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Jan 4, 2019

Michael Kundegraber has been playing since 2000, back when rules consisted of semi-educated guesses and were always changed depending on whose parents’ kitchen table MtG was played at. Lately, he’s had some top results with a second place finish at Grand Prix Turin 2018 and a follow-up Top 16 performance at his first Pro Tour later that year. Michael lives in Vienna, Austria.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Michael Kundegraber when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep318

First Set

Planeshift

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Tahngarth, Talruum Hero

Early Challenge

Understanding the game at first was hard. Archetype matchups and other big-picture topics eluded Michael. He improved by playing matchups of the best decks with friends.

Worst Magic Moment

Playing for the top 4 at Austrian Nationals, Michael approached the match-up too confidently and played cautiously (even though he was favored to win). He lost and learned that you need to have a coping strategy. Find what works for you.

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting 2nd at Grand Prix Turin 2018.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Overthinking. Players sometimes try to wrap their mind around too much of the game at once. Break down the situation into smaller chunks and address them separately.

Parting Guidance

Keep having fun while playing Magic.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, Magic Podcasts, Jim Davis Stream

Connect With Michael Kundegraber

Michael 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

 

Dec 28, 2018

Zach Allen is a member of Team RIW from Farmington Hills, Michigan. He Co-hosts the podcast Turn One Thoughtseize and has 2 Grand Prix top 8s, a Pro Tour top 16, and 1 SCG top 8 in his record. He's a dedicated control player and Snapcaster Mage enthusiast.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Zach Allen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep317

First Set

Urza Block

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Early Challenge

Not being able to beat the best guy at his local store. This constant, ever-present challenge pushed Zach to improve.

Worst Magic Moment

Getting 9th at PPTQ's 6 times in a row. Zach learned that the results of tournaments are not indicative of your actual skill.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 16 of Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Making the play that sets you up for a win later. Make the best decision at the time with the information you have, but make a decision.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting out of the moment. Players need to focus on just the game in front of them. 

Parting Guidance

The people in Magic are what's most important. Relationships and friends are priceless.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, Cool Stuff Inc.

Connect With Zach Allen

Twitter:@A22en

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

 

Dec 21, 2018

Andrew Elenbogen has 3.5 Grand Prix top 8s. He recently won Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica and still doesn't believe it. Andrew is a return guest to the show and lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Andrew Elenbogen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep316

Catching Up

Andrew plays about 15 Grand Prix a year!

Reflection

Andrew notices that in the last year he's played better than he ever has. He's stayed dedicated and has practiced extensively for each Grand Prix.

MTGO Preparation

When playing on Magic Online, Andrew plays in Leagues and sets.
He uses Leagues as a way to get a broad view of the metagame. He'll develop a question and uses teammates and sets to answer specific questions.

Pro Tour Preparation

Andrew has cultivated a network of friends that he's able to reach out to and practice with.

Parting Guidance

Thank You! Andrew wants to say thank you to the Magic community.

Connect With Andrew Elenbogen

Twitter:@Ajelenbogen 

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

 

Dec 14, 2018

Kasper Nielsen has 2 Grand Prix top 8s and 1 Pro Tour top 8. He's also won 5 Prereleases. Kasper is from Denmark and is a returning guest to the podcast.

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Kasper has been doing well in Magic and he attributes many things to that. He joined Hareruya Hopes and also has a more balanced life.

Pro Tour Preparation

Kasper started playing Limited as soon as Guilds of Ravnica came out. He learned a lot in those first few weeks. He decided to let "the machines" solve Standard while he developed a Limited strategy.

What Have You Learned From The Pro Tour

Kasper felt he made good choices this Pro Tour. His advice is to enjoy your preparation.

Parting Guidance 

It is important to focus and work hard at Magic, but if it becomes an obsession rather than a passion then beware and maybe take a step back.

Guidance Part 2

Have fun no matter where you are or what your goods are.

Magic Resource

Article about Dustin Wade Roberson

Connect With Kasper Nielsen

Twitter:@ks_nielsen

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

 

Dec 7, 2018

Zac Turgeon is a New England MTG grinder, who has top 8ed 1 Grand Prix and won an SCG Legacy Classic. He also enjoys cooking, music, writing and hopes to one day open an Ice Cream Shop. Zac lives in Dracut MA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Zac Turgeon when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep314

First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Trinisphere

Early Challenge

Not sure what he was good at. Zac started to critically analyze his own games to learn what he was good at.

Worst Magic Moment

Zac struggled for an entire Standard season. He realized he was misevaluating the meta and kept losing to cards he thought was bad.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 for the first time at Grand Prix New Jersey.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Zac has learned to try and be very accepting of others.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being critical enough of your own games. Players sometimes think they're favored when they're not. 

Parting Guidance

Be kind to people. You feel better and the people around you feel better. It eventually circles back and keeps growing.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, TCG Players, Twitch.tv

Connect With Zac Turgeon

Twitter:@The_Amazing_Zac 

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

 

Nov 30, 2018

 

William Courson has been to 5 Grand Prix and has made top 64 twice, top 8 once and 1st place once when he became the champion of Grand Prix Detroit. He also has multiple top 64 finishes at SCG open events and has made day 2 of every invitational he's attended. William lives in Jacksonville, FL.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from William Courson when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep313

First Set

M11

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Cabal Therapy

Early Challenge

William had to overcome his own arrogance. He eventually realized he wasn't the best and he learned to take input from others.

Worst Magic Moment

Playing for a top 8 position at an SCG open event and William lost after his opponent mulligan to 4 cards. Will learned mulligan more.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Detroit 2018 with his teammates.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Conceal your information as long as possible. This also helps in certain life situations (like Sales).

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players commit to lines that play them into a hole. Give yourself another draw step whenever your back against the wall.

Parting Guidance

Get sleep! Before events make sure you sleep. And eats good breakfast!

Magic Resource

Friends within Magic community.

Connect With William Courson

Twitter:@Willcourson94

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

 

Nov 23, 2018

Eli Kassis returns to MTG Pro Tutor for the 3rd time as he keeps growing his accomplishments and notoriety. Eli now has 6 Grand Prix top 8s and is the Champion of Grand Prix New Jersey 2018. He has won an SCG Invitational and has 2 Pro Tour top 32’s. Eli lives in Vestal, NY and is a member of team Face to Face Games.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Eli Kassis when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep312

Eli Kassis comes back to MTG Pro Tutor for the 3rd time. He was episode 101 and 206 and now is back on episode 312.

Key To Success

Teams have been Eli's key to success.
Have a thirst for knowledge to find unique lines of play.

Tips To Minimize/Spot Cheating

  1. Look at their eyes when they're shuffling your deck.
  2. Note how long they are shuffling.
  3. Ask for them to end with a cut.
  4. Always shuffle their deck and end cut.

Parting Guidance

Pivot and look to others to manage tilt.
There's a lot that can be learned from the experiences of others.

Connect With Eli Kassis

Twitter:@Eli_Kassis

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

 

Nov 16, 2018

Kellen Pastore is a 3 time Grand Prix Top 8 Competitor, a full-time grad student, and a noted enthusiast of linear aggro decks. Kellen lives in MAPLE GLEN, Pennsylvania.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Kellen Pastore when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep311

First Set

Carrion Ants

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Bellows Lizard

Early Challenge

Getting used to the inconsistency of Magic because Kellen came from a game that was more consistent.

Worst Gaming Moment

Before Kellen got into Magic, he lost a miniature game and really lost his cool. Since then, he has gotten better at regulating his emotions by reminding himself that his opponent is trying, just like he is.

Proudest Magic Moment

When Kaladesh was released, Kellen created a Red-Black Zombie deck that ended up impacting the metagame at that time.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Meeting and making friends.

Biggest Mistakes of Players

Ever committing into sweepers. Playing too many creatures when the opponent has a board wipe.

Tournament Preparation

Kellen practiced a lot with his deck leading up to events. He looks to make sure that his deck holds up against the top decks.

Parting Guidance

Never play a deck you don't like to play.

Magic Resource

Misplaced Ginger (twitch.tv) for Standard; MTG Goldfish

Connect With Kellen Pastore

@TheOddEngineer 

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

 

Nov 9, 2018

Giordano Fagiolo is a rising star in competitive Magic and made it to the finals at his first Grand Prix ever! (GP Bruxelles 2018) Giordano lives in Albano Laziale, Rome, Italy.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Giordano Fagiolo when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep310

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Insult // Injury

Early Challenge

At a Standard and PPTQ, Giordano felt upset and nervous, but when he sat down to play it all went away.

Worst Magic Moment

Giordano lost in a final at a PPTQ and learned you can't win every time.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making it to the final match of his first Grand Prix ever.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Thinking ahead. Planning.

Worst Mistake He Makes

Playing fewer lands than they should.
Giordano takes a deck and replaces the worst card wit a land.

Tournament Preparation

Giordano picked his deck the day before the GP. He found an article by Brad Nelson and changed 1 card.

Parting Guidance

Ask Brad Nelson.

Magic Resource

SCG Premium, CFB, Playing with teammates/friends in person.

Connect With Giordano Fagiolo

Gordano 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

 

Nov 2, 2018

Max Margolis has been playing Magic competitively for 22 years. He has multiple Grand Prix day 2s with close cash finishes. Richmond 2018 was his first deep run to attempt to qualify for the Pro Tour. He barely missed qualifying for Cleveland by one win - but he did get 19th place. His biggest finish was at GP Denver where his team got top 4. He's had multiple top 8s in PPTQs and IQs. He's primarily a midrange player who has been playing since Urza's block was legal in Extended. Max lives in Maryland, USA.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Max Margolis when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep309

First Set

Fallen Empires

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Pernicious Deed

Early Challenge

Max faced tilt early on and learned how to manage wins and losses.

Worst Magic Moment

Wanting to quit Magic because of bullying in the community.

Proudest Magic Moment

At Grand Prix Denver, Max and his team made it to the top 4.

Best Format

Modern

Parting Guidance

Never judge a book by its cover.

Magic Resource

"Have a Plan" episode on Limited Resources.

Connect With Max Margolis

Twitter:@maximummagic87

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

 

Oct 26, 2018

Luis Salvatto is currently tied in the Player of Year race (with Seth Manfield) and is the Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan champion. He has 7 Grand Prix top 8s which include 2 wins and was also the Sunday Super Series champion in 2014. Luis lives in Argentina.

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Luis is a past guest of the show and you can find his origin story in episode 119.

World Travel

Luis spent 50 days traveling around the world. He spent 7 weeks in 7 different places. His secret was to travel Light. He had a modern deck and some clothes. That's pretty much it.

Pro Tour RIX

Luis friend approached him and suggested he play Lantern Control. After asking other friends what they think he went for it. After a rocky start, Luis got his steam and went all the way to take the championship.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't play to win. They play to survive. Also, players don't bluff enough.

