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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 Larson

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

Check Out Magic Story

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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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Oct 6, 2017

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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Oct 3, 2017

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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Sep 29, 2017

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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Sep 26, 2017

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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Sep 22, 2017

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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Sep 19, 2017

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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Sep 15, 2017

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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Sep 12, 2017

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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Sep 8, 2017

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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Sep 5, 2017

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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Sep 1, 2017

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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Aug 29, 2017

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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Aug 25, 2017

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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Aug 22, 2017

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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Aug 18, 2017

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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Aug 15, 2017

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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Aug 11, 2017

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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Aug 8, 2017

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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Aug 4, 2017

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.

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Aug 1, 2017

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.

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Jul 28, 2017

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.

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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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Jul 25, 2017

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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Jul 21, 2017

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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Jul 18, 2017

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.

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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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Jul 14, 2017

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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Jul 11, 2017

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)

 

 

 

Jul 7, 2017

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.

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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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Jul 4, 2017

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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Jun 30, 2017

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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Jun 27, 2017

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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Jun 23, 2017

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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Jun 20, 2017

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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Jun 16, 2017

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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Jun 13, 2017

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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Jun 9, 2017

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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Jun 6, 2017

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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Jun 2, 2017

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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Simon Nielsen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep205

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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