Matt Sperling has 6 Grand Prix top 8s and 2 Pro Tour top 8s. He writes a regular column called Sperling's Sick of It and tries to play to win without taking himself too seriously. He considers himself a hobbyist, not a professional, but feels that playing on the Pro Tour is just the best experience available. Matt lives in the Bay Area of Northern California.
The friends Matt had made is more important than the game now.
"I only play Grand Prix and Pro Tours." You have to devout time to the aspects of your life at the appropriate time.
Getting attached to one deck. If you can only play one style of deck, look for opportunities to learn.
"Empathy = Thinking about things from both sides of the table"
Most recent Pro Tour, Matt was Platinum level but hadn't done well and was shooting for Gold . He missed it by one game.
1st Pro Tour Top 8
Impulse control. Playing fast and making the first good play that comes to mind helped Matt develop intuition. However, Matt has learned to think of other good plays. Not just the 1st one.
Being afraid to make obvious attacks or blocks.
Follow the intuition of "this card feels really powerful" and "I feel helpless against this card."
Constantly working on impulse control.
Look for energizing relationships and deck/strategies
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