Parting Guidance

The best part of Magic is the people you play the game with. Surround yourself with good friends and soar.

Connect With Luis Salvatto

Twitter:@LuisSalvatto 

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

 

Oct 19, 2018

Quinton Lip made top 8 at GP Hong Kong 2018. Quinton lives in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Quinton Lip when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep307

First Set

Morning Tide

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Early Challenge

Quinton qualified for UK Nationals and quickly learned that he struggled with the draft. He went home and started drafting on Magic Online.

Worst Magic Moment

At Malaysia Nationals, Quinton made it to the finals and lost. He learned it doesn't matter what got you to the top 8, you have to play well all the way. 
He also learned you need to have fun playing Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tour Kyoto through the RPTQ System.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Hard work pays off.

Preparation For Modern

Quinton expected creature heavy aggro decks based on the results of previous events. So he tested and found a deck that was well positioned. The key is to study the format and test.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Going into autopilot. When players go into autopilot, they don't think about the game or the lines of play.

Parting Guidance

Magic is a hobby, so have fun. The more fun you have the better you'll do at competitive.

Connect With Quinton Lip

Quinton 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

 

Oct 12, 2018

Arseniy Egorov is a Level 2 judge who got 8th place at Grand Prix Orlando 2018. Arseniy lives in Moscow, Russia.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Arseniy Egorov when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep306

First Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Kamigawa (block)

Favorite Card

Shahrazad

Early Challenge

Finding and playing in really competitive tournaments. Arseniy is from a small city that didn't have a big game store. Arseniy started traveling to bigger cities to get into more competitive tournaments.

Worst Magic Moment

Arseniy made day 2 at GP Madrid but didn't sleep in and missed the main event! 
He learned to tell his friends he made day 2 and to set more alarms.

Proudest Magic Moment

As a judge, Arseniy is proud he got accepted to judge Japanese GPs.
As a player, Arseniy made top 8 at GP Orlando.

Advice From A Judge

As a judge, Arseniy has been lots of situations. 
His advice to players is to explain your situation and don't be afraid to appeal. Always be respectful though. ;)

Parting Guidance

Play Magic and use it to travel and learn new cultures.

Connect With Arseniy Egorov

Twitter:@cid_randall 

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

Oct 5, 2018

Ricardo Sanchez has been playing since 2006 and has been competitive since 2013. Pro Tour Atlanta 2018 will be his 4th Pro Tour. His best result was making Top 4 at GP Lille 2014 playing Legacy. For him, the best thing about MTG is traveling around the world and meeting so many awesome people. Ricardo lives in Madrid, Spain.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ricardo Sanchez when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep305

First Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Set

Shadows Over Innistrad

Favorite Card

Tireless Tracker

Early Challenge

Traveling to events. Ricardo's Mom was very careful about letting him go. But as she met his friends and realized he could get a lot of good life experiences, she let him go.

Worst Magic Moment

When Ricardo started going to Grand Prix, he went to 9 in a year and didn't make day 2 a single one. He learned he doesn't have to go to every event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 of GP Lille 2018.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to travel.

Event Preparation

MTG Goldfish and see what's doing well in the format. Ricardo will then practice with a few decks to see how they play out with him as the pilot.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Before you say "keep" and decide to keep your hand, you should have a plan on what you're going to do. 

Parting Guidance

Enjoy Magic. There's something enjoyable in each phase of Magic. Find it and have fun. Remember Magic is a game.

Magic Resource

Mana Traders, MTG Goldfish, CFB, SCG, MTG Mint Card, Book: Playing to Win

Connect With Ricardo Sanchez

Twitter:@_mRichi_ 

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 28, 2018

Jessica Estephan is the first woman to win a Grand Prix and made Magic: The Gathering history when her team took first at Grand Prix Sydney 2018. She's a podcaster who loves creating content and she enjoys most competitive formats, with a preference for standard and modern. Though she does have a soft spot for a well-powered cube. Jessica lives in Sydney, Australia.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jessica Estephan when she shared her story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep304

First Set

Born of the Gods

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Back to Basics

Early Challenge

Not understanding what it meant to be competitive. The Australian scene is very different than the States and it was hard for Jess to get started.

Worst Magic Moment

Jessica learned by observation that you "needed" to be a rules lawyer to succeed. She realized that that's not the case.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Sydney 2018 (Team Unified Modern).

What Have You Learned From Magic

Jessica now plays poker on a serious.

Grand Prix Preparation

The thing that helped the most was having a good team chemistry.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Newbie mistakes include sleeving your deck wrong. 

Parting Guidance

Spend your Magic time having fun and creating positive memories for yourself and others.

Magic Resource

Limited Resources, CFB, SCG, YouTube, The V Clique Podcast

Connect With Jessica Estephan

Twitter:@jesstephan

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 21, 2018

Josh Collier is headed off to his first Pro Tour after qualifying through the RPTQ system. Fun fact, he's a proud owner of a foil pauper cube. Josh lives in Davenport, Iowa.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Josh Collier when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep303

First Set

Gatecrash

Favorite Set

Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Ongoing Investigation

Early Challenge

Josh picked one standard deck and would play it the whole season. He learned that in standard, what worked for him, was playing the best deck.

Worst Magic Moment

At an Eternal Masters sealed event, Josh was playing in the finals and missed a line of play. He learned to know the rules better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour via an RPTQ.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Be persistent. Results take time.

Deck Selection

Josh reviewed the best decks and chose one similar to a play style he knew from a previous season.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players put cards in the sideboard or in their decks and they don't know why.

Parting Guidance

Conscious beating.

Magic Resource

Constructive Criticism, LR Cast, GAM Podcast

Connect With Josh Collier

Twitter:@agent_of_blight 

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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 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

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

 

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

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

 

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.

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

 

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 

Check Out Magic Story

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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_ 

Check Out Magic Story

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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.

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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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Josh Taylor when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep275

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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Galan Falakfarsa when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep274

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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jedrek Szmyd when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep269

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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jacob Hart when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep268

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).

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Sam Zakrzewski when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep267

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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Dec 29, 2017

Christoffer Larsen returns to the podcast, now with 8 Grand Prix top 8s including a win at GP Lyon. His origin episode was episode 114 (which was rerun as episode 254).

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Update

Joined team Genesis after his first episode: Traveled a lot and played a lot of Magic.

Biggest Growth

Playing with great players has made Christoffer a much better player.

World Travel

Christoffer has traveled to Australia, the states and all over Europe. He picked up a 5th place finish at GP Portland and a win with his team at GP Lyon.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Ordering the wrong amount of food. LOL
Underestimating the opponent.

Shortcoming As a Player

Playing really fast. Christoffer has dropped a few games (but has won many more).

Parting Guidance

Don't slow roll!

Connect With Christoffer Larsen

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

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Dec 26, 2017

 

Derek Candelario is a Logistics Coordinator working on site at Google. He currently lives in San Jose, CA and has been playing Magic off and on for the last 20 years with the goal of getting onto the Pro Tour. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 from GP Portland 2017. Derek is from San Ramon, CA.

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First Set

Stronghold

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Visara the Dreadful

Early Challenge

Regionals was Derek's first long tournament and his first big challenge.

Worst Magic Moment

Derek has faced frustration and set backs all along the way. He's learned to manage his expectations-both high and low.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Portland 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to get the most value from situations; resourcefulness; decision-making.

Advice for New Players

Preparation is key. Use Magic Online to practice and get reps in.

Daily Habits

Having a good routine helps you build in the time to get good at something.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Card Evaluation in Limited stumps many player.

Parting Guidance

Magic has been Derek's #1 hobby... the trick is being confident and proud of what you do.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch(Gaby, Kenji), talking with other players

Connect With Derek Candelario

Twitter:@Derek8701 

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Dec 22, 2017

 

Alex Lloyd has 2 Grand Prix top 8s, with 1 win and numerous Top 16s. He's a 2 time Pro Tour Competitor, Level 1 Judge, and engaged in community development efforts. Alex is from Manchester, NH, USA.

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First Set

Scourge

Favorite Set

Gatecrash

Favorite Card

Toshiro Umezawa

Early Challenge

Money. Alex found that Magic can be expensive, so money was a barrier to entry.

Worst Magic Moment

The length of time between big finishes can be tough. At GP DC (Journey Into Nyx  Limited) Alex gets paired down and losses. He missed top 8 because of it. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Atlanta

What Have You Learned From Magic

Networking. How to connect and maintain relationships.

Advice for New Players

Learn to sequence (especially as a control deck).

Magic Milestones

Working at a game store.

Tournament Day Tips

Health and fitness are key at big events.Stay hydrated. Make time for yourself. Have snacks ready to go.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't value cards the way they should.

Parting Guidance

Networking is a huge. Connect with others as much as you can.

Magic Resource

5-0 list from MTGO Leagues, MTG Goldfish, CFB, SCG

Connect With Alex Lloyd

Twitter:@AlexLloydOSM 

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Dec 19, 2017

Brandon Goe has been playing Magic since he was 4 and started hitting the competitive scene full throttle in Shards block. He has several 2nd places Pptq finish's and took 2nd at Montana State Championship. He made his first day 2 and first top 8 finishing 2nd at Grand Prix Portland 2017. He's looking to make Magic a career! Bradon lives in Spokane WA, USA.

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First Set

6th Edition

Favorite Set

Lorwyn Block

Favorite Card

Tarmogoyf

Early Challenge

Getting used to being the youngest person playing Magic. Also, Brandon had to learn how to handle losses. To get over that, he started taking criticism better.

Worst Magic Moment

Brandon struggled with the feeling of always getting 2nd and never 1st. He didn't take into account the consistent top 8 finishes.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Portland 2017. Being recognized by another player and having a kid say he wants to be like him.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Reading skills, research techniques, people skills

Advice for New Players

Take into account the cost of travel, food, and other expenses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players play decks they don't enjoy. Even if it's the best decks, if you don't enjoy it you'll play poorly.

Parting Guidance

Don't take losses too hard. Play decks you enjoy. Keep going for it no matter what.

Connect With Brandon Goe

Twitter:@NightFury301 

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Dec 15, 2017

Piotr Glogowski is a Modern enthusiast, weird-deck lover, MTGO grinder, Twitch streamer and Silver level pro. He's made it to the top 8 of a Pro Tour and 2nd place at the World Magic Cup with his Polish teammates in 2017. He also has two Grand Prix top 8s, both in Modern, and played in the 2016 Magic Online Championship. Piotr lives in Poznań.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Abzan Guide
Summer Bloom

Early Challenge

Piotr realized that he wasn't good at Magic, he was only good with his specific deck. He struggled with Standard and Limited. To overcome this, he played with players who he knew were much better than him.

Worst Magic Moment

Piotr remembers a weekend when he tried to qualify for Pro Tour Kaladesh. He played a Paper Magic event on Saturday and Sunday and a Magic Online event at Midnight between the two.
He had two nearer misses.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Pro Tour Ixalan, 2nd Place at World Magic Cup 2017.

