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Sep 14, 2018

Nils Gutierrez has been playing competitive Magic since he was 16. He's made top 16 at 2 Grand Prix and just made his first top 8 when he got 6th place at GP Brussels 2018. Nils lives in Maià de Montcal, Spain.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Nils Gutierrez when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep302

First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Cabal Therapy

Early Challenge

Nils' first GP was hard because he wasn't used to 9 rounds in one day and he didn't have anyone to give him advice.

Worst Magic Moments

Missing day 2 over and over again after making top 16 of a Grand Prix for the first time. Nils felt like he didn't have what it takes. He kept going to local events as well as competitive.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualified for Pro Tour 25, Nils was on a team that did really well at an RPTQ.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Nils has learned critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Best Format

Standard

Tips To Get Better

Play Magic Online. It helps you improve because the players online are really good.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players over sideboard. They'll bring in too many cards and ruin their decks' core plan.

Parting Guidance

When going to a Grand Prix look at the metagame first and choose your deck accordingly.

Magic Resource

Magic Online

Connect With Nils Gutierrez

Nils 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

 

Sep 7, 2018

Gabriel Joglar is the Champion of Grand Prix Orlando 2018! Gabriel lives in Houston TX.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Gabriel Joglar when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep301

First Set

M13

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Thragtusk

Early Challenge

Gabriel always felt the need to brew. He struggled with the balance between wanting to plan his own crazy stuff and proven competitive.

Worst Magic Moment

Gabriel had a string of losses at big events that was tough.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Orlando 2018 / Going to his first Pro Tour in Japan.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic has helped Gabriel handle losses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Controlling tilt. Handling your mistakes is hard but necessary.

Parting Guidance

Handle your salt. It's okay to be upset when you lose or don't do well, but its how you choose to act that matters.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Gabriel Joglar

Twitter:@GabrielJoglar 

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

 

Aug 31, 2018

Greg Sokol is an MTG streamer and tutor, he's an MTGO PTQ winner (Dominaria sealed), got 5th place at Grand Prix Orlando 2018, and is self-taught from grinding on MTGO. (rating as low as 12-1300!) Greg lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Greg Sokol when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep300

First Set

Judgment

Favorite Set

Dominaria/Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Wellwisher

Early Challenge

Greg didn't have a game store close by so he played a lot on MTGO. Greg also struggled with understanding and coping with variance.

Worst Magic Moment

Greg was playing a win-and-in for top 8 and his opponent was clearly not as good as he was. When his opponent won, Greg was really upset. From that, Greg learned to remember that Magic is a game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Finally qualifying for the Pro Tour. Greg was traveling and took time to do an online event and made it to the end and qualified.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Knowing when to think is the biggest skill you can have in Magic.

Grand Prix Preparation

The thing that helped the most was having a friend to play with and doubling down on wanting a specific match up to be amazing.

Parting Guidance

Magic is a game. Enjoy it and treat your opponent with respect.

Connect With Greg Sokol

Twitter:@GMANSokol

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

Aug 24, 2018

Kyle Cooper made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Orlando 2018 and is excited to share with others who are on the path to the Pro Tour. Kyle lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Kyle Cooper when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep299

First Set

Innistrad

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Sensei's Divining Top

Early Challenge

Doing well at FNMs. But Kyle stuck with Magic when he started planning more during the week he started to get better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8ing his first Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Patience. Kyle recognizes he plays fast and Magic has helped him learn patience with others. Also, he learned to respect.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players foreshadow what they are going to do. Think before you play so you don't give away information.

Parting Guidance

Do what you want with Magic. Magic fits many styles. Competitive, casual, EDH, whatever. Just play what and how you want.

Connect With Kyle Cooper

Kyle 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

 

Aug 17, 2018

Patrick Chapin, “The Innovator,” is a Hall of Famer, Pro Tour Champion, and 5-time PT Top 8 competitor. Author of Next Level Magic and Next Level Deckbuilding, his articles can be found on StarCityGames.com and podcast at TopLevelPodcast.com.

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01: Patrick Chapin Shares Tips for Improving Yourself and says Don't Try to Convince others You're the Best

 

First Set

The_Dark_symbol The Dark

Favorite Set

272px-Innistrad_expansion_symbol.svg Innistrad (Best designed) / KTK Khans of Tarkir block

Favorite Card

Jace, the Mind Sculptor

What makes Magic fun for you?

