play often and after every game ask opponent what's the best sideboard choices.

Shortcomings

Bad at constructed deck building. Practicing by building proper deck.

Best Format

Modern and Legacy

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I'm a very fast player." Slow night.

What Advice Would You Give Yourself

Don't be afraid to go to tournaments.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not asking for help from others.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks, Sideboard guide, KMC Sleeves, Playmat

Daily Habits

Play Magic daily, consume Magic content.

Advice to New Players

Get into modern.

Improvement Suggestions

Have a sideboard plan.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish
Limited Resources

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132: Making Top 4 of a Grand Prix with Felix Tse
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Felix Tse made top 4 at Grand Prix Montreal 2016 and live in Cananda.

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Connect With Felix Tse

Facebook: Felix Tse

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131: Why Did You Start Playing? with Thierry Ramboa
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Thierry Ramboa started playing magic 12 years ago but wasn’t able to travel or play competitively until April 2015. He reached Silver level pro status in 2015 and has attended every European GP's since then. He Top 8’d Grand Prix Sydney.

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First Set

5th Dawn

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds (Izzet)

Early Challenge

Always felt he was unlucky. Thinking through the situation and realizing that if the same thing happens it's not luck.

Worst Magic Moment

Came back after a break and did so poorly he thought magic wasn't for him. Friends helped him get through it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix Sydney. Just focus on the match.

Best Format

Standard - Look at best decks in the format. Use MTG Goldfish and pick a deck that can beat the top 3.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Tone down his over confidence.

Pro Tour Testing

Focus on limited and brewing. Run small tournaments within the Team and see results of each deck.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being over confident. Think "How can I lose" and plan accordingly.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Played 2-4 drafts a day for the week.

Activity

Talking with others about magic. You get new ideas

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck Box, deck, water, pen, dice

Entry Level Suggestions

Borrow cards from other players. Use proxies (not in tournaments)

Improvement Suggestions

Never forget why you started playing.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8
MTG Goldfish
CFB
MTG Mintcard

Connect With Thierry Ramboa

Twitter: @El_Gran_Boa

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130: You're Not Failing at Life with Oliver Polak-Rottmann
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Oliver Polak-Rottmann has 4 Grand Prix Top 8 including 1 Win, 1 Pro Tour Top 16, and is a 2-time National champion (2008, 2016). Oliver lives in Vienna, Austria.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Coldsnap (Draft) / Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Island

Mana Drain

Master of Waves

Underplayed Standard Card

Woodland Bellower

Gilt-Leaf Winnower

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Oliver has made great friends playing Magic.

How to have fun and be competitive

By understanding variance always happens it will even out the highs and lows

Early Challenge

Try to finish his black border dual land collection. Money was an issue. Through trading and drafting. Oli was able to get the money for the card.

Level Up Moment

The year Oli qualified for 3 of 7 Pro Tours is when he realized he had leveled up.

Worst Magic Moment

In the 2008 season, Oli skipped the Pro Tour because he only needed 1 point. He needed to make to 200 of 380 players, and he didn't make it. It felt terrible . Oli learned you have to take the game seriously but not let it consume you."If you're failing at Magic, you're not failing at life".

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Platinum at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Oli learned about the world by traveling with Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't Sideboard correctly and they don't seek advice as much as they should. People feel they know it better.

Short comings

Make Pro Tour Top 8.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Booked a house two weeks before the Pro Tour with his team to practice. Know the balance you need. Playing a lot of games (10-15) per match up helps Oli get a feel and collect data.

Conversation 5 Years Ago

"Pick up Power cards and dual lands."

Improvement Suggestions

Enjoy the game, Make friends.

Magic Resource

CFB 
Hareruya

Connect With Oliver Polak-Rottmann

Twitter: @polakrottmann

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129: What Committing to Magic Taught Robert Santana
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Robert Santana is an up and coming star who made top 16 at the Star City Games Open in Las Vegas in 2014 and is the Grand Prix Portland 2016 Champion.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Worldwake

Favorite Card

Primeval Titan and Ishkanah

Underplayed Card in Standard

Call the Bloodline

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive scene drew him in.

Early Challenge

Creature combat. Robert played more control decks to get around not playing creatures.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG Las Vegas 2014. Robert dropped from the Invitational and joined the open. Playing win and in for top 8. Robert played against Steve Robin and got demolished. This led Robert to really doubt his ability to play. He forced himself and asked "is this something I really want to do ?". Once he committed he went all in.

Proudest Magic Moment

Champion of GP Portland 2016.

Level Up Moment

Started attending a competitive FNM. Associating with better players really helped.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Robert felt like he hit a wall. Tournament result were stagnant. Connecting with other players is key to his success.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players have deck ADD. Stick to a certain deck and get to know it really well.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Find a group of like minded individuals. Build the gauntlet and attend PTQs and GPQs together.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothes and Magic Cards

Daily Rituals

Hard work

Improvement Suggestions

Get on MTGO ; Reach out to players, connect and ask for advice.

Mentor

Brian Kibler

Advice to New Players

Go to LGS and get Intro decks, augment those and more up.

Magic Resource

MTGO
Cockatrice
SCG Premium
CFB
r/spikes

Connect With Robert Santana

Twitter: @itsRobbSon

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128: Travis Woo Reveals the Planeswalker that Can't Be Attacked
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Travis Woo is a strong Magic personality who has made Top 8 of a Grand Prix 3 times from the 12 he'’s attended. He also developed a decklist that made it to the top 8 of a Pro Tour. He runs the Magic For Good Facebook group and more of his content can be found on his YouTube channel, youtube.com/traviswizard. Travis lives in Humble, California.

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First Set

The Dark

Favorite Card

Shambling Vent

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

"I'm invested in it. It's a vehicle to share energy with people"

Early Challenge

Mulliganing. The new mulligan rule really helps.
Deck building. Travis built a lot of decks on his own to overcome his lack of confidence.

Mentors

Kai Budde, Jon FinkelPatrick Chapin, LSV, Ben Stark, Mike Flores

Worst Magic Moment

Letting the community down. Driving far and doing poorly.

Proudest Magic Moment

Hearing community members say he's made a difference in their life.
Top 8 Grand Pix Oakland 2013 with his brother.

Best Format

Sealed

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I'm constantly evolving"

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People not preparing the right way. Many players will play and learn nothing.

Shortcoming

Not having a Pro Team. Need to network to overcome this.

Daily Habits

Bike ride, record videos, risk life (surfing), eat good food

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Travis was involved in a private Magic coaching group. He was helping others prepare for their events and absorbed an understanding of the format. Have a plan to win. The brain is most alert on an empty stomach.

Improvement Suggestions

Win the next game. Take one game at a time.

Magic Resource

Next Level Deck Building
Travis Woo's book
Seek out players doing well in the format you want to play. 
Magic For Good Facebook Group.

Connect With Travis Woo

Twitter: @traviswizard

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127: Play As Much As You Can with Saul Alvarado
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Saul Alvarado has 2 Grand Prix top 8s: one at Grand Prix Los Angeles in 2009 and the other at Grand Prix Costa Rica in 2016. He’'s a 2 time National Champion and has been part of several National Teams. Right now he'’s focused on achieving his degree in Psychology, but is always making room for some Magical trips! Saul live in Panama City, Panama.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Newest Set

Hated Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

Underplayed Card

Eldritch

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Saul loved the the competitive aspect of Magic.

Aspect of Magic You Were Terrible at

Focuses a lot on Constructed and leaves Limited for last.

Level Up Moment

Before GP LA Saul was talking to Pros and asking questions.

Pro You Look Up To

Consistently playing tournaments. Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tutor Honolulu: Night before the tournament Saul changed his deck the night before. He lost pretty bad.
Learned: Never change deck the night before.
Pro Tutor Sydney: Showed up unprepared. Next time he'll make the time to prepare.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Top 8 twice. Saul likes that he has inspired other players from his local area to do well.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"How competitive I can be"

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't know how to mulligan or sideboard properly. Have a sideboard plan.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play on MTGO and get serious about 1 month before the tournament.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Camera and Deck

Improvement Suggestions

Practice a lot. Play as much as you can.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8 (Latest Decks)

Connect With Saul Alvarado

Facebook: Saul Alvarado

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126: Don't Let Your Dreams be Dreams with Erik Carson
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Erik Carson spends most of his time as a musician and graphic designer but still makes room for Magic. He has 2 Star City Games Legacy Top 8s and 1 Grand Prix Top 8. He goes through spurts of streaming and is looking to make a run at the Pro Players Club starting with Grand Prix Portland 2016. Erik lives in Roseburg OR.

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First Set

Zendikar

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Capsize

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The strategy and brain exercise.

Early Challenge

Deck building. Mono curves weren't at the top of Erik's mind.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG Open in 2012. Erik made Top 8. Lost in quarter finals. Erik made a huge mistake in game 2. He misconducted the game state and lost. Slow down and think through your plays.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Los Angeles, hearing his name over the speakers felt amazing. It was very validating.

Best Format

Legacy

Entry Level Tips For Legacy

Play a deck with Force of Will. Ask to read you opponents card. If you don't understand it, counter it.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Erik chose his deck early, a few months in advance.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothes, Deck Box + Deck, Extra Cards, Toothbrush, Trail Mix Legion

Improvement Suggestions

Never be afraid to make mistakes and look foolish. Don't let your dreams be dreams.

Habits That Help You Improve

Playing Music.

Pro You Look Up To

Reid Duke

Connect With Erik Carson

Twitter: @platypusisland

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125: The Playtesting Tip That Made Robert Lombardi a Grand Prix Champion
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Robert Lombardi has a Degree in Mechatronics Engineering, he'’s married and has a 6 month old son. He has been playing Magic since Visions, took a break in Odyssey and got back in during Zendikar. He'’s the Champion of Grand Prix Toronto and made Top 8 of Grand Prix Montreal. He'’s much better at Limited than Constructed and is actively trying to be less hyperbolic.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Lightning Bolt

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Deck building

Worst Magic Moment

Losing to an "unplayable" card. Sub per cards when used correctly have a place. Expand your range.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Toronto.

Conversation with Yourself 10 Years Ago

Don't get out of the game. Go straight to university.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

He was a poor looser.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Restricting themselves to archetypes in draft. You need to be able to draft a good deck regardless of what you open.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

A lot of free time leading up to the Grand Prix. 6 hours a day playing against the best decks (the gauntlet).

Daily Rituals

Draft daily.

Mentors

John Buden, Patrick Chapin

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Binder of Rares, Dragon Shield Sleeves, 10 of each land

Improvement Suggestions

Consume, content; articles, streams/videos; more friends & share cards. Focus on learning instead of winning during play testing. Treat your opponent with more respect.

Magic Resource

LSV, Patrick Chapin, Huey, Owen, Reid Duke

Connect With Robert Lombardi

Twitter: @RobertLombardi0

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124: Philippe Gareau Shares The Best Way To Win at Magic
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Philippe Gareau has been playing Magic: The Gathering for 18 years and made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Montreal which qualified him for Pro Tour Kaladesh in Hawaii. Philippe lives in Quebec City, Canada.

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First Set

Tempest / Stronghold

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Life from the Loam

Early Challenge

Learning the stack. Understanding the stack helped Philippe get to the competitive level.

Worst Magic Moment

GP Ottowa 2014 - Khans Limited - Philippe had multiple Secret Plans in play with a mandatory draw clause. He was disqualified because he missed the draw trigger.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Montreal 2016 and qualifying for the Pro Tour.

Favorite Format

Cube

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't trust in their own instincts. Too many players copy the 75 cards of an online deck. To get ahead, look at the strategies and tweak to address them.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

  • Deck
  • Playset of commons
  • Clothes

Ravnica Guild

Golgari

Non-Magic Activity

Talking with people about cards and match ups.

Improvement Suggestions

Try to play for a limited time. Never be afraid to experiment. The best way to win at Magic is to lose at Magic.

Magic Resource

Connect With Philippe Gareau

Find Philippe on Facebook

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123: How to Learn Every Time with Jonathan Melamed
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Jonathan Melamed is a husband and father and has a PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology. He’s a long time Magic player, a Level 1 Judge, a Tournament Organizer AND store owner from Brasilia, Brazil. He has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s and 1 Pro Tour Top 16.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Island/ Oath of Druids/ Tropical Island

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The challenge of Magic drew Jonathan in at the beginning. All these years later the game is still challenging.

Early Challenge

Learning when/how to attack. As a control player attacking didn't come easy to Jonathan. Playing a lot of limited helped him learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Feature match in a Pro Tour in 2009. Playing a UG Landfall deck. Jonathan won but a well-respected player looked at him and said "you play so awful". This hit Jonathan hard. Jonathan focused on learning everytime, even if he wins. Pay a lot of attention to the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

National Top 8 in 2011 (first major top 8) made Jonathan realize he could do it.

Best Format

  • Modern
  • Learn the deck you are playing. Learn it inside and out.
  • Learn the other decks as well. Get to know their game plan

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Be positive. No matter what. Jonathan struggles with this sometimes but knows how important it is.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not communicating well during a game. If you communicate well the entire game then mistakes come across as honest instead of cheating.

Non-Magic Activity

Neuroscience articles help Jonathan improve his focus.

 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

  • Coat
  • Food
  • Water
  • Playmat
  • Notepad
  • Dice

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun.

Connect With Jonathan Melamed

Twitter: @InsideMTG

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122: Andrew Sullano Sets Long Term Goals and Shares How They Help You Be a Better Magic Player
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Andrew Sullano is a Pro Tour veteran who has attended Pro Tour Avacyn Restored, Return to Ravnica, and Oath of the Gatewatch. He made top 4 at Grand Prix Oklahoma City. Andrew lives in Dallas, Texas.

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First Set

Betrayers of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Shadowmoor

Favorite Card

Wild Nactl

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

At first, Andrew liked the lore. Then, because when he gets into things he like to do them well, he started getting more competitive. Now, Magic is a social component of his life and he likes the people he can surround himself with when he plays.

Early Challenge

Andrew lost a lot during team drafts when he started and while this was disheartening he learned to ask for help. By getting guidance from better players he slowly improved his win percentage.

Worst Magic Moment

At Grand Prix Pittsburgh Andrew was salty most the day because he needed 2 points to get Silver level as a pro player and even after two byes he found himself 6-3. His core group wasn't with him on this trip so things just seemed bad. Thankfully, another friend scooped to him and he was able to carry on but Andrew learned that the people you surround yourself with are very important.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 4 at GP Oklahoma City.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are quick to clean up and move to the next game after losing. Andrew takes his time and reviews the entire game in his head (especially if he lost). He will analyze hands, land drops and spell sequencing to see what he could have done better.

Non-Magic Activity

Exercise

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Clothes

Toiletries

Improvement Suggestions

Draft at least once a week (if you're new to the game).

Set a long-term goal (like making Day 2 or Top 8 of a Grand Prix) and then actively work towards it.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

MTG Top 8

Friends

Connect With Andrew Sullano

Twitter: @panicking92

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121: OP Like Jace, The Mind Sculptor with Matteo Moure
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Matteo Moure has been playing Magic since he was 12 and has only been playing competitively for about one year. He made the finals at both Grand Prix London 2015 and Grand Prix Stockholm 2016. In addition to a few other minor Grand Prix placings he placed in the money at Pro Tour Milwaukee. Matteo lives in Rome, Italy.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Onslaught

Favorite Card

Jace, The Mind Sculptor

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

A lot of friends play and Matteo gets to travel.

Worst Magic Moment

Matteo had to stop playing Magic for a while due to work and this was his worst moment with the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix London

Best Format

Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Matteo learned how much of a social animal he is. He loves having fun with friends and Magic gives him that opportunity. (Futbol does as well.)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players underestimate their opponent too often.

Players also play their resources too early in the game and don't have answers to real problems later on.

Improvement Suggestions

Draft when you can and trade your cards for what you need.

Connect With Matteo Moure

FB: Matteo Moure

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120: The Secret to Level Ups with Matt Tumavitch
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Matt Tumavitch recently graduated college with a degree in sports and recreation management. He’s a front end leader at a grocery store during weekdays and a ski instructor in the winter. He’s an aspiring Magic pro with one Grand Prix Top 8 and 2 Star City Games Open Top 8s. Matt lives just outside Scranton, PA.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

(Matt would be in the Gruul Guild)

Favorite Set

Gatecrash / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Domri Rade

Worst Magic Moment

Matt's first Standard Grand Prix was tough because he started out 10-0 and then bombed. He felt like he was coming up short of his potential.

If you feel the same way Matt says: "You're good enough. Don't give up."

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Matt learned he can achieve his goals and succeed if he applies himself. He always tried hard in sports but was never a starter or varsity member. Through Magic Matt know he can get the results he desires.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Showing too much emotions.

Players let it show when they draw a bad card and it gives a lot of information away.

Control your emotions.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play 10 games of each match up.

Improvement Suggestions

Borrow cards and build budget decks.

Always ask for advice.

Non Magic Activity

Sports help build drive.

Being a skiing instructor taught Matt to ask for advice.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

TCG Player

MTGO Decklists

Seth Manfield videos and articles

Connect With Matt Tumavitch

Twitter: @MattTumavitch13

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119: Luck = Preparation + ______ with Luis Salvatto
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Luis Salvatto has 1 Super Sunday Series win, 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Pro tour top 8.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Morningtide

Favorite Card

Reveillark

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Luis played all kinds of games and saw that Magic had infinite possibilities. Now he loves to draft and play constructed. Just trying all the formats is exciting to him.

Early Challenge

Losing a lot of win-and-ins to the top 8 was hard early in Luis' career. To overcome that and finally make it into the top 8 he focused on minimizing mistakes. Don't justify mistakes, address them head on and admit that you are the problem.

Luis was motivated by seeing a team he wanted to join and learn from.

Pro Player Model

Thiago Saporito

Willy Edel

Worst Magic Moment

Under the old PTQ system, Luis reached the finals and lost. Then he reached another final and lost again by making a huge mistake.

He learned that he is a good player and you have to stay prepared so when luck strikes you can seize it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 32 of his first Grand Prix.

Winning a Super Sunday Series.

Making it to the Super Sunday Series final.

Making Top 8 of a Pro Tour.

Best Format

Draft

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Luis learned how to lose. When you lose to someone you think is worse than you, you learn a lot about yourself.

"If you play angry or you play sad, you don't play your best game."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not seeing the game unfolding. Not having a plan. You should always be able to answer, "How are you going to win this game?"

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Find a good deck and play it a bunch.

Improvement Suggestions

Start with a cheap deck and make friends.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Connect With Luis Salvatto

Twitter: @LUISLUJAN77

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118: Competitive Deck Building with Julien Henry
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Julien Henry started playing Magic in Shards of Alara but has been playing competitively for only 2 years. He made it to the Finals of Grand Prix Manchester and qualified for Sydney which is going to be his 2nd Pro Tour. He’s a member of MTG Mintcard and he lives in Paris.

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First Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Nissa, Vastwood Seer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Trying to find interactions between cards.

Winning is also very fun and keeps Julien going.

How to have Fun and be Competitive

Focusing on improving keeps Magic fun.

Level Up

Won a RPTQ for Pro Tour Atlanta. Julien played a lot with the same deck in preparation for the event and it paid off.

Worst Magic Moment

Modern Grand Prix in Madrid. Julien played a TON and fine-tuned his deck. He even gave his list to friends who also tweaked it slightly and took it to the GP. His friends did really well but he didn't make day 2. To practice so hard and then fall short is very frustrating.

You have to practice so when luck hits you can grab it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Manchester 2016. Julien had a huge win streak and made Silver pro when he made Top 8.

Best Format

Standard

Players You Respect

Pierre Dagen

Louis DelTour

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Spare cards

Improvement Suggestions

Wait until the Pro Tour to invest in a Standard deck (if you're new). They'll do all the heavy lifting for you.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

ChannelFireball

MTG Goldfish

MTG Top 8

Connect With Julien Henry

Twitter: @Lyserg42

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116: Long Term Goals Will Get You There with Niels Molle
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Niels Molle is the frontrunner to be the Irish National Champion, he has made multiple cash finishes and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8.

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First Set

Portal / Stronghold

Favorite Set

Urza’s Saga

Favorite Card

Tarmogoyf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Fantasy setting, build your own decks.

Competitive outlet.

“How good can I become?” Get to see friends

Play a variety of formats to keep it fun.

Worst Magic Moment

Lost Irish National Champion at last moment. Played a little less Magic.

Played a little less Magic afterwards to cool off.

Proudest Magic Moment

Won first PTQ (Pro Tour RTR)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

In Limited: mistapping mana and not representing combat tricks.

Change One Thing About Magic

Mana issues. Sometimes you get ... screwed at a tournament.

Sometimes you get mana screwed at a tournament.

What’s the Difference between Them and Us?

Experience. They play Magic with players on their same level.

Stepping Up

Find the best player at your LGS. Ask to play and get advice.

Play Magic online. Skill level is high and you can play against the best.

Pro Player You Look Up To

Paul Rietzl, PVDDR, Frank Karsten

Effectively Playtesting

Play a lot and focus on the game

Non-Magic Activity

Time management skills really helps Niels.

Self Improvement

Niels is an emotional player, meaning he plays intuitively, he makes plays that feel right. He’s trying to slow down and think.

Magic Resource

Podcasts – Limited Resources

Articles –

SCG

CFB (deck breakdowns)

Videos

Guidance

Set a long term goal and make it your focus.

Connect With Niels Molle

Twitter: @nielsmolle

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115: Why You Should Read the Cards with Clay Spicklemire - GP Champion and Youngest Guest
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Clay Spicklemire is an Indianapolis area Magic player who has been playing competitively since INN/RTR Standard and on and off since M10. He generally plays on the Star City Games circuit, and has had reasonable success there. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 where he was the Champion of GP Colombus.

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First Set

10 Ed.

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Electrolyze

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Deep interactions, competitive outlet.

Made friends through Magic.

How Do You Keep It Fun

Just cause you lose doesn’t mean you’re a bad player.

Early Challenge

Play super fast without thinking.

Slowing down

Worst Magic Moment

PPTQ, game 3, full board state, Displacement Wave from opponent

Clay didn't read the card and scooped. His opponent needed to return creatures too.

Proudest Magic Moment

Win Grand Prix Columbus.

Best Format

Legacy - Watch a lot of coverage, start playing

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Most fun when working with others.

Shortcoming

Manage resources sloppily when he's ahead. This gives opponents extra draw steps.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players sideboard poorly. Talk to better players about your sideboard. Lay it out and take pictures.

Talk to better players about your sideboard. Lay it out and discuss it.

Playtest

Play the match ups you’re unsure of and tweak your sideboard strategy.

Have a friend watch you play.

Get a good group

Tournament Bag

Dice, Playmat, Deck, and Water

Magic Resource

SCG

CFB

MTG coverage

The Source

MTG Salvation

New to Magic

Don’t buy packs.

Connect With Clay Speklemire

Clay is on Facebook

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114: Effective Tournament Prep with Christoffer Larsen 
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Christoffer Larsen is from Denmark and has 4 Grand Prix Top 8’s and has competed in at least 10 Pro Tours. He was on the Danish World Magic Cup team in 2015. Currently locked in as a Silver level pro.

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First Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds – Selesnya

Favorite Card

Sulfuric Vortex

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Travel a lot. Likes going to Grand Prixs with friends.

Early Challenge

Damage on the stack.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG team event. Had a really bad UR deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of World Magic Cup with team (back-to-back 2HG wins.)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Christoffer hates losing.

Take some time to move past it. Don’t whine.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Know your opponent’s deck. So many players don't think of their opponent.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Watch videos!

CFB

SCG

Playtest

Ask other for input and adjust

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks, clothes, code names

Improvement Suggestions

Talk to tournament players, ask for help, borrow decks.

Be kind and helpful to new players.

Work out, get byes (they allow you to sleep in), eat breakfast.

Magic Resource

MTG Pulse

Don’t take it too seriously and have fun.

Connect With Christoffer Larson

Christoffer is on Facebook

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113: Play the Game from Your Own Perspective with Edward Eng
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Edward Eng is from Chicago and lived in Taiwan for 10 years but lives in Houston now. He started playing Magic in 1994. Stopped in 2000. Came back in 2010. He’s the creator of galactictreasures.com. He’s played in 2 Nationals and has top 16ed a Star City Games invitational.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Tempest, Stronghold, Urza's Legacy (first foils)

Favorite Card

Psionic Blast

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic is a tool to help you build relationships.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing a key match to qualify for nationals.

Proudest Magic Moment

Won an annual tournament at LGS.

Best Format

Standard

Tools to get into Standard: Trading (PucaTrade), MTG Price, Quiet speculationSpare deck

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Still tilts.

To combat this, be cognizant of the fact that it’s a game.

People give up too early. Stay in it. Stay focused.

Shortcoming

"I'm a perfectionist."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Sideboarding – players over sideboard

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play to your strengths.

Regular Activites

Read a lot

Goldfish - When you goldfish think of a specific deck

Improvement Suggestions

See the game grow. Reach out to others.

“Play the game from your own perspective.”

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

TCG Player

Star City Games

Connect With Edward Eng

Twitter: @edwardeng

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112: How to Step Up to the Next Level with Christopher Walton
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Christopher Walton is well known in the Michigan legacy community, he piloted U/W Miracles to a top 4 finish at Grand Prix Columbus 2016.

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First Set

Revised / Unlimited

Favorite Set

Tempest

Favorite Card

Land Tax

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Interaction with friends.

Worst Magic Moment

Tried to quit Magic in 2008-9. His shop was closing and his friends were getting out.

Early 2016 was also tough.

But the worst was using outside information to determine a game and getting DQ’d.

He learned how to move past it by sharing with others.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 GP Columbus 2016.

Cultivating Legacy scene in MT.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Taken losing a lot worse.

Need to enjoy the game more.

Empathy is the key to enjoying magic when you lose.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Casting spells before attacking.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Legacy Swag, MTG The Source Playmat“Barn” the person who

Christopher is his groups “Barn”. (The person who lends out cards.)

Improvement Suggestions

Enjoy the game as much as possible. Be sure you want to step up. To step up: Try everything.

Be sure you want to step up. To step up: Try everything.

To step up: Try everything.

Magic Resource

Borrow and proxy to break into Magic.

Connect With Christopher Walton

Christopher is on Facebook

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111: This One Flaw Will Make You Fail with Jonas Friberg
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Jonas Friberg is a Swedish Magic: The Gathering player who played his first Grand Prix in 2014 and since then has played in 8 others including GP Barcelona and GP Manchester where he top 8:ed in both!

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First Set

Coldsnap

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Electrolyze

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Jonas is very creative with his hands and mind. MTG creative in another way. He gets to think and make plays 2 turns ahead

Worst Magic Moment

GP Krakow 2005 – Jonas traveled out of country and it was very expensive.

He went 0-3 drop. Outside of comfort zone.

He learned to practice more and learned to balance playing the best deck vs. one you know better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Won first Game Day. Born of the Gods. Hadn’t been playing long.

Best Format

Standard – Look at the best deck and play a deck that beats them.