Magic Milestones

Pt Atlanta, because Piotr learned to learn. Also, preparing for the Magic Online Championship with Simon Nielsen.

Advice for New Players

Don't assume you know things. Listen to what others have to say.

Parting Guidance

If you want a broken deck in Modern, play Lantern Control.

Connect With 

Twitter:@kanister_mtg

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Dec 12, 2017

Jacob Nagro is a Silver level pro with 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (Denver 2016, Phoenix 2017). His goal is to play on every Pro Tour and to improve along the way. Jacob lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't think about how they tap their lands. Also, when you play your lands is important.

Tournament Preparation

Jacob familiarizes himself with formats by playing them on MTGO a lot.

Ixalan Draft Tips

BW Vampires has great commons to support it. 

What Have You Learned From Magic

Slowing down when it's time to make a decision.

Parting Guidance

Magic Online is a great tool for improving. Use it and you'll get out of it what you put in.

Connect With Jacob Nagro

Twitter:@JacobNagro 

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Dec 8, 2017

Louis Bachaud has been playing Magic for most of his life but has only been grinding Grand Prix for about 2-3 years. This summer he played his first Pro Tour in Japan where he played a win-and-in for top 8, he followed this up with his first GP top 8 in Warsaw 2017. Louis lives in Lyon, France.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir/Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Young Pyromancer
Cabal Therapy

Early Challenge

Making day 2 for the first time was a challenge.

Worst Magic Moment

Louis was disqualified from a Grand Prix because he had an illegal deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Lille 2015. Louis missed the win-and-in for top 8 but was very proud of his performance. He felt in the Zone all event.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Louis has developed a very rational mindest from playing Magic. He's also embraced a stoic philosophy for life. Don't stress about the things you have no control over.

Advice for New Players

Build your own decks but still play the best decks to give you a leg up.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Sequencing and mechanical actions. Always do the thing that gives you more information first. (Draw a card first then make decisions.) Notice what information your opponent gives you.

Parting Guidance

Louis was obsessed with being good at Magic and pressure made him unhappy. Don't be results oriented. Be process oriented.

Connect With Louis Bachaud

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

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Dec 5, 2017

Jean-Emmanuel Depraz started playing Magic when he was 11 and never really took a break from it. He's only been playing competitively for 5 or 6 years and has one Grand Prix top 8 and two top 16s, and has played in two Pro Tours. Jean-Emmanuel lives in Paris, France.

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First Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon/Shadows Over Innistrad

Favorite Card

Birthing Pod

Early Challenge

Jean-Emmanuel had difficulty evaluating complex board states.

Worst Magic Moment

Jean-Emmanuel missed a trigger in a match in the quarterfinals of a PPTQ. He learned to analyze the board no matter if he's winning or losing.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8  at Grand Prix Warsaw 2017.

Advice for Beginners

New players protect life too much by chump blocking too soon.

Magic Milestones

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour by winning a PTQ(old system). Making day 2 for the first time at Grand Prix.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't respect the best deck enough. Too many people assume they have a good matchup against the best deck when they should actually just play the best deck.

Parting Guidance

Always be confident that you can win. Put yourself in the mindset that it is possible. 

Connect With Jean-Emmanuel Depraz

Jean-Emmanuel can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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Dec 1, 2017

Karl Sarap is the 2017 World Magic Cup team Captain for Estonia and has 1 Grand Prix top 8 from GP Liverpool 2017 and won his first World Magic Cup Qualifier in 2016. Karl lives in Tallinn, Estonia.

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First Set

Saviors of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Shadows Over Innistrad

Favorite Card

Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Early Challenge

Karl quickly learned to listen to other players and ask questions of the better.

Magic Milestones

First Grand Prix (at age 16) cashing Second Grand Prix, Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017.

Worst Magic Moment

Right after Karl came back to Magic he made it to top 8 of a WMCQ. He attacked with one creature too many and died on the crack back.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP top 8 in Liverpool 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Things don't come easy. You have to work.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving up before the game is over.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Karl goes through the spoiler twice and rates the cards himself. Then he needs LSVs Set review. He'll attend the pre-release and play as much as he can online.

Parting Guidance

Play Magic Online as much as you can. If you won't get better play MTGO. 

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv/eheh_dude, Channel Fireball, MTGO BBD, Gabriel Nassif

Connect With Karl Sarap

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

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Nov 28, 2017

Torsten Anders has been playing Magic since the end of 2002. He started playing competitively in 2004 but without any notable success. His best years started in 2008 when he first qualified for Nationals via a National qualifier which he would repeat for the following 3 years peaking with a win at a PTQ in Philadelphia in 2011. Since then he made Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. Torsten lives in Dresden, Germany.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Steel Hellkite

Early Challenge

Playing well at a small event was Torsten's first challenge. Torsten played a lot of Magic Online.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing key matches always stinks. Torsten doesn't dwell on it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. It was only Torsten's third day 2 at a Grand Prix.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't think about how the game will progress. You need to think ahead and not just play this turn.

Tournaments Day Tips

Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated.

Parting Guidance

Analyze your strategy. Know your role.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Torsten Anders

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

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Nov 24, 2017

Hannes Mauch grew up in Bern, Switzerland. At the moment he is studying civil engineering in Zurich. He's 23 years old and I has been playing Magic: the Gathering competitively for about 7 years. He enjoys Magic in its complexity and difficulty to master. He has had decent GP results over the last five years, culminating in making Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. Hannes lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Daze

Early Challenge

Self-confidence was an issue for Hannes when he started because he was young. He stuck with it and get better over time.

Worst Magic Moment

At Hannes first big tournament-Swiss Nationals 2010-he was 14 years old and started out 7-0. He was the only 7-0 player. He lost 5 in a row and was knocked out of top 8. Hannes learned that Magic is still just a game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Hannes' first day 2 at a Grand Prix. It was a team GP and they started 1-1-1. Then they kept winning and ended the day 2 at 8-1-1 to make day 2.

Tips for New Players

There's a lot of resources to use. Channel Fireball, Limited Resources, and videos.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

now, draft players prioritize the wrong cards. Intermediate players only play from their perspective. Remember, your opponent is human. They think what you think.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Tournament

Hannes is mostly an MTGO player. He drafts a lot online to prepare for Limited events. He'll do Sealed as well when a Sealed tournament is coming.

Parting Guidance

Play Magic how you wan and have fun. Do it your way.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball, Limited Resources Podcast, other players

Connect With Hannes Mauch

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

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Nov 21, 2017

Christoffer Larsen is from Denmark and has 4 Grand Prix Top 8’s and has competed in at least 10 Pro Tours. He was on the Danish World Magic Cup team in 2015.

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First Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds – Selesnya

Favorite Card

Sulfuric Vortex

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Travel a lot. Likes going to Grand Prixs with friends.

Early Challenge

Damage on the stack.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG team event. Had a really bad UR deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of World Magic Cup with the team (back-to-back 2HG wins.)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Christoffer hates losing.

Take some time to move past it. Don’t whine.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Know your opponent’s deck. So many players don't think of their opponent.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Watch videos!

CFB

SCG

Playtest

Ask other for input and adjust

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks, clothes, code names

Improvement Suggestions

Talk to tournament players, ask for help, borrow decks.

Be kind and helpful to new players.

Work out, get byes (they allow you to sleep in), eat breakfast.

Magic Resource

MTG Pulse

Don’t take it too seriously and have fun.

Connect With Christoffer Larsen

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

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Nov 17, 2017

Samuel Ihlenfeldt has just started making a name for himself by busting onto the Magic scene when he made Top 8 at Pro Tour Ixalan. Sam lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad/Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Pirate's Cutlass

Early Challenge

Sam used to be afraid of big tournaments. But by going over and over again he got past that feeling.

Worst Magic Moment

Sam made it to the top 8 of an RPTQ and lost. He recognizes he made mistakes but in the match that mattered he mentally confounded himself and beat himself up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at PT Ixalan. But also, when Sam learned that two of his closest friends were going to PT Rivals of Ixalan. Sam made top 8 he knew he'd be going with his friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Breathing will help many situations.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not breathing. You need oxygen. Write down a reminder and breathe.

Parting Guidance

Anyone can do it. Sam knows that with persistence you can make it.

Connect With Samuel Ihlenfeldt

Twitter:@ihlenfeldt

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Nov 14, 2017

Jeff Pyka is a long time grinder who made top 16 at his 3rd Pro Tour - Pro Tour Ixalan. He also has a top 8 finish at GP Cincinnati 2014 with UW devotion. Jeff lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Lightning Angel

Early Challenge

Not realizing what his own mistakes were. Plus, Jeff always wanted to build and play his own deck.

Worst Magic Moment

RPTQ for Honolulu. Jeff was playing a deck and was very confident. He miscalculated always and then lost. 
He tilted hard and lost game 3.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 16 at Pro Tour Ixalan.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Vocabulary. All keywords have meaning. Taking the punches of life, dusting off and moving on.

Magic Mentors

Jake Mondello, Antonio De Rosa

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't accept that they made a mistake. Take more ownership.

Parting Guidance

Don't let one game ruin your day.

Magic Resource

GAM Podcast, The Grinder Podcast, Top Level Podcast, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Jeff Pyka

Twitter:@PykaPower9001

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Nov 10, 2017

Daniel Gardner is a 26-year-old Business Development Manager for a Global biscuit manufacturer. He's been playing magic since 8th Edition/Mirrodin and enjoys watching and playing football, playing poker and of course Magic. He's the 2009 UK National Champion and placed 3rd and 8th at the UK Nationals in 2010 and 2017. He placed 19th at Pro Tour San Diego 2010 and 4th at GP Florence 2015. Daniel comes from London, UK.

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First Set

8th Edition/Mirrodin

Favorite Set

M10/Zendikar

Favorite Card

Baneslayer Angel

Early Challenge

Playing right decks. Daniel would get bored and switch decks too often.

Worst Magic Moment

At Pro Tour San Diego 2010, Daniel had 3 win-and-ins to make it to top 8 and lost all there. Daniel still got his best Pro Tour record yet.
Take a step back and recognize what you've done well.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning UK Nationals 2009.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Making decisions with Limited decisions and then dealing with the results.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't control their tells and give away too much. Stay cool you cause your opponent to question.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Daniel checked out the metagame using online sites and identified a few decks that he felt he'd like.
He doesn't like going to a tournament with a tweaked deck that just won an event so he a winning lost and practiced.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy playing. Remember it's a game and if you want to do well, practice and network.

Connect With Daniel Gardner

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

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Nov 7, 2017

Ross Broxup is the English Nationals 2017 finalist and rounds out the World Magic Cup team that will be representing England this year. Ross lives in Durham, England.