First and foremost the people. The constant iteration.

Early Challenge

Trying to convince people that he was actually good.

Level Up Moment

Realizing that trying to convince people that he was actually good was not as useful as focusing on humbly improving himself.

Proudest Magic Moment

Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Winning Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx.

Best Format

Standard

Current Standard Deck

clans_abzan[1]

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Focusing their energy on convincing people they are good instead of focusing on finding the truth about how they play. Look for mistakes in every match.

Free Resources!

www.nextlevelmagic.com

www.starcitygames.com

www.toplevelpodcast.com

 

02: Patrick Chapin Shares Card Evaluation

 

Evaluation Tips

Look at every card and ask: "Why was this card printed? Who is it for? HOW can I use this card?"

Limited Tips

Sealed is often slower but more powerful (compared to draft) because you have six booster packs instead of three. This leads to bomb centric decks.

Focus on the key cards you passed, not every card in the pack.

Team Building

Use message groups and in-person meetings to collaborate with your team. You will only improve to the level of the best player in your group. Bring your group up and/or find more talent if you're the best in your group.

Play Testing

Constant communication with the teammate as well as taking the two weeks before a Pro Tour off to playtest with the team has been a working formula for Patrick.

Improvement

Identify what you want to improve first: your collection, win ratio, deck building skills, etc... and focus just on that

Magic Resource

nextLevelMagicPaperBack

 

Next Level Magic

Next Level Deck Building

 

Interview Links

www.starcitygames.com

www.toplevelmagic.com

 
 

105: Patrick Chapin Returns! Your Questions Answered - 1 Year of MTG Pro Tutor

 

Sideboarding

Sideboards are there to tweak and tune your strategy. Know what your strategy is. Look at similar strategies and make your sideboard similar.

Right now, sweepers are very popular - Languish and Planar Outburst.

Building Local Interest

If you have casual players that you would like to take to the next level, organize regular draft nights. Break off into teams after the draft portion so people can help each other build decks.

If you have new players who don't know the rules, introduce them to a Duels of the Planeswalkers and see if they stick around and want more after a few weeks.

Missing Triggers

Create a shortcut system for your brain. Also, when playtesting, NO TAKE BACKS!!

Practice how you want to play at events. Track your mistakes and do a push up for each one you do.

Going to Grand Prix and Other Big Events

Grand Prixs are like gaming conventions. JUST GO and enjoy it!

You will never feel ready if you don't go. If you are nervous about the main event then just show up and walk around, play in some side events, visit artists and vendors and soak it all in.

When you participate in the main event, play all the rounds. You paid to play Magic and get experience. Utilize all the time you have. Play all the rounds even if you're knocked out early.

Playing against different decks and opponents you don't know is invaluable.

Home Brew vs. Net Deck

By playing your own brew all the time you are missing out on learning what's working now and why it's working.

By net decking all the time you will always be a week or so behind.

Mix it up. Net deck 25% of the time and build your own deck 25% of the time. The other 50% is up to you to go where the wind blows.

See what's working at large but try out your own ideas too.

Read: Information Cascades in Magic on StarCityGames

Make Sure It's Fun

Don't force yourself to play Magic (or play more Magic) just because you feel like that's what you SHOULD be doing, Make sure it stays fun.

Pay Attention to Opponent

Every time your opponent makes a play, especially if it's not obvious why ask yourself "Why did they do that?"

Have a notebook and write down, after the match, what your opponent did so you can talk about it with others later.

BONUS: Write down all the mistakes you made (win or lose) and what you learned and SHARE THAT LIST!

Don't let your brain hide your errors from you. Get used to facing them and talking about them.

The MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group is the perfect place to post your list because of the healthy, uplifting community there who is ready to help.

Mulligan Decisions

Nowadays you can keep slightly lighter mana hands because you can scry.

Consider what your opponent is playing and have a plan based on the cards in your hand. If there is no viable plan, then mulligan.

If you don't know what your opponent is playing, assume they are on an aggressive strategy. How does your hand line up in that match?

Coping with Counterspells

If you tilt when playing a control mage then watch someone play a control deck and ask questions. Learn when they are vulnerable so you know when to strike.

Dealing With Ulamog

Hand disruption is the best way to deal with Ulamog. Infinite Obliteration is the prime answer.

Biggest Mistake

Players lie to themselves.