GW Tokens – Bad removal, can’t handle PW

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Full of myself. Think I’m better than I am. Over confidence is your worst enemy. Respect your opponent. Beware always. Think about his outs, what you can do to stop it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Play cards, not opponent. You should play your opponent. Don’t over extend into effects that wreck you.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Theorize about decks and match ups.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, Playmat, Dice, Pen, Life Pod, Clothes, Water bottle

New to Magic?

Look for Tier I budget decks. Play on Cockatrice, use proxies, and borrow the cards you need.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8

SCG

Connect With Jonas Friberg

Jonas is on Facebook

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110: Visualization and Realization, Arne Huschenbeth's Key to Success
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Arne Huschenbeth started playing in Khans of Tarkir. He Top 8’d ten out of 12 PPTQs last season, and won 2 of them!! He Top 8’d his fourth Grand Prix in Paris. And made Top 64 at GP Manchester.

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First Set

8th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Dragonlord Ojutai

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It's so fascinating. You can get better at it every day. Magic is the first time Arne really loved doing something.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad. Arne was crushed in the draft and didn’t make day 2. Sleep well.

He learned you should sleep well before events. He stayed up until 2 am the night before.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 @ GP Paris - He felt a feeling of freedom  He was screaming “You did it!” in his head.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Arne loves to travel and be with friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana wrong. Untapped mana represents something. Sending messages is part of Magic, make sure you're sending the right messages all the time.

Also, players often think they are the aggressor when they’re not.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Arne traveled every weekend to a tournament somewhere. He consumed Magic content (articles + videos) and played a lot on XMage. This helped him make his GP top 8.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Apples, Bananas, Water, Deck, Back Pack

Activities to Improve

Arne uses visualization techniques to envision winning and what that feels like.

he also draws on his strategy and management skills.

Magic Resource

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames

TCG Player

Twitch

Wizards Coverage

Guidance

Be confident and keep going.

Connect With Arne Huschenbeth

You can find Arne on Facebook

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109: Pascal Maynard Reveals Wizards Coverage Secrets to Help You Improve
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Pascal Maynard was on the Canadian National Team in 2010 and Top 50’d his first PT (which was Worlds Chiba 2010) by making it to 5th place in the team portion. He’s played in over 15 Pro Tours and has 10 Grand Prix Top 8s (including 2 wins!) in his record. He currently has 1 Pro Tour Top 8 and is gunning for more.

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First Set

5th Dawn

Favorite Set

Time Spiral (Block)

Favorite Card

Tooth and Nail

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitiveness.

Early Challenge

Pascal never wanted to play the best deck but he still remembers the first time he swapped decks with a body who ran an aggressive deck and the eye opening experience that was.

Worst Magic Moment

All of 2014.

Pascal could not win that year. He considered leaving the game until he top 8'd a Grand Prix on his way to go visit a friend.

If you are going through a slump, consider what you are doing wrong. Always turn the lens inward. Ask friends to watch you play.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 of a Pro Tour.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Pascal likes being competitive and doesn't like not learning.

Magic has made Pascal a more organized person.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People care too much about what's around them and how others think of them.

Players who are good at ABC Magic play too fast because they don't want others to think they don't know. Great players slow down, think, and don't care what others are doing or thinking.

Limited

Evaluate whether you are the aggressor or on defense often. Make a note, especially when you sideboard.

Improvement Suggestions

Go to Wizards Coverage site and do a search for a specific deck or a specific player and you can watch all the coverage of that deck or player. It's all right there! No digging through hours of YouTube to find the right one. It's all right there. :)

Magic Resource

Neil Oliver articles on ChannelFireball

Connect With Pascal Maynard

Twitter: @PascalMaynard

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108: Theory Crafting with Andrew Elenbogen
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Andrew Elenbogen is the captain of team Ann Arbor. He has two Grand Prix T8’s (Minneapolis and Omaha) the latter was with his favorite deck of all, Magic: RG Tron. He also finished 13-2 at GP Boston 2015 and cashed several other GPs and SCGs with that same deck.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Karn Liberated

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Andrew is super competitive and Magic is his competitive outlet. Magic is not set in stone, it is super fluid.

Level Up

At a random PTQ in Minnesota, Andrew played against Mathias Hunt. His opponent was very pleasant and despite his loss Andrew was able to make friends with Mathias. They found they had a lot in common and Andrew was invited to join an elite test group.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Dallas 2015. Andrew lost a win-and-in to go to the Pro Tour. He learned that no one deserves to win. Magic is up for anyone.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Minneapolis 2016 Top 8. A friend conceded to get him in and Andrew loved doing so well alongside his teammate Max McVety.

Best Format

Modern

Don't switch every week. Know your deck.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Andrew learned how to self evaluate so he can recognize his own strengths and weaknesses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are unwilling to acknowledge they lack the skill to play the best deck. Sometimes you need more practice.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Boogie board

Deck

Playmat

Dice

Tokens

Magic Resource

Don't be afraid to change your deck last minute if you think it's right.

Connect With Andrew Elenbogen

Twitter: @aje8888

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107: Rising to the Top with Max McVety
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Max McVety is a Magic player from Ann Arbor, MI who has been playing competitively since New Phyrexia. He’s played in 3 Pro tours, two of which he top 50’d. He made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Minneapolis 2016.

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First Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Gryff's Boon
Lightning Bolt

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Deck building and playing Magic is a puzzle to be sold.

Level Up

When Max started playing MTGO more and when he started asking for help he noticed his game step up.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Pro Tour Max lost his day 2 win and in. To be so close and fall short was disappointing.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a StarCityGames Invitational was amazing.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Max learned that he can handle a full schedule and thrive.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don't think about the cards they are going to take out when they sideboard.

Lay out your deck post sideboard and line it up with the deck you want to play against.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Back pack

Relevant cards (for the format)

Apple

Water

Clothes

Limited Tips

Play two colors. Play cards that affect the board. (Creatures, removal, combat.)

Draft: Synergy - picks are contextual

Sealed: Play your best 23 cards

Magic Resource

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames Premium

Limited Resources

Connect With Max McVety

Twitter: @m_mcvety

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106: "Punt Ups" to a Better Game with Lauri Vuorela
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Lauri Vuorela is an up and coming Magic star from Stockholm Sweden who had his first big finish by making Top 8 at Grand Prix Manchester 2016.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir (Limited) / Theros

Favorite Card

Mind Twist

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The friends he's made and the fact that there are so many possibilities.

Early Challenge

Lauri struggled with playing spells at the right time. Like dropping a creature during the second main so he could represent a spell during combat.

Worst Magic Moment

Long bad streak. Lauri took a 1 month break to clear his head.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Manchester

Best Format

Modern

Play one deck for awhile so you know all the match ups.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Lauri tends to downplay his own skill. But the more you play the more you believe in yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players use the same life pad from the previous game and can give away information. Not facing the timer.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Life pad

Deck

Extra sideboard cards

Dice

Playmat

Water

Snacks

Magic Resource

MTG Mint Card

Modern Nexus

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames

Connect With Lauri Vuorela

Twitter: @lauriv_

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105: Patrick Chapin Returns! Your Questions Answered - 1 Year of MTG Pro Tutor
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Patrick Chapin, "The Innovator," is a Hall of Famer, Pro Tour Champion, and 5-time Pro Tour Top 8 competitor. Author of Next Level Magic and Next Level Deckbuilding, his articles can be found on StarCityGames.com and podcast at TopLevelPodcast.com.

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Sideboarding

Sideboards are there to tweak and tune your strategy. Know what your strategy is. Look at similar strategies and make your sideboard similar.

Right now, sweepers are very popular - Languish and Planar Outburst.

Building Local Interest

If you have casual players that you would like to take to the next level, organize regular draft nights. Break off into teams after the draft portion so people can help each other build decks.

If you have new players who don't know the rules, introduce them to a Duels of the Planeswalkers and see if they stick around and want more after a few weeks.

Missing Triggers

Create a shortcut system for your brain. Also, when playtesting, NO TAKE BACKS!!

Practice how you want to play at events. Track your mistakes and do a push up for each one you do.

Going to Grand Prixs and Other Big Events

Grand Prixs are like gaming conventions. JUST GO and enjoy it!

You will never feel ready if you don't go. If you are nervous about the main event then just show up and walk around, play in some side events, visit artists and vendors and soak it all in.

When you participate in the main event, play all the rounds. You paid to play Magic and get experience. Utilize all the time you have. Play all the rounds even if you're knocked out early.

Playing against different decks and opponents you don't know is invaluable.

Home Brew vs. Net Deck

By playing your own brew all the time you are missing out on learning what's working now and why it's working.

By net decking all the time you will always be a week or so behind.

Mix it up. Net deck 25% of the time and build your own deck 25% of the time. The other 50% is up to you to go where the wind blows.

See what's working at large but try out your own ideas too.

Read: Information Cascades in Magic on StarCityGames

Make Sure It's Fun

Don't force yourself to play Magic (or play more Magic) just because you feel like that's waht you SHOULD be doing, Make sure it stays fun.

Pay Attention to Opponent

Everytime your opponent makes a play, especially if it's not obvious why, ask yourself "Why did they do that?"

Have a notebook and write down, after the match, what your opponent did so you can talk about it with others later.

BONUS: Write down all the mistakes you made (win or lose) and what you learned and SHARE THAT LIST!

Don't let your brain hide your errors from you. Get used to facing them and talking about them.

The MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group is the perfect place to post your list because of the healthy, uplifting community there who is ready to help.

Mulligan Decisions

Now days you can keep slightly lighter mana hands because you can scry.

Consider what your opponent is playing and have a plan based on the cards in your hand. If there is no viable plan, then mulligan.

If you don't know what your opponent is playing, assume they are on an aggressive strategy. How does your hand line up in that match?

Coping with Counterspells

If you tilt when playing a control mage then watch someone play a control deck and ask questions. Learn when they are vulnerable so you know when to strike.

Dealing With Ulamog

Hand disruption is the best way to deal with Ulamog. Infinite Obliteration is the prime answer.

Biggest Mistake

Players lie to themselves.

You can only control what you can control. People shift the blame to things they can't control and then use that to hide from the real problem.

Which is that they are making mistakes and need to address it.

Improvement Suggestions

Focus on what really matters right now.

Magic Resource

Information Cascades in Magic on StarCityGames

Eternal

Patrick is working alongside other great Magic players at Direwolf Digital to release a new game called Eternal.

Check it out when it goes into open Beta soon.

Connect With Patrick Chapin

Twitter: @thepchapin

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104: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone with Eugene Hwang
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Eugene Hwang lives a double life of a mild-mannered data analyst during the week but from Friday to Sunday, he is a Grand Prix grinder and Silver level pro from Los Angeles. He has 2 Grand Prix top 8s, including a win in GP Orlando 2014.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir (Limited)

Favorite Card

Survival of the Fitest

Favorite Art

Terese Nielsen
Rebecca Guay

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Drafting Magic is the most fun game Eugene has played. The community keeps him coming back for more.

Early Challenge

Started drafting and learned the BREAD shortcut but then took this too far. Eugene drafted pretty bad decks until he read an article about mana curve that changed how he drafted. Results quickly followed.

Worst Magic Moment

Day 2 of Grand Prix Providence. Eugene and his team went 10-0 in day one but then got steamed rolled in day 2 by Ari Lax's team. It was here that they realized there was a huge gap between their level and the next level.

They came home, hit it hard, and all three team members (Andrew Brown, Jiachen Tao, Eugene Hwang) have gone on to win Grand Prix's and Pro Tours.

Proudest Magic Moment

Watching 

Best Format

Sealed

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

While only playing one deck is a good way to start, if ALL you do is play aggro then when the meta shifts you will be out of luck.

Play lots of decks so you can easily pick up different styles based on the meta.

Build two decks that attack on opposing axis so 

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare cards to older versions.

By playing Limited consistently you build mental shortcuts.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Look at rares first. Grab cards that pull you into their colors, cards that you would definitely play in those cards, and cards you will likely play in those colors.

Find the highest quality creatures and removal and make a two color deck around those cards. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play sessions are key. Either online or in person. Talk to each other player. 

Early on you want to identify powerful card interactions. After that you want to play the gauntlet of most likely decks.

Improvement Suggestions

Make friends with players you respect.

Use Cockatrice and proxies.

Playing Magic is the best way to get better at Magic. But playing other strategy games is good as well.

Stay positive.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Allied Strategy podcast

GAM podcast

Connect With Eugene Hwang

Twitter: @deadseashoals

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103: Always Be Open to Learn with Adonnys Medrano (GP Top 8)
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Adonnys Medrano has made the first major breakthrough of his Magic career by placing in the top 8 of Grand Prix Charlotte. He’s competed in the semi-finals of a Pro Tour Qualifier and placed 9th at the Richmond Open in 2015. He’s been playing Magic for about 3.5 years and has been competitive for about 1.5 years. He enjoys all things gaming and Magic related. Adonnys lives in Virginia.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Worst Magic Moment

Scrubbed out of Regional Pro Tour Qualifier. Then went to Grand Prix Pittsburg and didn't make day 2.

Main take-away: You can't always expect to do well in Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Charlotte

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Adonnys enjoys traveling with friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not understanding interactions and not learning the format.

Watch coverage and read Star City Games, Channel Fireball and TCG Player

Improvement Suggestions

Take it slow. If you can't have the best versions of the cards it's okay.

Buy singles, not packs!

Always be open to learn.

Playing is a big part BUT understanding is even bigger.

Magic Resource

Articles

Star City Games,

Channel Fireball and

TCG Player

Connect With Adonnys Medrano

Facebook: Adonnys Medrano (BEST)

Twitter: @AbrAdonnys

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102: Drink, Sleep, Plan with Corey Burkhart
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Corey Burkhart has 3 Grand Prix top 8s this season alone, is a Gold Level Pro and a proud member of team Ultra Pro.

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First Set

Zendikar

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Tidehollow Sculler

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Being with friends.

Worst Magic Moment

Finals of a Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS), Corey mulled to 3, and then loses in a two-turn play. A friend told Corey what was at stake if he won and this might have thrown off his focus a bit.

Then, at Grand Prix Albequerque 2013 Corey choked in a late round by firing off a Sphinx's Revelation too early.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Oakland 2016 where Corey locked in Gold Level Pro status was huge but the sportsmanship of his opponent is what stands out to him the most.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not thinking about the outcome of a play or turn ahead of time. HAVE A PLAN!

Consider how your spells line up with your opponents'.

What Are You Working On?

Limited; adapting to signals and predicting the meta game

Improvement Suggestions

Play all kinds of games and puzzles.

Remember, it's a game. HAVE FUN! Relationships are more important.

Connect With Corey Burkhart

Twitter: @Corey_Burkhart

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101: Eternal Masters Price Lessons with Eli Kassis
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Eli Kassis has 1 Grand Prix top 8, another X-2 finish and has 6 Grand Prix top 16's in his record. He has cashed at 6 Pro Tours and has 18 PTQ wins and 15 Star City Games top 8's.

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First Set

Unlimited

Favorite Set

Revised

Favorite Card

Lightning Bolt
Young Pyromancer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Buying, trading and the competition.

Worst Magic Moment

Star City Games Open in Syracuse. Eli wasn't allowed to have a big bag on the floor of the tournament. This shifted his mindset towards Magic. Now, he doesn't let his competitiveness affect his enjoyment.

Then he had his cards stolen out of his car.

These were really low points.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix Charlotte.

Best Format

Vintage & Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Eli faced his insecurity which manifested itself as poor sportsmanship.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving away information. Practice having a stone face constantly.

Improvement Suggestions

Treat other players with respect. Especially women.

Connect With Eli Kassis

Facebook: Eli Kassis

Twitter: @lifer2121

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100: A Surprise + Special Return Guest for Episode 100!!
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Shaun Penrod is the host of the top rated Magic: The Gathering podcast, MTG Pro Tutor. The Professor runs the #1 MTG related YouTube channel, Tolarian Community College, and is the first repeat guest on MTG Pro Tutor. (Even though technically he's the host of this episode.) ;)

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100 GIVE AWAY!!

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First Set

Tempest block

Favorite Set

Future Sight / Innistrad

Favorite Card

Akroma's Memorial
Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Level Up Moment

Reading an article by Michael J. Flores about casting instants on your own turn.

Best Format

Standard

Connect With Shaun Penrod

Twitter: @ShaunPenrod

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99: Map Your Turn to Victory with Michael Majors
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Michael Majors is a Professional Magic player who lives in Roanoke VA and works at StarCityGames. He has 3 Grand Prix Top 8’s, including a win at GP San Diego in 2015, and has 2 Pro Tour Top 16s. He’s part of the Vintage Super Series duo Merriam and Majors.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Winning is always nice but the friends he's made has kept Michael around.

Early Challenge

Identifying what in each game is important.

Worst Magic Moment

2015 was a rough year for Michael. He missed Platinum by a few points in 2014 and this affected Michael for most of the next season. Finally, at GP San Diego, he let go of caring and got first place. This reinvigorated him and he's done great since.

Proudest Magic Moment

When Michael finally made Platinum Pro.

Best Format

Standard

If you're new to Standard make one deck and stick with it to get it down, making adjustments as you go to meet your meta.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not using time wisely.

While your opponent is taking their turn, you can be thinking and planning.

Also, map your turn all the through. Don't just make the very next play, think of the full sequence.

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare new cards to older, similar cards to start determining how good they are.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play a lot on Magic Online.

Play in person twice a week for several hours each session.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Pen

Paper

Water

Snacks

Improvement Suggestions

If you are loving an aspect of Magic then don't change that. If you want to become more competitive then build one deck and practice.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Connect With Michael Majors

Twitter: @MichaelJMajors

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98: Don't Make the Most Obvious Plays with Scott Lipp
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Scott Lipp has 2 Grand Prix top 8's, and came in 16th at Grand Prix Vegas (BIGGEST GP EVER), He made top 4 at the Junior Super Series Worlds in 1999. He’s a father, a store owner, and lives in Kansas City.

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First Set

Arabian Nights

Favorite Set

8th Ed. / Invasion block

Favorite Card

Chaos Orb

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Loves seeing new players come into his store and fall in love with Magic.

Early Challenge

Scott played too quickly. He had to learn patience.

Level Up Moment

When Scott started playing cards that he enjoyed instead of the cards/decks that were simply "the best".

Worst Moment

Having a really bum birthday weekend at GP Atlantic City

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting back on the Pro Tour train.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learning how to manage friendships.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Making the most obvious play.

Tapping mana wrong.

Not sequencing lands and cards correctly.

KNOW your deck, know your match up and use this knowledge to manage your plays and play around the right cards.

Improvement Suggestions

Go watch Twitch and read articles.

Treat opponents with respect.

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv

Connect With Scott Lipp

Twitter: @Spanky_KC

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97: Follow the Way of the Siege Rhino by Louis Deltour
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Louis Deltour is a 24 year old, French, Silver Pro, who started playing Magic in Odyssey and got competitive in Future Sight. He’s played in 10 Pro Tours and has 4 Grand Prix top 8's as well as a French Nationals top 8 in his record.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Future Sight

Favorite Card

Mistbind Clique

Early Challenge

Showing up late, registering the wrong deck, miscounting combat math.

Louis struggled with really basic aspects in the beginning. You don't have to show up at a tournament with the wrong deck to learn like he did. Decide now to prepare ahead of time and show up with the right gear at the right time.

Lowest Magic Moment

Louis got really angry at a World Magic Cup Qualifier when he got beat by 2 cards.

After he cleared his head he realized that you can't get too emotional.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix London 2011

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Louis loves being around people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing bad decks.

Too many people resist following the way of Siege Rhino.

If it's the best card or the best deck, you should probably play it.

He also sees a lot of mistakes around mulligans.

If your hand needs more than one thing, you should mulligan.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box

paper

pen

dice

sunglasses

Tylenol

Improvement Suggestions

Get friends and borrow cards. :)

Connect With Louis Deltour

Twitter: @LWIDELTOUW

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96: Deep into Mindset and How Magic is Never Solved with Michael Simon
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Michael Simon is a longtime Grand Prix grinder who went 8-1 in his first Grand Prix. He then played 15 Grand Prix in a single year. Michael has two Grand Prix Top 8s - Modern (Chicago 2012) and Limited (Albuquerque 2016) - but first Qualified for the Pro Tour with a 10th place at Pittsburgh 2015. Micahel always wears an Izzet shirt.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Words of Wind

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic is never solved. This keeps Michael coming back for more.

Lowest Magic Moment

There was a period of 3 years when Michael didn't qualify for the Pro Tour and made him doubt his ability.

Proudest Magic Moment

Michael kept a one-land hand on a low mull and won. His opponent was very salty. Later, he went to the store owned by his opponent and then man came out and apologized for how he behaved and gave Michael credit for a good game.

Being accepted by his opponent was very validating for Michael.

Best Format

Modern

If you're new, find a deck with a sideboard that does not require you to know the match up.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Just "playing" your cards without thinking. Think "why do I want to play this card right now?"

Think "why do I want to play this card right now?"

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Pad

Pen

Water

KMC Hyper Matte

Cards

Dice

Improvement Suggestions

What happened in the past is mostly irrelevant; so is the future. Focus on the now.

Don't tell yourself unrealistic advice.

Connect With Michael Simon

Twitter: @mechalink

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95: Analyze Your Wins with Doug Potter
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Doug Potter has been playing competitive Magic for more than half his life. He’s from Edmonton, Alberta, home of Shaun McLaren and other sick MTG players. After making 9th place on tie breakers at his first GP in 2005 he’s gone on to play in 6 Pro Tours and has 1 Grand Prix T8 at GP Toronto 2016.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Judgment

Favorite Card

Psychatog

Early Challenge

Elitism - thinking he was better than other players.

Doug had to learn how to respect his opponent's and even lost a few friends before this lesson sunk in.

Proudest Magic Moment

Being there for Alexander Hayne when he won his Pro Tour.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not enough players analyze the mistakes they made in games they won.

By doing this you don't have the negative emotions associated with a loss.

This helps you decompress wins in a healthy way.

Improvement Suggestions

Some players "get it" and others need to "find it" and grind. Where ever you fall in the Magic spectrum you can achieve your goals.

Healthy body, healthy mind. Hydration is important.

Connect With Doug Potter

Twitter: @DougPkr

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94: Ari Lax on Logicking from the End
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Ari Lax is a Member of Team Ultra PRO, writes Premium articles for StarCityGames.com, has 8 Grand Prix Top 8s with 1 Win and is the Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir Champion.

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First Set

Ice Age Arctic Fox

Favorite Set

M13

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique
Mind's Desire

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic is a constant puzzle.

Early Challenge

Not playing the best deck. If it's the best deck and nothing else is beating it then there is nothing wrong with playing it.

Worst Magic Moment

Ari was the "better-than-you" grinder for a while. This led to game losses and frustration that could have been a avoided. He learned that getting upset never helps.

Proudest Magic Moment

Seeing a close friend qualify for the Pro Tour.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Logicking from the end. Players work backward and look for flawed interactions and then match results to those instances when in reality you could have been making the best play with the info you had at the time.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Mat

Dice

Water

Complaining

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Connect With Ari Lax

Twitter: @armlx

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93: Stephen Murray's Secret to Improving at Competitve Magic - Scotish World Magic Cup Team Captain
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Stephen Murray is a three-time Scottish National Champion, two-time World Magic Cup Top 8'r, has a couple of Pro Tour top 50's, and is a 2HG Draft and other weird format enthusiast. Stephen lives in Scotland.

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First Set

Invasion / Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Armadillo Cloak

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Easy to get lost in the game if you just picture what's actually happening. And it has a great competitive scene.

Worst Moment

Having his Magic bag stolen.

Proudest Magic Moment

First time becoming National Champion in 2006.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not knowing how to sideboard in advance.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water

Light snack

dice

pens

Improvement Suggestions

Play lots of games, even if it's not competitive.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

MTG Top 8

Connect With Stephen Murray

Twitter: @JechtMurray

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92: Are You the Beat Down? Find Out with Autumn Burchett
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Autumn Burchett broke onto the Magic scene with an 11th place finish at her first ever Pro Tour, Pro Tour Battle For Zendikar. Now a silver level pro player she is looking to follow up this early achievement with more top finishes. Autumn lives in Bristol.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Shadows Over Innistrad

Favorite Card

Pack Rat

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It's always changing.

Early Challenge

Tilting.

You have to be actively aware of tilting in order to combat it and not let it affect your game-play.

Level Up Moment

Borrowed an Affinity deck and won a win-a-Goyf event.

What Autumn learned was when to play around cards and when not play around them. It's a fine line but sometimes you need to commit and force your opponent to have the answer and sometimes you need to play around the answer. 

Autumn played very well at this event and really feel she leveled up her understanding of playing around cards.

Worst Moment

Pro Tour Atlanta.

Autumn neglected basic self-care and it manifested in her results.

She learned that sleep, food, hydration and adequate breaks between rounds are crucial to keeping your mind sharp for a long day of Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Pro Tour Battle For Zendikar.

Autumn made 11th place at her first ever Pro Tour!

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not knowing your role.

Identifying whether you are the beatdown player or not is crucial.

This section is a must listen!

Improvement Suggestions

If you are just getting into Magic, watch streams.

That's the cheapest way to improve.

Ozman, Darkest Mage and LSV are all great streamers who explain what they do so you can understand.

Magic Resource

Who's the beatdown? by Michael J. Flores

Eight core principles of "Who's the beatdown?" by Michael J. Flores

Limited Resources 239

Twitch

Ozman

Darkest Mage

LSV

Connect With Autumn Burchett

Twitter: @autumnoftheveil

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91: How To Sideboard Against Scary Cards with Arnaud Soumet
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Arnaud Soumet is a French Magic player who has played in several Pro Tours and was on the French World Magic Cup team in 2015 when they took 3rd place. He is a business consultant who lives in Paris.

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First Set

Onslaught

 

Favorite Set

Origins

 

Favorite Card

Westvale Abbey

Ormendahl, Profane Prince

 

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Arnaud likes to win and loves the friends he has made.

 

Level Up Moment

Joined a team and started practicing regularly.

 

Worst Magic Moment

Losing early at a Grand Prix and not flying out until the next day is the worst. In the moment, Arnaud feels bad but eventually he'll tour the city or hang out with friends and do side events.

 

Proudest Magic Moment

Making it to 3rd place with the French team at the World Magic Cup 2015.

 

Best Format

Constructed

 

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Arnaud has recognized that he needs to practice a lot to do things that seem to come naturally to others. He's clever but needs to practice a lot.

 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Sideboarding too reactively against scary cards. You don't want to put yourself on the back foot. Sideboard cards that address your opponent AND advance your game plan.

 

Gaddock Teeg is a good example. It turns off your opponent's spells and is a body that can attack as well. Try to apply more pressure instead of focusing on dealing with a specific threat.

 

How To Choose a Deck

Look at deck win percentages from the Pro Tour, read articles about those decks, pick one, and jam sessions until you know the deck inside and out.

As you play, take a few minutes after each game to record the key cards in the match up.

 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Water

Paper

Pen

Food

 

Improvement Suggestions

new to Magic? Grab a friend, make som proxies, and play play play.

 

Magic Resource

MTG Coverage - Compiles footage from all major events regardless of what channel they were on.

As you go through games stop and think what you would do.