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First Set

Duels of the Planeswalkers(2008)

Favorite Set

Dragons of Tarkir/Hours of Devastation

Favorite Card

Master of the Pearl Trident

Early Challenge

Ross had a mental block that whenever he sat across a good player he would lose. He had to get to the point where he understood he had a chance. This came through practice.

Worst Magic Moment

At UK Nationals 2017, Ross picked the wrong strategy in a matchup and lost. The issue was he switched his plan midway through. If you have a plan make sure you have a good reason to switch.

Proudest Magic Moment

Being a finalist at English Nationals 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to deal with stress.

Shortcomings

Ross is working on his technical gameplay. Sequencing and lines of play.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing the opponent instead of the game. Learn to focus on the game regardless of who you're playing against.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ross felt confident with Limited and focused on Constructed. He considered a few options and settled on Mardu Vehicles. He felt good about Limited because he practiced a lot.

Parting Guidance

Don't be intimidated or underappreciate who you're playing against.

Connect With Ross Broxup

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

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Nov 3, 2017

Autumn Burchett last came on the podcast after her 11th place finishes at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. Since then she has become the English National Champion, going undefeated in a field of almost 400 people, and is now eagerly awaiting the World Magic Cup later this year in Nice, France. Autumn lives in London, UK.

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Catching Up

Streaming a lot more and attending more event. Autumn decided that she's going to be practicing anyway, might as well stream it. It keeps her motivated.

Preparation for the Pro Tour

Autumn had quite different experiences working with two teams for two Pro tours. She learned it's crucial to have a team that communicates and shares information. There's a notion you have to have a team to do well, Autumn learned that it's important to have a team that suits you.

English Nationals

Preparation went much better for this event because Autumn found a group that communicated well with her. She practiced a lot and shared the results. 36 hours before the event, she switched decks and jammed several games to get a feel of it.

Parting Guidance

Accept that sometimes Magic needs to take a back seat. When you come back you'll be refreshed and ready to face new challenges.

Connect With Autumn Burchett

Twitter:@AutumnLilyMTG

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Oct 31, 2017

Niels Molle is the UK World Magic Cup team Captain and returns to the show with 2 Grand Prix Top 8 finishes and a Gold level Pro. Originally from the Netherlands but coming to us from England.

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Catching Up

Niels has spent the year playing more Magic Online and a lot more Grand Prix.

Biggest Lesson Over The Year

Niels' Limited game has improved a bunch this past season.

English Nationals

Niels played a Mardu vehicles lost. As the English team captain, he's with the other members to prepare for the World Magic Cup.

Standard

There are several tips 1 deck with Temur energy being the top.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

In reflection, Niels realizes that his technical gameplay needs work. (Money players struggle with this.) His solution is to slow down and consider the lines more.

Parting Guidance

Players are sometimes hesitant to take the next step. There's no substitute for just going.

Connect With Neils Molle

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

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Oct 27, 2017

Quentin Martin has 4 Grand Prix top 8s, 1 Pro Tour top 8 and multiple top 16s. He’s played on the Worlds team for Canada and most recently took 4th at the UK Nationals in 2017. He was the #1 player in the UK for 8 years, has his own Player's Card and is still near the top of the UK list based on Pro points. Quentin lives in Douglas, Isle of Man.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Quentin Martin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep247

First Set

Ice Age/Mirage

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Solemn Simulacrum

Early Challenge

Quentin realized he wasn't as good at playing as his peers. But his strength was in the analytics. He focused on understanding the metagame.

Worst Magic Moment

In a feature match on the Pro Tour, Quentin was playing to make top 8. A judge came over mid-game and said there was a mistake with his deck registration and he got a loss.
He reviewed the whole situation and realized he wouldn't have done anything differently. After he knew that, he stopped beating himself up about it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making first Grand Prix top 8; top 8 in UK Nationals 2017; Getting a Player Card

Growth Through Magic

Magic taught Quentin how to make friends and allowed him to see the world.

Tournament Day Tips

Sleep well the night before. Eat well. Stay hydrated. Forget your lost match.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not asking 'why'. Talk with players about their lines. Also, not thinking player don't consider their turn ahead of time. 

Parting Guidance

Smile and have fun. Go with your gut.

Connect With Quentin Martin

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

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Oct 24, 2017

Javier Dominguez returns to MTG Pro Tutor after two years of focused improvement. He's a Spanish Magic player with 6 Grand Prix Top 8s, including 2 Wins, 4 Pro Tour Top 16s, and just recently placed 2nd in the 2017 Magic Worlds Championship. Javier lives in Palau de Plegamans. (Check out episode 47 for his first appearance on the podcast.)

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What have you been up to

Javier leveled up by playing more and really focusing on improving. Last time he was on he was a Silver Pro and now his Platinum focusing on improving has paid off.

2017 World Championship

In testing, Javier quickly learned that forcing a tribe/archetype would not work. He focused on Limited and played a deck he knew for Constructed.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Consider that others are thinking too. All parties are doing their best.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not listening to others. It's easy to assume you know the matchup but you'll be surprised when you play the other side.

Parting Guidance

Know your Constructed deck inside and out.

Magic Resource

Magic Online, CFB, Record your drafts

Connect With Javier Dominguez

Twitter:@Thalaiet 

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Oct 20, 2017

Pete Ward made 2nd place twice at World Magic Cup Qualifiers and has made 1st place once. He went 10-6 at Pro Tour Aether Revolt and most recently got 3rd place at English Nationals 2017. Pete lives in Bath, England.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Pete Ward when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep245

First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Origins

Favorite Card

Nantuko Husk

Early Challenge

Pete struggled with confidence at first. He wouldn't think he had a chance if he played against a good player. By constantly playing, Pete got more comfortable.

Worst Magic Moment

Pete recognizes times when his motivation to play is lower. However, by having people who he knows want to see him play keeps him going.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning the WMCQ  and playing on the English Worlds Team.

Magic Milestones

Playing for the World Magic Cup Team.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't learn from every game. There's always something you could have done better.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Pete plays a lot of Magic Online and gets really comfortable with the format.

Parting Guidance

Take something away from every game.

Connect With Pete Ward

Twitter:@Killablastlol

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Oct 17, 2017

Andrew Baeckstrom is a member of team Channel Fireball Fire and was on the US National Team in 2014. He’s made Silver for the last 3 years and has 3 Grand Prix top 8s to his name including a win at GP Providence 2017. Andrew lives in Denver, Colorado.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Andrew Baeckstrom when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep244

First Set

Prophecy

Favorite Set

Dragons of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Rancor

Early Challenge

Andrew struggled with the mindset that because everyone had been practicing for a long time that he had to come up with some crazy brew that no one was prepared for. He played really bad decks until his friend Gaby snapped him out of it. 

Worst Magic Moment

At Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, Andrew punted and lost his chance for top 8. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

The journey from player to a game designer.

Magic Milestones

Winning a single match at a draft. First top 8 at a PTQ. At his second GP, Andrew made top 4. Winning World Magic Cup Qualifier 2014.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not looking for opportunities to learn from other players. Magic is a 'big ego' sport and that gets in the way of their improving.

Parting Guidance

Make sure you're having fun.

Connect With Andrew Baeckstrom

Twitter:@abaeckst

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Oct 13, 2017

Leon Van der Linden played for the Dutch World Magic Cup Team in 2016 and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 where he was a finalist at GP Turin 2017. Leon lives in the Netherlands.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Hour of Devastation

Favorite Card

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Early Challenge

Getting a single win at an FNM. Leon started looking online and talking to people who are better than him. Being a student of Magic has served him well.

Worst Magic Moment

Leon made a lot of top 8's in the PPTQs system but never closed the tournament.
Even if you're losing you're still learning. Now, Leon is bronze and doesn't have to so PPTQs anymore.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the World Magic Cup in 2016.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Always be polite. Wish your opponent good luck.

Magic Milestones

Going to his first Grand Prix and making day 2. Making day 2 again, showed Leon he can do this.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not taking side boarding seriously.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Leon chooses to play Mardu vehicles because he had experience with the deck.                                                 

Parting Guidance

Be passionate about Magic.

Connect With Leon Van der Linden

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

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Oct 10, 2017

Sam Rubin has one of the largest Magic: The Gathering Twitch channels and has over 8 thousand followers and 2 Star City Game Top 8's. He travels to various tournaments around the world as he strives to get on the Pro Tour. Sam is from Manchester, Connecticut.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Sam Rubin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep242

First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Gatecrash / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Wojek Halberdiers

Early Challenge

Sam's friends didn't go to play competitively. From game one, Sam knew he wanted to go big. Since his friends didn't want to play at that level, Sam turned to MTGO and played a lot on that platform.

Worst Magic Moment

Sam played at a team event and did very well. The team wanted to go to another event in Seattle but delayed in booking the flight until it was too late. He let his team down and felt terrible. He learned so much from this experience.

Proudest Magic Moment

After Hour of Devastation comes out, Sam had over 800 live viewers. This was huge for him.

Magic Milestones

Getting his first check after a Magic event. Getting 100 viewers on Twitch.

Magic Mentors

Phil at Get Some Gaming, Travis Woo

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players can prepare better. The more you put in, the more you get out.

Parting Guidance

Whatever you want in life, you have to work for it. You get out what you put in.

Connect With Sam Rubin

Twitter:@Samball49 

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Oct 6, 2017

Matthew Nickolai has 1 Grand Prix top 8 at GP Toronto 2017 and was a Junior Super Series Super Star. You may recognize him from his twitch stream @ twitch.tv/mattame. Matt lives in Waterford, Michigan.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Matthew Nickolai when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep241

First Set

Mercadian Masques / Invasion

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Dark Confidant

Early Challenge

Playing his own thing until he saw others playing really good decks. He copied those decks and started doing really well. He learned to embrace the works of others.

Worst Magic Moment

Matt made it to the finals of a big event and would have gone to Nationals if he won. He lost and took a break from Magic. Taking a break isn't always bad.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Toronto 2017.

Ixalan Thoughts

Savage Stomp - green powerhouse
Snapping Sailback
Charging Monstrosaur

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players put cards on their Limited deck that is sub-optimal. Watch others who are better than you and practice a bunch.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited events, it is very important to be early on evaluating cards. Knowing what's good when others don't take practice but it is worth it.

Parting Guidance

Play more Limited. ;)

Connect With Matthew Nickolai

Twitter:@MatthewNickolai 

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Oct 3, 2017

Christian Hauck has 3 Grand Prix Top 8`s, the most recent being the Standard GP Turin 2017. Christian lives in Mutterstadt Germany.

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First Set

German Limited Edition

Favorite Set

Alpha/Beta

Favorite Card

Knight of the Reliquary

Early Challenge

Christian played really well and made day 2 at his first GP. But even though he played well and got a good result it wasn't enough. This early challenge was also his lowest point. He learned to embrace variance.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at a National tournament for the first time.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Make the best of any situation you're freed with.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players keep too many hands. You need to be more willing to toss an OK seven-card hand for the chance of a great six-carder.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Christian reviewed the decks that did well in the most recent event and then studied the metagame.