You can only control what you can control. People shift the blame to things they can't control and then use that to hide from the real problem.

Which is that they are making mistakes and need to address it.

Improvement Suggestions

Focus on what really matters right now.

Magic Resource

Information Cascades in Magic on StarCityGames

Eternal

Patrick is working alongside other great Magic players at Direwolf Digital to release a new game called Eternal.

Check it out when it goes into open Beta soon.

Connect With Patrick Chapin

Twitter: @thepchapin

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

 

Aug 10, 2018

Jon Finkel’s prolific talents and sterling resume earned him the nickname “Jonny Magic” long ago. After a substantial hiatus, Jon Finkel returned to the Pro Tour and immediately demonstrated why he’s widely considered the greatest player of all time by winning PT Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and Top 8’ing PT Avacyn Restored and PT Dark Ascension in 2012.

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Jon Finkel's Desperate Ravings on Boosting Your Skill as a Magic Player

Jon Finkel's prolific talents and sterling resume earned him the nickname "Jonny Magic" long ago. After a substantial hiatus, Jon Finkel returned to the Pro Tour and immediately demonstrated why he's widely considered the greatest player of all time by winning PT Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and Top 8'ing PT Avacyn Restored and PT Dark Ascension in 2012.

First Set

Antiquties Antiquities (1994)

 

Favorite Set

272px-Innistrad_expansion_symbol.svg Innistrad (2011) - "Was the pinnacle of Limited set design."

 

Favorite Card

Desperate Ravings

What makes Magic fun for you?

The depth of the game and the ability to add on to the basic framework through the expansions is what keeps Jon engaged.

Early Challenge

Not running enough lands in control decks and not playing 60 card decks.

Level Up Moment

Realizing that playing other decks outside your comfort zone can lead to growth and improvement as a player, not to mention better results.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making first Pro Tour Top 8 at Chicago in 1997

Best Format

Draft

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being open to playing the best deck. Not playing Magic with the intention to improve. You need to be conscious of what you play and how you play so you can improve.

 

 

Jon Finkel on How To Build a Team and Pick the Best Card

Jon Finkel's prolific talents and sterling resume earned him the nickname "Jonny Magic" long ago. After a substantial hiatus, Jon Finkel returned to the Pro Tour and immediately demonstrated why he's widely considered the greatest player of all time by winning PT Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and Top 8'ing PT Avacyn Restored and PT Dark Ascension in 2012.

Evaluation Tips

Rather than opening up the spoiler every week to see what's new, Jon gets the best grasp on a new set simple by drafting it.

Limited Tips

In Sealed you'll get powerful bombs that you really want to play but your deck will be less streamlined than in the draft.
If there are two good black cards don't take a slightly worse red card because you "don't want to fight for black". Just pick the best card.

Team Building

Having a team is critical to improving. Find the best players you can but make sure you get along with them personally because you'll be spending a lot of time with them.

Improvement

Take advantage of draft simulators. Rebuild packs with friends so you can draft. Beg, borrow and use proxies if you're on a budget and need to test deck ideas.
Be critical of your plays so you can improve

Interview Links

MTG Salvation Spoilers

Connect with Jon

Twitter: @Jonnymagic00

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

 

Aug 3, 2018

Aleksa Telarov has an impressive Magic record with 5 Grand Prix top 8's (including 1 win), a World Magic Cup top 8, 3rd place at the 2014 MOCS, is a 9 time National Champion and has finished 12th place at a Pro Tour! 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-ep296

Year In Review

Aleksa was on the show back on episode 192. He returns to the podcast after some impressive results. This year he's been through some downs and fought through them to stick with Magic.

Pro Tour Dominaria

Aleksa walks through his Pro Tour Dominaria experience in detail and breaks down what happened and what he learned.

Parting Guidance

Don't get mad playing Magic. Remember it's a game and enjoy it.

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

 

Jul 27, 2018

Nick Waugh recently made his first Top 8 at Grand Prix Barcelona 2018 playing Boros Burn. Nick lives in Godalming, United Kingdom.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Nick Waugh when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep295

First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

7th Edition

Favorite Card

Eidolon of the Great Revel

Early Challenge

Making the best use of time. There's a ton of things you can do and Nick struggled with making time for Magic. Now, he only focuses on the format of his next event.

Learning Moment

The first time you step out of your comfort zone, you're going to lose a lot. So make the most of it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Barcelona, 2018.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Discipline. Hard work paying off.