 

Connect With Arnaud Soumet

Twitter: @ArnaudSoumet

 

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90: Deep Dive Into Judging with L3 Jared Sylva
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Jared Sylva is a Level 3 judge with the Grand Prix Head Judge role and is the Organized Play Department Manager for StarCityGames.com. Jared lives in Roanoke VA.

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First Set

Revised

 

Favorite Set

Onslaught (because of Morph)

 

Favorite Card

Wirewood Savage

 

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The mental challenge and the game of optimizing resources.

 

Early Challenge

Jared got too fixated on an idea and tried to build decks around mechanics or specific cards, even if it wasn't good.

 

Most Negative Moment

Having to Disqualify someone for offering to roll a die for the win when the player had NO idea that was illegal. The rules are very clear and have to be enforced and it was hard to DQ this player.

 

Proudest Magic Moment

Seeing many friends advance in the judge community, specifically Jason Reedy when he was recognized for being on his way to becoming a Level 3 judge after running side events like a boss.

 

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Knowing that he has a reputation for arrogance, Jared recognizes that some people like him as a leader and others don't. He's learned how to be a leader to those assigned to follow him, as supposed to those who choose to follow him.

 

Improvement Suggestions

Making Magic: The Gathering accessible to all kinds of people is a huge focus and Jared puts out a call to the whole community to make it an equally enjoyable experience for all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations. It's up to all of us.

 

Magic Resource

Magic: The Gathering website - list of Regional Coordinators who can put you in touch with someone local to you if you want to become a judge.

Judge.Wizards.com - Judge practice exams

 

Connect With Jared Sylva

Twitter: @JaredSylva

 

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89: Erin Campbell on Finding Your Voice and Knowing Your Worth
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Erin Campbell is the creator of two successful Magic: The Gathering podcasts, The Deck Tease and The Girlfriend Bracket, and is currently a co host of the Magic Mics Podcast. She was a 2014 Community Cup team member and day 2’d her first Grand Prix in March 2016. She has her sights set on Wisconsin State Champion. Erin lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Tempest

Favorite Card

Ad Nauseam

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The human interaction. She didn't get as much of this playing video games and appreciated the Magic community for its human interactions.

Level Up Moment

Erin used to play decks she hated because they were "good decks". Now she understands that she can play decks she likes. She knows now she doesn't have to go to every event. She can play the decks she likes at the events she wants and that's okay.

Worst Magic Moment

An AMA on Reddit.

Take away: The less you say after "I'm sorry" the better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Representing the community at the 2014 Community Cup.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I am not my results." 

Erin learned to separate her match results from her self-worth. You can lose at Magic and that doesn't mean you are a terrible person.

Also, learning when good enough is good enough.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Buying into the white noise.

There is SO much content out there that people sometimes forget to form their own opinions about cards and decks. Take in the content you want but don't get lost in the white noise.

Improvement Suggestions

Don't play Rest in Peace.  ;)

Magic Resource

Magic Mics Podcast - Current news in the Magic world

Connect With Erin Campbell

Twitter: @OriginalOestrus

Check Out Magic Story

Magic Story brings the lore of the Multiverse to life in an audio presentation never before heard in the Magic community.

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Under The Silver Moon

Magic Story is the audio presentation of Uncharted Realms, the weekly Daily MTG column that tells the lore behind Magic: The Gathering.

Please visit www.magicthestory.com to learn how you can support the show.

88: How to Unlock the Magic Online Beta and Get Early Access to New Sets with Maitland Cameron
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Maitland Cameron came 3rd at Australian nationals in 2011, a year after he started playing Magic! Since then he’s come in 4th at Grand Prix Sydney 2014, 2nd at Grand Prix Auckland 2015 and 2nd at Grand Prix Melbourne in 2016. Maitland lives in Melbourne Australia.

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First Set

Rise of Eldrazi

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

The Gitrog Monster

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The community.

Early Challenge

Maitland resigned himself to the outcome of a game before it was even done.

To overcome that he started recognizing when he would have those thoughts, acknowledge them, and then actively push those thoughts out and focus on winning the game.

Level Up Moment

When Maitland was shown how to play around cards he experienced a level up moment.

Deepest Thing About Yourself

People are the most important aspect of Magic.

Best Format

Limited (Draft)

Advice For New Drafters

Ask opponents what they drafted and show them what you drafted. Ask questions. Make sure you are asking people who it isn't their first time.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Feeling pressure. This blinds some players. Put yourself in situations as often as you can so you aren't pressured when at big events.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water

Banana

Life Pad

Pen

Resources

GasMTG - Maitland Cameron's blog and podcast

Improvement Suggestions

Embrace new players. Be a nice person and a beacon to the community.

Enjoy the game.

Connect With Maitland Cameron

Twitter: @Maitlandcameron

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87: Stuck Up In Your Own Ideas! Eduardo Sajgalik Will Help You Break That Mindset
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Eduardo Sajgalik is a multinational traveler based in the UK, though he started playing in France. He got his first Pro Point in 2006. He made Top 8 at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica in 2012, has 4 Grand Prix Top 8s under his belt, and has made Top 8 at 4 Nationals. A fun fact about our guest, he has played on 3 National teams: Canada (2008), UK (2011), England (2013).

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First Set

Judgment

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Riftwing Cloudskate

Early Challenge

Deck Construction

Level Up Moment

His first two Pro Tours really taught Eduardo that there IS "another level", and he dedicated himself to reach it.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Look at the top 32 decks of recent events.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People are stuck up in their own ideas. If you are not open to new ideas then it stops your improvement. If 20 people are giving you similar feedback, you should probably listen.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Eduardo wants to be social. Magic lets you make long lasting friendships.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Deck Box

Dice

Pad

Pen

Water

Cereal Bar

Banana

Trail Mix

Improvement Suggestions

FNM is a perfect experimental format. Try stuff out and have fun.

Look at the top 32 decks of a tournament. Those decks were 1 win away from the top 8. This will give you a better idea of which decks are doing well than just looking at the Top 8 list.

Watch high-level Magic match ups. This will help you internalize the lines of play so they aren't new when they happen to you.

Connect With Eduardo Sajgalik

Twitter: @Walaoumpa

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86: Looking at the Bigger Picture with Matt Severa
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Matt Severa is a software developer from Madison, WI. He is also a silver level pro and a member of Team Ultra Pro. His magic accomplishments include top 8 at GP Detroit in 2003, top 4 at GP Nashville in 2014, and a GP win at Washington D.C. in 2016.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Innistrad set

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Social aspect.

Early Challenge

Constructed

Deepest Thing About Yourself

Matt can go all in and sometimes lets his emotions carry over from game to game. He reminds himself why he's playing. He's there to have fun and regardless of his results he got to hang out with some great people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don't step back and look at the bigger picture.  Have an overall plan. If you don't know what your deck is trying to do you will lose more often than you should.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Matt attends a draft camp to learn what the limits of the format is. This is how he familiarizes himself with the archetypes in Limited.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Dice

Notepad

Pen

Water

Playmat

Improvement Suggestions

Eat right, sleep well, and stay fit.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Connect With Matt Severa

Twitter: @MattSevera

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85: Play the Game, See the World with Chapman Sim
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Chapman Sim's been playing Magic for over 20 years and is one of the most dedicated players in Asia. Living by the motto of "Play the Game, See the World", he is a travel enthusiast known for his escapades all around the globe. Chapman has 4 Grand Prix top 8s, has 3 World Magic Cup appearances, 2 Nationals Top 8s, and is the 2015 Singapore National Champion.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Force of Will

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Really good organized play. Plenty of events to meet up with friends and play.

Level Up Moment

When he was invited to play with team MTG Mint Card.

Hardest Magic Moment

Chapman's sliver deck was stolen. He was determined to not let the loss get him down and he bounced back and started grinding really hard.

Proudest Magic Moment

Playing so many Pro Tours in a row without being a Gold Level Pro.

Deepest Thing About Yourself

He's learned he's very independent. He schedules all his travel himself and is always where he needs to be when he needs to be there.

Favorite Format

Limited

Limited tips: Go to the pre-release of every set. It's a lot of fun and you can prepare by reading the set primer.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Drafting is the hardest format. Manage your curve. Do a draft once or twice a week. Stay consistent and you'll get better.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Meet up with a team a week before and practice.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing removal spells too early, especially in Limited. At the GP level, Chapman sees people throwing away their removal when they should wait for something bigger

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Pen

Pad

Dice

Deck

Magic Resource

MTG Mint Card

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Connect With Chapman Sim

Twitter: @chapmansim

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84: How Mike Tyson helps Alex Bastecki win at Magic: The Gathering
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Alex Bastecki spent years helping run premier level tournaments as a judge, then in 2015 he decided to focus more on playing, resulting in his first Pro Tour appearance at Pro Tour Magic Origins and a Star City Games Invitational win in Season 3 in New Jersey. Alex lives in Pittsburg.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Basking Rootwalla

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

How everything ties together.

Don't look five matches into the future. Keep you mind centered on the present match at hand.

Early Challenge

Letting emotions carry over into the next game.

Level Up Moment

Winning a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier.

Worst Moment

Alex was playing with a Japanese card and didn't tell his opponent the full text. His opponent tried to blow it up all over the internet and this almost made Alex leave the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning the Star City Games Invitational

Alex Bastecki Token

Best Format

Legacy

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Turning on the intensity needed to win and turning off the stress.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Letting emotions get the best of them. Just because you've mulled down to 5 doesn't mean you've lost. Stay in the moment, don't check out, and play your best.

Improvement Suggestions

Strive to become better with every game you play, either casual or competitive.

Magic Resource

Article about sharing information mentioned by Alex.

Connect With Alex Bastecki

Twitter: @rootwallapunk

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83: Embrace Your Learning Tool and Seek Feedback with Ralph Betesh 
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Ralph Betesh has two Grand Prix top 8s, one in Miami 2015 and the second when he slogged through the insiduous Eldrazi menace and emerged as champion of Grand Prix Detroit in March of 2016. Ralph lives in Philidelphia. 

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First Set

M11

Favorite Card

Delver of Secrets

Early Challenge

Combat math.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I'm super competitive."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not seeking feedback. Talk to your opponent and others after each game.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks

Box

Sleeves

Improvement Suggestions

Go to FNM. Network at your local store.

Magic Resource

Magic Online

Watching streams (Twitch)

Connect With Ralph Betesh

Twitter: @amthebroseph01

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82: How to Run a Successful Draft Group with Gabe Carleton-Barnes
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Gabe Carleton-Barnes has played in 13 Pro Tours, with 12 day twos. He has 9 PTQ wins and 1 RPTQ top 4. He just got his first Grand Prix Top 8 in Vancouver 2016. His claims to fame in our Magic: The Gathering Community include founding Draft-PDX, hosting Card Talk: The World’s Greatest MTG Podcast, and Storytelling. Gabe lives in Portland, Oregon.

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First Set

Revised Revised

Favorite Set

Odyssey Odyssey

Favorite Card

Psychatog

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Despite taking multiple breaks Gabe has stuck with Magic because he loves games and competition. He feels that playing Magic never gets old because it keeps changing and forces you to continue to learn.

Gabe started going to tournaments early in his career and found that he was making friends with adults who treated him as a peer, not as a kid. He now befriends players of all ages and understands that there is always something to be learned from every player he meets.

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Experience

Gabe made it his goal to qualify for the Pro Tour, so he familiarized himself with the PTQ format. He stayed focused, refined his decks, and was able to regularly get the top spot in PTQs so he could attend the Pro Tour.

However, when the Pro Tour came around he struggled to quickly innovate and craft a deck that would work well at the tournament. He didn’t have a lot of help at first, and the time crunch put a lot of pressure on him to familiarize himself with new cards for the format.

In terms of GPs, Gabe would attend them intermittently and usually make Day 2, but never quite make it into the Top 8. Changing up his sleeping habits and altering his routine helped him follow through on a good start in order to finally make it to the Top 8 at Grand Prix Vancouver.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Gabe’s heaviest Magic moment came after he had played about 10 GPs and made Day 2 at all of them. He hit a Limited match at Grand Prix Boston and had a clever plan for how he was going to beat his opponent. With the game pretty much wrapped up, Gabe tried for a play to finish the match, but his opponent had the perfect counter and won on the next turn.

After the match a friend of Gabe’s who was less experienced pointed out that Gabe had a card in his hand that would have won the game instantly. This led Gabe to realize that even though he thought he was a really good player, he still made mistakes in how he approached the game. He started to keep an open ear when listening to players of various skill levels so that he could learn from as many players as possible.

Proudest Magic Moment

While Top 8ing his first Grand Prix is wonderful, the win that stands out to Gabe is making Top 8 at a specific PTQ held by Card Kingdom in Seattle. He made it into the Top 8 without a rare in his deck, and played against Jiachen Tao, who he beat with a subtle side board card choice. He faced off against Brian Wong for the final, and after an epic first match Gabe went on to win the tournament (and a trophy).

Draft PDX

Gabe founded Draft PDX based on similar groups in New York which were organized by Jon Finkel and other great players. In Portland they’ve formed a group that wants to be competitive, make it to the Pro Tour, and have fun with the game while fostering a healthy community spirit. They travel to events together and look out for one another by buying snacks or coffee for a busy teammate, or even giving them rides home if they miss their flight.

Best Format

Limited

How To Turn Limited From A Weakness To A Strength

Diving headfirst into Limited and playing it as much as possible with good players is one of the keys to mastering Limited.

When Draft PDX meets they start by drafting the best decks that they can, and then they split into two random teams before they build their decks. They discuss with each other what cards they might use and how to play them before coming together to play the other team.

The team that wins the Draft is the team that wins the most matches—this way players get to really learn how their deck performed instead of getting benched after their first loss. With the team setting players are encouraged to play their hardest even after a loss, as their next match matters just as much for the team.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

One of the biggest mistakes Gabe sees players make is when they let their emotions determine the value of their play. He knows that not blaming losses on luck and variance is great advice, but what he finds more valuable is looking back at matches he won to find the mistakes he made. If you only set out to learn from losses then you are missing out on a lot of opportunities to learn, especially since most wins aren’t achieved in the most optimal fashion.

To internalize mistakes you’ve made, realize that you most likely will make the same mistake again. What you can do to prevent that is to care about making the mistake, actively seek to recognize it, and find what mode of thinking led you to that mistake.

What Is The Deepest Thing Magic Has Taught You?

While Gabe sees himself as a competitive, achievement focused individual, Magic has taught him that he is more of a community focused player. His personal goals are important to him, but they aren’t as important as being good to people and his interactions with a healthy, thriving community of players.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Dark Chocolate (for himself and distressed teammates)

Deck Box

Pens

Paper

Dice

Non-Magic Activities That Make You Better At Magic

Gabe plays basketball and finds that aerobic activity measurably affects his mental state and thought processes. Maintaining his physical health helps him from getting exhausted in long tournaments, and he finds that when he feels good he usually plays better. The brain is connected to the body and keeping both in shape is important to performing well in anything.

Final Wisdom

Gabe’s final advice is to make sure you’re always trying to learn. Magic has taught him that he doesn’t know everything, and it has helped him connect and learn from many different people and situations. Never think you have it all figured out. When you win a big tournament use it as an opportunity to say, “This is a big milestone for me and I have a lot more left to learn.”

Magic Resource

Card Talk: The World's Greatest Magic: The Gathering Podcast

Gabe Carleton-Barnes at Back Fence PDX

MTGGOLDFISH

Decision Fatigue (New York Times)

Decision Fatigue (James Clear)

Connect With Gabe Carleton-Barnes

Twitter: @uncle_gcb

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81: How to Recognize What You Have Control Over with Brock Mosley
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Brock Mosley is 22 years old and has been playing Magic for about three years. He’s a member of team The Pizza Leagues and made his first ever Grand Prix day two AND top eight at Grand Prix Houston 2016.

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First Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds Ravnica

Favorite Set

Innistrad Innistrad

Favorite Card

Stormbreath Dragon

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Brock started his Magic journey while playing other board games like Diplomacy with his friends. His competitive nature drove him to take the plunge into Magic, where he could exercise his critical thinking and problem solving skills in the fun and competitive framework Magic creates.

Early Challenge

When Brock first started playing he was afraid of the mulligan process. He would just hold onto terrible cards and end up losing games that he could have potentially won.

Brock feels that he improved tremendously when he finally got over the fear of taking a mulligan, which he did by recognizing that the cards he drew simply weren’t working. He made a rule for himself that he would never keep a 1 land hand or a 6 land hand.

Level Up Moment

Brock’s greatest period of growth came when he and his friends founded their team, The Pizza Leagues. He started playing casually with his friends in college, but eventually Brock migrated towards playing with more advanced and competitively driven players.

In founding The Pizza Leagues Brock surrounded himself with other Magic players with similar goals to his, and he started to buckle down, play a lot, and improve as much as possible.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making his first Day 2 and his first Top 8 at Grand Prix Houston 2016 still has Brock in a little shock. For the last year his goal has been to try and make it to the Pro Tour, and he’s excited to get to play against the best players Magic has to offer.

Best Format

Standard

What Would You Say To A New Standard Player?

Brock believes one of the best things a new Standard player can do is find out what sort of strategy works for them. When starting out linear decks make a good entry point, and will help a player determine if they like that kind of play style.

Sometimes it takes playing a Mono-Red Aggro deck to realize you actually want to play a Control deck instead. Finding out what you like to play is crucial, because you need to like your deck enough to spend hours and hours practicing with it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Misattributing the reason why they won or lost a game is one of the most common mistakes Brock sees players making.

He finds that people are more comfortable with losing if they can assign the reason for it to something beyond their control. Some players don’t realize that their decisions in the game, and outside of it, have much bigger effects on the game than they think.

Brock combats this by looking specifically at what decisions he made, and not focusing on what cards his opponent drew. He is honed in on the aspects of the game that he can control, and doesn't let variance frustrate him and affect his play decisions.

How To Play Magic For Little Money

Brock was in college when he started and bought the pieces for a Red-Green Aggro deck online for about $30.

He played it for as long as he possibly could, and even went to his first Star City tournament with what he calls “The Jankiest Red Green Deck” that has ever been played.

He didn’t wait to have an incredibly optimized deck before pushing his Magic skills as far as he could. He believes that as you feel more comfortable playing Magic you can start to slowly build your deck and work on it over a longer period of time.

Improvement Suggestions

Brock uses Xmage if he can’t find other people to play with, as it is free and easy to use. When he plays a certain deck he will try swapping certain cards out to see how that affects his play. He essentially plays different versions of his deck to see how they hold up against certain matchups.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Deck Box

Tokens

Playmat: The Pizza Leagues

Dice

Water

Pretzels

Binder

Pen & Paper

Dragon Shield Copper Sleeves

Final Wisdom

Brock knows that Magic is a game and is meant to be fun. However, he sees a lot of players not having fun with it at all. He would urge you to find a way to have fun with Magic, or find something else to take its place.

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80: Don't Block Like A Chump, Cody Lingelbach Will Teach You How
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Cody Lingelbach is making 2016 his year as he’s already made Top 8 at 2 Standard Grand Prix’s. The first was GP Oakland in Jan. 2016 and the second was the following month in GP Houston.

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First Set

 7th Edition

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Lingering Souls

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Cody recognizes that he's a very competitive person and the thrill of competing at the highest level is a major component of why he plays Magic.

He finds that he likes complicated things, and the depth and complexity inherent in Magic fits perfectly into his competitive drive. While he loves playing Poker as well, he has shifted his attention to focus more on Magic because of its added layers of strategy.

Early Challenge

When Cody was first getting into Magic he found it difficult to figure out what cards his opponent had. He would play matches solely based on what was in his hand and hope for the best. Playing Poker made it easier for Cody to decipher what cards a player was holding based on their behavior and board decisions.

Cody also started testing with a local group called Draft PDX which was started by Gabe Carleton-Barnes. He’s discovered that there are some things in Magic you can’t do by yourself, and talking to other players about the game has helped him develop the skills needed to take on tougher tournaments.

Level Up Moment

Cody feels that his greatest period of growth manifested in making Top 8 at his first Legacy Open event.

Heaviest Magic Moment

At a SCG Invitational in L.A. Cody lost 3 Win and Ins in a row.

The event was a split format with Legacy and Standard. He went undefeated in Legacy on Day 1, but when he came back to the Legacy portion his Angel Reanimator deck was crushed by the Soul Tithe decks all of the pros were playing.

He learned that the tournament itself exhausted him, and that playing a Magic tournament takes more than just playing the game. Preparing mentally and physically for the event wasn’t something he had considered before and playing match after match all day long wore him down.

Now he tries to stay even keeled during tournaments by hydrating and eating properly to maintain his energy and focus for the duration of an event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Cody made the Top 8 of Grand Prix Oakland, and then just one month later made the Top 8 again at Grand Prix Houston.

He found it difficult to do well in the old PTQ system, and while he had success at various Invitationals and Opens he still had trouble breaking through in the Grand Prix circuit. Theory crafting and discussing his ideas with friends and the players in Draft PDX has helped prepare him to tackle bigger tournaments.

Cody sticks to playing paper Magic, Drafting once a week with PDX while trying to squeeze in another day or two of play during any given week.

Best Format

Legacy

What Would You Tell A New Legacy Player?

Cody’s advice for players trying to break into Legacy is to learn your deck and how it plays. He sees some Legacy players that simply look at what decks are cool and have a good win percentage in the meta game.

However, Cody finds that if a deck doesn’t fit your play style then it can be much more difficult to learn, and he guarantees that your opponent in Legacy will know their deck extremely well.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Chump blocking, especially in Limited, is a mistake Cody finds a lot of players making.

He feels early blocking comes from overvaluing life. Using life as a resource can lead to gameplay mistakes and prevent you from drawing other cards, like kill spells or a better creature, that could give you a much better advantage than blocking would have.

While you have to be careful about taking direct damage, you’re not in huge trouble even at 9 or 10 life.

How To Play Magic For Little Money

Cody would point players that are low on cash towards Magic Online. MTGO can be much cheaper than paper Magic, and you can play games no matter what your weekly schedule is like.

MTGO WikiPrice is great for Magic Online, as it allows you to search for cards and find what bots you can buy them from along with their cost.

A strategy that works for Cody is to find 5 bots that he regularly buys from, which makes it easier to check prices and also allows him to accrue some credit for future purchases.

Improvement Suggestions

Talking to other players is one of the major practices that helps Cody succeed in Magic. He can’t play every day of the week, so he will send messages to friends and groups to help keep him mentally engaged with the game. Constantly following all the changes in Magic from week to week is exhausting, so having friends to talk to makes monitoring the meta game more fruitful and enjoyable.

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79: Martin Dang Shares What it Takes to Be A Pro Tour Champion
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Martin Dang is a Platinum Pro Level Magic player, who lives in Aarhus, Denmark with his lovely girlfriend Tina Dahl. He makes his living by playing every Pro Tour and every Grand Prix in Europe. Martin has 1 Pro Tour Top 8 where he won at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels 2015! He also has 2 Grand Prix top 8s - including a win at Grand Prix Liverpool in 2015, a top 8 finish in the World Magic Cup and is a proud member of Team EUreka.

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First Set

Revised Revised

Favorite Set

Revised Revised

Favorite Card

Jace, the Mind Sculptor

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Martin finds Magic to be a good way to relax while also exercising his competitive urges, but like most long time players, he still had to take a break from the game. He wasn’t getting to where he wanted to be with the game, but after a while he started working at a game store. Working in an environment surrounded by Magic had him Drafting twice a week and rekindled his desire to enter tournament Magic again.

Early Challenge

The biggest enemy Martin faced in his early days of Magic was himself.

At tournaments he would be nervous in every match he played, as his opponents appeared to be better, older, or just different. This led him to play the game by their principles instead of his own, and he felt as though he was just losing to himself in these matches.

In order to become comfortable playing Magic, Martin continued to play more and against different people and eventually eased into the competitive scene. He found that playing more helped him meet more friends, and that if he stuck to playing by his own principles things went pretty well for him in matches.

Level Up Moment

Martin’s biggest period of growth came when he started working at his local game store. Before that he was playing Magic less frequently, but after working at the game store he was playing almost every day. He believes the key to getting better is playing as much as you can against as many different types of people as you can. Playing more pushed him into formats he wasn’t comfortable playing, and that helped him become a well-rounded player.

Proudest Magic Moment

Martin cites winning the Pro Tour as his proudest moment in competitive Magic. It was his first Pro Tour in over 5 years, so he didn’t have high expectations for his performance. After winning it took months for him to fully grasp the reality of winning the tournament. He started to receive a large amount of recognition from the community and other players.

This acted as a confidence boost that has helped him power through other tournaments as well. His Pro Tour win helped establish team Eureka, as before they were just a bunch of loosely affiliated guys who tested for that one event. Now they get together and test for all of the Pro Tours.

Heaviest Magic Moment

After winning Nationals in 2010 he got to go to the World Championships, but didn’t do as well as he liked. He placed in the 40’s, and felt that he had made a lot of errors in his matches. This led Martin into a down period where he felt as though he couldn’t focus on the game enough, so he distanced himself from tournament play for a while.

After reflecting he started to see that he hadn’t prepared adequately for the tournament. This has pushed him to prepare more going forward, and has helped him form a team which was something he didn’t have before.

Best Format

Limited

What Would You Tell Someone New To Drafting?

Martin has noticed that players will show up to their first Draft not understanding anything about the format. Even if you’ve played a lot of formats, you can’t expect to sit down for a Draft and end up doing well. Learning the cards and their synergies is one of the first steps to understanding the format.

You want to go into the draft with a plan, ideally three strategies that you can be flexible with. Try and stay open minded, and look at spoilers to see what certain colors and cards actually do. After the match ask the other players what went wrong with your deck and why it didn’t work like you had hoped.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players can often be too settled in the way they play Magic, and this is an attribute that Martin thinks gets a lot of players stuck early on. They will come to the game store for the first time, not having played much, and are thrown off by other’s play styles and the faster tempo of play. Having a mindset that lets you absorb these new experiences will help you adapt to game store play, and eventually tournament Magic.

Deepest Thing Magic Has Taught You

Martin really loves to win in Magic, but he doesn’t take losses so heavily anymore. Losses used to haunt him for days, if not months afterwards. While he still thinks about his losses now, it’s in terms of what could he have done better instead of beating himself up over them.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Training for Grand Prix’s differs from event to event, but he doesn’t practice so much for the Limited portions, as he has a good grasp of the format and plays a lot at his store.

Pro Tours are different.

Team Eureka will set up a forum and Facebook group 3 months ahead of the Pro Tour, and anytime one of them has an idea of something to test they will post it there. They basically prepare for the full gap between Pro Tours. Two weeks in advance of the tournament they meet up and grind out games all day long.

The preparation is grueling; they pair decks against one another and will play ten games pre sideboard, and then twenty games post sideboard. They will discuss the games, add new sideboard cards, tweak decks, and start all over again.

They hold daily meetings where they discuss the matchups, what cards were good, but they also talk about how they felt about their decks, not just the results.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Pen

Paper

Deck

Snacks

Water

Dragon Shield Sleeves 

Final Wisdom

Martin wants to emphasize that there are no shortcuts in Magic.

You have to practice a lot if you want to improve, so get out into the world and play, and don’t be afraid to seek advice from everyone else out there.

