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Jun 22, 2018

Janus Andersen recently broke through and made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Birmingham 2018 (Legacy). Janus lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Legends (for its look and feel)

Favorite Card

Kess, Dissident Mage

Early Challenge

Janus is a brewer at heart but since Legacy (his primary format) is so defined he had to find a balance.

Worst Magic Moment

As a brewer, Janus has felt the pain of working hard on a deck and it bombing.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at a Grand Prix and going 7-0 on day 2.

Deck Selection

Janus took a deck he knew worked and tweaked it to beat the top 2 decks.
Take note of what you wished you had / what you need for the match-up. Make your fine tune adjustment based on feedback from matches.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Blindly following what everyone else does and not challenging the status quo of decks. And being too cautious.

Parting Guidance

Try new cards and ignore the naysayers.

Magic Resource

Reddit, MTG The Source, Sparring with friends, Who's The Beat Down article, Tappedout.net

Connect With Janus Andersen

Twitter:@YouCanCallMe_J 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

Jun 15, 2018

Matt Brown has a few Grand Prix cashes, has appeared on the Pro Tour once before and now has his first Grand Prix top 8. Matt lives in England.

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First Set

Innistrad

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Cloudfin Raptor

Early Challenge

Getting crushed at his first several PTQs. Matt kept going because he was having fun.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Modern RPTQ, Matt felt really prepared. He took a plane to Scotland and then did terribly. Matt felt horrible and wanted to quit but realized that by removing the pressure, he was able to play and have fun. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Birmingham (Standard).

What Have You Learned From Magic

People skills.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Newer players make a lot of small mistakes. Control your body language.

Daily Habit

Watching Magic Stream every day.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy yourself. The more you play, the better you'll get but you must have fun.

Magic Resource

Twitch, SCG, CFB

Connect With Matt Brown

Twitter:@MattBrown_MTG 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

Jun 8, 2018

Luke Southworth has one old PTQ win, a handful of Grand Prix cashes and just made Top 8 of Grand Prix Birmingham 2018. Luke is from Preston, England.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Card

Electrolyze

Early Challenge

Understanding card advantage and board advantage.

Worst Magic Moment

Luke lost in the final of a WMCQ. That was really hard near-miss. Luke learned to 'expect the unexpected' as much as possible.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tour for the first time. It was very validating as a player to finally have the pay off for all his hard work.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Luke honed his critical thinking skills through Magic. Also, socializing with new people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting too emotionally invested in the game. You can't tie your self-worth to your Magic results. Magic is high variance and you need to be okay with that.

Grand Prix Preparation

Luke took a deck he found on a stream to his standard GP. He played Magic Online and studied the format. It was a new format so testing things out was key.

Parting Guidance

Have fun, be nice.

Connect With Luke Southworth

Twitter:@LukeSouthworth 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

Jun 1, 2018

Michael Mapson is a fellow Prodigy who made top 8 at Grand Prix Hartford 2018. That's right! You're in for a treat as we have our second listener-turned-guest on the show. Michael is from Phoenixville, PA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Michael Mapson when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep287

First Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Goblin Welder
Stensia Bloodhall

Early Challenge

Knowing what to expect from opponents. Michael would get blown out by cards he didn't know existed. He overcame this by playing a lot of Magic and studying decklists.

Worst Magic Moment

Michael drove to a Legacy event in New York-several hours away-and went 0-7. He lost every match but still had a fun time. Every game is a learning experience.

Proudest Magic Moment

Team Top 8 at an SCG event. Winning with friends makes everything better.

What Have You Learned From Magic

PAtience and if you stick with something you'll get better at it.

Sportsmanship/Dedication/Respect

Be careful of asking for advice after you in.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get impatient. They make plays just because. If you wait you'll find your cards have more impact.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Grand Prix

Michael chose his Modern deck well in advance and played at least one league a day for two months.

Parting Guidance

Be honest with yourself when playing Magic.

Magic Resource

Mana Traders, LegitMTG.com

Connect With Michael Mapson

Twitter:@ExpeditionMap 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

May 25, 2018

Joshua Bausch has been playing card games since he was 11, started with Pokemon to Yu-Gi-Oh and now Magic. He's always been competitive and tried to be competitive in all of them with the most success in Magic. He placed 3rd in Nationals 2017 and made Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2018. Joshua lives in Frankfurt, Germany.