Grand Prix Preparation

Nick is a Burn player and knew he was going to play his Boros Burn deck. To prepare though he updated his sideboard guide.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting things you can't control to get the better of you. (e.g. Playing against a more experienced player. You have no control over how much Magic your opponent has played.)

Parting Guidance

Focus on your current game. Don't let things you can't control affect you. 

Magic Resource

Red Deck Winning

Connect With Nick Waugh

Twitter:@Nickyeahman 

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

 

Jul 20, 2018

Laszlo Poroszkai is from the North-Eastern part of Hungary, a small city without an LGS. He first started playing around 2000 and stopped when Counterspell was not reprinted. He came back in Zendikar and has been to a lot of Grand Prix since then. He's semi-competitive but mostly plays for fun (and counterspell). Laszlo lives in Onga, Hungry.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Laszlo Poroszkai when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep294

First Set

Planar Shift

Favorite Set

Planar Shift

Favorite Card

Counterspell

Early Challenge

Laszlo thought he was a good player but realized he had a lot to learn. At first, he blamed luck but then he saw the problem was him. He got better by making friends and traveling and playing with them.

How to Improve With No LGS

Play with local friends, even if you play casual games like Commander. Also, use MTGO! It's a huge advantage to play with people all over the world. All you need is an internet connection. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at GP Barcelona.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Laszlo has made a lot of friends through Magic. Problem-solving skills.

How to Make Day 2 of a GP

Know the meta. Know the decks and their sideboard plans. Play MTGO so you can play against a lot of decks.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Risk management. It contributes to every aspect of Magic. Mulligans, attacking, tapping out, etc... Risk management is everywhere.

Parting Guidance

Never give up on an event!

Connect With Laszlo Poroszkai

Laszlo 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

Jul 13, 2018

Dani Anderson is an Engineering Ph.D. student from Glasgow, Scotland who is building his Magic resume with finishes such as winning the PTQ at GP Liverpool and making it into the Top 16 at Pro Tour Dominaria. Dani lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Dani Anderson when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep293

First Set

Gatecrash

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Unlicensed Disintegration

Early Challenge

Mulligan decisions were tough early on because Dani came from a different card game.

Worst Magic Moment

Dani went 0-5 at his first Pro Tour. It felt bad to have to tell his friends that he was out. But what helped him through was knowing he had another event coming up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 16 at Pro Tour Dominaria.

Tournament Preparation

Dani chooses his deck 1 week before a big event. 
This gives him time to playtest and tweak.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to learn and how to justify decisions.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are too results-oriented.

Parting Guidance

Magic is still a game. Enjoy it as such.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, Twitter, connecting with a local group

Connect With Dani Anderson

Twitter:@Danderson92 

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

 

Jul 6, 2018

Goncalo Pinto is stacking up his record with 1 Grand Prix top 8, 1 Nationals top 8, and a Pro Tour top 8 at Pro Tour Dominaria. Goncalo lives in Barreiro Portugal.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Goncalo Pinto when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep292

First Set

Stronghold

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Ninja of the Deep Hours

Early Challenge

Goncalo had early successes but then got crushed a lot. He eventually started playing MTGO and got better.

Worst Magic Moment

Going to 9 Pro Tours and only making day 2 at 1 of them.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8'ng a Grand Prix and making top 8 at a Pro Tour 2 weeks later.

Current Draft State

Red is working well for Goncalo because everyone thinks the format is slow.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not playing enough with your deck.

Parting Guidance

If you want to improve play on Skype and share screens. Ask questions and discuss the game.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, Twitch.tv

Connect With Goncalo Pinto

Twitter:@u_mad_bro_MTGO 

Check Out Magic Story

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

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

 

Jun 29, 2018

You're in for a treat today as we get to sit down with the MTG Pro Tutor Admins. Get to know the stories behind the friendly faces that take part in making the Pro Tutor community the uplifting, helpful place we all love. Luke Kimmel lives in Dallas, TX, Dan Bodtke lives in Kansas City, MO, and Aaron Scott lives in Bellefonte, PA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Luke Kimmel, Dan Bodtke, and Aaron Scott when they shared their story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep291

Luke Kimmel

First Set

Dark Ascension

Favorite Set

Avacyn Restored

Favorite Card

Nevermaker
Panharmonicon

Dan Bodtke

First Set

Future Sight

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Liliana of the Veil

Aaron Scott

First Set

Shadows of Innistrad

Favorite Set

Amonkhet/Theros

Favorite Card

Felidar Guardian
Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Worst Magic Moment

Win and in for a top 8 and Dan forgot to pay a cost and lost a game. Aaron is still in his low spot and is struggling right now with how to deal with consistent losses. Luke had to learn about 'good' decks the hard way. (By losing a lot.)