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Twitter: @MagicMartinDang

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78: How to Hone Your Deck and Make it the Best with Oliver Tiu
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Oliver Tiu has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Pro Tour top 16 on his record. He’s also won a MOCs final, and cashed both of the PTs he’s played in. He loves Magic and plays as much as he can - mostly on Magic Online. Oliver is 18 years old and is always striving to become a better player and staying open to learning more.

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First Set

Time Spiral Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Innistrad Innistrad

Favorite Card

Jace, the Mind Sculptor

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Oliver finds it difficult to pinpoint a specific aspect of Magic that has him hooked. He loves how no two Magic matches are the same, and when he plays he is on full competitive burn aiming to win.

Early Challenge

While he feels he always had a good grasp on Constructed, Limited was challenging for him to dive into. Oliver improved mostly through playing Magic Online, since the wealth of great players helped him learn quickly from his mistakes.

He also watches streamers, like NumotTheNummy, which helps him see other player’s choices and thought processes. Talking to other players about the format is good help, but he has realized that while talking about rares is fun, it is usually more fruitful to have conversations about commons.

Level Up Moment

Oliver found his Magic skills vastly improved when he qualified for his first Pro Tour after making Top 8 at Grand Prix Providence. He found a deck that was played in a Japanese Grand Prix that was an excellent match up for the Abzan deck, which was the most popular deck in the format at the time.

He refined the deck by playtesting and analyzing which cards over performed or underperformed; his philosophy on playtesting is not to necessarily focus on winning, but finding out what cards in his deck are doing what they should, and which ones aren’t.

Heaviest Magic Moment

A few years ago Oliver felt as though he couldn’t win anything. He was losing multiple PTQs and tournaments, and decided to take a break. This helped him shake off some of his frustration with the game, and gave him the space and perspective to learn from his old mistakes. He learned that while he was playing a lot of Magic, he wasn’t actually learning from his matches.

Proudest Magic Moment

For Oliver, making top 16 at his last Pro Tour stands as his crowning achievement in competitive Magic at this point in his career. He played against Sam Pardee, and managed to beat him due to a weak hand in their third match. Oliver made Silver level pro, which has qualified him for the next 3 Pro Tours: Pro Tour Madrid, Pro Tour Sydney, and then Pro Tour Honolulu.

Best Format

Standard

What Should A New Standard Player Focus On?

Oliver's advice for a new Standard player is to adapt to the metagame. If you want to perform well at tournaments your deck needs to be able to adapt to the most popular decks being played. Keeping an eye on Magic Online is a good way to see what's being played leading up to any major tournament, and Oliver generally tweaks his decks as opposed to outright brewing them.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Before Oliver took a break from Magic he was blaming all his losses on luck. This is one of the biggest pitfalls he finds players, including himself, trapped in. He was unable to see that he was making mistakes in his play or deck building. In terms of actionable advice, Oliver found that ignoring the luck aspect all together helped him focus on the things he could control such as his play style, sideboard and deck building.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed : Oliver separates his cards by color and which cards are unplayable. It takes a while to know what’s unplayable, but it can come from experience playing previous formats and what types of cards worked well in them. Watching other players helps give you an idea of what is playable and what isn’t as well. It’s important to know what type of deck you are trying to build as well. In Control Decks it is generally less important to have two drops, but you will still want defensive creatures to play early on, however in Aggro decks you will want a lot of two drops.

Draft : Focusing on learning what cards are good and what cards aren’t are what Oliver finds a new player should focus on. He sees many new Drafters put un-impactful cards in their decks. While there are other things you could focus on, like pinpointing when you should change colors and how to balance removal spells in your deck, for a brand new drafter the first step is card evaluation.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

In preparing for larger events, Oliver identifies which decks are popular and then meets up with a bunch of friends to assign decks and playtest. They will stop and identify what is working best, what sideboard cards are functioning well, and investing time to understand the metagame.

He prepared with a team for the last Pro Tour, but he found that it wasn’t as helpful as it should have been. While they played a lot of games, he felt the team's effectiveness was hindered since they didn’t take time to reflect and discuss their matches.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Dice

Notepad

Pen

Deck

Playmat (if you think the tables will be dirty)

Final Wisdom

While it may be tempting to go beat up on new players, Oliver understands the best way to improve is to learn from better players. Ask them if there were any obvious mistakes you made in the match after the fact, and don’t be afraid to ask them for advice and their thoughts about your game.

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Twitter: @TiuChainz

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77: Inside Wizards of the Coast with Mike Turian: Smash Doubt, Embrace Your Intuition and Play More Magic!
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Mike Turian has participated in a staggering 32 Pro Tours, 5 World Championships, 6 National Championships and numerous Grand Prixs. He is the Champion of Pro Tour New York in 2000 and Grand Prix Montreal in 2002. He has a top 8 finish at Worlds Toronto in 2001 and Pro Tour Amsterdam 2004. Mike also finished in the top 4 of Pro Tour Boston in 2003 and Pro Tour San Diego in 2004. Mike has amassed 234 Pro Points over his career and currently the Digital Business Manager at Wizards of the Coast in charge of Magic Duels.

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First Set

Revised Revised

Favorite Set Played

The Dark The Dark

Favorite Set Worked On

common expansion symbol Scars of Mirrodin

Philosophy On Making Planeswalker Points

Mike was one of the Wizards who helped make the competitive score tracking transition to Planeswalker Points. He saw how the old system made players hostile when they sat across from one another at competitions, dreading losing the match and losing points.

Making the shift to a system where playing Magic was good, and winning at Magic was better, was Mike’s goal in fostering a healthier competitive scene. He wanted the community to be more inclusive, less hostile, all while recognizing the achievements of players who strived to be the best. At the end of a match Mike wants you to shake your opponent’s hand and say good game, not run off deducting points from your score.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Losing in the Top 8 of the World Championships in Toronto stands out as a sore moment in Mike’s career. At the time there was no Hall of Fame and taking the crown at the World Championship had been his dream since his early days playing.

Unfortunately, Mike got out played and out sideboarded, and ended up walking away from the match feeling like he could have done much more. While it remains a high point to even make the Top 8 at Worlds, he still feels as though he lost an opportunity he can’t get back. Being even keeled is a character trait has helped Mike appreciate the loss and push him to practice more.

Level Up Moment

For Mike, getting a car led to a long period of growth in Magic. Being able to travel and extend his Magic intake beyond local tournaments helped open up the world for Mike.

He made an 8 hour drive to a New York Pro Tour and got to play against, and defeat, Mike Long in a side event. This confidence booster helped Mike take steps to push himself further into Magic’s competitive realms.

Proudest Magic Moment

Mike points to winning his first team Pro Tour as one of his most memorable moments playing Magic. Playing as part of a team made for a communal experience that helped Mike feel as though he was part of something greater than just his one-on-one matches, even though he wasn’t the hero that outright clinched the win for his team.

Mike had a conversation with Jon Finkel on the topic of teammates, and what Finkel said is that it’s hard to see your true self when looking in the mirror. What great friends and teammates do is help you look and see who you are.

Best Format

Draft

Tips For New Draft Players

Mike’s tip to new Drafters is establish your colors clearly. He doesn’t like to focus so much on reading other player’s signals, but rather approach it from an angle of “What am I going to accomplish in this draft that will give me flexibility and a line of play towards winning?”

He has noticed many new players don’t understand their play style well enough to bring it into their drafts. Getting consciously comfortable with your style is a great area to focus on, as it’s a tough concept to grasp since it isn’t something totally tangible.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mike has noticed that some players simply don’t play enough magic. If you want to succeed and get better, you really have to put in the time to do extra drafts and put in your reps.

Players actively striving to rise to the top tier of Magic players often put in 35 to 40 hours a week. While that’s clearly not an option for many players, what you can do is actively incorporate Magic into your life more fully.

Go play Magic, and afterwards go somewhere and hang out while talking about your matches. Think about the game in your day to day life until you get to the point Mike was at when he was muttering “Ancestral Recall” in his sleep.

Deepest Thing Magic Has Taught You

One of the things Mike learned about himself through Magic was that he cares deeply about winning. He doesn’t outwardly express his craving for victory like some other players; his demeanor conceals that desire.

Mike generally views himself as laid back and easy going, but Magic has shown him that version of himself only applies in some scenarios. When he becomes engrossed in a competition he can focus on winning 100%.

Reader Question: How Do You Tell When A Card Is Good Or Bad?

A big area of focus for Mike is understanding the casting cost to power ratio. Look at the cards and see what their drawbacks are, and even more importantly, see how or if those drawbacks can be turned into an advantage. Removal spells are always going to be excellent in Limited.

One of the most important lessons Mike has learned is not to get trapped holding onto an awesome card when your opponent plays a bad or low level card, especially early on. Having the mindset that you don’t want to drop an amazing card on something weak can come back to destroy you later on in the match.

Final Wisdom

Mike believes the key to getting better on your Magic journey is to make sure you are having fun every step of the way.

Magic is a game, after all. It’s supposed to be fun. Enjoying the game is the only way you are going to be able to play over and over again in the years to come and stay engaged with the game.

There are thousands of other players pouring their whole lives and hearts into the game, so don’t go approaching Magic halfheartedly and expect to rise.

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Twitter: @mturian

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76: Hall of Famer Darwin Kastle on Poker, Chess, Magic, 187 and Riding Avalanches!?
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Darwin Kastle has an impressive Magic record, with 8 Pro Tour top 8s - including becoming the Champion of Pro Tour Washington DC in 1999, 6 Grand Prix top 8s - including 1 win, and a win at the 1998 Invitational it’s no wonder he was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 2005. Darwin Kastle is Mr. Avalanche Riders himself and lives in Massachusetts.

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First Set

RevisedRevised

Favorite Set

Any Set With Avalanche Riders

Favorite Card

Frenetic Efreet

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic taps into different levels of strategy that have kept Darwin actively engaged with the game. He was originally drawn to Magic as it combined the skill and strategy aspects of chess along with a fantasy theme. Most of his best friends were made through playing the game, and once he discovered tournaments Darwin became permanently hooked.

Early Challenge

Darwin encountered a major hurdle when Sealed was first introduced, and did so poorly in the format that he didn’t qualify for nationals (despite being undefeated in Constructed).

This introduced a point in his Magic career where he realized he was going to have to master new formats in order to stay competitive. He accomplished this by attending every Sealed tournament he could, and even once managed to play a different tournament for 4 days straight in 3 different states.

Level Up Moment

The period where Darwin added Limited to his skillset stands out as a major growth spurt in his career. Another stretch of development came after the first Pro Tour, where Darwin did poorly in large part to a stagnant testing group. His performance led to him rededicating himself to advancing his skillset, and he dove headfirst into the newly announced Booster Draft format and had ample time to prepare.

Proudest Magic Moment

Darwin’s proudest moment came when he and his two friends (and future Hall of Famers), Dave Humphreys and Rob Dougherty, won the first Pr Tour in DC. When the Team Draft format was first announced Darwin knew he and his friends were tailored made for the tournament.

Darwin was matched up against Jon Finkel twice and was able to take him down both times. Rob was so sick that at one point a judge found him lying beneath a table while Darwin and Dave were helping with his deck. The experience stands out as it was the first Pro Tour win for all three of them.

Heaviest Magic Moment

At the 2001 Pro Tour in New Orleans Darwin matched up against Kai Budde, playing a deck focused on reanimating giant creatures from his graveyard. Kai played a deck that had Illusions of Grandeur, which required a cumulative mana upkeep in order to maintain plus 20 life. Darwin kept Kai on his heels turn after turn, but through a miracle play Kai passed Illusions to Darwin with Donate. Darwin was one mana short of the upkeep, lost the 20 life and died instantly.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Darwin finds that many players don’t realize how though their competition is and what it takes to be an elite Magic player. The amount of work that needs to be put in is incredible, and you have to be in the right mental state in order to advance properly.

It can be easy to attribute a loss to luck, but the reality is that thousands of other players are vying for the crown and pouring their hearts into preparing for tournaments. Testing competitively and at tournaments can help a player progress their skills, as preparation and training are aspects of the game you have direct control over.

Deepest Thing Magic Has Taught You

In terms of playing Magic, Darwin learned that he is a completely different player when the stakes are high as opposed to playtesting. While he may be more relaxed when practicing, he feels that he is able to rise to the occasion during high pressure situations.

One of his biggest takeaways from Magic was that the skills he had developed could apply to his life outside the game. His ability to build great decks in Constructed and Limited helped him greatly as a game designer. Many of the same thought processes translated well to evaluating if a card was too good or not good enough in the games he was designing professionally.

Playtest Tips

You don’t have to be a part of Channel Fireball to have a successful team. Darwin believes forming a successful team involves finding individuals who are committed to putting in the time and effort needed. Find out what format you want to prepare for and play decks that make sense for that format. See what they all have in common and find their strengths and weaknesses. From there you can begin to innovate and create new decks.

Final Wisdom

Darwin believes that if you are going to get serious about Magic, you need to do it for the right reasons. He knows it may take a while to figure out what the right reasons are. But going to Grand Prixs solely seeking Pro Tour fame isn’t a good reason. You should go because you love the game, you love the competition, and you love being surrounded by a large community of players that feel the same way about the game as you do.

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75: Gabriel Nassif's Secret Magic Life
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Gabriel Nassif has a long and storied history with Magic: The Gathering. His accomplishments include 6 Grand Prix Top 8s, one of which was a win in 2009, and 9 Pro Tour Top 8s! Three (3) of those were 2nd place finishes and 2 of them were 1st place finishes! His first championship was in 2005 at Pro Tour Atlanta and the second was in 2009 at Pro Tour Kyoto. He also has 3 Worlds Top 8s for good measure.

Gabriel has been recognized as one of Magic’s greatest players and was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame in 2010. Gabriel lives in Paris, France with his wife.

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First Set

Ice Age Ice Age

Favorite Set

Tempest Tempest

Favorite Card

Crystalline Sliver

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

In his years playing Magic, Gabriel made a good many friends which helped keep him in the game. His ability to compete at a very high level, and Magic’s ability to stay interesting and fresh from year to year are also reasons why Gabriel has stuck around for so long. While he has continually competed in Pro Tours, he finds that renting a house before the tournament and training with his friends is almost more fun than the Pro Tour itself.

Early Challenge

In his early days of playing Magic Gabriel found himself not valuing cards correctly. Like many players, he would trade cards based on what seemed cooler as opposed to their tactical value. It took hours of playing the game and thinking about Magic while scribbling deck lists in his notebook at school for him to hone his evaluating skills.

Gabriel also acknowledges getting into the game at a young age helped develop his Magic intuition, as he was able to fully immerse himself in the game and absorb all of its facets.

Level Up Moment

Gabriel’s level up moment came when he first started playing Magic, as there was the most room for improvement then. He finds that once you get closer to the top it’s much harder to keep ascending.

When he was growing up he frequently played at his local store and was lucky to learn from the many excellent players that lived in Paris. This was back when deck lists weren’t on the internet or shared in many magazines, and Paris Magic players were notorious for being brutally good at the game. They often joke that if Magic Online hadn’t come about Parisian players would have dominated the world.

Proudest Magic Moment

Gabriel has had an amazing Magic career and can cite a dozen great moments that stand out to him. In his early days of Playing Magic he managed to win a Black Lotus at his local shop in Paris.

At his first Grand Prix in London he made it to Day 2, and was convinced his opponent who flew in from the United States, Brock Parker, was a big cheater. Gabriel end up crushing him in their matches and realized Brock was just another player who loved the game just like he did.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Losing to luck or variance doesn’t bother Gabriel much, it’s the losses he takes due to his own mistakes that get to him. He notes that back in the day he was an excellent deck builder, but made a lot of sloppy mistakes in play which took him a long time to mentally recover from.

Magic was his entire life, and losing a Pro Tour left a wound that took him almost an entire year to heal. When he was getting really good at the game he didn’t realize he’d become a little arrogant and wasn’t treating his friends well. He even threw his deck through the air after losing a feature match at a Pro Tour. It took one of his friends calling him out on his behavior for him to reel himself back in.

On Cheating

While cheating isn’t nearly as rampant as it was years ago it can still rear its ugly head from time to time. Gabriel says if something happens to you in a match, even if it just looks like sloppy play or an accident, you should always get a judge involved so a record can be made. Someone may have accidentally flipped your card over while shuffling your deck, or they may have made it look like an accident but actually have a record of doing it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Gabriel thinks one of the hallmark mistakes new players make is blaming their losses on luck. Be honest with yourself and take the time to analyze your deck in a meaningful way.

He finds that when players first start building decks they are prone to not playing enough lands. Building your deck and playing it is how a player determines what needs to be adjusted, and looking at deck lists similar to your deck will help fine tune how many lands should be included.

Listener Question: Do You Think There's A Herd Mentality When It Comes To Deck Building?

Following deck trends is a phenomenon that Gabriel concedes very well might be affecting the Magic community at large.

He misses his early days of playing Magic, as there weren’t deck lists online to influence players. Showing up to a tournament with a carefully brewed deck could give a player an amazing edge.

Gabriel sees how a herd mentality affects how players prepare for events like the Pro Tour, as everyone now looks to see what decks are placing well in tournaments. This can be detrimental and hinder deck creativity. Gabriel notes that the Eldrazi decks he saw while playing Magic Online influenced his deck in a negative way, as they weren’t representative of what he faced in the last Pro Tour. If he had more of a clean slate Gabriel thinks he may have crafted something much more effective.

Final Wisdom

Gabriel’s advice is simple: try to play with people that are better than you, work on making friends in the Magic community, and love the game until you can talk about it for hours on end, just like him.

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Twitter: @gabnassif

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74: Marshall Sutcliffe Pauses Time and Asks: What's Your Plan?
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Marshall Sutcliffe is a man who needs little introduction. If you’ve watched any amount of coverage for Magic: The Gathering events you’ve seen him as he does play by play commentary for Wizards of the Coast all over the world. He’s a self proclaimed draft junky and the host of Limited Resources, the number one Magic related podcast. Marshall lives in Washington state.

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First Set

Tempest Tempest

Favorite Set

Innistrad Innistrad

Favorite Card

Man-o'-War

Early Challenge

Marshall found that when he first started playing Magic he wasn’t looking for a clear path to victory. He sees it in other players as well. There is a tendency to sit down and play your cards without actually formulating a clear plan that will let you win. He finds that the first step to correcting that behavior is to be aware of it.

Marshall recommends that players imagine pushing a button which stops time, and lets a great Magic player look over their shoulder in the middle of a match and ask the question “What is your plan?”

If you find that you can’t answer that question, then there is an issue that needs to be confronted by assessing the board state and contemplating what needs to be done to keep you in the game.

Level Up Moment

Marshall likes to approach gameplay problems with a scientific mindset, methodically looking at an issue and approaching the solution through a method and process.

He experimented with disregarding the board state in his matches and simply casting as much as he could. This led him to disregarding cards that were only beneficial to his deck 1 out of 5 times, and left him with cards that would actually affect the board and help him formulate a plan to win.

Proudest Magic Moment

For Marshall, being able to commentate the Pro Tour finals is an amazing experience to be a part of. He gets to announce the Top 8 at the tournament, which isn’t a huge deal in and of itself, but being able to see the looks on the player’s faces is an incredible feeling for him.

Knowing that those players have devoted huge chunks of their life to the game makes it all the more special when he gets to be a part of moments like that in their careers.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Like many players, Marshall found himself plateaued at a point where he wasn’t improving. It took him a long time to realize he was at that stage.

There’s nothing wrong with being content with how well you are playing, but if you stop actively trying to improve and don’t progress it can be incredibly frustrating. For Marshall, it took a level up moment where he discovered there was a whole lot more to Magic that he could improve upon, and that he was fully capable of doing so.

Worst Commentating Moment

While there have been moment’s where Marshall accidentally said a low level swear word when he thought he wasn’t on the air, that’s not what affects him the most while commentating.

Making a mistake about an unfolding match is what bothers him the most. Sometimes he will misread a card or forget there is a static effect on the board, and when he slips up people jump on him immediately. While Marshall has accepted that is going to happen, it is still difficult for him, as he wants to do the best he can and offer the best insight into the game.

Personal attacks on him and his ability as a broadcaster is something he continues to work through, even though the majority of the time he has an excellent experience commentating on matches.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Evaluating choices in Magic is something Marshall sees players struggling with. It takes dedication to properly take the time to apply all the factors that go into making a single decision in a match, and even before the game has begun.

Spending time analyzing your decisions helps establish a background of thinking and accrue habits and behaviors that eventually become a player’s Magic intuition. No one calculates out percentages to their full value in the heat of a match, it just comes to players who have spent the time building up the right experience and play habits.

However, building this intuition can be detrimental as well. If a player uses bad logic and improper tools they will repeat mistakes while assuming that they are correct.

Deepest Thing Magic Has Taught You

Marshall never had to work through tilt or the concept of variance in Magic because he had worked through them in playing poker. What Marshall discovered about himself came through his interactions with the Magic community and starting Limited Resources.

Starting the podcast helped open up a side of his personality that he never was able to express in a professional manner. Helping players improve and excel in Magic is one of the most important things in his life now, and he always approaches his show in a way that will best help his listeners.

Final Wisdom

Marshall emphasizes that you shouldn’t be afraid to put in the extra work to truly excel in Magic. Take the time to snap a picture of your board state mid-match and analyze it in depth later. Have a friend sit down with you and look at the board seriously. It doesn’t take long before you’re able to see parts of the game that you had missed before.

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Constructed Resources

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Twitter: @Marshall_LR

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73: STOP COMPLAINING! It Gets You Nowhere - Jake Mondello
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Jake Mondello is a 19 year old dedicated Magic player, clocking an impressive 10-14 hours a day on Magic Online. He has 2 Grand Prix top 8's in his record, one in Cleveland and the other in Quebec City. Currently chasing Silver level - and almost there with 14 Pro points this season. Jake lives in Connecticut.

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First Set

Champions Kamigawa Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Innistrad Innistrad

Favorite Card

Brainstorm

Early Challenge

Identifying which aspects of a Magic match were due to variance instead of his own mistakes was a difficulty Jake experienced early on in his career.

He felt unlucky and found it hard to determine what, if anything, he was doing wrong in matches. After a while Jake began to closely analyze his games and realize small mistakes he made, which helped define what elements of the game were out of his control.

Level Up Moment

After losing a PTQ he asked Mike Sigrist, who he had met at another tournament, to help go over his pick order and practice Drafting.

Over the course of a week they Drafted as much as they could along with Devon O’Donnell. When something interesting took place they would pause and discuss whatever aspect had cropped up, then proceed with their games.

Best Format

Limited

Heaviest Magic Moment

One of the heaviest losses Jake has experienced came at Grand Prix Miami.

He wanted to take a shot at qualifying for the Pro Tour, but ended up losing against Seth Manfield playing for Day 2. Jake says he punted, giving up an advantage he had that led to him losing the game. He attributes his mistake to “playing scared.”

While a difficult loss, this helped Jake learn to play to win instead of playing not to lose.

Proudest Magic Moment

Jake points to his first Top 8 at Grand Prix Cleveland as his proudest moment, but it comes tinged with a touch of disappointment.

He managed to take second place at the tournament, losing to Bill Tsang for First place. This was another match where Jake attributes his loss to playing scared, but it helped solidify his mindset of coming to tournaments to enjoy himself and have a good time with his friends. Dominating every tournament he goes to is an unrealistic point of view to maintain, and Jake has worked to keep that mindset in check.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Complaining about luck is a big mistake in Jake’s playbook.

He finds that the art of complaining distracts players from what they need to do in order to win the game. Once someone has allocated mental energy to complaining they have taken the first step towards giving up. Sometimes your opponent will draw everything they need in the perfect order, but sometimes you will too.

Don’t let one match define how you feel about your entire Magic career.

Best Way to Get Resources in Magic Online

Drafting can be higher risk when it comes to pumping real money into Magic Online.

If you are starting off low, Jake recommends playing a constructed format like Pauper to build up a collection first. The daily events and 8 man single elimination matches are some of the highest value. Having a friend that plays online can make it easier to procure good cards early on, as you can trade whole decks back and forth until you build up a proper collection.

What Has Magic Taught You About Yourself?

Magic has helped Jake develop a drive which enables him to go out into the world and strive to achieve his goals. As a recovering agoraphobic, Jake found that Magic was instrumental in being able to travel and live his life to the fullest.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Pen & Paper

Deck

Deck Box

Player Cards for Tokens

Dice

Final Wisdom

Jake urges players to learn from every Magic experience they have, and to make sure they enjoy themselves while doing it.

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Twitter: @JakeMondello

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72: Positive Attitude Through and Through with Jim Davis - CHAMPION of SCG Players' Championship 2015
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Jim Davis made 24th place at Pro Tour Prague in 2006, 8th place at Grand Prix Dallas in 2007, 33rd place at Pro Tour Honolulu in 2009, 2nd place at SCG Invitational Indianapolis in 2011, 3rd place at SCG Invitational Seattle in 2014 and is the Champion of SCG Open Indianapolis 2015 as well as the 1st place, gold trophy winner, undisputed champion of the SCG Players’ Championship 2015. Jim lives in Long Island NY.

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First Set

 7th Edition

Favorite Set

OnslaughtOnslaught

Favorite Card

Fact or Fiction

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Jim is drawn to the competitive aspects of Magic where he can analyze player’s mental states and the psychology behind playing. He finds that Magic is a great competitive game due its complexity and challenge, and the way it balances skill, excitement and chance.

Early Challenge

Jim didn’t see value in adopting other’s strategies and decks when he first started playing.

Popular decks were out of the question for him, and he found that it was damaging because good decks are good for a reason. There are lessons to be learned from those decks because players have studied and practiced for years in order to craft them. He now finds it beneficial to play established decks so he can understand how they operate.

Falling into the mindset of “I’m only this kind of player” is detrimental to evolving your style and philosophy as a Magic player.

How to Maintain a Positive Attitude

Shaping his attitude is a skill Jim has refined over the years. In reading The Mental Game of Poker, he was able to break down every aspect of who he was emotionally as a player.

Maintaining a Big-Picture mindset when it comes to tournaments helps keep him away from tilt, but it’s a process that starts long before any single event. Jim understands he has days where he is going to crush matches, and some where he is going to fall short. He focuses on trying to give himself the best chance to win while keeping a positive attitude, even if the results of his match don’t reflect his effort.

Heaviest Magic Moment

In the 2014 Players’ Championship Jim started off poorly and was placed in an elimination match. He won the first game, but in the second match he attacked prematurely and winded up getting his creature killed. He lost that round and the next one, which placed him out of the tournament.

It was difficult for him to have prepared all year long and then lose, on camera, in front of so many people. He re-watched that match before the next year’s Championship to remind himself to keep a positive outlook and a level head.

Proudest Magic Moment

Coming off his third round loss at the Players’ Championship, Jim practiced for an entire year to come back to the tournament in 2015 and win. He found the experience of taking that heavy loss and translating it into a tournament win was an incredibly surreal moment, one that was difficult to take in all at once.

He was humbled even more so by the opponents he beat, Brad Nelson and Todd Anderson, who invited him to an after party and even toasted to his victory.

