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Apr 28, 2017

Jorge Mantilla is 28 years old and was born in Miami, Florida. He started out by playing Poker and sneaking into casino's throughout high school to make extra money. He’s a well known Spearfisherman through his videos on youtube/Instagram. He started playing Magic after Dragons of Tarkir and fell in love with Limited. He’s been to 2 Grand Prix's - Atlanta, where he won the last 4 rounds in a row to make day 2 and Orlando where he made Top 8. Jorge lives in Miami, Florida.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jorge Mantilla when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep195

First Set

Dragon of Tarkir

Favorite Set

Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Walking ballista

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Orlando.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Confidence and being nice to people.

Advice to New Limited Players

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

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I have the confidence to achieve my goals."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not keeping track of the board state.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

What's in Your Tournament Bag

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, CFB

Connect With Jorge Mantilla

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

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 25, 2017

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

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Theros (least favorite) lol

Favorite Card

Snapcaster mage

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

Remember to have fun!

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, CFB

Connect With Kasper Nielsen

Twitter:@ks_nielsen

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 21, 2017

Amir Radmard lives in Oklahoma City, OK. As a daytime job, he is an IT technician for a small company. In regards to Magic, he is a glorified FNM champion and considers himself the most grindiest of grinders. He has 1 Grand Prix top 8 that happened at GP Houston and has competed in several RPTQs. He’s been to the Pro tour once and is looking for more.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Amir Radmard when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep193

First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Braids, Cabal Minion

Early Challenge

Card Evaluation

Advice That Has Stuck With You

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Best Format

Limited

Pre-Release Tips

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

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Ideal Tournament Preparation

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

Tournament Day Tips

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

Parting Guidance

"Speak little, do much." Monastery Mentor

Magic Resource

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

Connect With Amir Radmard

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

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 18, 2017

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

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Aleksa Telarov when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep192

First Set

Guildpact

Favorite Set

Ravnica block

Favorite Card

Tireless Tracker

Early Challenge

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

Breakthrough Moment

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Madrid.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Aleksa Telarov

Twitter:@AleksaTelarov

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 14, 2017

James Larsen-Scott is a 20-year-old magic player from Tasmania, Australia who has been playing Magic for 8 years. He is constantly trying to learn and improve his game and recently obtained his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Brisbane 2017. 

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from James Larsen - Scott when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep191

First Set

Alara Reborn

Favorite Set

Zendikar / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Jace,The Mind Sculptor

Early Challenge

Learning the difference between the Limited formats.

Magic Breakthrough Moment

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

First Grand Prix Top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Best Format

Limited

Magic Mentors

LSV

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Tournament Day Tips

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

Shortcomings

Losing focusing in a game.

Beginner Limited Advice

Watch tons of Magic Videos.

Parting Guidance

Don't be intimidated when playing big name players.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch.TV

Connect With James Larsen-Scott

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

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 11, 2017

Ryan Hare is the Champion of Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2017 and is looking towards silver and beyond. He can't resist a good pun, and his favorite colors are Black and Green (usually together).

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

7th Edition / Onslaught

Favorite Card

Daru Cavalier

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to make good spreadsheet and how to track details.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

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

Connect With Ryan Hare

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

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 7, 2017

Donald Smith started playing Magic in Theros. He got his first (and only) GP Top 8 in Charlotte 2015 and has chained Pro Tour invites ever since. Now he has a Pro Tour Top 8 under his belt and is a Gold level pro.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Donald Smith when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep189

First Set

Theros

Favorite Set

Theros / Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Chained to the Rocks

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

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

Early Challenge

Preparing for tournaments.

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

Taking risks pays off. Risk within reason.

Best Format

Limited

Magic Mentors

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

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Donald learned a good work ethic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People play too scared.

Advice for Beginner Limited

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

What's in Your Tournament Bag

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

Daily Ritual

Play daily.

Parting Guidance

Draft every day!

Connect With 

Twitter:@donaldwsjr

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 4, 2017

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

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Alex Bianchi when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep188

First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Nahiri, The Harbinger

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The game is challenging and the people are great.

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

Networking and traveling.

Best Format

Death Shadow Jund

Magic Mentors

Kai Burnett taught Alex how to grind.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

The social aspect of the game is more important.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Alex plays a lot of MTGO competitive leagues.

Shortcomings As a Magic Player

Getting unintentional draws.

Tournament Day Tips

Rest between rounds, drink water.

Magic Resource

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

Connect With Alex Bianchi

Twitter:@Gemmanite

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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