Parting Guidance

Keep trying. Never give up even when you lose.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, CFB

Connect With Christian Hauck

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

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Sep 29, 2017

Bardini Alain has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and has played in 1 Pro Tour. He’s also the 2017 French National Champion after playing in 2 WMCQ last year. He made the semi-finale of the last mocs playoff and 5th position for the leaderboard point. Bardini lives in Toulouse, France.

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First Set

6th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Early Challenge

Bardini started at FNM's and slowly got better and better until he moved from there to PTQs. He focused and ground and got better little by little.
Bardini learned to play a lot.

Worst Magic Moment

Bardini went through a period where he lost all the time. Example: At GP Metz 2017, Bardini had a great start on day 1 but went 0-5 on day 2. He was crushed and felt like quitting Magic. He learned to not get ahead of himself mentally.

Proudest Magic Moment

Becoming the 2017 French National Champion.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Bardini has learned that to get results he needs to practice a lot. This is true for life.

Magic Mentors

Raphael Levy

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to convince others that their cards and decks are good without listening to others (who may be better than them).

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Bardini plays a lot on MTGO and uses this tool to get reps in. He explores the best decks and gets a feel for what beats him. As he cycles through the best decks, he finds the one that is good and resonates with his style.

Magic Resource

Magic Online, Teams and other players

Connect With Bardini Alain

Twitter:@BardiniAlain 

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Sep 26, 2017

Kyle Boggemes a prolific Wizard who has an impressive record of top finishes at Pro Tours and Grand Prix. To date, he has 2 Pro Tour top 16’s, including a 2nd place finish, and 3 Grand Prix top 8’s including one win.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Kyle Boggemes when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep238

First Set

Ice age

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Fact or Fiction

Early Challenge

Playing at a very competitive store. Kyle formed friendships with players close to his ages. From there they played and traveled together and started talking to the better players.

Worst Magic Moment

2011-the whole year. Kyle had great success in 2010 and all the benefits rolled over to 2011. However, he did horribly all year long. It was tough to have so many people follow him and then not do well.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Cincinnati in 2014. It was his first top 8 after coming back and it was a win so it was a big deal.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Kyle has been able to work hard out at something and see tangible results.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't understand side boarding. People over the sideboard. Have a focused game plan in game 1. Then, post-sideboard, you can be more targeted.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited, Kyle plays as many sealed events as he can because he recognizes that's his weakness. He talked a lot with friends about his pool.

Parting Guidance

Everyone has different goals when playing Magic. What are your goals? Know them and operate within that.

Magic Resource

Draftsim.com, GatheringMagic.com

Connect With Kyle Boggemes

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

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Sep 22, 2017

Sergio Ferrer made top 16 of his first Pro Tour in Kyoto 2017. He’s also made top 64 at GP Barcelona and dominates his local scene as two-time Amonkhet Game Day Champion and the Theros block league champion of his city. Sergio lives in Valencia, Spain.

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First Set

Darksteel

Favorite Set

Amonkhet

Favorite Card

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

Early Challenge

Sergio struggled to win a Game Day. Sergio would test a lot on MTGO and with friends. Through constant practiced Sergio improved.

Worst Magic Moment

The near misses along the way taught Sergio to enjoy Magic as a game and remove the pressure of doing well.

Proudest Magic Moment

Pro Tour Kyoto 2017 Top 16.

What Have You Learned From Magic

'If you lose today, you can win tomorrow.'

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When players make a mistake they tend to dwell on it and cause a chain reaction of bad decisions. When you make a mistake just tell yourself to move on. Breathe and focus on the situation now.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice, practice, practice. Sergio drafted online with a friend a ton! They discussed picks and lines of play.

Parting Guidance

Practice a lot and discuss games with your friends.

Magic Resource

Optimism versus Delusion article on CFB, Show, and Telling of moxes.com, CFB, SCG, Team La Comarca

Connect With Sergio Ferrer

Twitter:@noesmitipo 

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Sep 19, 2017

Theophile Delavy is a Swiss Magic: The Gathering player living in Geneva and has 1 Grand Prix top 8 at GP Metz 2017 - Hours of Devastation Limited.

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First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Dark Confidant

Early Challenge

The stress of attending his first PTQ. Theo felt pressured to prove to people he belonged at Magic events.

Magic Milestones

Theo's first PTQ top 8 was a big moment. He followed that up with making day 2 at his first Grand Prix.

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Utrecht, Theo was really hoping for a certain archetype to be viable. He was building on past knowledge and learned to consider each new set on its own.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Metz.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Theo has learned to just be himself and play how he wants. Not to worry about what others think. In life, he does the same.

Tips for Beginner Limited Players

Study the spoiler and read set reviews. Pay attention to cards that have large varying opinions.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being too aggressive when they are winning.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Theo plays Limited with friends twice a week. Through this process, he gets to know the cards and discuss the picks with his friends.

Parting Guidance

It doesn't matter what people think of you as a Magic player.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch, Magic Operation

Connect With Theophile Delavy

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

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Sep 15, 2017

Kris McCord is a Magic grinder from Switzerland who currently lives in Auburn Alabama (attending Auburn University). He’s reaching for Silver or better by the end of the 2017/18 season and is off to a good start with one Grand Prix top 8.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Kris McCord when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep235

First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Losing. Kris learned that you can't win every time. He realized he wasn't having fun anywhere and decided to focus on having fun and accepting the variance.

Worst Magic Moment

Top 8 of a PTQ when Kris felt favored but choked and took it hard. He decided to play more casually and reconnected with the fun of Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Indianapolis 2017 and qualifying for his first Pro Tour through an RPTQ earlier in the year.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Accepting that things don't always pan out as planned. Make the best of every situation given to you.

Magic Mentors

Kris observed all the top players and learned from them.

Success Habits

Read articles, discuss Magic with friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mulligan decisions.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited, Kris practiced with a team and drafted a lot. 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Kris takes a carry on so he doesn't have to check in the bag. Deck box, life pod, pen, dice, water, snacks

Parting Guidance

Stay positive. Negativity serves o one and has a poor effect on your game. Positive attitudes help you whether many bad situations.

Connect With Kris McCord

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

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Sep 12, 2017

Gregory Michel is a graduate student and competitive Magic player in Minneapolis MN. He mostly plays Limited but also dabbles in Standard and Commander as well. He recently made Top 8 for the first time at a Grand Prix by piloting UW Monument to 7 places at GP Denver!

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Gregory Michel when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep234

First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Munda,Ambush Leader

Early Challenge

The first competitive event was a Grand Prix in D.C. 2014. Gregory cashed this event and the next 3 GP's. However, he hit a low and that was the struggle he faced.

Worst Magic Moment

Experiencing the stress of putting too much pressure on himself. Greg learned that Magic is a hobby and should be an escape.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Omaha where Greg played Multiple Platinum Pros and was one win start of making top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

When Greg applies himself to something he likes with a friend he can succeed.

Magic Mentors

Andrew Elenbogen of Episode 108.

Growth As A Player

Playing a bunch of formats has improved Greg's Magic instincts.

Shortcoming

Self-confidence pops up for Greg. He doesn't think of himself as a great player.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People feel a need to prove they are good. In reality, they should listen to others and learn as much as they could.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Greg found a deck that he liked and took it to events and practiced a lot with friends.

Parting Guidance

Have fun when you play. Magic is a hobby so have fun.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, Reddit, SCG

Connect With Gregory Michel

Twitter:@Magic_Michelp 

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Sep 8, 2017

Joao Lelis is a Timmy/Vorthos player who loves eternal formats and had never made a Grand Prix day 2 until he became the Champion of GP Sao Paulo 2017! Joao lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

Early Challenge

Learning to play many rounds in a single day and playing against people who aren't your friends.
Joao learned the rules very well, so people can't use that against him. He also decided the Magic was a big part of his life and he wanted something more.

Worst Magic Moment

After the Shadowmoor set, there were no local players still into Magic. Joao didn't have any one to play with. It was a lonely time for him.

Proudest Magic Moment

Becoming Champion of GP Sao Paulo 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Joao learned that maximizing your chances to win is the best you can do, whether you win or lose.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't get the full value of their spells and creatures. They don't wait for the best time.

Parting Guidance

If you're just starting out, go to tournaments. They're fun. You'll learn and grow and maybe get lucky and win.

Connect With Joao Lelis

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

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Sep 5, 2017

Steve Hatto is 34 years old and started playing Magic in Mirage. He played off and on like many do until he came back for good in Scars of Mirrodin. His goal was clear at that point - make it to the most prestigious events that Magic had to offer. There was, however, one problem: at his first FNM there were only 3 players… Steve lives in Luxembourg.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Finding players to test with. Steve finished in the top 8 of his first PTQ after coming back. Finding players with similar goals was rough. He focused on being polite and making friends at events.

Magic Milestones

First GP top 8 in 2015. Steve learned that mindset is huge to traveling up.
Steve accepted that he's pretty terrible at Magic. He also realized that he focused too much on doing well.

Worst Magic Moment

Travelling to Pro Tour Nashville, Steve's flight was delayed several times and then canceled. He made the best of it by sneaking into the business hugely.

Proudest Magic Moment

Luxembourg doubled its player base and went from 1 store to 3.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Approaching situations with the acceptance that you don't always have total control over the outcome.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Forgetting to lay lands. But beyond that people will follow up a mistake with another mistake out of embarrassment.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Modern, Steve knows his deck and can pick it up and go. This is only possible by practicing a lot in between events.

Parting Guidance

Figure out what your goals and then see what's missing to get you there. Play Magic a level you enjoy.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB

Connect With Steve Hatto

Twitter:@SteveHatto

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Vitor Grassato has a couple Grand Prix top 16s and finished 6th at Grand Prix San Antonio with Jon Stern and Alex Majlaton. He recently got 2nd place at GP Sao Paulo 2017! Vitor lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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First Set

Prophecy

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Meloku the Clouded Mirror

Early Challenge

Vitor constantly wanted to improve and would always talk to players who were better than him.

Worst Magic Moment

In 2010, Vitor was coming off one of his better results at the time. But he was young and angry and got in fight with a judge. He got banned for 3 years! After cooling off he talked to the judge and got his banning cut in half. Vitor took this time to change his entire mindset.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making 6th place with Jon Stern and Alex Majlaton.

What Have You Learned From Magic

If you want results, you need to focus at the maximum level.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Miscalculating win percentages and choosing to draw when you should play.

Parting Guidance

If you want to reach the Pro Tour, you have to think it's possible and practice.