Best Format

Legacy

What Would You Tell a New Legacy Player?

Jim finds that watching coverage, like live-streams can expose you to a lot of decks and how the function in the format. Since there is commentary on the streams players can understand what is happening more easily, and it acts as a crash course for the format by giving a bird’s eye view of the matches.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

2015 Players’ Championship: Jim went to every tournament he could attend and ended up qualifying for the event early in the year. He found it difficult to practice because the Players’ Championship switched to a 3 format event: Legacy, Modern, and Standard.

He focused on Standard the most since it was the Day 2 format, and his girlfriend kindly culled data from 6 months’ worth of tournaments so he could see what everyone had been playing that year.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Latching onto a one-sentence reason for why a player lost is a common mistake Jim sees being made. It keeps players from analyzing the dozens of other decisions they made in a match, some of which certainly contributed to their loss. He recognizes that it can be difficult to tease out all that information on your own, which is why he finds getting feedback from others so valuable.

Focus on what you can control.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Card Binder

Stack of Cards: for last minute deck changes

Final Wisdom

Jim has noticed that players like to complain, which affects one of the most important aspects of Magic: Attitude. He challenges you to go to a tournament, and not say anything negative about something that was outside of your control. See how it feels.

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Legacy Weapon

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Twitter: @JimDavisMTG

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71: B.R.E.A.D. and Butter Drafting Tips with Robert Wallerstein
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Robert Wallerstein has played Magic for 13 years and made his first Grand Prix Top 8 in Mexico City 2016. He is mainly a drafter and bases his success on solid drafting fundamentals. He will make his first Pro Tour appearance in Madrid 2016. Robert is from Akron Ohio and has an amazing, uplifting Magic community.

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First Set

Odyssey Odyssey

Favorite Set

 Darksteel

Favorite Card

Woolly Thoctar

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Robert enjoys how he can play Magic with his friends without having to resort to drinking for entertainment. But most of all he loves drafting and taking on the challenge of sitting down with 7 people while trying his best to beat them.

For Robert, it’s all about drafting the best he can and reading his opponent’s signals while trying not to give his own away.

Early Challenge

The fundamental rules of Magic tripped Robert up at first.

He never had a rule book that showed him the steps of a turn and how to play. Small rules can make for deep plays that go over new player’s heads.

Robert also stuck to big creatures when he first started, which made it easy for tempo spells to take him down. Playing with friends proficient in these spells helped show him how to balance his deck and move on from his full on beat down decks.

Level Up Moment

During Innistrad block Robert attended a GP in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry, which is an amazing venue for an event: think of a city housed in the pterodactyl cage from Jurassic Park 3.

Being unemployed at the time let him play a lot of Magic leading up to the event, and he managed to Day 2 for the first time. At the end of the GP he managed to rank higher than Jon Finkel, who was in his first Draft Pod, which helped Robert realize he could step up and progress in the competitive scene.

Proudest Magic Moment

While many players point to a personal achievement as their proudest moment, Robert instead points to the amazing Magic community he is a part of.

One of his long time Magic friends sadly took the community by surprise when he committed suicide years back. Robert’s community held several great memorial events which helped donate money to their friend’s family. For Robert, the feeling of helping and maintaining this tight knit community has been the best feeling to come out of Magic for him, even more so than making Top 8 at GP Mexico.

Heaviest Magic Moment

One year when Robert went to Gen Con, he left his backpack in the care of his friend and it ended up getting stolen.

He lost entire collections of cards and it was incredibly hurtful; those decks and collections were a reflection of him. He thought about quitting Magic then and there, but his friends and community helped keep him in the game by lending him cards they knew he was fond of.

Robert emphasizes that, while it may be awkward, you should really find out who out of your friends can be trusted to look after 5 thousand dollars worth of cards. He also recommends not bringing your entire collection to an event.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Robert finds that many players find it hard to slow down and focus on their plays and outs.

While you don’t want to be annoying by slowing down to a crawl, taking a few extra moments to consider your outs and how your cards can be played is tremendously beneficial. Robert sees players plateauing when it comes to thinking outside the box. Many players will play a card exactly how it’s meant to be played, but they don’t take the time to consider what other lines of play a card can open for them.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Looking at your best cards and knowing what your best colors are some of Robert’s guidelines for Sealed. He finds that removal spells are key in most limited formats, as you are undoubtedly going to have to deal with sizable threats.

Draft: For Robert, success in Drafting comes down to card evaluation. Doing research to know what creatures are in a specific format and what spells you need to kill them are crucial. You need to be mindful of what cards you pass on as well, as that sends signals to everyone else as to what color you are playing to and what your weaknesses are.

For A New Draft Player: Robert's basic outline for a deck consists of 15 creatures, 8 non creatures spells and 17 lands. Know how many creatures and removal spells you have, because that will determine what you pick when it comes your time to draw.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Sleeves

Dice

Pen

Paper

Sleeved Basic Lands

Improvement Suggestions

Robert finds that playing against more skilled players is a surefire way to hone your own skills.

While better players can be hard to find, Robert knows that most skilled players are more than happy to talk at events so long as they aren't wallowing through the aftermath of a bad beat.

Final Wisdom

Robert urges players to have fun with the game, and if you aren't having fun, then playing might not be worth it.

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Facebook: Robert Wallerstein

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70: Deck Construction Tips with PucaTrade Founder Eric Freytag
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Eric Freytag is the founder and CEO of PucaTrade.com. He’s been playing Magic since 1994, has 14 commander decks, and spends most of his MtG time brewing in Vintage, Legacy, and Modern.

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First Set

Mirage Mirage

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Crucible of Worlds

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Eric believes Magic is the best game in the world thanks to its perfect blend of strategy, technique, deck building, and creativity. The community Magic has fostered is incredible, and he thinks this is because the game has so many facets and ways to play. Magic’s social scene and sitting down with friends to play the game in person is one of the most important aspects of the game for Eric.

Early Challenge

Deck building was a hurdle Eric had to overcome in his early days playing magic. Evaluating cards and making cuts causes a ripple effect through the rest of the 75 cards, and it took practice building lots of decks for him to understand that. Eric spent time identifying each card he liked, and then found cards relevant to his deck’s concept that were good to draw at any stage of the game. Looking for cards that stack is important for him, since you don’t want two of the same card if one of them will be useless if both are drawn.

How to Put Together a Commander Deck

Eric maintains a detailed spreadsheet of his cards where he organizes them based on their role and type. Next comes making columns for cards that pair well with each other and what type of situations they do well in. At some point making cuts becomes necessary, and you will have to get rid of some pet cards if they aren’t good in most situations. Be honest with yourself about if a card is going to synergize well with the deck concept you are working towards. Getting too attached to cards at this stage in a brew is something Eric finds dangerous. He looks at each card to see how many others it can combo well with, and loves when he finds ways for cards to come together and turn a disability in a match into an ability.

What Has Magic Taught You About Yourself?

Most of Eric’s personal growth in magic came from managing tilt. While he doesn’t feel incredibly competitive, he is emotionally invested in all his time spent trying to master the game with skill and creativity. If the deck he brewed doesn’t perform well, or he doesn’t pilot it right, he can definitely be thrown off balance. The feeling of personal failure is common to a lot of players when they play poorly. Eric sees managing tilt as not only an aspect of growing as a Magic player, but as improving as person. The best time Eric has had playing Magic is when he is having fun, even if he is not performing at his best.

How to Manage Tilt

Eric believes you can start right now, reading this sentence. Take a moment to acknowledge that at some point in the future you are going to mess up. You are going to fail at some aspect of Magic. Period. You might fail because of luck, because of bad drops, or because you played the wrong card. It happens to everyone, even the pros. You can mentally prepare for that moment now, and accept that the cards won’t be in your favor and that you’re going to make a mistake.

Best Format

Commander

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Eric finds tilt to be a major issue players face, and it’s an issue the player can directly control. A player can manage their reactions to what happens in a match. When players get dragged down by something that went wrong in the game they often stop paying attention. By controlling your reactions and staying engaged in the game your chances of pulling through to the end go up, even if it’s just a small amount.

What's a Non-Magic Related Activity That Has Helped You Play?

Eric found that Magic actually helped him with other activities. While he was a video editor he felt the same sense of creativity he got from building a Magic deck. Skills like knowing what cards to cut from his deck helped him take out unnecessary shots from the videos he was editing. Understanding his deck concepts worked in a similar way, letting Eric grasp what the overall vibe and aesthetic of his videos should be.

On Creating PucaTrade

Eric created PucaTrade based on how his playgroup traded cards and interacted with one another. The way they traded was personal and focused on giving rather than nickel and diming each other to death. This helped him realize that lots of players get trapped in their own way of playing Magic, where they don’t see the full spectrum of people who love the game. There are around 50-100 ways to play Magic, and Eric believes uniting that community through cards is one of the greatest things in the world.

How to Tell if a Card Is Fake

First and foremost, never damage or destroy a card to determine if it is fake. The best and easiest test to determine if you have a fake is to shine a LED flashlight through the back of the card. About 40% of the light should shine through the card. 95% of fake cards fail this test and will block all of the light. PucaTrade has a guide with steps you can follow if you feel you don’t have an authentic card, and if you still are questioning your trade you can mail it to PucaTrade and they will test it for you!

Final Wisdom

Playing with other people’s decks is something Eric doesn’t see enough players doing. When you play with someone’s deck that has been meticulously crafted and thought about for hours on end, you get to look through a window into their mind. Seeing what cards they value and prioritize gives you an incredible glimpse into how they play Magic.

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Twitter: @PucaTrade

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69: How Magic: The Gathering Changed Parker Willard's Life
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Parker Willard recently made day two and cashed Grand Prix Pittsburgh playing Merfolk. He’s an average Joe grinder hoping to work his way to the Pro Tour. Parker lives in Michigan.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Local Magic Scene: Michigan

While there isn't an abundance of competitive players directly where Parker lives, a short drive to Detroit offers a healthy Magic atmosphere.

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

After a series of concussions from wrestling in high school, and a car accident, Parker found that Magic easily filled the competitive gap in his life left by the sport.

Not only that, but Magic aided tremendously in his recovery process. The mental workout of playing kept his brain engaged and got him back up to speed in school.

Parker attributes this success to the multitude of mental tasks Magic makes a player take on all at once. Doing combat math, trying to figure out what's in his opponent's hand, remembering what cards are in their deck, and evaluating the board state are all aspects that helped in his recovery.

Tips for Combat Math

Parker finds it important to double check your calculations. Did you misread your opponent’s creature? Did you check to see if your opponent has lands open? Sometimes he will simply do the math itself over again to make sure he did it correctly the first time.

Early Challenge

Card evaluation was a skill that impeded Parker when he first started. He didn’t know what any cards did, so he was easily blown out by simple combat tricks and removal spells.

Understanding what made one creature good in comparison to another was something he learned to do by playing Limited. This helped him understand not only what cards did in gameplay, but which ones were good relative to others.

Level Up Moment

Parker’s greatest period of growth came by taking a break from Magic. He found himself grinding in the game, playing every opportunity he could, thinking that’s what he needed to do to get better.

During his break he realized that he had been getting a lot of practice, but not competitive practice. When he came back to the game after 3 months he started playing Magic Online and attending one competitive Magic event a week. He found that attending the one competitive event helped him more than an entire week of casual magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Day 2 at Grand Prix Pittsburgh stands out to Parker as it was a hard won victory.

He had to overcome an opponent that played mental games with him over several rounds to try and put Parker on tilt going into his final round. Parker managed to work through the frustration and use his opponent's slow roll tactic against him during his last round, which let him push through to Day 2.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Parker can't single out a single moment, but points to a streak of losses which lead to him taking a 3 month break. After two months of getting crushed at every event he attended he finally decided he needed to take a break, something he had to do with Poker as well.

How to Get Feedback from Magic Online

Parker admits that it can be hard to get feedback from online matches. One way he was able to get valuable feedback was by streaming on Twitch. People in the stream's chat always called out his missteps and whether or not he was making a good play.

Best Format

Modern

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not remembering information that's given is a common error Parker finds players making. He will write down cards if his opponent has to show their hand, this way he doesn't have to exert mental energy remembering or risk the chance of forgetting. If his opponent takes a long pause or gives pause at a card Parker plays he will make note of that as well.

Knowing When to Switch Decks

Parker finds that if a deck isn't performing as it should he has to analyze the pillars of the format he's playing in. By looking at the main decks used in the format he can start to see if his deck is being exposed by any of them.

Listening to podcasts and reading articles often hints at what decks make for bad matchups in any given format as well.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Grand Prix Pittsburgh: Parker played between 1-2 tournaments a day on Magic Online leading up to the Grand Prix. He also made sure to attend a competitive Modern event every Saturday for several weeks before the tournament, familiarizing himself with the deck he would use at the Grand Prix.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Main tournament deck

A deck for side events

Playmat

Binder if you like to trade

Snacks

Final Wisdom

Parker believes the key to improving in Magic is getting better practice. Don't be afraid to move beyond Friday Night Magic and seek out Grand Prix trials and more competitive events.

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Twitter: @thewhiteweenie

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68: Gaby Spartz on High Variance and Not Letting a Loss Beat You Twice
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Gaby Spartz streams Magic: The Gathering on Twitch by night and by day she’s the co-founder and VP of Content at Dose, the Chicago-based media company behind Dose.com and OMGFacts.com. Gaby lives in the windy city of Chicago.

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First Set

M12M12

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Ambush Viper

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The constant push to learn and improve is a major draw for Gaby. Similar to how she took an entrepreneurial plunge with Dose, Gaby knows Magic’s learning curve is incredibly steep.

She likes the fact that no one ever stops learning Magic and that there’s something to take away from every match played.

Early Challenge

When Gaby started drafting it was difficult for her to understand what her deck was trying to do. By picking up cards here and there her deck had no cohesion or game plan.

Not being able to tell the difference between defensive and offensive cards was a hurdle she had to overcome. Listening to podcasts and getting input from better players helped Gaby understand the nuances of her own deck and come up with a strategy for the games she played.

Level Up Moment

A crucial component to Gaby’s Magic progression was sticking to linear decks when first getting into a format.

Having a deck with a game plan that’s repetitive and the same from game to game helped her hone specific skills and familiarize herself with the deck. This made it easier for her to think about her deck outside of matches without the pressure of having to make decisions in the moment.

She thought about her deck in relation to others in order to construct a better sideboard. By writing down her sideboard plan and going over it with more advanced players she was able to Top 8 her second PTQ while still being a fairly new player.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning the Standard Super League is a moment that sticks out for Gaby.

She went in simply trying to not place last. She understood that the other players had more experience than her, so she wanted to overcompensate by picking an unconventional deck to play.

She chose a high variance deck (Goblins with Obelisk of Urd) and was able to go undefeated through the group stage which got her a bye into the playoffs.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Moment 1: For a while Gaby couldn’t draft to save her life. She found herself trying to draft decks that didn’t make sense, and ended up losing so much that she felt incredibly demoralized. When playing stopped being fun for her she ended up taking a break from Limited.

Moment 2: While playing a team sealed event Gaby beat her male opponent, who after the match expressed that he couldn’t believe he had lost to a girl.

Her opponent couldn’t seem to grasp that she had beat him because she had played better, prepared better, and exercised her Magic skill set more precisely.

Having skill attributed to gender is something that Gaby is working hard to fade from the competitive Magic scene, and will allow all who love the game to be evenly recognized for their accomplishments.

How to Make a Deck Plan When Drafting

Playing Constructed helps you see not only what your deck is trying to do, but what it’s trying to do in relation to your opponent’s deck.

Understanding your sideboard is critical for this. A player needs to be able to figure out how to thwart their opponent’s plan to take control of the game, or see that there’s nothing they can do against their opponent’s card and act accordingly.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Focusing too much on the results of a match is a pitfall Gaby finds a lot of players in. If a player makes 5 mistakes in a game and wins they have a tendency to overlook what went wrong.

There are other times when a player might play perfectly, but still lose. Dwelling excessively on these results can stagnate progression.

Gaby believes if you’re not trying to learn from your wins and losses then you’re not going to be happy in Magic. Finding take-aways from both your wins, and losses, is how to improve as a player. Managing losses by not beating yourself up over them is crucial for this.

Remember, you shouldn’t let one match loss beat you twice.

Final Wisdom

Playing with better players is something Gaby can't emphasize enough.

When you play with better players it can blow your mind to see how they play and understand why they make the decisions they do. More advanced players can help walk you through all the possible scenarios and outcomes for any given situation you may encounter while playing.

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Twitter: @GabySpartz

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67: First Grand Prix Day 2 with Whitney Otteson
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Whitney Otteson is an avid Magic: The Gathering player and game store owner from Walla Walla, Washington. She has taken recent interest in the competitive scene by making and achieving a goal to make day 2 of Grand Prix Oakland 2015. This accomplishment has motivated her to set her sights even higher.

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First Set

Innistrad Innistrad

Favorite Set

Innistrad Innistrad

Favorite Card

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Whitney is competitive when it comes to games and the level of critical thinking required to play Magic is a major draw for her. When she works hard at Magic she feels like she has accomplished a great goal, and it inspires her to push her skill further.

Early Challenge

When Whitney first started playing she found herself wrapped up in the board’s current state. Looking ahead to future turns was a skill that took time for her to develop.

She talked to players that were better than her about her deck and sideboard, then studied the choices they made when they played. When she realized that they were playing with future turns in mind she made the mental shift to incorporate that practice into her own play style.

Level Up Moment

Winning two local Radcon tournaments for two consecutive years helped Whitney believe she could progress beyond just playing Friday Night Magic.

She went to GP Seattle with the mindset to just have fun with Legacy, but she entered some Standard side events and did really well. These three moments helped her decide to buckle down and reassess how serious she was going to take her progression.

Proudest Magic Moment

The month of hardcore preparation that went into her making Day 2 at GP Oakland stands out as Whitney's proudest moment.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

GP Oakland: Whitney completely immersed herself in magic a whole month before the tournament. She got a Magic Online account and played at least one League every night, basically playing 5 rounds of Magic a day.

She watched Magic streams, read articles and deck lists, and talked to players that were better than her to help her analyze what she needed to do.

Thoughts On Setting Goals in Magic

Whitney wanted to set a goal that was attainable for her; she didn't want to set the bar for her so high that she was constantly disappointed. This led her to setting a goal that was realistic, but would be a real challenge to obtain.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

For GP Oakland, Whitney played around with several decks and landed on an Abzan deck. She thought about what decks would be at the tournament and then worked, especially on her sideboard, to alter her deck in a way that it could exploit other decks at the tournament.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

A common mistake Whitney sees players making is the way they view their sideboards.

She has a written a sideboard guide to help her make decisions in heated match ups instead of just making choices on the fly. Putting a lot of weight into your sideboard, and viewing your deck as a whole 75 instead of 60 and 15 is something she believes helps strengthen how you play your deck.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Read through primers online and apply that information when you're looking at the set. Learning how to take advice from better players and apply it in the moment can be key.

Draft: Being able to recognize when a card is good is something that takes putting in a lot of reps, talking to other players at your store, and trying to learn how to read other's signals.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Gum

Granola & Crackers

Pen & Paper

Extra Sleeves

What Does a Playtest for You Look Like?

Whitney finds that she learns the most from match ups she loses.

Taking a loss makes her sit down and talk out what she could have done differently with her opponent.

She has friends that will sit next to her in matches and help point out the mistakes she makes mid-game, which helps her think out decisions in the heat of play.

Final Wisdom

Have fun!

Whitney knows it’s easy to get wrapped up in Magic’s serious aspects, but at the end of the day you should leave a tournament feeling like you had a great time and a great experience.

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Facebook: Whitney Otteson

Twitter: @whitneyriffic

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66: French Team Captain Pierre Dagen Balances Power & Consistency for Ultimate Results
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Pierre Dagen is a 28 year old French entrepreneur who has been playing Magic: The Gathering since about 2006. His first Pro Tour was Paris 2011, and since then he has scored 3 Grand Prix Top 8s and a Pro Tour Top 8, as well as making it to the Top 4 of the World Magic Cup in 2015 as the captain of team France. Formerly a founding member of team Revolution, he is now part of team EUreka.

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First Set

Champions KamigawaKamigawa

Local Magic Scene: Paris, France

With about 90% of French pro players living in Paris the scene is very competitive.

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

While Pierre likes chess and sees the similarities to Magic, he felt that chess could be a bit mechanical. The complexity, strategy, and need to enter your opponent’s head are major draws that keep him playing Magic. Pierre notes how Magic has allowed him to travel a lot more than he usually would, which has allowed him to meet a ton of great people.

Early Challenge

Pierre had trouble building his decks early on. He tried to do this on his own without consulting friends or any other players. At some point Pierre says he humbled himself, and asked for help and feedback from other teams.

Level Up Moment

Pierre attributes a major level up in his game to the first time he joined a team. This allowed him to playtest twice a week in sets of 10-20 matches with teammates that were better than him. The team helped his Magic mindset evolve from just wanting to have fun, to playing each turn as if he was solving a puzzle and finding a solution to the match.

Proudest Magic Moment

t8_france_team

This came for Pierre at the World Magic Cup in Barcelona where Team France made it to the Top 4. Pierre only knew one player on his team, and had just met the other two. This led them to think that they wouldn’t do that great, but they were all surprised at how well they were able to perform together.

Heaviest Magic Moment

Pro Tour Montreal: Pierre was invited for coming close to qualifying. He entered the tournament stressed out, believing he needed to prove himself worthy of being there. His bad memories of the tournament stem from him not believing he was a good player and losing a lot. He forgot that his first goal should have been to have fun, so after he lost his last match all he wanted to do was go back to France.

What Has Magic Taught You About Yourself?

Over the course of Pierre’s Magic career he learned that he can have a lazy approach to playing. When he first started, he would go into matches just to have fun and ride out games instead of trying his hardest. He thought that you needed to be a genius to be great at Magic. But when others asked him for advice he found that if thought about it hard enough he could usually figure out a solution to their problem. This led to him trying his hardest on every turn and let him see that anyone can be really good at Magic if they put the effort in.

Best Format

Sealed

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Pierre sees a good number of players that are overly optimistic about their deck. They only think of the good things that will happen with their cards, and don’t consider the situations where everything falls apart on the next turn, or 3-4 turns out. Player should always be thinking about how the match will go wrong in order to prepare for when things go right.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Draft: Pierre thinks it’s important to remember that you need a bit of everything in your deck. It needs to be coherent while not focusing on one specific area that might end up sinking your deck.

Sealed: One of the keys to sealed is balancing power and consistency. Deciding if you are leaning towards one end of that spectrum or the other should be a constant thought.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Have a deck that you like and play it a lot—don’t try to come up with one the day before a tournament. Remember, there’s no surefire way to prepare against every player’s deck. Playing one deck, playing it a lot, and playing it against lots of other decks is a good way to get comfortable with tournament play.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Pens

Pad

Snacks

Water

Deck

What Does a Group Play Session Look Like?

Pierre’s play tests usually consist of two deck groups: a group of decks everyone on the team likes to play, and a group of decks that are known to be at a specific event. They will play matches with all combinations from both deck groups, compare results, and revamp their decks.

Final Wisdom

Pierre wants to hammer home that a Magic player shouldn’t be lazy. You should treat Magic in such a way that every turn is a puzzle, and it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but you should always be trying to solve the succession of puzzles to the best of your ability.

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Twitter: @ElPruno_Dagen

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65: Woodrow Engle Went from Poker to Magic with a Smart Supportive Inner Circle
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Woodrow Engle is a dual Magic and poker player from Seattle, WA. He broke into the upper tier of tournament play by making his first Grand Prix Top 8 at Grand Prix Oakland 2016.

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First Set

Ice Age Ice Age

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Lhurgoyf

What First Got You into Magic?

Woodrow got started as a young kid playing Ice Age, just throwing decks together with his friends and loosely playing by the rules.

After Weatherlight, he stopped playing all the way through college. While working at a game development studio Woodrow was invited to a poker game where he met Ryan Spain and Marshall Sutcliffe, who ended up getting him hooked on Magic again.

From there he quickly went from re-learning the rules to implementing high-end Magic thought processes.

What Makes Magic: The Gathering Fun for You?

Woodrow likes the competitive aspect and how Magic can feel a bit like poker with more skills and variation.

He enjoys how he gets to meet so many people with varying experience levels, and how sometimes he has no idea how good the person playing across from him might be.

Early Challenge

The toughest aspect of Magic for Woodrow when he started out was card evaluation.

It took him a long time to wrap his head around when a card was worth a slot in his hand.

Understanding the opportunity cost of not drawing another card in any given situation is a high level concept that takes time to develop.

Level Up Moment

In his first PTQ Woodrow placed 9th and knew from then on that he wanted to really step up and crush tournaments.

This was around the time the Jund deck took over the Standard scene, and Woodrow set out to brew decks to take it down. Then at the advent of the PPTQ system he managed to win one and made it to a regional Pro Tour qualifier, which he Top 8’d, but missed the qualification by one match.

What Kept You Playing Magic?

When Woodrow felt like he was caught in the grind he took breaks.

Eventually though, he learned to manage his tilt by being mindful and staying positive about his performance.

He reminded himself that a single tournament didn’t define him as a Magic player. This made it more fun for Woodrow to play, as it’s tough to do well in a tournament if you take an early loss and then shut down.

He discovered that ranting about his losses to friends was not only uninteresting for them to hear, but stopped him from identifying his mistakes and pushing forward.

Best Format

Limited

How Do You Manage Tilt?

Woodrow admits it’s difficult to stay focused when you know you’re going to lose a few turns out, but contemplating your outs and staying focused is critical for developing skill.

Players should mentally construct their winning scenario even when they may seem down for the count. This kind of mental fortitude is the mindset all Platinum Pros have when they play, and it’s how a player levels up their own game.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being results oriented instead of decision oriented is the crux Woodrow believes most new players face.

As you go through life you want to make sure the decisions you make are sound, even if the end results don’t reflect them. When in this mindset you can realize that sure, you lost a game, but you did everything in your power to try and win it.

Woodrow won a game against Josh Utter-Leyton, but a huge mistake he made in an early turn haunted him afterwards despite the win.

He considers those kind of mistakes to be huge learning opportunities that make him less likely to repeat his blunders.

What Is the Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself From Playing Magic?

Woodrow believes that Magic remaps your brain when a player gets really competitive. This has bled over into his normal life, changing how he makes everyday decisions. Trying to get maximum value from limited time with the best decisions possible is an important crossover skill for him.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Card evaluation is crucial in sealed. Players need to be able to analyze not only the best case scenario for any given card, but also the middle and worst case scenarios as well. This helps a player decide whether a card is worth a slot in their deck.

Draft: Don’t get married to your early picks. Being able to read other player’s signals and what your seat is open to is incredibly important.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For GP Oakland: Woodrow ended up being talked into attending the tournament at the last minute while apartment hunting in the area.

Ryan Spain let him borrow a deck, but 90 percent of the cards were in a foreign language. With preparations rushed Woodrow had to strip cards out of his deck at random as he headed into the Grand Prix.

While it felt like he was going in blind, practicing for other tournaments had left him with a strong understanding of what he needed to do.