Proudest Magic Moment

Luke built his own deck and took it to a tournament where it turned some heads. Dan building a deck on his own and doing well at a tournament. He also loves showing off his collection. Aaron won a win-a-box event by playing to the top and then splitting in the final.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving away too much information. Sideboarding and over boarding. Blood Moon.

Connect With MTG Pro Tutor Admins

Twitter:@rishaDan_port 

Check Out Magic Story

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

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

 

Jun 22, 2018

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

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Janus Andersen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep290

First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Legends (for its look and feel)

Favorite Card

Kess, Dissident Mage

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Deck Selection

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

Try new cards and ignore the naysayers.

Magic Resource

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

Connect With Janus Andersen

Twitter:@YouCanCallMe_J 

Check Out Magic Story

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

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

 

Jun 15, 2018

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

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Matt Brown when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep289

First Set

Innistrad

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Cloudfin Raptor

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Birmingham (Standard).

What Have You Learned From Magic

People skills.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Daily Habit

Watching Magic Stream every day.

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

Twitch, SCG, CFB

Connect With Matt Brown

Twitter:@MattBrown_MTG 

Check Out Magic Story

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

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

 

Jun 8, 2018

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

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Luke Southworth when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep288

First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Card

Electrolyze

Early Challenge

Understanding card advantage and board advantage.

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Grand Prix Preparation

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

Parting Guidance

Have fun, be nice.

Connect With Luke Southworth

Twitter:@LukeSouthworth 

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Jun 1, 2018

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

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First Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Goblin Welder
Stensia Bloodhall

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Sportsmanship/Dedication/Respect

Be careful of asking for advice after you in.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Grand Prix

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

Parting Guidance

Be honest with yourself when playing Magic.

Magic Resource

Mana Traders, LegitMTG.com

Connect With Michael Mapson

Twitter:@ExpeditionMap 

Check Out Magic Story

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May 25, 2018

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

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First Set

M14

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to meet and talk new people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Become Tilt Proof

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish, CFB, MTG Elo Project

Connect With Joshua Bausch

Twitter:@Valorj90 

Check Out Magic Story

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May 18, 2018

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

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First Set

The Dark

Favorite Set

Tempest

Favorite Card

Jackal Pup

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Dedication

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTGO

Connect With Robert Swarowski

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

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May 11, 2018

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

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Odyssey

Favorite Card

The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Connect With Daniel Ward

Twitter:@Bigward28 

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May 4, 2018

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

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Revised

Favorite Card

All the Dual Lands

Worst Magic Moment

Having nightmares before the 2018 MOCS.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top3 of the 2018 MOCS.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Sportsmanship

Be friendly and treat each player with kindness.

Parting Guidance

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

Connect With Niklas Dahlquist

Twitter:@NiklasDahlquist 

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Apr 27, 2018

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

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Winter Orb

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting 9th at Worlds in 2005.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Patience and you can't always win.

Sportsmanship On Magic Online

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Connect With Lars Dam

Twitter:@_Malavi_ 

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Apr 20, 2018

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

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First Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Set

Worldwake

Favorite Card

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Memphis

Sportsmanship

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not admitting they are the one making mistakes.

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, MTGO, Mana Traders

Connect With Matt Kling

Twitter:@thewitchkling 

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Apr 13, 2018

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

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

First Set

6th Edition Starter

Favorite Set

Alara Block / Ravnica Block

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Advice To Players

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

How Was Your Dedication to Magic Impacted Your Life

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

Sportsmanship

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTGO, Magic online decklists

Connect With Alexander Kreuz

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

Check Out Magic Story

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Apr 6, 2018

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

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First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Ghor-Clan Rampager
Boon Satyr

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Sportsmanship

Each of your opponents and yourself should enjoy each game.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

Have fun! Enjoy the game and the process.