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First Set

M14

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Early Challenge

Making day 2 at a Grand Prix. Joshua made friends and talked about Magic a lot. He played a lot as well.

Worst Magic Moment

At his second Grand Prix, Joshua missed day two by one match. He misplayed and lost the game.
Joshua learned when he's ahead he gots sloppy. So now, he takes a few more seconds to think.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to meet and talk new people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get sloppy and make poor plays. They make hasty plays and don't think of all the other options.

How to Become Tilt Proof

Self-reflection is key. Consider what you did right and what you did wrong.

Parting Guidance

Talk to Magic players as much as you can. Feel free to reach out to Joshua

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish, CFB, MTG Elo Project

Connect With Joshua Bausch

Twitter:@Valorj90 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

May 18, 2018

Robert Swarowski has 3 Grand Prix top 8s including being the champion of one of the first Grand Prix ever. Robert lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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First Set

The Dark

Favorite Set

Tempest

Favorite Card

Jackal Pup

Early Challenge

Robert struggled to maintain focus from match to match. He noticed he always lost the first round of a tournament. To overcome that, he took stock in how he approached Magic and realized that every player is equal.

Worst Magic Moment

After coming back to Magic, Robert played at a Grand Prix and got crushed. Robert learned that 'rust is real' and if you're coming back you have to practice.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8'ing GP Houston 2018.
This put Robert back into competitive Magic.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to be competitive and the power of being prepared. It has taken a lot of effort but it pays off.

Dedication

Robert learned to put your best effort into everything you do.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Ignoring the board state and missing triggers, abilities, and onboard tricks.

Parting Guidance

Gather as much information as possible from as many people as possible is key.

Magic Resource

MTGO

Connect With Robert Swarowski

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

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

May 11, 2018

Daniel Ward has 5 Grand Prix top 8’s including 1 win and made Top 8 of a World Magic Cup Qualifier in 2016. Daniel lives in Catskill, NY.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Daniel Ward when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep284

First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Odyssey

Favorite Card

The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Early Challenge

Daniel has always been good at sports. When he came into Magic and learned, it was competitive, it was easy to get into the competitive side but hard to put his casual side aside

Worst Magic Moment

Daniel was proclaimed as 'the worst cheater ever' over an incident that wasn't as bad as people made it sound. But it was on camera and people saw. People make mistakes and Daniel is stronger now because he had to go through it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Being selected for team Dex Protection. Being recognized as good enough to play with big names meant a lot to Daniel.

Parting Guidance

Find out why you play Magic. Through that, you'll find fulfillment and enjoyment in the game.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Connect With Daniel Ward

Twitter:@Bigward28 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

May 4, 2018

Niklas Dahlquist is a Swedish player who has been playing Magic since 1994. He started playing more competitively in the last year and positioned top 4 in this year's Magic Online Championship. He really likes playing Limited and plays every single night (mostly). He recently started streaming on Twitch and can be found at twitch.tv/smashhallon. Niklas lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Revised

Favorite Card

All the Dual Lands

Worst Magic Moment

Having nightmares before the 2018 MOCS.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top3 of the 2018 MOCS.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Over/underestimating their opponent. Specifically for Online, if you lose several times, take a break before you queue again.

Sportsmanship

Be friendly and treat each player with kindness.

Parting Guidance

Have fun playing Magic. You get better results when you love the game.

Connect With Niklas Dahlquist

Twitter:@NiklasDahlquist 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

Apr 27, 2018

Lars Dam has 2 Pro Tour top 16s; 1 MOCS win and 1 MOCS top 4. He averages 2 drafts per day and is a former pro poker player. Now he enjoys sports betting on soccer. He's married with no children, is 35 years old and lives in Thailand (even though he's Danish).

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Lars Dam when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep282

First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Winter Orb

Early Challenge

Card availability was tough for Lars. By making friends, he expanded his collection.

Worst Magic Moment

Lars went to a Worlds Competition when he was really rusty and did very poorly.

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting 9th at Worlds in 2005.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Patience and you can't always win.

Sportsmanship On Magic Online

Be careful saying 'gg' when you're winning.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When drafting, players value other people's opinion and pick orders too much.