Like muscle memory, practicing across formats and staying well rounded can help steady your hand when you get thrown into less than ideal situations.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box

Pad

Pen

Dice

Tokens

Final Wisdom

Surrounding yourself with people who are smart, supportive, and have a similar mindset to how you want to approach Magic will help you develop as a player.

This applies to life in general, as meeting and interacting with positive, analytical people will help you have more success in all your endeavors.

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Twitter: @Woodrodius

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64: Ondrej Strasky Spreads the Greatness of Magic All Over the World
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Ondrej Strasky is 20 years old and is already a Platinum Pro! He was the 2015 Czech World Magic Cup captain and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015, and 2 Pro Tour Top 8s at Pro Tour Honolulu and Pro Tour Brussels. Ondrej lives in the Czech Republic.

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First Set

Time Spiral Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Khans of TarkirKhans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Daze

Local Magic Scene: Czech Republic

Prague is the only city where Ondrej can play Magic a lot in the Czech Republic, which is about a 2 hour bus ride away for him. Because of this he mainly plays Magic Online.

What Makes Magic: The Gathering Fun For You?

While Ondrej tries not to place too much focus on winning or losing, playing in tournaments and the competitive aspect is what keeps him playing Magic. Since there is no one in his town that plays he doesn’t get to play much casual Magic.

Early Challenge

The hurdle that tripped Ondrej up the most starting out was his play speed. He played too fast and missed critical card interactions because he didn’t pause to think them through. An additional 5 seconds helps Ondrej avoid stupid blunders. While addressing the way you play is a hard thing to do, the best way to improve is to just take a little extra time.

Level Up Moment

Ondrej grew the most in 2015 after landing in the Top 8 at his first Pro Tour. At the start of the year he moved in with 3 of the best Czech players and he wholly surrounded himself with Magic. They all streamed Magic, talked Magic, and of course played as much as they could, and Ondrej credits their skill with helping push him to the next level.

Proudest Magic Moment

Ondrej’s proudest moment came when he finished 9th in a London Grand Prix. He was super prepared and an article in Star City Games by Brian Braun-Duin helped him find an amazing deck. While he didn’t take down the whole tournament, Ondrej is proud of how prepared he was and feels like he played the best out of everyone there.

How Much Magic Do You Play?

If a tournament is on the horizon Ondrej wakes up and plays Magic until he passes out, and he might squeeze in a bite to eat somewhere in between. During the holidays he slacks off a bit, but now he’s busy learning archetypes and trying out decks.

Best Format

He plays best in Standard, but he loves how fun Legacy is even though it’s not his best format.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Since the meta game shifts quickly in Standard, Ondrej tries to stay on top by playing Magic Online and seeing how others shift decks from week to week. In regards to setting up a sideboard, Ondrej tries to build it with his main deck in mind as a 75 card deck so he can pick the best positioned 60 to roll with.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Ondrej thinks players shouldn’t blame luck for their losses, but they shouldn’t beat themselves up when there wasn’t much they could do in a match to win.

Handling loss better can help a player see what they did wrong and learn from their mistakes.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Ondrej doesn’t go to pre-releases too often, but he usually looks for cards that pop out to him instantly.

Draft: Ondrej finds the best three archetypes and tries to draft them. He talks to other people who drafted and find what cards are most important to each one.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ondrej thinks you can prepare mostly by yourself for a Grand Prix, but definitely not a Pro Tour. He has a team of 15 and sometimes thinks that’s not even enough.

They will look at what decks are being played after the first Star City Open. Then they start playing and will ask Frank Karsten about deck matchups and post results in forums to help figure out what decks were best.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Pen

Deck

Deck box for Limited portion

Water Bottle: Ondrej says he stays insanely hydrated throughout a tournament.

How Can a New Magic Player Break In?

A new player can start by building a Pauper deck and playing Magic Online, as decks super cheap.

Improvement Suggestions

Ondrej reads articles written by Brad Nelson and looks at decklist postings from recent tournaments. He thinks reading solid content and playing as much as possible is the best way to improve.

Final Wisdom

If you enjoy Magic play it a lot, and the best thing you can do is buy a lot of packs, watch coverage, and spread the word of how great a game Magic is.

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Brad Nelson

Frank Karsten

Craig Wescoe

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63: Have Fun! with Brian Eason
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Brian Eason has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s and has played in multiple Pro Tours. He is a former Poker pro, and an aspiring HearthStone professional. He hopes to win a Grand Prix and Pro Tour one day. Brian lives in Atlanta, GA.

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First Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

 

Ravnica

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Shards of Alara

How did you get started in Magic?

Brian got started playing Yu-Gi-Oh! and found it a natural progression to make the move to Magic. The complexity and more mature, professional player base drew him in despite doing poorly at his first sealed events.

Favorite Card

Bitterblossom

When Brian started to get competitive Bitterblossom played to his creative sensibilities.

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The first thing for Brian is the competitive aspect. Big tournaments, Star City opens, Grand Prixs and the possibility of hitting a Pro Tour—basically the challenge of playing amongst the best. The second thing is the ability to be creative in deck building. This creativity and competitiveness make Magic Brian’s favorite game.

Early Challenge

Brian admits he was terrible at Limited when he started. It took watching better players for him to realize he was behind and needed to up his game.

Local Magic Scene: Atlanta

A lot of big stores in Atlanta have fostered play for about 20 solid players, but they’re scattered around the area. Brian finds smaller groups playing at local stores on the weekends.

Level Up Moment

Most of Brian’s growth happened when he first started playing. He played around people that were way out of his league, but being able to team draft with them gave him invaluable feedback. Brain thinks limited is the key to becoming a better Magic player, as the skills needed translate over to different formats.

Heaviest Magic Moment

In his first Grand Prix Brian made it to the second day but went 0-4 and lost against weaker players. This loss helped him realize his skill level and pushed him back to the drawing board. Brian analyzed the winning player’s strategy at the same Grand Prix to figure out what he was doing wrong.

Proudest Magic Moment

Brian doesn’t have a specific, glorified moment that sticks out to him. What comes to mind for him is was placing second after his first time hitting the top eight at a Grand Prix. While bittersweet, he still is proud of how all his hard work and confidence materialize into a 2nd place finish.

What does a typical week of MTG look like for you?

Being a full time student and playing Hearthstone cuts into his Magic play, but Brian still tends to play one Magic Online draft a day. His playing incentives are driven by how fun the format is and what he gets if he wins.

What is the deepest thing you’ve learned about yourself from playing Magic?

Brian had a tendency to be impulsive and get caught up in the moment. Having a friend point out how he unnecessarily went all out early in a match helped him slow down.

Favorite Format

Limited

How to choose a deck to play at a Standard Event

If you want to have a good time with a descent finish, playing with a stock list with one of the better decks is the way to go. If you want to take down the whole tournament you have to do something that sets you apart—something like a tweaked deck or extra tech, and figuring that out comes from exposing yourself to different deck archetypes. Brian likes to do this to discover ways to exploit certain decks’ weaknesses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

“When you play Magic it’s a bloodbath…take every small edge you can.” Brian can confidentially say that giving away tells during a match is something newer players don’t take into consideration. Looking frustrated and throwing your hands up in the air is a surefire way to throw away a game. Make it hard for your opponent to know what you have in your hand, and better yet, use your tells to mislead them.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Brian believes the key in Sealed is to focus on the long game, play greedy, don’t focus too much on synergy, and make sure every card in your deck is a good standalone. Don’t ignore the early game, but understand what your deck wants to do.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Putting too much emphasis on results can ramp up nerves, but going in with an experimental mindset to learn can make the experience a lot more fun. Talking with friends and getting feedback from a small group is invaluable when it comes to theory crafting and polishing your deck. Online forums are a great source too if you are a local player and don’t have any in-town connections.

What’s in Your Tournament Bag?

Brian likes to travel light to conserve energy during a long tournament day:

Deck

Notebook

Pen

Dice

Water bottle

Snacks

Nuts and Bolts of a Playtest

Brian thinks that playtesting can be hindered by trying to jam as many games into one session as possible. Fast games can feel inorganic as it’s not comparable to how you will play outside the test. Going through deck lists with a group of friends and theory crafting while arguing back and forth about what should and shouldn’t be in the deck helps get to the root of your deck.

Magic Resource

Star City Games Decklists

Grand Prix Top 8 Decklists

How Can a New Magic Player Break In?

Magic is about creativity and flexibility, and when you build a Cube out of commons you can start a lot of discussion about deck building and have fun playing whatever version of Magic you can. Put yourself to the test and develop your skills.

Final Wisdom

If you’re a new player aiming for the competitive sphere it’s easy to get wrapped up in playtesting and not getting results. So whatever you do make sure you have fun with it, and remember, there’s no shame in taking a break if the fun fades.

Connect With Brian Eason

Twitter: @bloodyfaceHS

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62: Aryeh Wiznitzer Explains the Art and Science of Limited and Constructed
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Aryeh Wiznitzer is a teacher and Magic grinder from Houston, Texas. After years of near misses, he has recently reached the professional level of play with Top-8 finishes at GP Dallas and GP Atlanta 2015.

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First Set

Tempest

Tempest

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Fire Covenant

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Aryeh loves grinding tournaments. Traveling all over and competing in tournaments is one of Aryeh's favorite parts of Magic. He feels fulfilled when he gets to see the fruits of his labors.

Early Challenge

Aryeh recognizes that sometimes he tries to be too creative. He used to try to play a cool deck and make the cool play instead of playing to win.

Level Up Moment

Winning more and more at his local store is when Aryeh realized that he could hang with the big dogs.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 Grand Prix Dallas 2015

Best Format

Limited (at the moment)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Constructed: Deck choice and side boarding. People bring in the wrong cards in the wrong match ups and lose a lot of win equity.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Draft: Towards the beginning of a format take the rares and uncommons and see if they are good. Then you'll know which ones are worth getting later on when people know more.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Find others who as invested in the event as you are. If you play with someone who has the same goal as you then you can save hours of play testing, especially if they are better than you.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Playmat

Pen 

Life pad

Improvement Suggestions

Swiss draft on Magic Online - even if you lose the first round you still have a chance to make back some of your investment.

Borrow cards.

Play aggressive decks. They are usually cheaper.

Magic Resource

Grand Prix Atlanta 2015 - Check out Aryeh's amazing sealed pool. 

Pat's Games in Austin Texas

Adrian Sullivan articles

Sam Black articles

Twitch.tv (Paul Cheon)

Connect With Aryeh Wiznitzer

Twitter: @urafevermodo

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61: Win a Grand Prix by Playing with People Who Have Similar Goals to Yours - Lukas Blohon
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Lukas Blohon has an impressive Magic: The Gathering record with 5 Grand Prix Top 8s, including a win at Grand Prix Brussels 2015, and 2 Pro Tour Top 16s including a Top 8 finish at Pro Tour Dark Ascension. Lukas lives in Prague.

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First Set

Tempest

Tempest

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds


Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

Early Challenge

Limited.

Lukas is good at playing one deck over and over again and getting very familiar with it. Limited was his weak spot early on.

Level Up Moment

Training with Channel Fireball helped Lukas grow a lot because he was able to play with some of the best players in the world. This culminated in Lukas making the Top 8 of a Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Pro Tour Dark Ascension

Best Format

Standard

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Play all the big decks and see which works for you. Then play that one over and over again.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mentally checking out. Whether you're winning or losing, stay engaged in the game and consider what you need to do to win.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Synergies are always strong, but in Sealed you don't always get enough of what you need to make the synergy work. In that case, play cards that affect the board

Draft: Keep track of what's going on by noting the next picks behind yours. This gives you an idea of what the people to your left are doing. However, it's more important to track what's going on to your right. Do this by noting what is and is not being passed to you.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Use Magic Online to play anytime. You can put a few hours to good use without wasting time in transit.

Play the same deck as a trusted friend and share the insights.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water

Snacks (Bananas)

Deck

Pen

Notepad 

Improvement Suggestions

Constructed: Build a tier 2 deck (or whatever you can afford) and play over and over again. Also, find someone who has a similar goal as you and work together to improve and advance.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

(The best people write for these sites.)

Connect With Lukas Blohon

Twitter: @LukasBlohon

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60: You're Never Too Good to Learn From Others - Nicolas Beland
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Nicolas Beland is making a name for himself at the Pro Tour and has so far Top 32’d Star City Games Open Worcester, made the Top 8 at Grand Prix Quebec City and competed in Pro Tour Theros. He lives in Canada.

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First Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Interaction with other people. Going to Grand Prix and competing with others is a huge draw for Nicolas.

Early Challenge

Forgetting triggers. It wasn't until Nicolas started playing competitively that he learned the hard way to remember his triggers.

Level Up Moment

After his first Pro Tour, Nicolas had a bit of a big head, but he humbled himself and learned from others and experienced the most growth at this time.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Quebec 2015

Best Format

Modern

Modern Focus

Start with a style you already know and watch streams on the internet to learn how that deck plays out.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing the deck that won last week's tournament is a big mistake. Everyone will be gunning for that deck and will be ready for it.

Card Evaluation Tips

Lands define a set. Pay attention to what the mana base can support. Also, familiarize yourself with the removal.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Separate creatures and spells and then organize them by converted mana cost to see what's playable.

Sealed is about tempo. Curve out and have removal to push through to the end.

Draft: Don't be afraid to switch colors if you are cut off. It's hard to recognize sometimes but important to know you can and should switch if the colors aren't coming.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play all the big decks, pick the one you feel the best with and practice, practice, practice.

Proxying is a great way to do this.

Take one deck with you and do the best you can with that deck.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothes

Deck

Improvement Suggestions

Make friends and share card pools. Don't be afraid to submit a deck that is similar to the big decks but has substitute cards for the cards you don't have.

Magic Resource

Daily MTG (Wizards of the Coasts)

Connect With Nicolas Beland

Twitter: @NicolasBeland11

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59: Banning Sensei's Divining Top - Legacy Thoughts with Jarvis Yu
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Jarvis Yu enjoys formats with deeper card pools (especially Legacy). Having made one Grand Prix Top 8 in Legacy, as well as going 13-2 in Grand Prix New Jersey, he has also managed to win his only Top 8. Jarvis lives outside Washington.

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First Set

Revised
Revised (this is not the official symbol as set symbols were not around at this time)

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Rishadan Port

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Infinite diversity.

Early Challenge

Starting out, Jarvis thought that a 1/2 for one mana was good - because it was "more efficient" than a 1/1 for one. He quickly learned that cards with abilities, like Eternal Witness, even though they don't have the best power/toughness/mana ratio are much better.

Level Up Moment

Zigging when everyone else zagged helped Jarvis grow. He saw (with the help of a friend) a strategy that wasn't explicitly supported in Ravnica City of Guilds. This opened his eyes to how to look at future sets.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Seattle Tacoma 2015.

Best Format

Legacy

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mulliganing when they shouldn't or not mulliganing when they should.

Know the match up and what you need to be effective in the early game. If you don't have that in your opening hand then ship it back.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Jarvis runs 18 lands and looks for card advantage, big creatures and removal.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play different decks, then settle on one and play against a lot of decks.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Extra cards

Snacks

Water

Pens

Paper

Dice

Improvement Suggestions

Build and play a pauper cube.

Magic Resource

Jarvis mentioned a [card]Battle of Wits[/card] deck from Grand Prix Milwaukee 2002.

Star City Games

MTG Gold Fish

Connect With Jarvis Yu

Twitter: @jkyu06

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58: Focus On What You Can Control Not On The Variance of Magic - Florian Reiter
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Florian Reiter is a writer and editor from Munich, Germany. He has been writing articles about Magic for various German Magic sites has been active in the tournament scene since 2009. He has one Grand Prix Top 8 from GP Lyon 2015.

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First Set

Urzas Saga

Urza'a Saga

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Time Spiral 

Favorite Card

Horned Turtle
Cryptic Command

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The diversity of cards and strategies and the mental challenge. 

The people he's meet and the friends he's made have kept Florian around.

Early Challenge

Combat.

Concentrating and keeping track of combat tricks was hard at first. Practice slowing down and thinking through each combat phase is how to improve.

Level Up Moment

Florian improved the most when he surrounded himself with a group of really motivated Magic players, all striving to get better. If everyone is trying to win a Grand Prix then the collective knowledge will raise everyone's level.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Prague 2015 (Standard). Even though Florian only got Top 64 he feels like he really executed his game plan well. He approached the meta game from a different angle and brought an unknown deck that performed well.

Best Format

Standard - Lower power level means more cards are playable

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being introspective enough. Talking about luck is not a useful way to spend your time. Focus on what you can control and how you can play better.

If you really focus your energy on Magic you will improve.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Sort out the unplayables. Lay out the rest by color. Determine what your really good cards are and build combinations that take advantage of the strengths

Improvement Suggestions

Watch streams and listen to podcasts. Magic content is largely free, so consume as much as you can.

There is no substitute for playing but there are lots of free things you can do to get better.

Magic Resource

Florian's articles can be found on MTG Mint Card

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

Couch Draft DE

Connect With Florian Reiter

Twitter: @HandsomeMUC

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57: Magnus Lantto Identifies When He Makes Mistakes and Doesn't Blame Luck
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Magnus Lantto is an online grinder turned pro. He’s a member of the European pro team Team Eureka. Magnus finished 5th place in the 2015 Magic World Championship, is the MOCS 2014 champion, and has 3 Grand Prix Top 8s which include 1 win in Grand Prix Milan. To top it off, Magnus Lantto has the distinguished honor of being the first guest on MTG Pro Tutor in 2016! He lives in Sweden.

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First Set

Fourth Edition (This set did not have an official symbol.)

Favorite Set

Magnus feels Magic gets better and better every year. His favorite set is the most recent one.

Favorite Card

Survival of the Fittest
Birthing Pod

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magnus has never seen a game that is as intricate as Magic. It changes every year and he loves how it stays fresh. There is a lot to think about. He loves how deep it is.

Early Challenge

Magnus was really bad at the start of tournaments. The first round of an event he has made really bad mistakes. By focusing on the psychological aspect of the game you can identify problems and adjust. Magnus learned to slow down at the beginning of tournaments so he could improve on this weakness.

Level Up Moment

Playing Magic Online has really upped Magnus' game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Milan.

Magnus Lantto wins Grand Prix Milan

Best Format

Modern

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Rely on team mates to test and identify the best decks.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Blaming losses on bad luck. YOU did something wrong. Slow down and think about what you did through out the game. If you make a mistake in the middle of a game, don't give up. Stay focused and bounce back. Adjust your plan accordingly and stay in it.

Card Evaluation Tips

Look for cards that create new archetypes. Is there a new mechanic that can be built around?

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Identify a clear win condition that exists in you pool.

Draft: What your being passed is more important than what you're passing. Prepare ahead of time by reading what others think about cards. Set reviews are a great way to do this.

Deck construction, specifically mana curve, is very important in draft.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play regularly leading up to the event. Play with a group so you can get feedback. Join groups on FB and ask questions.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

New sleeves (Dragon Shield or from MTG Mint Card)

Deck box

Improvement Suggestions

Find a way you can contribute to your friends / team. Be the driver, take people out, be a friend. You can make good connections and if you are helpful you can borrow cards or a deck.

Magic Resource

LSV set reviews on Channel Fireball

Twitter - track what Magnus and others in the Magic community are up to

MTG Mint Card

Connect With Magnus Lantto

Twitter: @MagnusLantto

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56: Mind the Damage You Take from Shock Lands or Alejandro Cesa Will Burn You Out
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Alejandro is starting to make a name for himself in the Magic community of South America by making it to the Top 4 of one Grand Prix.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Invasion

Invasion

Favorite Card

Oath of Druids

Early Challenge

Learning the phases of each turn. Magic Online has helped Alejandro get a good understanding of each turn and when he can do what.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 of Grand Prix Porto Alegre

Best Format

Modern

Modern Advice

Focus on one deck. Learn it in side and out and then learn what the other decks are trying to do so you know how they work and how to beat them.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Sequencing fetch lands and shock lands incorrectly against a burn deck. Too many players don't understand that every point of damage matters and they are careless when shocking themselves. Burn will punish you for that.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice on Magic Online, be part of several groups and borrow cards you don't have.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Pen

Improvement Suggestions

Start playing with friends and if you like Magic you can move up to a new group if your friends only want to play for fun.

Magic Resource

La Banda del Monored

MTG Gold Fish

Connect With Alejandro Cesa

Facebook: Alejandro Cesa

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55: Stories from the Pro Tour to Help You Level Up from Grand Prix Champion Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas
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Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas is a Brazilian player with 2 Grand Prix Top 8s; one in Buenos Aires 2015 as a Finalist and the other in Porto Alegre 2015 as the Champion.

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First Set

Onslaught

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Onslaught

 Onslaught (Constructed)

Innistrad
 Innistrad (Limited)

Favorite Card

Jareth, Leonine Titan

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The art is amazing, the card design is well done, the story is so great.

Marcos also loves how he's met great people and made amazing friends through travel. He also loves traveling because he didn't do much before.

Early Challenge

Marcos didn't know how to mulligan at all. In fact, at his first Grand Prix, he was in a feature match and realized that he had to apply aggressive pressure on his opponent to win. However, he still kept the hand and then lost miserably. He learned from this and made learning how to mulligan better a priority.

Casual Formats

Marcos LOVES Conspiracy draft.

Level Up Moment

At his first Pro Tour, Marcos recognized he knew nothing about the format. So he attached himself to a player who was much better and soaked every lesson up like a sponge. 

Marcos has a lot of cool growth stories from his first Pro Tour. He was able to beat one of the best Limited and one of the best Constructed players in the world at the time.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Porto Alegre!

GP Porto Alegre

 

Best Format

Standard - It's not that big and you can prepare for it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not taking into account the things you did wrong in a match. Marcos hears people complain about being mana flooded or mana screwed when in reality they could identify turns where they messed up. 

Card Evaluation Tips

By play testing with a team Marcos hones his evaluation skills.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Reading articles and relying on his team is Marcos' go-to method.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

TCG Player

Connect With Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas

Marcos on Facebook

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54: From Chess to Star Wars to Working at Star City Games - Chris VanMeter Takes You Through Magic
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Chris VanMeter (CVM) provides content for Star City Games in the form of articles and videos and also Streams. Chris has had great success on the Star City Games Open Series with 14 Open Top 8's and an Invitational Finals. Having played Magic for almost 20 years, CVM enjoys his role in helping the game grow by bringing content to everyone. Chris VanMeter lives in Seattle WA.

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First Set

Tempest set symbol

Tempest

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Tradewind Rider

Level Up Moment

During the Zendikar Standard period Chris grew a lot. He put up some great results and got on the map as a high level player.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Star City Games Season Two Open Invitational.

Best Format

Legacy (favorite)

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Identify what decks you will see at the next Standard event by reviewing the top decks from the last tournament. All the decks will have a slight edge over the others that you can pick any of those big decks and do well. With practice and solid side boarding you can do very well.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mulligans!

Most players are afraid to mulligan. With the new mulligan rule the mental barrier against tossing a hand should be much lower.

Especially in games 2 and 3, after you've seen your opponent's deck, mulliganing to a better hand is a tactic that many can improve on.

Card Evaluation Tips

Are there cards that fit in an existing archetype or "build around me" cards? A good example of a "build around me" card is [card]Bring to Light[/card]. It did not fit in any existing decks but obviously has some power so it's a "build around me".

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play a bunch of games with the deck you are going to take. Pay special attention to the side board.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Playmat

Dice Brick

Pad

Pen

Water

Snacks

Improvement Suggestions

Consume as much Magic content as you can. (Streams, articles, podcasts.)

Ask questions. Don't think that the big names are unapproachable. Reach out to them on social media and ask questions.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

TCG Player

Twitch

Connect With Chris VanMeter

Twitter: @Chris_VanMeter

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53: Tilting Gets You Nowhere, Improvement Requires Introspection - Patrick Dickmann
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Patrick Dickmann is a 25 year old student at Cologne University in Germany studying Economics. His Magic record includes being the Champion of Grand Prix Antwerp in 2013 and making the Top 4 of Pro Tour Valencia in 2014. He is heralded as the best Modern Splinter Twin player in the world.

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First Set

Stronghold

Stronghold

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Innistrad (story)

New Mirrodin block because of his drafting success.

Favorite Card

Dark Confidant
Snapcaster Mage

Human Wizards and cards with options.

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Off and on, Patrick has enjoyed attacking the competitive scene.

Early Challenge

Dealing with loses.

Loses used to upset Patrick a lot. To combat this he became more analytical and would review his matches to see what he could have done better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Antwerp

GP Antwerp Patrick Dickmann

Best Format

Modern - It gives you the most options without being too powerful.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being star struck.

Players sometimes let the fact that they are playing a "big name" get in their head.

Also, people tilt and give up early. Stay focused and stay in the game. You can sometimes come back if you don't give up before the game is over. (See GP Richmond Round 9 specifically Game 2.)

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: People tend to over value the rares that were hyped up during the spoiler. Don't feel like you have to play your spoiler rare if the rest of that color stinks.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Look at deck lists that did well at the last big event. Get some testing in but most importantly test your side board

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water

Deck box

Platinum Promos

Money

Improvement Suggestions

You don't have to play exclusively on MTGO. Test out Cockatrice to cheaply test and play Magic.

Magic Resource

MTG Mint Card

Connect With Patrick Dickmann

Twitter: @0fe1ia

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52: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered - Will Erker's Journey to String Together Pro Tours
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Will Erker started playing magic when New Phyrexia came out after a few friends taught him how to draft and play. His first Pro Tour was Pro Tour Origins and then he made it to the Top 16 at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar playing Abzan Midrange. Will lives in St. Louis Missouri.

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First Set

New Phyrexia

New Phyrexia

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Innistrad

M14

M14

Favorite Card

Read the Bones
Sign In Blood

Resource management / grindy cards.

Also...

Brago King Eternal

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The variance.

While it can be stressful, variance is what makes the game great. We aren't playing chess.

Early Challenge

Building Constructed decks, specifically aggressive decks.

Reading articles and watching coverage and deck techs has helped Will improve his deck building skills.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 16 at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar

Best Format

Standard

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Identify the style of deck you like (control, aggro, mid-range, etc...) borrow or proxy that deck and practice with. If you really do like it then roll with it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being realistic when you lose. People need to pay attention to the mistakes they make and learn from them.

People blame mana flood, mana screw or variance instead of identifying what was in their control to change.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Draft: Look at your cards between packs, put your creatures in front and sorted by mana cost so you know where your holes are.

How to Prepare for a Big Event

Will uses Magic Online to grind out reps and then plays with friends to round out the experience.

What's in Your Bag?

Water

Trail Mix

Deck

Improvement Suggestions

There are several sites that post "budget" decks that players can build for cheap.

Magic Resource

Yeti Gaming is Will Erker's local store

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Twitch.tv

Connect With Will Erker

Twitter: @WillErker

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51: How You Can Remain Calm When Approaching Magic by Scott Kirkwood
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Scott Kirkwood broke on to the upper levels of competitive Magic by making the Top 4 at Grad Prix Indianapolis in 2015 with RG Landfall. He lives in Illinois.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven
Jeskai Ascendancy

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Playing casually and having fun doing silly stuff.

Scott's EDH deck is Zedruu the Greathearted, which is one of those goof off and have fun commanders. 