Connect With Vitor Grassato

Twitter:@VitorGrassato 

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Aug 29, 2017

Robert Anderson has played on several Pro Tours and is the Champion of Grand Prix Toronto 2017. Robert works at Face to Face Games and lives in Canada.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Calcite Snapper

Early Challenge

The mental game. It's easy to be negative so Robert has focused a lot on keeping a positive attitude.

Magic Milestones

His first PTQ win.

Level Up Moment

Making day 2 of a Grand Prix.

Magic Mentors

Alexander Hayne, Doug Potter

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Amsterdam wasn't that great. Robert lost to decks that he had beat in play test. He also 0-3  a draft that he felt good about.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Toronto.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Calculating odds.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Lack of format knowledge in Limited. Not read give opponent right.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Limited, Robert recommends focusing on the draft and talking with others.

Limited Advice for Newbies

Watch videos and go to FNM.

Parting Guidance

Don't get discouraged and play Magic Online.

Magic Resource

Mana Deprived, First Strike Podcast, Reddit, MTG Top 8

Connect With Robert Anderson

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

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Aug 25, 2017

Mani Davoudi has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (Houston 2013 and the Modern Champion at GP Las Vegas 2017). Mani lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Scars of Mirrodin Block

Favorite Card

Birthing Pod

Early Challenge

When Mani moved to Victoria for the university he had no friends and it was harder to play Magic. He turned to Magic Online.

Magic Milestones

First PTQ top 8, Mani played all the MTGO PTQs that he could. He remembers doing well but losing in the finals.

Worst Magic Moment

Mani was playing at a local event and he was undefeated going into the last round. In the last round, he got a deck check and as he waited he wandered around the store. The judge thought he was trying to get information and disqualified him!

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Champion Las Vegas 2017.

Biggest Growth

Becoming more social and enjoying people.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get a situation stuck in their mind and don't refresh the data as often as they should.

Parting Guidance

Don't lose sight of the big picture by putting so much pressure on yourself.

Connect With Mani Davoudi

Twitter:@Zapgaze 

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Aug 22, 2017

Chris Ferber is a doctor who is new to the upper tiers of competitive Magic with 1 Grand Prix top 8. Chris lives in Torrance, CA and plays at Fire and Dice.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Green Sun's Zenith

Early Challenge

Card evaluation was tough for Chris. Talking with others helped Chris learn faster.

Magic Milestones

Top 8 at several PTQ's helped Chris realize he was actually a good player.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Shadows Over Innistrad Sealed RPTQ Chris went 3-0 right off the bat. He needed to win just one of three rounds to make it. But he couldn't get there. He learned to manage his time better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 at Cleveland with teammates.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Some things are out of your control but you still don't blame luck.

Biggest Growth

Magic gave Chris an analytical brain to look out problems and solve them.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding decisions in Limited.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Chris joined as many games as possible to understand the format and set.

Shortcomings

Chris has an autopilot made that he wants to turn off more often.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Backpack, snacks, water, energy  bars, decks, tokens

Parting Guidance

Put in practice.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG

Connect With Chris Ferber

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

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Aug 18, 2017

Ben Coursey is a Level 2 Judge who has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 3 Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8's. Ben lives in New Hampshire.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Thoughtseize

Early Challenge

When Ben first discovered PTQs it was quite a jump from a casual player that he was a little put-off. Competitive Magic was really rough. Ben learned how to navigate it.

Magic Milestones

States 2007, Ben tested and came up with winning decks that got him to the top.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Las Vegas 2017 (Modern). 

What Have You Learned From Magic

The ability to plan ahead.

Best Format

Modern

Advice for Beginners Modern Players

Learn the archetypes.

Shortcomings

Rules knowledge.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't pay attention. Call a judge and ask for the Oracle text on foreign cards.

Parting Guidance

Play as much as you can.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB

Connect With Ben Coursey

Twitter:@Ben_Cenobi  

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Aug 15, 2017

Simon Linabury rounds out the trio that took down Grand Prix Sydney 2017. Simon lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Oath of the Gatewatch

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Early Challenge

Figuring out what his opponent had and then what to do with the information. His test group was key in helping him overcome and learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Lost in finals of a Pro Tour qualifier. But what stands out is a Game Day when Simon was way ahead and still lost. He learned just because you ahead don't mean you'll win.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Sydney 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Simon has hone analytical skills and applied that else where.

Biggest Growth

Simon is competitive but loves seeing there close to him doing well.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding. Not having a good idea of how to side board in certain match ups. Are cards you're putting in better than the cards you're taking out.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Identify the best decks and play the best build.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, dice, tokens, pen, paper, snacks

Parting Guidance

Don't be too hard on yourself.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, MTG Mint Card, TCG Player

Connect With Simon Linabury

Twitter:@Winnerbury 

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Aug 11, 2017

Craig Wescoe is the world's foremost expert of everything White in Magic. He’s the Pro Tour Dragon's Maze Champion, has 3 Pro Tour Top 8's + 2 more Top 16s and his Grand Prix record currently stands at 11 top 8s, including 1 win. He’s a weekly columnist for magic.tcgplayer.com. Craig lives in New York.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Visions

Favorite Card

Swords to Plowshares

Early Challenge

Transportation as a young player was tough. Balancing life and Magic was an early struggle and as Craig got better, he could do more Magic.

Magic Milestone

Winning the first tournament with his own deck. Also, going to his early Pro Tours and seeing the caliber of players from Magic hubs like New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. 

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Amsterdam, Paul Rietzl won with a white-based deck-very Craig Wescoe. Craig could have switched, but didn't.
Craig learned he regrets not playing white when he can.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Pro Tour Dragon's Maze.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic is a microcosm of life.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People aren't honest with themselves when they make a mistake. They also don't think about mulligans and side boards in advance.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Look at decks and their weaknesses, how can you attack it?

Parting Guidance

Even though winning is important, always have fun.

Connect With Craig Wescoe

Twitter:@Brimaz4Life 

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Aug 8, 2017

Daniel Wong is a San Francisco Bay Area grinder with a top 8 in the Modern portion of Grand Prix Las Vegas 2017. He's an up-and-comer who will be playing in his first Pro Tour in November 2017 at Pro Tour Albuquerque. Daniel lives in Berkeley, CA.

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First Set

M13 on Magic Duels

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Howling mine

Early Challenge

Side boarding. Daniel doesn't write a side boarding guide ahead of time. He thinks about what his opponent will do and then sides against that.

Worst Magic Moment

Punting on important games. Play a little slower, think a little more.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 GP Vegas 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Expected Value (EV). If I make this decision, how likely am I to get the desired outcome.

Advice For Beginners Modern Player

Play more games. Got to know what they do and how they work.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Controlling emotions. Not allowing yourself to treat others poorly because you feel poorly.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not spending enough time thinking about your turns.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Always consider how to make your deck better, take snacks and water.

Parting Guidance

Keep learning at every game.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Connect With Daniel Wong

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

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Aug 4, 2017

Karl Eyre is a 23 years old freight and logistics manager at a small POS company. He’s a casual, online gamer who started playing Magic in 2008. He started to play at Meta Games in 2009 which was known for having high-level players. Draft and Australian Highlander are his formats of choice. In 2014 he played his first Grand Prix and since then he’s played in 8 GP's with 3rd at Sydney 2017, 9th at Sydney 2014 and a near miss at Melbourne 2016. Karl lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

None

Favorite Card

Rith's Charm

Early Challenge

Believing you can do it was a struggle for Karl. He didn't have a large collection but little by little he increased his confidence.

Magic Milestone

First, win at a Highlander tournament. First Grand Prix, Karl mode day.

Worst Magic Moment

When Karl was 17, he didn't understand how intentional draws worked and got disqualified for prize splitting.

Proudest Magic Moment

3rd Place at Grand Prix Sydney.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Critical assessment. Every time you play you should write down all your mistakes.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Karl learns by doing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't make the initiative and see their potential on board.
Players need to learn when they are the aggressor.

Daily Habits

Playing other games helps Karl understand.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, sleeves, clothes

Tournament Day Tips

Don't stay up all night, network between rounds.

Australian Highlander Tips

Look through old cards. There are gems hidden everywhere.

Parting Guidance

Network. Find the best players and talk with them.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8, CFB

Connect With Karl Eyre

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

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Aug 1, 2017

Ivan Schroder is an Australian grinder and member of Team EXP who just made his first Grand Prix top 8 by taking down GP Sydney 2017 with his team. Ivan lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set

Legions

Favorite Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Meloku the Clouded Mirror

Early Challenge

Ivan is a brewer and he would try to make cards work, even if they weren't competitive.

Magic Milestones

2nd place at New Zealand Nationals.
Winning a PTQ  and going to Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

Worst Magic Moment

In Worlds, Ivan is up a game... but still loses because he had every high variance cards. 
Another time, Ivan is at a Grand Prix playing a game to get into day 2. He was looking too far ahead and made the only line of play that gave his opponent the way out to win.

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting back to the Pro Tour through winning GP Sydney. Ivan is also really proud of an epic win he pulled off in Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic and life are not all about you. Both players need to have fun.

Shortcoming

Developing an adaptable, longer plan.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tilting. Players who can't handle their emotions when things don't go their way is a problem Ivan sees. Stop sharing bad beat stories. That's not where your focus should be.

Limited's Effective Preparation for a Big Event

Magic Online has become one of Ivan's best tools. There's too big of a skill range at the shop, so Ivan plays online to get the high-level practice he needs.

Parting Guidance

We can't get better in isolation. Cultivate your community.

Connect With Ivan Schroder

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

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Jul 28, 2017

Teresa Pho is a data analyst who just qualified for her first Pro Tour by making top 4 of a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier. Teresa lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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First Set

Avacyn Restored / M13

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Squee's Toy

Early Challenge

Catching up to the new rules. Damage not going on the stack.

Magic Milestone

Teresa won a Grand Prix Trial and got 2 byes for her first Grand Prix.

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Pittsburgh 2016, Teresa lost her win-and-in to day 2.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 of an RPTQ and qualifying for the Pro Tour. Making day 2 at GP Pittsburgh 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic is a lot of strategies and resource management. That helps a ton at work.

Tournament Day Tips

Teresa takes Advil to relieve a headache at tournaments.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Teresa sees she's the type of person who is competitive and can dedicate time and energy to what she loves.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are bad at combat. 
Look at the mana your opponent has up, think of what you've seen, cover how you think they'll block.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Teresa studies the meta and decides the best build to go with. Then, she tweaks the sideboard for herself.  

Parting Guidance

Watch coverage and really analyze what's going on.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Teresa Pho

Twitter:@teresapho ‏ 

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Jul 25, 2017

Jim Wilks is an Australian grinder and the Captain of Team EXP. He’s made the Top 8 of World Magic Cup 2016 with Team Australia and is the Champion of Grand Prix Sydney 2017. Jim lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Sphinx's Revelation

Early Challenge

The idea that he didn't have to win every tournament. this detached Jim from the results and led to more wins.