Parting Guidance

Draft a lot. Limited is the gateway to being a better overall Magic player

Connect With Lars Dam

Twitter:@_Malavi_ 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Apr 20, 2018

Matt Kling is the former co-host of the Constructed Criticism podcast and made his first Grand Prix top 8 at Memphis in 2018. Matt lives in West Valley, Utah.

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First Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Set

Worldwake

Favorite Card

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Early Challenge

Not being as good as you think you are. Matt overcome this by befriending better players.

Worst Magic Moment

Getting tricked by an old school trick (the pen trick) felt bad. Matt learned to be careful of advice given by an opponent.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Memphis

Sportsmanship

Your opponent is a person who is trying to enjoy the game remember that and treat them kindly.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not admitting they are the one making mistakes.

Parting Guidance

Own up to your mistakes. When you do that, improvements start to come.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, MTGO, Mana Traders

Connect With Matt Kling

Twitter:@thewitchkling 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Apr 13, 2018

Alexander Kreuz is a former PTQ grinder who has 6 Pro Tour appearances. He took a hiatus from Magic and came back in 2017 to finish 10th at GP Amsterdam and recently got his first Grand Prix top 8. Alexander lives in Koblenz, Germany.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Alexander Kreuz when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep280

First Set

6th Edition Starter

Favorite Set

Alara Block / Ravnica Block

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

Early Challenge

Alex struggled with keeping a good mindset when he was grinding. By playing against players who were better than him, Alex was able to train his mind to handle variation better.

Worst Magic Moment

Alex lost in the finals of a PTQ. He knew his opponent's deck and knows he could have done better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning his first PTQ top 8 ever, defeating some big-name players.

Advice To Players

Play MTGO and play at bigger events every chance you get.

How Was Your Dedication to Magic Impacted Your Life

"I wouldn't be the same person without Magic."
Alex learned and grew so much from playing Magic.

Sportsmanship

Never cheat and don't allow others too. When you lose it's okay to feel disappointed, just don't let it rob your opponent of their victory.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Beginners make different mistakes than advanced players. But generally, players don't mulligan very well. Be more aggressive with your mulligan.

Parting Guidance

If you're actually trying to get better at Magic, find a mentor and watch them play. Make note of everything they do that's different from what you would do.

Magic Resource

MTGO, Magic online decklists

Connect With Alexander Kreuz

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

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Apr 6, 2018

Aaron Barich has been playing Magic since he was 5 and is now a regular of competitive Magic. With some aggressive brewing, he has made a name for himself on the SCG Circuit. His Pro Tour grind began at Battle for Zendikar with a highlight of a Top 8 in Grand Prix Memphis 2018. Aaron lives in Gulfport, MS.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Aaron Barich when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep279

First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Ghor-Clan Rampager
Boon Satyr

Early Challenge

Card availability was really tough for Aaron. He took what he had and made it work. Aaron made friends and borrowed cards.

Worst Magic Moment

Aaron was disqualified for seeking during a draft at his first SCG event. He didn't know how to communicate his thoughts to the judge and feels that would have made a difference. Judges are there to help, they are not your enemy.

Proudest Magic Moment

SCG open in Dallas-Aaron put together a deck of his own design and won the event.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to operate confidently under stress. Aaron also learned social skills and how to interact with people.

Sportsmanship

Each of your opponents and yourself should enjoy each game.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

The fear of losing holds back so many players. Many times players let the fear of losing dictate how they play and it makes things worse.

Parting Guidance

Have fun! Enjoy the game and the process.

Magic Resource

MTGO, articles

Connect With Aaron Barich

Twitter:@Runeclaw_Barich ‏ 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Mar 30, 2018

Eric Froehlich has an impressive 17 Grand Prix top 8s and 11 Pro Tour top 16s including 5 finishes in the top 8! He's a member of the Magic Hall of Fame class of 2015. Eric is from Las Vegas, NV.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Eric Froehlich when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep278

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Shivan Dragon

Dedication

Pursue what makes you happy.

Early Challenge

Eric struggled with being too cocky as a kid. He was really good, he knew it and let everyone knew it. He realized this and through good examples, he matured and got better.

Worst Magic Moment

Playing Caw blade at Pro Tour Paris and finishing 9th after losing 2 win-and-ins.