He also enjoys competitive constructed formats. Scott loves that there are so many options and you can do whatever you want in Magic.

Scott really likes when two people are trying their best to improve and face off.

Early Challenge

Taking the time to think if he should do something as supposed to just doing it because he could.

He learned to slow down and assess the situation every time.

Level Up Moment

Making it to the Pro Tour has really validated Scott's efforts and shown him that he has grown and has what it takes.

Brad Nelson's article on how to approach Magic really helped Scott improve.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Top 4 at Grand Prix Indianapolis. (It's still sinking in how big of a deal this is.)

Best Format

Modern

Vintage (Favorite)

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Scott likes to play the decks that people say "I can beat anything except that deck". So he'll roll in to a Modern or Standard event with a red deck because so many decks have bad match up against red.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Approach the game as just a game. Don't over stress it and psyche yourself out.

Assess every situation. Don't make snap decisions without thinking through various lines. "What's the Play?" articles are great practice for this.

Card Evaluation Tips

Scott admits that he is not the best at evaluating cards. It's fun to speculate but when it comes down to it he relies on the opinions of others via set reviews.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Pre release: Scott approaches a pre release with the intent to have fun. Try new cards and weird combos just to see how it works. Have fun! Pre releases are great places to play just for FUN!

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play a real deck.

A lot of people love to brew (Scott is the same way) but if you are trying to win, play a proven deck.

Jam games with friends so you know the interactions and lines of play.

What's in Your Tournament Bag?

Pen 

Pad

Playmat

Deck

Dice

Extra cards

Improvement Suggestions

Proxy cards before you invest in a deck.

Magic Resource

r/spikes

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

TCG Player

Connect With Scott Kirkwood

Facebook: Scott Kirkwood

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50: Magic Online + Playing with Friends is Ashraf Omar's Key To Success
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Ashraf Abou Omar is 26 years old and is lives in Kiel, Germany. He started playing competitive Magic at Grand Prix Strasbourg in 2007. Once he qualified for Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur in 2008, he started traveling a lot in Germany and UK to compete in PTQ. He has one GP Top 8 in Madrid 2015.

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First Set

portal set symbol

Portal

Favorite Set

return to ravnica

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Martyr of Sands

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The community. Traveling, playing and partying with friends.

Early Challenge

Understanding the rules is a great way to improve. If you understand the rules better you can win more games.

Magic Online really helps you understand the phases and when you can respond and when you have to announce triggers. Understanding this will level up your skill.

Level Up Moment

By spending a lot of time playing Ash has noticed a big improvement. There is no substitute for practice.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour is Ash's proudest moment.

Best Format

Limited

Watch streams and draft with others to get better.

Ash drafts every Friday at his flat after Friday Night Magic.

They always analyze their picks and think critically about the draft to help them improve.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Ash likes to take under the radar decks to Standard tournaments so he brews with friends to try and beat the big decks. Then he play tests on Magic Online.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not managing their life total and not understanding combat math. You can win on 1 life.

Card Evaluation Tips

Don't draw any conclusion until the entire set is released.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Draft: Identify a strategy early on and stick to it. Ash even forces colors a bit as he tries to construct a 3-0 deck.

How to Effectively Prepare for Big Events

Magic Online is a great way to prepare for big events. However, it's much better to play in real life so you can talk about mulligans and card decisions

What's in Your Tournament Bag?

GP Deck Box

Sleeves

Pen

Paper

Improvement Suggestions

Watching others play and interacting with them is a great way to improve on the cheap. There are many great streams to learn from.

Magic Resource

NummotTheNummy Twitch stream

Connect With Ashraf Abou Omar

Twitter: @Ashraf_HH

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49: The Merits of Staying Mentally in the Game Even After a Mistake with Mark Litvak
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Mark Litvak has just broken into the upper Magic scene by making his first Grand Prix Top 8 at GP Lyon October 2015. He is constantly seeking to improve himself and is looking forward to his first Pro Tour. He lives among the beautiful hills of Austria.

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First Set

Onslaught

Onslaught

Favorite Set

dragons

Dragons of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Meddling Mage

Early Challenge

Giving up too soon. Mark learned to stay mentally in the game and play to his outs.

Don't give up the fight.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of GP Lyon 2015.

Best Format

Limited

Modern (Splinter Twin)

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Look at popular decks and look at the mirror matches and choose a deck that is well positioned against them.

Observe matches using the deck you are considering and monitor how it plays out. This will help you decide if it's the deck you want to play.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People underestimate the combat. It is very complicated if you want to do it well.

Many people sit back to see "what happens" in combat. You need to put the brain power behind combat and figure it out ahead of time.

Expect your opponent to play well and don't be worried about showing them something you don't think they've seen.

Card Evaluation Tips

Mark doesn't like how the spoiler is released but understands it from a marketing perspective.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Separate each color into three piles; cards you want to play, cards you don't want to play, and on the fence cards. Next sort each pile by converted mana cost. Determine your colors by identifying which colors have a clear plan to success.

Draft: Learn something from every game. Make it count by writing down results, talking to opponents, whatever you need to do to get that extra information you need to improve.

Improvement Suggestions

"Don't tilt and always strive for better." ~Mark Litvak

Magic Resource

Follow players you respect and read their articles. (Players usually post when they have an article go live.)

Channel Fireball

Connect With Mark Litvak

Twitter: @LorwyMtG

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48: Fabrizio Anteri Advises to Play to Your Outs and Know Your Opponent's Outs
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Fabrizio Anteri has 7 Grand Prix Top 8s with 3 Wins!! He is one of 31 players in the history of Magic: The Gathering to have 3 Grand Prix wins. Fabrizio lives in London and has been the captain of the English Magic Team for two years in a row.

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First Set

MIrrodin

Odyssey

Favorite Card

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Fabrizio loves that Magic is so complicated and that you never get good enough before it changes.

Early Challenge

Tuning a deck for the meta is not Fabrizio's strong suit but playing 10-20 games against a certain match up sheds light on how to tweak.

Proudest Magic Moment

Fabrizio is really proud of his solid run in the 2015 season that gives him a chance to go to the Magic World Championship.

His run includes a Grand Prix win, a Pro Tour top 16 and a Grand Prix second place... all within three weekends.

Best Format

Limited

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Play a lessor known, under the radar deck.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When you're winning think "How could I possibly lose this game?" and hedge against it.

Think the flipside when you're losing.

Always consider your plays and be mindful of your outs and your opponent's outs.

Card Evaluation Tips

Fabrizio waits for the whole set to be released before evaluating new cards.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Lay out the cards so you can see them all. Separate them into "bomb", "playable" and "unplayable" piles. Then look for synergies within your pool.

Draft: A good memory is an advantage when drafting.
Make sure you consider mana curve, removal and creature count. This will lead to better picks for you even if the card isn't the most powerful in the pack.

Improvement Suggestions

Be willing to invest time and money if you are serious about Magic.

However, to start out, build a deck and play with friends and start playing so you can understand the basics.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games Premium articles

Magic Online results

Connect With Fabrizio

Twitter: @Anteri_F

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47: Javier Dominguez Suggests You Play Your Deck a Ton to Know it Inside and Out
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Javier Dominguez is the Champion of Grand Prix Paris 2014 (Legacy) and took 2nd place at another Grand Prix. He also has 3 Pro Tour Top 16s (one Worlds). He likes making decks and playing Legacy. Javier lives in Spain.

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First Set

Odyssey

Odyssey

Favorite Set

MIrrodin

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Eternal Witness
Meloku the Clouded Mirror

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The people Javier has met has made Magic really fun and sustainable.

Early Challenge

Drafting. To overcome this weakness, Javier would write down his picks and then ask people if  they would make the same ones. That post-game discussion and feedback really helped him improve.

Level Up Moment

When Javier started playing regularly (daily) with his friends and playing all decks against all deck he noticed he really started to improve.

Proudest Magic Moment

Building a Legacy deck and then seeing several team members perform so well in a Pro Tour really meant a lot to Javier.

Javier's Commander

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Best Format

Legacy

Breaking Into Legacy

Play blue. From there you can identify your style and move from there.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Consider what has been doing well, pick a deck, then play it a lot so you know it backwards and forwards.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not talking to people enough about the game. Also, keep your mind focused. If you are there to win then focus on winning 100% of the time. It's okay that you miss a land drop or make a misplay, just recalibrate and keep your mind on winning.

You can train yourself to focus by playing against someone while visualizing you are playing for the Top 8 of a Grand Prix. Practice focusing and you'll get better at focusing.

Card Evaluation Tips

Javier looks for enablers when a set is released. He will compare new cards to ones that he's used to. This gives him a baseline.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Make three piles: Wow cards, solid fillers, all the rest. Remember, anything not in your deck is your sideboard.

Draft: When there are two cards that are close, take the bigger one because they are generally better.
Know color combinations and archetypes for the set you're drafting.

How to Effectively Play Test

Link up with other players (find a good group at your local FNM) and practice with them.

It's important to have someone to talk about the meta game with and make critical decisions with.

What's Inside? (Tournament Bag)

Cereal Bar
Nuts
Water

Eat and drink at least every 2 hours. If you are hungry or thirsty then you've waited too long.

dominguez wins GP Paris 2014

Improvement Suggestions

To break into the competitive scene there is always a cheap deck. (Usually red.) Start with this deck.

No matter what you choose, make sure you stick with it and practice a lot.

Magic Resource

Frank Karsten articles (on Channel Fireball)

Connect With Javier

Twitter: @Thalaiet

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46: Hall of Famer Raphaël Lévy Helps You Understand the Combat Phase
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Raphaël Lévy is a Magic Player from Toulouse, France. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in November 2006. He has 3 Pro Tour Top 8's and 20 Grand Prix Top 8's with 5 wins to his name and led the French team to victory in the 2013 World Magic Cup.

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First Set

arabian nights

Arabian Nights

Antiquties

Antiquities

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Llanowar Elves
Elvish Mystic

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Raphael is very competitive and the challenge has kept him hooked. Even when going through stale periods Raphael stuck around because he loves winning.

Proudest Magic Moment

Raphael joined an international team called Legion in 1997. He did this by qualifying for the Pro Tour by winning a Grand Prix in Djon which was 8 hours away.

Hall of Fame ceremony in his home country of France. All of Raphael's family attended. With them there, along with his countrymen, he felt very honored and proud.

Best Format

Limited (Draft and Sealed)

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Raphael knows his play style and picks a deck that is competitive and that he can pilot well.

Raphael really understands the combat phase and therefore does not play control decks. Choose a deck that fits your style.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

The biggest mistake Raphael sees is in the combat step. Players don't think about it enough.

People don't realize that missing one point of damage in a combat step can lose then the game.

Watch, talk and analyze Magic

Card Evaluation Tips

Raphael waits for the whole set to come out before evaluating cards.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Experiment with Limited yourself. Draft lots of color combinations and you will get a feel for what works and what doesn't.

Read, listen and watch others but always apply what you learn by drafting yourself.

Raphael mentions his draft at GP Madison 2015. 

What's In Your Bag

Deck box
Sleeves
Tokens
Dice
Pens
Paper
Banana - healthiest snack you can have (not too heavy and full of nutrients)
Water

Improvement Suggestions

Limited: Buy 6-12 packs, mark the packs and then after you build your deck (draft, sealed, team) you can rebuild the packs, switch around the rares and then play again.

To be a better Magic player you need to not play Magic. This will help you avoid burnout, avoid automatic plays and put yourself in a different mindset for tournaments.

Don't play your cards as they come. Stop and think.

Magic Resource

TCG Player - Raphael's articles

Connect With Raphael

Twitter: @hahamoud

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45: Be Willing to Blame Yourself with Chester Swords
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Chester Swords has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and has been to 4 Pro Tours! In addition to his Grand Prix Sydney Top 8 his notable achievements in Magic are winning a Japanese Pro Tour Qualifier in Chiba while being there on holiday and going 9-1 in constructed at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir! He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive aspect and friends you make along the way.

Early Challenge

Limited is Chester's weak point.

Talking to those who are better has been Chester's best way to improve. Other than jamming a bunch of Limited games.

Level Up Moment

Shifting to Magic Online and primarily playing there. This lead to his first PTQ win in 2011.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Top 8 at Grand Prix Sydney 2015.

Best Format

Constructed. Chester likes seeing your win rate go up as you practice with a certain deck (in Modern or Standard).

When you're first learning a format, pick a deck and stick with it. After you have a feel for the format you can switch decks.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Knowing your own play style is key to picking a deck. By playing Magic with different decks and against different decks you will learn what you like. 

Build the popular version of that deck and then tweak it as you continue playing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Keeping really loose keeps is a big mistake players are making. Especially with the new mulligan rule players should be keeping a lot fewer hands than they are.

You have to be familiar with your deck and the match up to make the optimal keep or mulligan decision.

Don't show up unprepared. Take snacks and water and get sleep.

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare new cards to similar cards in older formats, then consider how good that card was in the old format and use it as a baseline for how good the new card is.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Sort cards by color and then take out the unplayables. Next see which colors are playable by identifying if your pool can support a certain archetype.

In Battle for Zendikar you want a fast or bomb-centric deck.

Removal is key in any Limited format.

Drafting: Look at content online before you dive in to a format. By having an idea of what the archetypes in a format are ahead of time you'll be better prepared to draft than if you just showed up and sat down. Read articles and watch videos.

How to Effectively Play Test

Drafting two or three times a day is how Chester prepares for a Limited Grand Prix. Then he will talk about his decisions with others.

For a Constructed Grand Prix he will get in reps with his deck so he can identify lines of play and become more familiar with his deck.

Improvement Suggestions

The red deck of any given format is usually pretty good. Starting with that deck is a great place to start.

Magic Resource

Surround yourself with people who are better than you so you can improve.

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

TCG Player

Connect With Chester

Twitter: @2Plowshares

Facebook: Chester Swords

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44: Know The Decks, Understand Sequencing and Have a Plan with Brian Braun-Duin
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Brian Braun-Duin produces strategy articles and video content for StarCityGames.com. He has Top 8'd four Grand Prix and won two: Grand Prix Louisville and Grand Prix New Jersey. Brian lives in Virginia.

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First Set

Time Spiral

Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Time Spiral

 

Innistrad

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Phyrexian Arena

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Brian loves solving puzzles and Magic feels like a puzzle to him. 

What deck should you play at a tournament? What sequence do you need to play to win? These questions fuel Brian's love of Magic.

Early Challenge

Tunnel vision. Brian was so focused on card advantage and getting small, incremental advantages that he would miss the big picture. 

There is always a card that can unravel your carefully laid plans so keep your eye on the big picture. Winning is better than card advantage.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Louisville

Grand Prix Louisville

Best Format

Legacy

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Review the top 3-5 decks using tournament reports and choose a deck that's well positioned against those.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having a plan.

Brian is constantly thinking "How do I win from here?" He sequences and makes plays that gives him the best chance to win.

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare new cards to older similar cards. This will form the base line.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Make three piles per color.

  1. WOW / Bombs
  2. Maybes
  3. I Don't Want to Play These

Next look at what your two best colors are. Consider your mana base and whether the format can support splashing of building a three color deck.

Drafting: Take into consideration your first pick, but more importantly track what's being passed to you so you can see what's opened.

How to Effectively Play Test

Always give yourself a couple of questions to answer during a play test session.

"Is this card good in this match up?"
"Is my side board plan good in a certain match up?"

By answering questions you will get the most out of your play sessions.

Improvement Suggestions

Go to your game store and network with the other players.

Ask questions, play, borrow, lend and be a friend. The social side of Magic: The Gathering is great

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Connect With Brian Braun-Duin

Twitter: @BraunDuinIt

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43: Alexander Hayne Plays to His Strengths and Builds a Team to Shore Up His Weaknesses
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Alexander Hayne is a Magic: The Gathering Platinum Pro Player with 8 Grand Prix Top 8s including 4 Grand Prix wins! He is the Champion of Pro Tour Avacyn Restored and was the 2012 Rookie of the Year. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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First Set

Ravnica

 
Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Set

Ravnica

 
Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Sphinx's Revelation

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The challenge of perfecting your game and working on yourself. The game is always changing and keeps the experience fresh.

Early Challenge

Alexander thought he was better than he was when he first started but specifically struggled with combat. Having a plan, looking ahead and doing combat math is a crucial skill that every player needs to develop.

Think ahead five turns and work backwards. Practice this to improve your mind for combat.

Ask for advice from better players.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Pro Tour Avacyn Restored in Barcelona 2012.

Pro Tour Avacyn Restored

Favorite Format

Cube Draft

How to Choose a Standard Deck

See what did well at the last tournament and assume people will being playing something that will beat that. Attack the meta from that angle.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing by instinct too much. When a line of play presents itself many people react on auto pilot and make a good play when there is a better one available.

Card Evaluation Tips

Wait for the whole set to be released and look for interactions between new cards.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Try to stick to two colors in Sealed unless you have really good mana fixing. Look for solid power level cards and removal.

At the beginning of a draft format feel free to take rares more often than you would later so you can test them and see what they have to offer in Limited.

Draft cards that affect the board with a good curve, good removal and good tricks. Also, keep your eye out for card advantage as well.

Improvement Suggestions

Play with good people or watch people play.

Drafting cube is an economical way to get experience.

Be an aggressive trader.

Read a lot of articles.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Connect With Alexander Hayne

Twitter: @InsayneHayne

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"A wizard who reads a thousand books is powerful. A wizard who memorizes a thousand books is insane." ~Battle of Wits

42: Product Reviews and Strategy with the Professor from Tolarian Community College
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The Professor YouTubes at the Tolarian Community College and specializes in Magic: The Gathering product reviews, as well as introductory and in-depth guides to the many aspects of game play.

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First Set

Revised

 Revised

Favorite Set

Innistrad

 Innistrad

Favorite Card

Urza's Tower
Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Mine

Early Challenge & Level Up Moment

When the Professor returned to Magic he was strongly opposed to net decking. His next level moment was realizing that living in isolation is not a way to increase your knowledge and skill.

Proudest Magic Moment

First Friday Night Magic he won.

First Game Day he won.

First Game Day his wife won. (Gatecrash Game Day when she was 5 months pregnant!)

Favorite Format

Modern

YouTube Channel

At the Tolarian Community College the Professor reviews Magic: The Gathering products.

He was instrumental in bringing the FOUR by DeckTutor to the United States. In fact, because of the feedback from his audience Deck Tutor modified the design of the binder to fit cards that have been sleeved in a perfect fit.

Worst Product The Professor Has Reviewed

Max Protection sleeves are the worst the Professor has ever reviewed and their deck boxes literally stink.

Worst Mistake Players Make

Stubbornness. Out right refusing to play different decks just to learn limits growth. Even if you don't like/want to play a certain type of deck competitively you should at least play them a few times in practice so you understand how the deck works.

Card Evaluation Tips

The Professor is a self admitted crank during spoiler season. He wants reprints and to return to sets that are unpopular. LOL.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Printing proxies and making sample booster packs to build sealed decks and draft before the pre-release.

Improvement Suggestions

Reading articles and being familiar with the current sets is a great way to break into Magic.

Mono Red for constructed (Standard, Modern and Legacy) is a great starting point. 

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

MTG Top 8

MagicCards.info

MTG Salvation forums

MTG Subreddit r/spikes

Casual Wrap Up

First Commanders:
Krenko, Mob Boss
Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Most played Commanders:
Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Sapling of Colfenor
Sen Triplets

Art that the Professor feels embodies him:
Redirect

Connect With The Professor

Twitter: @TolarianCollege

YouTube: Tolarian Community College

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41: Limited Tips and Playing to Win with Kenji Egashira aka NumotTheNummy
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Kenji Egashira is an enthusiast of 40 card formats, and has been playing Magic since he was 10 years old. Perhaps best known for his Twitch.tv stream where he goes by NumotTheNummy, he is a full-time "internet-preneur" broadcasting his games and entertaining viewers. Kenji lives in Washington.

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First Set

Tempest set symbol

Tempest

Favorite Set

invasion

Invasion block

Favorite Card

Sliver Queen

**Kenji's first commander was Numot, the Devastator. Which is where he derived his screen name from.**

Numot, the Devastator

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Always changing. New sets and story lines keep the game fresh.

Early Challenge

Not focusing on getting better. Early on Kenji would just play the game and not think about the outcome. He would blame losses to luck. Now he thinks, "what did I do wrong and how can I get better?"

Level Up Moment

When Kenji started streaming he started to improve because he had input from his audience that helped change his perspective.

Proudest Magic Moment

Playing Magic full-time.

Also, 9th at Grand Prix Vancouver.

Best Format

Draft

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Many players play not to lose, instead of playing to win. Keep track of your thought process and note when you fall into this trap. 

Card Evaluation Tips

Kenji looks for synergies between cards and determines if they will be good in draft.

Now Kenji waits until he streams a new set to see the cards. This gives his audience a fresh perspective on the cards. When he does this he has to recognize if a card is good by itself rather than if it fits into a strategy because he doesn't know the synergies yet. He figures that out as he drafts several times.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Sort out bombs, then colors and look at how many playables you have. Curve, playables, bombs; the makings of a well managed Sealed deck.

Draft: Once you've drafted the set a few times you can ear mark cards that are worth remembering. Kenji notes the first 5-6 picks in a pack so he has an idea of what other colors will be taken at the table.

How to Effectively Play Test

Repetitions + decompression. Playing a bunch of games in the format you're preparing for and then critically thinking about each game afterwards is a great way to prepare.

Improvement Suggestions

Even when you win you should consider what you could have done better. 

Repack booster packs so you can draft and build sealed pools without buying new product.

Magic Resource

Limited Resources podcast

Constructed Resources podcast

Draft videos 

Magic streams

Connect With Kenji

Twitch.tv/numotthenummy

Twitter: @NumotTheNummy

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40: Practice, Practice, Practice - The "Secret" to Sam Pardee's Success
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Sam Pardee is a Grand Prix superstar. So far he’s grabbed 7 Grand Prix top 8s, with wins in Detroit (team) and Portland (Modern). Sam lives in Berkeley California.

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First Set

Ice Age

Ice Age

Favorite Set

invasion

Invasion

 

rise eldrazi

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Gideon Jura
Gavony Township

Early Challenge

Side boards - Sam would just copy a side board and not think why the cards are there or pick 15 cards that weren't really good.

Rigorously going through each match up and thinking which cards you need in the match up with others really help.

Level Up Moment

Right after Worlds 2012 Sam played Tempered Steel, which was out of his comfort zone, twice a day on MTGO. He learned the deck inside out, including how to side board, and feels this period really boosted his skills.

Proudest Magic Moment

Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Sam's team, Face to Face Games, did really well and he loved being part of that moment.

Best Format

Modern - You get such an edge knowing your deck inside out.

(Currently playing Splinter Twin.)

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Consider what was visible from the most recent tournaments and play decks that come from a different angle. For example if Dromoka's Command is really popular, don't play a card that gets blown out by it (like an enchantment based deck).

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not advancing your own game because you ascribe too much to your opponent's plays.

Card Evaluation Tips

Sam takes a hard look at new lands, especially when a rotation is going to happen, because the mana base will have a huge impact on the direction of the format.

When evaluating cards for eternal formats, the casting cost is very important because the barrier to entry is very high.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Sam looks at his bombs, answers to bombs, and cards that are resilient to removal.

Draft: Through practice (repetition) you get a better feel for reading the draft and managing your curve. Find the time to draft regularly and you'll see improvement.

Sam drafts 10-20 times to get a feel for the format and then uses that information to do well.

Team Building

Putting together a group of people you like and have similar goals is the basis of a team.

A minimum of 8 players is kind of the standard so you can hold a draft but 10-12 is better in case a member has to step out for something.

When you have your core group and come up short for the Pro Tour then bring people on through a trial period. If things work out, keep them, if not then you can part way cordially. 

How to Effectively Play Test

Find a group of people who have similar goals to you and that you like hanging out with and play a lot.

Improvement Suggestions

Use proxies to play test and then invest in the deck you really like before your event.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Watching Streams

Magic Online

Connect With Sam

Twitter: @Smdster

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39: Keeping Your Emotions in Check with Hannes Kerem
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Hannes Kerem is an up and coming Magic: The Gathering star who has 2 Grand Prix top 8s and 1 Pro Tour top 8 on his record. Hannes' expertise is in Limited and he is from Estonia!

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First Set

Onslaught

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

 

Lorwyn / Morningtide

Favorite Card

I need your help! I was a poor host on this one and didn't actually catch the card Hannes mentioned. If you figure it out please tell me.

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive scene and draft.

Early Challenge

Deck construction.

Level Up Moment

Going 6-0 in Limited at his second Pro Tour Qualifier is when Hannes noticed his skill had improved.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Nationals in 2008.

Best Format

Limited

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Hannes trusted the advice of his friends and then tested. 

If you aren't confident in choosing a deck, ask someone who is more knowledgeable then you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don't stick to 40 card Limited decks.

Keep your emotions in check. Don't say "Oh my gosh I drew a land again!!"

Emotions betray your hand and intentions. Stay stone faced and gain a slight edge.

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare new cards against ones you've encountered before.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Always play 40 cards.

Sealed: Look at your cool rares and build your deck around them.

Draft: You only get one pack from the left. Don't worry too much about screwing up their draft.
Hannes puts more weight on his first pick then most players and tries to stick with it. 

How to Effectively Play Test

Play a lot of Magic. In person or online, it doesn't matter, as long as you play a lot.

You need to know your deck inside and out so you give yourself the best chance of winning.

Keep detailed notes. Who went first, who won, etc...

Improvement Suggestions

Mono red is always a deck and often times good. It's a great way to break into Standard. Once it's built, just stick with it. 

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Connect With Hannes

Twitter: @Hanneskerem

Hannes on Facebook

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38: Know Your Role, Win More Matches with Lee Shi Tian
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Lee Shi Tian has 5 Grand Prix Top 8s and is the Champion of Grand Prix Birmingham (2008) he has also made the Top 8 at 4 Pro Tours. He lives in, and joins us from, the tallest city in the world, Hong Kong, China.

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First Set

Odyssey

Odessey

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Shi Tian love that there are lots of interaction and synergy between cards and that the games is refreshed every time a set comes out.

He also enjoys the people reading part of Magic too. Looking for tells when playing against an opponent is fun for him.

Early Challenge

Being a Professional gamer is not highly regarded in Hong Kong so Shi Tian was constantly asked "When are you going to get a real job?" from those around him. Until he made Platinum it was a constant challenge standing up to the pressures.

Level Up Moment

After Shi Tian's first Pro Tour Top 8 Wizards unbanned Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle which allowed Shi Tian to play the Scapeshift deck.

Shi Tian also joined with Taiwanese player Kuo Tzu-Ching, who was on the winning team of first ever World Magic Cup, to form the team MTG Mint Card. 

This period of his career was full of growth and level ups for him.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Pro Tour Honolulu.

The Pro Tour was during a tumultuous time for Hong Kong and Lee Shi Tian was proud to bring attention to the issues his countrymen were facing.

Best Format

Draft & Modern

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Players at Grand Prix are much more diverse so Shi Tian plays the safest deck. The one with the best results.