Magic Milestones

World Magic Qualifier-Jim made top 8 and realized he could play at higher level.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Sydney- Zendikar Sealed- Jim wins play a Blue/Red deck. He had a great position on the board and didn't think he could lose. He lost because he didn't think all the way through the turn.
Don't get over confident.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 World Magic Cup 2016, Jim felt very validated as a player. Also, winning a Grand Prix was huge for him. 

What Have You Learned From Magic

Approach things objectively and don't tilt.

Magic Mentors

Dan Unwin, John-Paul Kelly, Ivan Schroder

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Jim really values positivity.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to get too smart with their cards. Instead of playing smart they set up a complicated chain that's unnecessary. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Team EXP had 7 Sealed Pools and rotated those among all the team to get fresh perspectives.

Tournament Day Tips

Snacks and water.

Parting Guidance

No matter how good you want to be, remember you're playing a game and you.

Connect With Jim Wilks

Twitter:@ForceOfWilks 

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Jul 21, 2017

Lukas Blohon returns to the show after increasing his already impressive record. He now has 7 Grand Prix top 8s including 2 wins and 2 Pro Tour top 8s. Lukas lives in Prague, Czech Republic. His first appearance on the MTG Pro Tutor podcast was episode 61.

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Whats New

Lukas now plays Magic full time. He produces content for Hareruya and plays.
After locking Platinum, Lukas decided to make the leap.

Time Management

Breaking up Magic times with other activities helps Lukas focus better.

What happened at GP Vegas

Lukas played in the Modern event and remembers a loss he had. After 4 days of solid Magic, Lukas missed an onboard manland and his opponent won when Lukas was favored.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too fast. People don't think their whole turn through.

Shortcoming

Playing an auto pilot. Lukas does it in practice and wants to get better.

Parting Guidance

Play one match at a time.

Connect With Lukas Blohon

Twitter:@LukasBlohon 

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Jul 18, 2017

Allen Wu is a Master's student at Stanford University where he studies Management Science and Engineering. He broke onto the Pro Tour by winning an MTGO PTQ 3 seasons in a row. His best results are 2 Grand Prix top 8's with 1 win and going 10-6 in the last 3 Pro Tours. Allen lives in Mountain View, CA.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Vendilion clique

 

Early Challenge

Allen played a lot and got better by accident :)

Worst Magic Moment

At a Pro Tour, playing against  Mike Sigrist, Allen missed a play that would have won him the game. He missed out on qualifying for 2 more Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning his first MTGO PTQ.

What Have You Learned From Magic

"Magic has improved my critical thinking."

Best Format

Legacy

Advice for Beginner Legacy 

There are so many decisions and decks learn from every game.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Making great friends has been a fantastic side effect of playing Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too scared. Players pump the brakes when they shouldn't. You have to read how your opponents have been playing and surmise what they don't have.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play a lot of Magic Online and get a group to play test.

Tournament Day Tips

Hangout with friends between rounds. Make sure you're having fun.

Parting Guidance

Record your games and watch them.

Magic Resource

Watch videos and pause as you go talk with friends.

Connect With Allen Wu

Twitter:@lhefriel 

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Tyrell Wheeler is the first Pro Tutor Prodigy listener turned guest! He has been playing Magic since Revised and has one Pro Tour top 16. Tyrell lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Time walk

Early Challenge

Don't know the proper playing of Magic when in an autopilot.

Worst Magic Moment

He lost his backpack including his deck and some of his personal belongings the night before the event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tour even though his life gets busy and played Magic on and off.

What Have You Learned From Magic

He could repeat other people's process to success so being mindful. Practice does not make perfect but perfect practice makes perfect.

Best Format

Sealed deck.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players just talking with everybody and setting down to play. People need to put the mental energy into thinking about what the best plays. Keep in touch with your monologue, ask questions why that this happened and internalize the game.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Watching Limited videos, ask pieces of advice from mentors, watching Magic matches once a week, get practice, think some plan and strategy and have confidence.

Tips For Long Days in Magic

Have big meals, eat salad, apple, banana, drink enough water, bring paper, pens, tokens, dice, etc.

Parting Guidance

Mindfully think through the games and adapt else' process that is so much better than you.

Connect With Tyrell Wheeler

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

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The Archmage of Goldnight

Magic Story is the audio presentation of Uncharted Realms, the weekly Daily MTG column that tells the lore behind Magic: The Gathering.

This episode is brought to life by voice actors, a composer, and a sound designer all of the highest caliber.

Credits:

Austin Schumacher (Narrator)

T Katz (Arlinn Kord)

Nathan Ondrecek (Archmage Reeves / Archmage Rembert / Cathar Leighton / Male Cathars)

Kaitlyn Lavo (Olaylie / Mad Angel / Female Cathars)

Miriam Penrod (Boy)

Nathaniel Drew (Composer of the original score)

Ansh Rajput (Chief sound designer)

Brian Lang (Cover art)

Shaun Penrod (Executive Producer)

 

 

 

Jul 7, 2017

Benjamin Luft is a 31-year-old Tax Consultant Assistant from Hannover, Germany. He’s been playing Magic since Visions but has stepped away from the game several times (as many of us do). He cashed for the first time at a Grand Prix when he made top 8 at GP Amsterdam which also sent him to Albuquerque for his first Pro Tour.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Finding people to play with as preparation for tournaments.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing on a PPTQ in semifinals and losing again in another PPTQ the day after in finals. But it paid off because he got practiced in higher level and made him qualified for another PPTQ.

Proudest Magic Moment

Win and got 6-1-2 after 9 rounds and hit 6-0 on day 2 and even considered dropping to play some Mulligan side events.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Seeking opportunities to open and get yourself in a situation where you can gain experience and even risk but keep trying to succeed.

Best Format

Standard

How Far You Choose Your Deck

A week before the event and test it with friends.

Different Between Making the Top 8 and Day 2

Choosing and positioning the deck matters. Decide from the recent tournament results and find the weaknesses of the dominated decks.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Become a better person. Be able to handle mistakes, loss and treat others nicely.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People concede earlier.

Tournament Day Tips

More foods and keep hydrated.

Parting Guidance

Not conceding earlier. Don't try to win but also try to make it an enjoyable experience. Keep trying and succeed.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, The game podcast

Connect With Benjamin Luft

Twitter:@_bluft

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Hunter Cochran is a 25-year-old graduate student of physics at Stony Brook University. He’s originally from Arkansas and Texas and has made the top 8 of three GPs, winning one. Hunter lives in Long Island, New York.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

MIrrodin, Darksteel

Favorite Card

Perilous Vault
Tireless tracker

Early Challenge

Not having the access to cards and the money to buy to very competitive decks. Difficult to play ranges of decks and be able to think from other perspectives and learn new types of decks and strategies.

Breakthrough Moment

During the PPTQ in the Spring of 2015 when he decided to spend some money and attend the events. 

Worst Magic Moment

A very embarrassing and lowest moment that got him banned from playing Magic in a local venue in college. Playing against a good player that got him rolled by his opponent's super deck. Got angry, throw his fist to the table, punch the table and sat on the table for the rest of the day. 

Proudest Magic Moment

His first PPTQ win in just 3 months of playing.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learned controlling emotions when results are unfavorable to you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having a very clear vision for the game, not knowing your role and how your deck is built and the difficulties to pinpoint why you lose the game. For Constructed - thinking about things before the tournament. For Limited- thinking about things before your round.

Tips to Curve Frustration

Try to be pretty animated and vocal with opponents. Try to make interaction and experience be personal. The more you see your opponent as a person, the easier to beat frustration.

Parting Guidance

Magic is a community game so build relationships, talk to people who might help you to open and close doors and get so much perspective on Magic.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB

Connect With Hunter Cochran

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

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Jun 30, 2017

Kevin Jones has been playing magic since Urza's Saga and has been playing competitively since Onslaught. He has 10 Star City Games Open top 8s, 1 Grand Prix top 8, is a 3 time SCG Player's Championship Competitor, has 2 Pro Tour Appearances AND is the Co-host of The Weekly Ward Wednesdays on Twitch.tv/kirwansgamestore. He is also a writer for MTGCardmarket.com. Kevin lives in Kingston, NY

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First Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Snapcaster Mage

Early Challenge

Kevin has always been competitive and his play group was too. He watched his younger friends get really good he wondered why he wasn't improving. Kevin expanded himself by playing new decks and learning different archetypes. 

Magic Milestones

Kevin made top 8 at States in 2004.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Pro Tour, Kevin built his deck the night before the event. He failed to make day 2 and was really taken aback by it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Math :). Magic also changes the way you think as far as values and risk.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Caring so much that it pains you to lose. Young players tend to lose sight of the big picture and get torn up when they lose. To overcome this, your mindset / approach to Magic needs to evolve to where you enjoy the game and understand that it is a game and how lucky you are to fuel your competitive drive through a complex hobby.

Parting Guidance

Don't lose sight of yourself and don't let loses define who you are.

Connect With Kevin Jones

Twitter:@kjvsthehighway

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Jun 27, 2017

Marc Tobiasch used to exclusively play Vintage and Legacy and claims he got onto the Pro Tour “pretty much by accident”. He has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Pro Tour top 8. Marc lives in Bonn, Germany.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Onslaught

Favorite Card

Null Rod

Early Challenge

Figuring out which events to go to and who to travel with are huge when you're climbing.

Worst Magic Moment

Marc used to let loses get from bad to worse. When he played around the "right" card and lost anyway he struggled with accepting it until he learned to control tilt. He overcome tilt by focusing on what he can control.

Proudest Magic Moment

Pro Tour top 8 / Finding friends at events.

Career Highlights

At his first Pro Tour, Marc learned there was a whole other level of Magic you can aspire to play at.

Building a Deck from a Scratch

Marc is a renowned deck builder and shares his process.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to think about everything every turn. You can shortcut this by weighting your focus towards what has changed. Also, players do things because they can and don't think whether they should. "Helping a little right now is not as good as helping a lot later."

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Marc meets with his team a week or so before the Pro Tour. For Grand Prix, he observes the format and for Legacy or Modern, chooses his deck fairly close to the event.

Parting Guidance

Before playing a card, think "should I play this card now?"

Connect With Marc Tobiasch

Twitter:@MarcTobiasch

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Jun 23, 2017

Martin Juza has a record that speaks for itself with an impressive 25 Grand Prix top 8s including 4 wins and 3 Pro Tour top 8s with an additional 3 top 16 finishes! He’s well known in the Magic community as a pillar of good sportsmanship. Martin lives in the Czech Republic.

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First Set

Urza's Destiny

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Counterspell

Early Challenge

Every aspect of Magic was new but events, articles  and other people helped fill in the gap.

Worst Magic Moment

There was a year where Martin didn't make Platinum. He missed one European Grand Prix and it cost him $1,000 bucks.

