Valentin Mackl top 8’d his first Grand Prix in the summer of 2014 in Miami. Since then he has top 8’d four more Grand Prix and top 16’d at least 11 others! He’s been the Austrian World Magic Cup Captain for two consecutive years (2014, 2015) and is currently a Gold Level Pro.
Try playing in a pre release without looking at the spoiler first. You'll have a fun and challenging experience.
Sealed: Don't always look at your rares. Look at the number of playables you have outside the rares.
Draft: Make a mental note of the good cards in the pack and try and peg the players on your left in certain colors.
A team for the Pro Tour is extremely important to assimilate all the knowledge that is out there.
Structure your play testing time. At certain times you play certain formats then build in time to analyze and share the information afterwards.
Proxy decks to play test before you invest in the one you're taking to a big tournament.
Make friends with someone who has a large collection so you can borrow cards instead of buying.
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