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.
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.
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.
Making top 8 at GP Barcelona.
Laszlo has made a lot of friends through Magic. Problem-solving skills.
Know the meta. Know the decks and their sideboard plans. Play MTGO so you can play against a lot of decks.
Risk management. It contributes to every aspect of Magic. Mulligans, attacking, tapping out, etc... Risk management is everywhere.
Never give up on an event!
Laszlo can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.
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