For Pro Tours he tries to surprise the field because the format is relatively undiscovered by that point.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Limited: You should know your game plan and always track the game tempo. Know your role for the match up. Are you the aggro player or the player with inevitability?

Card Evaluation Tips

Review the spoiler several times and identify supported archetypes.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Evasion is Shi Tian's secret. 

Get lots of cards with flying.

Draft: Remember the 3 best cards in the pack. Do that with every pack to get a feel of what color people are in.

To "read the draft" you should identify the best commons in each color. You see commons more and it's easier to pick up on what is open if you track the commons.

Always draft a good curve.

Team Building

Teams are great because when you're going solo you don't have time to play every deck. Team mates help round out your knowledge.

How to Effectively Play Test

Know your meta game. What's going on locally and how can you beat it. As you scale up change your side board accordingly.

Improvement Suggestions

Watch videos online to pick up on the latest strategies.

Read articles.

Magic Resource

MTG Mint Card

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

Connect With Shi Tian

Twitter: @leearson

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37: Pro Tour Champion Joel Larsson Shares Advanced Side Boarding Tips
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Joel Larsson keeps busy working as a Pro Magic player, writing articles, streaming and traveling. He has 3 Pro Tour top 16s, 1 Pro Tour win, 1 Pro Tour 2nd, 5 Grand Prix Top 8s, and many Grand Prix Top 16s. Joel has been the Swedish Captain 3 times and was on the Nationals Team under the old system. He is 23 years old and lives in Stockholm with his lady, Sandra. 

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First Set

SaviorsKamigawa

 

Saviours of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

 

Time Spiral

Innistrad

 

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The social aspect kept Joel around in the early days but now it's the thrill of the competition.

Early Challenge

Joel had to get to the point where he could trust his gut about cards. He only got to that point by putting in a lot of time and playing on MTGO, testing decks and honing his skills.

Level Up Moment

Joel's breakthrough in Paris 2011 took him to the next level

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Pro Tour Magic Origins

Best Format

Commander (1v1. Not multiplayer.)

Tasigur, the Golden Fang is Joel's Commander.

Check out Joel's article, Competitive EDH is Awesome, on MTG Mint Card.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Joel follows the progression of the meta game and thinks about what will beat what just did well, and then plays a deck that beat that.

Side boarding: Think of your deck as a 75 card deck. Then take out the 15 cards to be your side board.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Grinding just to grind and losing the fun of Magic. Also, playing with the same people and not reaching out to play with people better than you.

Card Evaluation Tips

The first thing Joel does is compare new cards to cards that are already printed. For example, [card]Ruinous Path[/card] and [card]Heroes Downfall[/card].

Joel will also consider older cards that haven't seen much play and if they are relevant now that a new set is out.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Joel looks for removal and what colors give him 14-16 creatures.

Drafting: Draft a lot and form your own ideas about the format. This will help guide your draft. Focus on your curve and prioritize removal.

Tournament Preparation

Look at the last tournament in the format that you will be playing and look online for MTGO results and get a feel for the field. Then build a deck that beats those.

Improvement Suggestions

Proxying cards is a great way to inexpensively practice.

Magic Resource

MTG Mint Card

Twitch.tv/JoelLarsson

Connect With Joel Larsson

Twitter: @JoelLarsson1991

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36: Star City Games Open Primer with Ross Meriam - Top Ranked SCG Player
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Ross Merriam is a writer for Starcitygames.com and is a Silver Level Pro with 2 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2 Star City Games Invitational Top 8s and 3 Star City Games Open Wins. Ross lives in Connecticut.

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First Set

Odyssey

Odessey

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive scene and the people.

Being a rather competitive person Ross enjoys the challenge of tournaments and consistently placing in big events. He also appreciates that he's met so many cool people through Magic: The Gathering.

Early Challenge

Not understanding what cards were good in a competitive setting versus when playing with your friends at home was tough for Ross at first. People at his local game store took him under their wing and taught him the ropes.

Level Up Moment

The growth and changes he experienced at college greatly contributed to Ross' Magic abilities.

Specifically he developed his analytical skills, communication skills and humility.

Proudest Magic Moment

Going 13-2 with an Elves deck at a Legacy Grand Prix in New Jersey. He navigated a field of decks that should have beaten Elves and got back on the Pro Tour.

Favorite Format

Pauper Cube

How to Choose a Sideboard

How your opponent plays is one of the least relevant factors when determining how to sideboard. Ross considers the match up and what their list looks like.

Ross has an idea of 2-3 cards he will side board against each match up.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Holding lands as a bluff.

If you're holding a card in your hand for several turns your opponent will know it's nothing special. Balance the bluff with the benefit of having the card on the field.

Card Evaluation Tips

For a fall set that initiates a rotation, keep in mind the powerful shells from the previous format and rebuild your understanding from scratch.

When evaluating a set that come out in the middle of a format, look for cards that push existing archetypes.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Do cards have more tactical or strategic synergy? Look for cards that lead to an overall goal.
Avoid even numbers in your mana base because it causes the most variance in your draws.

Tournament Preparation

Have friends with similar goals. If your friends want to get cards signed their focus is vastly different than if they want to make a run for day two of the GP.

How to Effectively Play Test

Always take time to decompress and talk about your play session at the end of the day. Discussion

Improvement Suggestions

Reading articles and talking about them with others is a great way to improve on a budget, as is watching coverage.

Play test on cockatrice.

Magic Resource

Stat Trek

Cockatrice

Star City Games

Paulo Vitor articles

Reid Duke articles

Luis Scott-Vargas articles

Connect With Ross Merriam

Twitter: @RossMBoss

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35: Mulligan Tips from Pro Player Andrea Mengucci
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Andrea Mengucci is a cultured Italian man who has made it to the Top 16 in one Grand Prix as well as the Top 16 and Top 8 in two Pro Tours. We will definitely see more of him in the years to come.

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First Set

Champions Kamigawa

 

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Innistrad

 

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Bloodbraid Elf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

You always have changing formats. From tournament to tournament the decks change drastically even though the cards in the set are the same.

Early Challenge

Keeping bad hands was Andrea's early challenge. Just because you have a good spell, if you have one land you can't keep the hand.

Learn how to mulligan to overcome this. In Limited your hand is the main concern in whether you mulligan or not. In Constructed, the match up is the main factor in your mulligan decision.

Level Up Moment

Finding someone who was at the next level and playing with him constantly helped Andrea improve.

He also watched tons of videos and learned from the pros and won a PTQ because of it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making it to the Top 8 of Pro Tour Atlanta.

Andrea took control of the situation and asked Mike Sigrist if he could room with and practice with him for the Pro Tour. This friendship has helped Andrea grow.

Best Format

Standard.

The best results go to the player who practices the most. Follow the decks every week to stay ahead of what's going on.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Look at the decks that performed well recently and brainstorm their weaknesses. Consider what deck is best positioned to exploit those weekends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not knowing when to mulligan.

Showing up with the wrong deck.

Watch your opponent. Do they think a lot during combat? That could mean a combat trick. Likewise, even if you don't have a trick you should take a few seconds before passing priority so your opponent thinks you have a trick.

Card Evaluation Tips

First, lay out your decks and identify which cards can be strictly replaced by new cards. (This applies to all formats; Standard, Modern etc...)

Then identify powerful cards in the new set that are build arounds and build every Standard deck around that card that you can.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Pre-release: At a pre-release play your rares, even if they aren't that amazing, so you can try them out and see what they do. The pre-release is not a big tournament that Andrea says "I need to win". He just wants to test new cards.

Draft: Don't pass a great card just because there are other good cards in that color. In fact, if you do that and that color doesn't come back that means that you know how many other players at the table are in that color.

Take the best card regardless of color but lean more towards the color of your first pick.

How to Effectively Play Test

Know your opponent's deck list and play around what they have. Track deck lists and identify the cards that always appear in a certain archetype and know them cold.

Playing with people in real life is better than playing online. When possible, go to your local game store and draft with real people.

Improvement Suggestions

When you're first getting in, pick a deck and stick with it. As new sets come out just get the pieces you need in your colors. 

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Andrea Mengucci's Mana Base Article

Mana Base Article v2.0

Connect With Andrea

Twitter: @Mengu09

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34: Zvi Mowshowitz Teaches You To Develop A Growth Mindset
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Zvi Mowshowitz has 9 Grand Prix top 8s including winning Grand Prix New Orleans. He has 4 Pro Tour top 8s including being the champion of Pro Tour Tokoyo in 2001. He was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame in 2007. Zvi was born and raised in New York City.

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First Set

Revised

The Dark The Dark (first booster pack)

 

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Limited: Innistrad

Favorite Card

Jayemdae Tome

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The people he's met and the friends he's made. Zvi met his best friend through Magic as well as a business partner for one of his ventures.

Zvi also loves that Magic is constantly changing. 

Early Challenge

Age and travel distance were an obstacle for Zvi early on. Thankfully his parents trusted a fellow player (who was older) and allow him to take Zvi to tournaments that were further away.

Level Up Moment

Zvi's first Pro Tour (during Tempest block) where he realized he was actually good and could swing it with the big guys is when Zvi started taking his training seriously.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix New Orleans

Best Format

Block Constructed

How to Choose a Standard Deck

If you want to dominate your local scene, stick with one deck. If you want to really improve, play with a lot of different decks so you learn how they play and how to beat them.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Always play to win.

HOWEVER, don't ever feel like your time and energy was wasted if you lose.

Walk away from every event asking two questions: Did I learn something? Did I enjoy it?

Have a growth mindset. Say "today will not be a waste, and in order for it to not be a waste I have to learn something." 

Failure to identify the key resources in any given game is the biggest mistake Zvi sees players make. 

Who has inevitability? A lot of people just play and don't have a plan and don't track who has inevitability to win?

Mid-level players often play around things that they either can't play around or shouldn't play around.

Card Evaluation Tips

Wait until the full spoiler comes out before evaluating the set for Limited.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: What are your amazing cards? Focus on having a good curve of good cards. Generally you want two colors with early drops and a reasonable curve.

Avoid the devil's mana base. (6/6/6 lands)

Draft: If what you pass to your left is not a bomb, just remember the color and don't waste brain space on memorizing the exact card.

Tournament Prep & Team Building

Find people that you get along well with and test with them.

Travel together and split a room (for cost reasons).

Improvement Suggestions

Watch others draft. Have others watch you and give you feedback. Proxy up decks. Play online for repetitions.

Magic Resources

Cockatrice

Magic Online

Channel Fireball

Star City Games - Great tournament circuit

Connect With Zvi

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33: Constant Collaboration With Others Got Justin Cohen to the Pro Tour
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Justin Cohen is the 2015 Rookie of the Year and has started topping the charts by making it into one Pro Tour top 8.

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First Set

Fourth Edition
(This set had no symbol)

Favorite Set

Modern MastersModern Masters

Limited is Justin's favorite format so Modern Masters was  his favorite because it had a very deep Limited format.

Favorite Card

Gaea's Cradle

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Drafting. Plain and simple, Justin LOVES to draft.

Early Challenge

Finding others to play with was hard as a young player. On top of that he had to find players better than himself so he could improve. Whenever Justin identified someone he could learn from he would gravitate towards them and soak in all he could.

Level Up Moment

From Theros to Khans was Justin's biggest growth spurt. He avidly consumed content and by knowing more he made better decisions.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Top 8 at Pro Tour Fate Reforged in 2015.

Best Format

Draft.

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Take up a deck that minimizes your opponents advantage. Justin will likely play a fast deck because Standard is not his strength and limiting the time a superior Standard player has to gain control is advantageous for him.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting their priorities mixed up. People say they want to improve but then default to protecting their ego. Too many people ascribe luck to their loses instead of internalizing what they did wrong.

Card Evaluation Tips

Justin needs the whole picture and waits for most of the cards to be released before he sifts through them.

He looks for trends in the size of creatures and trends in removal quality. Justin also will consider the archetypes being supported.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Justin looks for flexibility. Try to construct multiple decks with your pool. Register your best deck but constantly reevaluate and sideboard aggressively to combat your opponents strategy.

Too make this work you should sleeve your entire pool and pay close attention to what you take out and put in.

Draft: Remember 2 things: what you expect to be taken for the 3-4 picks after you, then look at the next set of good cards so you know what's likely to come back.

Keep a mental tally of your mana curve.

Team Building

You want people who are not afraid to be wrong and who aren't afraid to throw out ideas. Surround people who complement your skill set.

Improvement Suggestions

Build a set specific cube to learn the interactions between cards and for a way to practice that's easy on the wallet.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

Connect With Justin

Twitter: @trippdup

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32: Frank Karsten's Sealed Deck Template PLUS His NYC 9/11 Story!
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Frank Karsten was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame in 2009 after putting up impressive results and contributing greatly to the Magic community. He has 3 Pro Tour top 8s and 6 Grand Prix Top 8s! He is a writer for ChannelFireball, has a PhD in stochastic operations research and game theory and is a member of the EU Grand Prix coverage team. He lives in Eindhoven Netherlands.

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First Set

Tempest set symbol Tempest

 

Favorite Set

Champions Kamigawa Kamigawa block

(because the Kamigawa block constructed was great)

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

What makes Magic fun for you?

Frank loves the creative and puzzle solving outlet Magic provides as well the opportunity to travel the world and make wonderful friends.

Early Challenge

Frank had to convince his parents and teachers as a 16 year old that going to his first Pro Tour in New York City was a good idea. He successfully did this.

One year later, as a 17 year old, he was back in New York City on September 11, 2001! Thankfully he had a friend that he made through Magic that he could stay with as he waited for the airports to open again.

Level Up Moment

Grasping the concept of tempo opened Frank's mind to a new way of playing Magic.

Tempo is using less mana than your opponent to affect the board. Killing a creature with a cheaper costing removal spell is a good tempo play.

Damage clocks also plays into tempo.

Proudest Magic Moment

Being inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame

Best Format

Block Constructed is a pet favorite of Frank's but today his best format is Limited.

Current Standard Deck

Aggro decks are Frank's go to as of late, but he started out as a control player.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Too many players blame luck for their losses instead of considering their misplays.

Also, too many players don't have a plan. They just make random plays.

Frank has seen so many players build their deck with terrible mana bases. It's an easy fix. Talk to people better than you and browse the internet for good resources.

Evaluation Tips

Frank evaluates a new set once all of it has been released.

He compares new cards to similar, base line cards from previous sets to see if they are good for Limited.

Baseline: 2/2 creature for 2 mana; 3/2 or 2/3 creature for 3 mana; 4/3 or 3/4 creature for 4 mana. If stats are worse than this you should expect some kind of upside. If they fall short and don't have upside then the card is probably not good.
Four mana or less removal spells are really good in Limited.

Cards that cost 3 mana or less and lands see the most play in Constructed.

Limited Tips

Sealed: Two color decks do better in Sealed because you will have a more consistent mana curve. A good rule of thumb is to have four 2 drops, five 3 drops, three 4 drops, three 5 drops, 8 spells and 17 lands.

Look for two colors that will get you close to this mix.

Drafting: Frank developed the first pick order list and still makes one today for each new set. It serves as a starting guide line when he's drafting.

Beginner Draft Tip: Pick you colors early and stick with those throughout the draft.

Play Testing

Communicate with teammates. Build in time for discussion so everyone can benefit and improve.

Improvement

To get better at Magic you should expect to invest some amount of Magic. Like tennis, where you need a racket to play, you have to have cards to play at a tournament.

You can have a friend over and play online and then discuss the game so you can get better.

Active discussion is key no matter what format you are studying.

Interview Links

Channel Fireball

Draft Sim

Magic: The Gathering Online (MTGO)

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Twitter: @karsten_frank

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31: Keep Your Mind and Options Open - Doc Orders
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Doc streams late night limited on Twitch. He began playing Magic: The Gathering at age 6, in Mirage, and has been honing his game since. He gets his fix of paper magic through a Team Draft League in Brooklyn, and he represented the Community at the 2015 Community Cup.

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Evaluation Tips

Doc only looks at the spoiler after the full set has been spoiled.

Having the full picture allows you to see the magic number of the set.

Almost every set has "magic numbers". It might be 3 where there are a lor of 3 drops and a a lot of 3 power creatures, or it could be another number. You won't get a good feel until the whole set is released.

Limited Tips

Focus on remembering / ear marking the three cards you think will be taken after your own pick. This will give you a good idea of what half the table is in.

Play Testing

Find people you like playing with and hammer out sessions.

For Limited, grinding is a good way to prepare. Absorb as many understandings of the format as you can.

Improvement

Consume as much of other people's content as you can if you can't draft as much as you would like.

Interview Links

Hipsters of the Coast

Connect With Doc

Twitch: SGDoc

Twitter: @MtgoDoc

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30: Doc Learns About Cards With A Little More Play To Them
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Doc streams late night limited on Twitch. He began playing Magic: The Gathering at age 6, in Mirage, and has been honing his game since. He gets his fix of paper magic through a Team Draft League in Brooklyn, and he represented the Community at the 2015 Community Cup.

First Set

MirageMirage

 

Favorite Set

LorwynLorwyn

 

Favorite Card

Birds of Paradise

What makes Magic fun for you?

Doc has fun when he really has to use his brain. Magic affords him plenty of opportunities to use his brain.

More than that, Doc loves streaming and loves the interaction with his community.

Early Challenge

Being closed minded and narrow. Doc would form an opinion of a format or card and if anyone said something different he would dismiss it. Chris Manning broke through the blinders and helped Doc improve.

Proudest Magic Moment

Being elected to represent the Magic community at large at the 2015 Magic Community Cup.

Best Format

Draft

#1 Draft Tip: BREAD - Bombs, Removal, Evasive, Aggressive, Duds
Pick cards in this order as a general guideline to draft.

Current Standard Deck

Esper Dragons

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Limited: Deck building is where people make the most mistakes. Know the set and what you need to survive. In Magic Origins for example you need several relevant plays (creatures) before turn three.

Know how fast the format is and know how to keep your opponent off tempo.

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Twitch: SGDoc

Twitter: @MtgoDoc

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29: How Paul Rietzl Learns From Losing
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Paul Rietzl was born in Boston, MA and currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ working as an Executive Recruiter. He has 12 Grand Prix top 8s, including 2 wins, and 4 Pro Tour top 8s including winning Pro Tour Amsterdam in 2010. Paul is a member of Team UltraPro and writes for ChannelFireball.com. He is a member of Magic: The Gathering's Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Card and Set Evaluation Tips

Paul recognizes his strength is not in deck building. He leans on the deck building abilities of those he trusts and then tweaks from there, sharing his insights along the way.

Limited Tips

Sealed: Check out your Mythics and Rares first. Note any removal. Bring with you an idea of the format, is it fast, slow or tempo based.
Missing land drops is usually bad in slower formats, make sure your mana base is solid.

Draft: Keep in mind the colors those around you are in by noting what the next most powerful cards are after you pick.
Don't commit yourself to colors too early.
The best drafters keep it simple. When there is a bomb they draft it. They stick to Limited 101

How to Prepare

Look at deck lists online, copy them, plat test a lot and tweak.

Improvement

Magic: The Gathering is an expensive hobby but it increases it's rewards exponentially the more you put into it.

Identify what level you want to perform at and then have fun and understand there is a resource commitment associated with each level. If  kitchen table Magic is your thing, that's awesome. If you want to dominate the Pro Tour, go for it! The money required for those two levels is vastly different.

Keep your body healthy. Regular exercise gets oxygen to the brain and has helped Paul keep his edge.

Magic Resources

Huey Jensen articles

Reid Duke articles

Chris Fennel articles

Patrick Chapin articles

Interview Links

Magic: The Gathering main website

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

MTG Top 8

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Twitter: @paulrietzl

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28: How Paul Rietzl Focuses All His Efforts to Prepare for Tournaments
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Paul Rietzl was born in Boston, MA and currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ working as an Executive Recruiter. He has 12 Grand Prix top 8s, including 2 wins, and 4 Pro Tour top 8s including winning Pro Tour Amsterdam in 2010. Paul is a member of Team UltraPro and writes for ChannelFireball.com. He is a member of Magic: The Gathering's Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

First Set

The Dark The Dark

Favorite Set

rise eldrazi Rise of the Eldrazi

 

Favorite Card

Steppe Lynx

What makes Magic fun for you?

Depending on where he is in life different aspects of Magic appeal to him. Early on it was the travel, sometimes is the thrill of challenge, but overall it's the life long friends and the connections with people that keep Paul coming back.

Early Challenge

Not doing well at tournaments made Paul do some soul searching and decide that he will start to prepare the heck out of tournament so he can show up prepared.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning the Team Grand Prix in San Jose (2012) with Matt Sperling and David Williams

Best Format

Team Rochester Draft

Sealed Deck

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Everyone has experienced being blown out. While blow out losses are not fun, many people shut down when there are lot of little things you could be doing to gain incremental edges.

Know the sequence you and your opponent need to go through for you to come back and play to that. Assume your opponent will make mistakes.

Consider what factors outside of the game are affecting your loss. Is your mana base built right? Did you sideboard correctly?

Don't shut down. There is a lot to be learned from a blow out loss.

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Twitter: @paulrietzl

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27: Focus Your Play-Test Efforts with Jamie Parke
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Jamie Parke has 3 major top 8s, including Worlds 1999, Worlds 2008 and PT ATL 2014. He also has 4 GP Top 8s and as you can tell by the dates is one of a very small group of players with a top 8 in 3 different decades. He currently lives in Philadelphia and trades equity options.

Evaluation Tips

Look at cards and compare them with the other cards being spoiled. Look for synergies like Subterranean Scout + Nantuko Husk.

Limited Tips

Reading the draft: Don't focus on this skill too early. First focus on learning the cards and becoming familiar with what's good and isn't. Identify the really good commons. When one of these picks come late than you can start reading the draft.

Team Building

Find others who are strong where you are weak but more importantly you need people who you are friends with. It's imperative that you get along with each other.

Play Testing

A week play-testing with the Pantheon looks like people playing what ever deck they want against other decks and having an organized draft a few times a day.

Improvement

Look up rules. Ask rules questions. A deeper understanding of the rules will lead to more victories.

Magic Resource

Cockatrice

Duels of the Planeswalkers

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Twitter: @JamieParke

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26: Jamie Parke Will Feed You Imperfect Information
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Jamie Parke has 3 major top 8s, including Worlds 1999, Worlds 2008 and PT ATL 2014. He also has 4 GP Top 8s and as you can tell by the dates is one of a very small group of players with a top 8 in 3 different decades. He currently lives in Philadelphia and trades equity options.

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Tempest block (for its Limited game play)

Favorite Card

Ancestral Recall

What makes Magic fun for you?

The challenge of competing at the highest levels.

Early Challenge

Finding people who wanted to play as much as Jamie did was an early challenge for him.

Level Up Moment

Magic is a game of probabilities. Identifying that there is a correct play based on probability and realizing that you could make the correct play and still lose helped Jamie improve early on. It helped him let go of unnecessary pressure. 

 

Best Format

Limited

It's so easy to throw together a draft where all people have to do is invest 3 hours of their time.

Current Standard Deck

Hangarback Abzan

Biggest Mistake Players Make

1) Don't go to a big tournament too early. 

Play during the week. Play at FNM. Participate in online trainings like LSVs "What's the play?"

2) Don't give away too much imformation.

Hold cards in hand you don't need to play so your opponent knows as little as possible.

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Twitter: @JamieParke

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25: Josh McClain Finds Homes for New Bombs
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Josh McClain has 4 Grand Prix top 8s including winning  Grand Prix Detroit in 2013 (Modern format). He also has one Pro Tour top 16 and a TCG Invitational win.

Evaluation Tips

Check to see if new cards fill holes in existing decks.

Check if powerful cards that weren't played before now have synergy and are playable with the new cards.

Limited Tips

Sealed: Sealed is bomb-centric, so removal is very important. Stand alone cards that are good on their are will perform better than synergy decks.

Draft: Draft cards that work well on their own and if the synergy comes it's a bonus. Draft a lot to hone your evaluation eye. Group discussion is also crucial to improving.

Team Building

Build a team with people you trust. You need to trust each others opinions and track record.

 

Improvement

Consume as much content as you can. There's so much free content out there.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball - Josh's weekly video

Interview Links

Star City Games

Connect With Josh McClain

@Good_Game_

jmcclain2007@hotmail.com

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24: Familiar Lines of Play with Josh McClain
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Josh McClain has 4 Grand Prix top 8s including winning  Grand Prix Detroit in 2013 (Modern format). He also has one Pro Tour top 16 and a TCG Invitational win.

First Set

Odyssey Odyssey

 

Favorite Set

rise eldrazi Rise of the Eldrazi

 

Favorite Card

Gavony Township
Orzhov Pontiff

What makes Magic fun for you?

The tournament scene and the competitive aspect. Putting in a lot of work and seeing results.

Early Challenge

Grinding Pro Tour Qualifiers for several years was a struggle. Josh felt he had plateaued. By playing a lot (on MTGO and in person) he became familiar with his deck and the matchups.

Level Up Moment

Realizing that all the big players are just people and he could achieve the same results through practice.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Detroit.

mcclain GP win

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Format

Modern (Amulet Bloom Deck)

Current Standard Deck

Blue/Red Thopters for Pro Tour Vancouver 2015

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not thinking of what your opponent could have. Overlooking the counter trick when you have one in hand.

Connect With Josh

@Good_Game_

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23: You'll Improve More if You're Having Fun
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Valentin Mackl top 8’d his first Grand Prix in the summer of 2014 in Miami. Since then he has top 8’d four more Grand Prix and top 16’d at least 11 others! He’s been the Austrian World Magic Cup Captain for two consecutive years (2014, 2015) and is currently a Gold Level Pro.

Evaluation Tips

Try playing in a pre release without looking at the spoiler first. You'll have a fun and challenging experience.

Limited Tips

Sealed: Don't always look at your rares. Look at the number of playables you have outside the rares.

Draft: Make a mental note of the good cards in the pack and try and peg the players on your left in certain colors.

Team Building

A team for the Pro Tour is extremely important to assimilate all the knowledge that is out there.

Play Testing

Structure your play testing time. At certain times you play certain formats then build in time to analyze and share the information afterwards.

Improvement

Proxy decks to play test before you invest in the one you're taking to a big tournament.

Make friends with someone who has a large collection so you can borrow cards instead of buying.

Connect With Valentin Mackl

@nameless4god

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22: Why Are You Making That Play? Valentin Mackl Wants to Know
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Valentin Mackl top 8’d his first Grand Prix in the summer of 2014 in Miami. Since then he has top 8’d four more Grand Prix and top 16’d at least 11 others! He’s been the Austrian World Magic Cup Captain for two consecutive years (2014, 2015) and is currently a Gold Level Pro.

First Set

SaviorsKamigawaSaviors of Kamigawa

 

Favorite Set

InnistradInnistrad

 

Favorite Card

Momentary Blink

What makes Magic fun for you?

The competition of big tournaments and traveling are fun. Winning feels nice. :)

Early Challenge

Playing crappy decks early on lead to many losses. Mackl improved his analytical skills with age and started playing top tier decks.

Level Up Moment

Going to big competitions consistently helped Mackl improve because the caliber of players he was playing against was really good.

Proudest Magic Moment

First Grand Prix top 8 in Miami.

Best Format

Standard

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