Michael Majors is a Professional Magic player who lives in Roanoke VA and works at StarCityGames. He has 3 Grand Prix Top 8’s, including a win at GP San Diego in 2015, and has 2 Pro Tour Top 16s. He’s part of the Vintage Super Series duo Merriam and Majors.
Winning is always nice but the friends he's made has kept Michael around.
Identifying what in each game is important.
2015 was a rough year for Michael. He missed Platinum by a few points in 2014 and this affected Michael for most of the next season. Finally, at GP San Diego, he let go of caring and got first place. This reinvigorated him and he's done great since.
When Michael finally made Platinum Pro.
If you're new to Standard make one deck and stick with it to get it down, making adjustments as you go to meet your meta.
Not using time wisely.
While your opponent is taking their turn, you can be thinking and planning.
Also, map your turn all the through. Don't just make the very next play, think of the full sequence.
Compare new cards to older, similar cards to start determining how good they are.
Play a lot on Magic Online.
Play in person twice a week for several hours each session.
If you are loving an aspect of Magic then don't change that. If you want to become more competitive then build one deck and practice.
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