Proudest Magic Moment

Inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Being able to stay cool and collected under stress. Eric took a lot of Magic skills to poker.

On Sportsmanship

Eric recognizes that good sportsmanship includes how you act and treat other people. He reached out to others to learn how they deal with losses and slowly Eric got better at seeing the game from the other side.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't do enough to maximize their win percentage. Stay focused. Actively think every turn.

Parting Guidance

Follow your heart. Have fun and Magic can be as much of your life as you want it to be.

Magic Resource

CFB, TCG Player

Connect With Eric Froehlich

Twitter:@efropoker 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Mar 23, 2018

Brian Braun-Duin is the 2016 World Champion, has 1 Pro Tour top 16 and 11 Grand Prix Top 8s, with 2 Grand Prix wins. He also writes articles at TCGplayer.com. Brian lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Brian Braun-Duin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep277

2016 World Champion Recap

Brian shifted to playing the best deck for an event instead of a pet deck.

How to Determine the Best Deck

Look at results from tournaments and Magic online events as a starter.

Sportsmanship

Treat your opponent with respect and handle yourself with class.

Advice

Relationships and people are more important than Magic. Take time to think about what others might think about you and the situation.

Lose With Class

Look at the big picture. If you consider the one game of Magic to be the end-all be-all then it will be hard to swallow. By having a big picture perspective, you'll realize it's not the only match that matters.

Graceful Winner

Feel free to celebrate but be mindful you don't "rub it in".

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tunnel Vision. Some players have a plan and execute that plan no matter what often to their detriment.

Parting Guidance

Have fun!

Magic Resource

Being Right Instead of Being Correct; On Kindness

Connect With Brian Braun-Duin

Twitter:@BraunDuinIt 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

 

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Mar 16, 2018

Ben Ragan began playing Magic with Magic 2010 after quitting competitive chess in middle school. He top 8ed GP Toronto and has multiple SCG Tour Open Top 8s, as well as a heartbreaking ninth-place finish at an SCG Invitational.He has a minor addiction to casting Collected Company in Modern and firmly believes that Magic is about maximizing your options. When he isn't competing, you can find him re-watching Game of Thrones or cook Italian food. Ben lives in Greenville.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ben Ragan when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep276

First Set

Zendikar

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Collected Company

Early Challenge

Ben struggled with not playing fast enough and having no idea what his opponents were doing.

Worst Magic Moment

When Ben was 13, he won a match at an event and his opponent was rude to him. Ben lost his cool and got angry too. He has since learned to not let others opinion bother him.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Toronto and getting respect from his friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Even when you're unhappy with some part of life, you can find happiness.

Advice To New Players

Read everything you can about Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not playing sideboard games. Players don't practice with their sideboard.

Tournament Preparation

Ben studies the meta and reads articles on the decks he wants to play. Then, he practices a ton. Ben did 20 Leagues leading up to the Grand Prix.

Parting Guidance

Find a group of people you can go to events with people who can grow with you.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, Ari Lax articles, Jim Davis stream, TCG Player

Connect With Ben Ragan

Twitter:@castingcoco 

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Mar 9, 2018

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

Magic Story brings the lore of the Multiverse to life in an audio presentation never before heard in the Magic community.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Mar 2, 2018

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.

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.

Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com

 

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Feb 23, 2018

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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Daniel Mabee when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep273

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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Feb 16, 2018

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.

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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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Feb 9, 2018

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.

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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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Feb 2, 2018

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.

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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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Jan 26, 2018

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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Jan 19, 2018

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.

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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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Jan 12, 2018

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).

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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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Jan 5, 2018

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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Dec 29, 2017

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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Dec 26, 2017

 

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.

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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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Dec 22, 2017

 

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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Dec 19, 2017

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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Dec 15, 2017

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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Dec 12, 2017

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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Dec 8, 2017

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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Dec 5, 2017

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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Dec 1, 2017

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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Nov 28, 2017

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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Nov 24, 2017

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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Nov 21, 2017

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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Nov 17, 2017

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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Nov 14, 2017

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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Nov 10, 2017

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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Nov 7, 2017

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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Nov 3, 2017

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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Oct 31, 2017

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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Oct 27, 2017

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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Oct 24, 2017

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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Oct 20, 2017

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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Oct 17, 2017

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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Oct 13, 2017

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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Oct 10, 2017

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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