Magic Resource

MTGO, articles

Connect With Aaron Barich

Twitter:@Runeclaw_Barich ‏ 

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Mar 30, 2018

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

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Shivan Dragon

Dedication

Pursue what makes you happy.

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

On Sportsmanship

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

CFB, TCG Player

Connect With Eric Froehlich

Twitter:@efropoker 

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Mar 23, 2018

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

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2016 World Champion Recap

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

How to Determine the Best Deck

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

Sportsmanship

Treat your opponent with respect and handle yourself with class.

Advice

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

Lose With Class

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

Graceful Winner

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

Have fun!

Magic Resource

Being Right Instead of Being Correct; On Kindness

Connect With Brian Braun-Duin

Twitter:@BraunDuinIt 

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Mar 16, 2018

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

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First Set

Zendikar

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Collected Company

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Advice To New Players

Read everything you can about Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Tournament Preparation

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

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

Connect With Ben Ragan

Twitter:@castingcoco 

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Mar 9, 2018

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

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Tempest block / Urza's block

Favorite Card

Bronze Sable

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix New Jersey 2018.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Advice For New Players

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

Read articles and watch videos, SCG, CFB

Connect With Josh Taylor

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

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Mar 2, 2018

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

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First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Kolaghan's Command

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 at GP Santa Clara.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Advice To New Players

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8 (compare deck function)

Connect With Galan Falakfarsa

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

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Feb 23, 2018

Daniel Mabee is a semi-competitive Magic player from Sacramento, California who has been playing since 2000. He made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Santa Clara.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Opposition

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Advice to New Players

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not trusting your own intuition.

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, MTG Salvation, The Source, Twitch

Connect With Daniel Mabee

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

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Feb 16, 2018

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

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Restoration Angel

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Santa Clara with his friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Advice to Early Players

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

CFB, MTG Goldfish, TCG Player

Connect With John Martin

Twitter:@hardcastnarco

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Feb 9, 2018

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

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Mirrodin / Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Upheaval
Balance

Early Challenge

Dealing with loss and tilting has been hard for Isaac.

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Advice for Early Players

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

Applied to Life

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

Daily Habits

Check MTG Top 8, Read everyday

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch, MTG Top 8

Connect With Isaac Sears

Twitter:@vonducky 

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Feb 2, 2018

Jeremy Frye has been playing competitive Magic for 8 years. In that time, he has made 2 Grand Prix top 4s with 1 win, and 1 SCG Open top 8. He has found himself to always need a competitive outlet and Magic has always been first and foremost. Jeremy lives in Austin, TX.

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First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Wolfbriar Elemental

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Magic Milestones

First GP Day 2, placing high in another format.

Tournament Day Tips

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

Advice To New Players

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

Personal Growth

Jeremy has increased his confidence and social skills through Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana incorrectly and playing lands in the wrong order.

Parting Guidance

Don't give up!

Connect With Jeremy Frye

Twitter:@Ghostsonforever 

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Jan 26, 2018

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

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Early Challenge

Taking down the local "Endboss".

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Warsaw 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Advice To New Players

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

Parting Guidance

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

Connect With Jedrek Szmyd

Twitter:@SzmydcasterMage 

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Jan 19, 2018

Jacob Hart started playing Magic in 1995 at school and made his first nationals appearance in 1996 making 17th place! He went to his first Pro Tour in Los Angeles 1997. He has 4 Grand Prix top 8s, 3 Nationals top 8s, and 3 Pro Tour top 64s. Jacob lives in Lavington, Australia.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

The Dark/Hour of Devastation

Favorite Card

Frenetic Efreet

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

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

Best Format

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

Advice To New Players

Value the advice of seasoned players.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv, Shaun McLaren, Gabriel Nassif

Connect With Jacob Hart

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

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Jan 12, 2018

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

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First Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Liliana of the Veil

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Atlanta.

What Have You Learned From Magic

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

Advice for New Players

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

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

Parting Guidance

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

Magic Resource

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

Connect With Sam Zackrzewski

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

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Jan 5, 2018

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

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First Set

Nemesis

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara Block

Favorite Card

Teferi's Response
Hidetsugu's Second Rite

Early Challenge

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

Worst Magic Moment

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

Proudest Magic Moment

First GP top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

English

Advice for New Players

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

Magic Milestones

Top 8 at Nationals, won PTQ, first Pro Tour

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

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

Parting Guidance

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

Connect With Thoralf Severin

Twitter:@ToffelMTG

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