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Mar 31, 2017

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

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Invasion block

Favorite Card

Aquamoeba
Standstill

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

You're rewarded based on the decisions you make.

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

Planning ahead, making decisions.

Advice from Magic Mentors

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

Shortcomings

Deck building in a new format.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Best Format

Constructed

Beginner Standard Advice

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, MTG Top 8, Magic Online League results

Connect With Jon Stern

Twitter:@JonSternMTL

Check Out Magic Story

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Mar 28, 2017

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

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First Set

M12

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Death's Shadow

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive aspect of the game is very appealing.

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

Bronson has applied Magic to business and interpersonal relationships.

Best Format

Standard

Shortcomings

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Every Standard card, commander deck

How To Make Day 2

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

TCG Player, SCG, MTG Top 8

Connect With Bronson Gervasi

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

Check Out Magic Story

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Mar 24, 2017

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

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from AJ Sacher when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep185

First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Kamigawa - Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Brainstorm

Early Challenge

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

Breakthrough Moment

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Best Format

Legacy

Ideal Tournament Preparation

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Tournament Day Tips

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

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

Connect With AJ Sacher

Twitter:@AJSacher

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 21, 2017

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

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First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

Early Challenge

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

Breakthrough Moment

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning WMCQ and representing Canada at the World Magic Cup.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Quick, visual, analytical skills

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic has helped Daniel realize his talents.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

Stop switching decks in Standard. Pick and stick.

Connect With Daniel Fournier

Twitter:@tirentu

Check Out Magic Story

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

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Mar 17, 2017

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

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Theros

Favorite Card

Master of Waves

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

Early Challenge

Finding the right people to surround himself with.

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Vancouver

Breakthrough Moment

When Jonathon started winning PTQ's with Merfolk.

Advice from Pros

Play the deck that speaks to you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

NikachuMTGYouTube, MTGEloProject.net, MTG Top 8

Connect With Jonathon Zaczek

Twitter:@nikachumtg

Check Out Magic Story

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Mar 14, 2017

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

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First Set

Exodus

Favorite Set

Mirrodin / Theros block

Favorite Card

Arcbound Ravager
Force of Will

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

How to Top 8 a Grand Prix from Consistent Day 2

You have to really understand the metagame.

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Making it to the Pro Tour for the first time.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Friendships

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Frustrated at inability to control outcomes.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

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

Connect With Adam Van Fleet

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

Check Out Magic Story

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Mar 10, 2017

Gerry Thompson is a master deck builder, deck-tuner, and Pro Tour mainstay. He dominated the SCG Tour and even worked at Wizards of the Coast for a bit. He has 11 Grand Prix Top 8s with 2 wins and 1 Pro Tour Top 8.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Nether Spirit

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

Early Challenge

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

Breakthrough Moment

First Grand Prix top 8

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Best Format

Modern

Magic Mentors

Neil Reeves

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding and not understanding your role.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ask critical questions in every match up.

Shortcomings

Gerry is working on getting better Pro Tour results.

Winning Strategy in Modern

Death Shadow

Tournament Day Tips

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

Parting Guidance

If you've ever

Connect With Gerry Thompson

Twitter:@G3RRYT

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Mar 7, 2017

Petr Sochurek has been playing Magic since he was 11, and started grinding PTQs and GPs at about 16. He qualified to Valencia, where he made top 16 at his first Pro Tour with Merfolk. He’s a Platinum Level Pro with 4 Grand Prix top 8, including a finals at Rimini and a win at Paris.

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First Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Venser, Shaper Savant

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

Early Challenge

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

Breakthrough Moment

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

Petr has become more analytical.

Magic Mentor

Lukas Blohon, Martin Juza

Tournament Day Tips

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

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish, CFB

Connect With Petr Sochurek

Twitter:@PetrKikac

Check Out Magic Story

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Mar 3, 2017

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

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Phantasmal Image

Early Challenge

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

Breakthrough Moment

GP Los Angeles 2016

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Best Format

Modern

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Tournament Day Tips

Drink water, bring healthy snacks, go with friends

Parting Guidance

Have fun. Magic shouldn't be a grind.

Magic Resource

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

Connect With Simon Slutsky

Twitter:@somesalmon

Check Out Magic Story

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

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