Proudest Magic Moment

There was a year where he always made top 8 or top 16. Also, his first Pro Tour top 8 felt really great.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Travel the world and experience  different culture.

Magic Shortcomings

Martin is working on preparing better for Magic event.

Drafting Tips

If you're choosing between two cards that are of similar power levels, always pick the cheaper card.

Tournament Day Tips

Don't be like Martin ;)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

The most important thing in constructed is good side boarding. Having a plan and knowing what to take out and put in is key to success.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Martin practices with Channel Fireball team and they constantly discuss the best deck and evaluate the meta-game.

Daily Habits

Martin has experience with other games (Hearthstone and poker) and brings that to Magic.

Parting Guidance

Read a lot of article, watch games and learn all you can.

Connect With Martin Juza

Twitter:@Juzam_

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Jun 20, 2017

Javier Luna is a veteran player who has played in several Pro Tours and Worlds. He runs a website at magiclair.com.ar that provides free articles in Spanish. The site covers all the formats and focuses on growing the Latin American Magic community. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 1 Super Sunday Series Final Top 8. Javier lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Legends / Urza's Saga

Favorite Card

Mana Drain

Early Challenge

Drafting has always been a challenge for Javier. He focuses on this by drafting online. Screenshots are a lifesaver.

Worst Magic Moment

At a GP in Santiago, Javier went 9-0 in day1 but went 0-5-1 on day 2. He felt so bad and struggled mentally, but came to realize that everyone has good and bad days.

Proudest Magic Moment

First Grand Prix top 8 / Seeing countrymen do great.

Shortcomings

Javier is working on his draft skills and is focusing on controlling his emotional responses to losing.

Best Format

Legacy

Daily Habits

Reading everything he can. Javier keeps tabs through CFB and SC. He also plays every day even if it's just one or two matches.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Javier learned about leadership and friendship.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players complain about luck all the time when they have no control over it. Improve yourself and understand that luck is part of the game.

Preparation for  Tournaments

Javier followed the metagame closely and chose a Blue / Red deck. However, one week before the Grand Prix, he started losing a lot. So Javier talked with the best player in the country and switched to a Mardu deck.

Parting Guidance

Enjoy the game. Magic is great. Play with friends and meet new people. Travel all you can.

Magic Resource

magiclair.com.ar, CFB, SCG

Connect With Javier Luna

Twitter:@MagicLair

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Jun 16, 2017

Max McVety is a mechanical engineer from Ann Arbor who has 2 Grand Prix top 8 finishes, an SCG Invitational win, and a couple of Pro Tour cashes. He recently picked up RIW Hobbies as his first sponsor.

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How To Choose A Deck

Know the balance between pushing your range and sticking with what you know.

What Are The Key Relationship in Your Career

Andrew Elenbogen, Kyle Boggemes

Where Do You Fit in a Team

Max is the side board expert. He nails down the exact cards to take out and put in.

Color Philosophy

Max aligns with blue. He likes to think deeply about a topic.

Level Up Moment

Dealing with variance.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players know what the best deck is and try not to play it.

Parting Guidance

Prepare for the event by focussing on what you can control:
-Deck choice
-Side board
-In-game decisions

Connect With Max McVety

Twitter:@m_mcvety

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Jun 13, 2017

Ethan Gaieski started to play seriously when he moved to Japan in 2015. He came back to the States and did decently well on the SCG Tour but didn’t get any big results. Just a lot of cash. He finally made his first GP top 8 at Grand Prix Montreal 2017.

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First Set

Innistrad

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Sigarda, Host of Herons

Early Challenge

Financially keeping up with Magic was really rough. Also, the mental challenge of thinking everyone is better than him.

Worst Magic Moment

GP Orlando 2017, Ethan did poorly and because he prepared a lot and this was the third bad Gran Prix in a row, he was crushed. Embracing the variance is a lesson Ethan learned.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 Grand Prix Montreal 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Quantitative Reasoning. (Recognizing patterns and Math)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Ethan knows he can become as good as he can if he doesn't crumple under people's expectations.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When players got unlucky, they think they couldn't have won. Don't offload the responsibility. Own it and ask what you could have done. Talk to people.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Tournament

Ethan watched the Pro Tour closely and strove to understood best decks. He practiced by playing 10 Leagues on MTGO.

Parting Guidance

Always be looking for ways to improve. There's always something you can do.

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv/alexjchen, MTG Coverage, Ari Lax, Garry Thompson

Connect With Ethan Gaieski

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

Check Out Magic Story

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Jun 9, 2017

Charly Traarbach is 30 years old and just made his first Grand Prix Top 8 in Utrecht 2017. He will be playing in Pro Tour Kyoto (2017) as his very first Pro Tour appearance!

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

[draft]Emrakul, The Aeons Torn[/draft]

Early Challenge

Charly was terrible at losing. He's very competitive and processed losses poorly.

Worst Magic Moment

In the GP Top 8 in Utrecht, Charly had forgotten to take out his side board from round 15! He got a game loss and ended up losing the match.
Lesson:  Always check your side board. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at Grand Prix Utrecht.

What Have You Learned From Magic

A better understanding of English language. Interpersonal skill. Making friends.

Daily Rituals

Workout (run,  sports). When your body is strong and active, your mind will be sharper.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

You're never too old to learn.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Score pad, Playmat, Extra Sleeves, Snacks, Water

Parting Guidance

To become better at Magic, play a lot of Magic. Surround yourself with people who invest a lot of time in Magic.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, TCG Player

Connect With Charly Traarbach

Twitter:@CharlyTraarbach

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Jun 6, 2017

Eli Kassis is a past guest of the show and now has 3 Grand Prix Top 8’s (2 back to back top 4 or better finishes), 7 Pro Tour cashes, 13 SCG’s Open Top 8’s, and 17 Old school PTQ Wins.

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Team Events

Team events are catching on. In a team event, Eli made top 4 with his team.

GP Secrets

X-2 still get invited to the Pro Tour, so don't draw.

Evaluating The Metagame

Eli and his team looked at the popular Modern decks and determined, there wouldn't be a lot of control. Eli picked his deck because he knew it inside and out and it had a good match up against the rest of the field.

Future of Pro Magic

Eli sees the Pro circuit growing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

When stress and pressure are on players, abandon the decisions that got them there and hope luck gets them there.

Parting Guidance

You are an ambassador to the game. Be proud of it and treat others with respect so when anyone says "I play Magic" it means something.

References

Team NFGBot.com

Connect With Eli Kassis

Twitter:@lifer2121

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Jun 2, 2017

Simon Nielsen is a 22 year old linguistics student from Denmark who tries to play Magic for a living. He is currently testing with the team Mint card, and writes articles for mtgmintcard.com. He was part of the Danish national team that won the World Magic Cup in 2014 (the Daneblast guy), got 2nd at GP Brussels 2015, 8th at GP Bologna 2017 and 10th at the Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

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First Set

Mirrodin besieged

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Liliana of the veil

Early Challenge

Brewing decks were a struggle because Simon told himself he wasn't good enough to play tier 1 decks. He finally overcomes this by understanding that playing the best deck is his edge.

Worst Magic Moment

At Simon's 2nd World Magic Cup, his team was knocked out early. This felt bad because they had won the year before. Simon stayed and cheered on other countries and made friends.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning World Magic Cup in 2014.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Risk management. What's the expected value of your decisions. Compare the best thing you could get to the chance of getting that outcome.

Magic Breakthrough Moment

Simon went from being terrible at Limited tot a year later top 8'ing a Limited Grand Prix. It took a while, but he started trusting his teammates and adopting their strategy.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Player's don't have plan. Look far down the line. How are you going to win. Work on the sideboard and play more side board games.

Parting Guidance

Read Simon's articles "How to become the worlds luckiest Magic Player" and "All your invalid excuses for not playing the best decks."

Magic Resource

mtgmintcard.com -Simon's articles

Connect With Simon Nielsen

Twitter:@MrChecklistcard

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May 30, 2017

Francesco Giorgio is an Italian Magic player living in England and a member of Team Axion Now. He's at his best with 40 card decks, but also enjoying the Standard format. His achievements include 2 Limited Grand Prix Top 8s and Top 8 at the 2014 World Magic Cup. 

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Birthing pod

Early Challenge

At first, Francesco didn't like the "best decks". Now, he understands that others have done well and he can draw on their knowledge.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing the finals of a GP due to a terrible mistake. He didn't read all the cards.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at 2014 World Magic Cup.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Francesco learned to analyze his mistakes regardless of the outcome.

Shortcomings

Constructed. Focus more on tournament preparation.

Habits

Draft often. (Daily if possible.)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Francesco loves travelling.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

In Limited, players don't block enough.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Tournament

Practice and discussion. For Limited, each player ranks every card and players discuss the differences.

Parting Guidance

Look back at every game and reflect, regardless of the results.

Magic Resource

Team Axiom Now, MTG Goldfishwww.mtgprotutor.com/giveaways200

Connect With Francesco Giorgio

Twitter:@Sniesk

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May 26, 2017

Dario Veneri is a 24 year old Clerk from Zurich, Switzerland who started playing Magic about 4 years ago. He’s been to a bit more than a dozen GPs and made his first top 8 at Grand Prix Bologna 2017.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Amonkhet

Favorite Card

Hero of bladehold

Early Challenge

Dario struggled with variance at first. To overcome this, Dario focused on the new and just play the next game.

Worst Magic Moment

At a World Magic Qualifier, Dario got ahead of himself and didn't focus on the next game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Bologna and getting his first Pro Tour invite.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Variance is everywhere and being mindful of it in Magic has brought it up to Dario in other areas and has helped him.

Tournament Day Tips

Go with friends. Interact with them between rounds. DON'T COMPLAIN and discuss crucial decision times from your game. Also, eat right. Plan it ahead and be mindful.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players tend to splash too much in Limited. They sacrifice their mana base for a low impact pay off.

How to Effectively Prepare for Grand Prix

Dario created a network of experienced players he likes and respects. He played a lot of Magic Online and attended as many Prerelease as he could. He discussed cards extensively with friends.

Parting Guidance

Focus on the next game and don't let variance get you down.

Connect With Dario Veneri

Twitter:@Josslyn_Avalon

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May 23, 2017

Matthew Pope started playing Magic during Scars of Mirrodin and his first Launch Party was Magic 2012. Innistrad was the first pre-release he attended (and ran) at his local game. He was taught by a friend in college (the last 2 years of high school) and has come a long way with 1 Grand Prix Top 8 which was a 2nd place finish at Grand Prix Barcelona 2017. Matthew lives in the United Kingdom.

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First Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Geist of Saint Traft

Early Challenge

Mulligan decisions. Matt noticed that even as he got better at mulligan decisions, he would revert back in high stakes games.

Worst Magic Moment

Matt attended a PPTQ and went 4-0-1. He wins the quarter finals and plays the best player in the room in the semi-finals. In game 3, Matt chokes and he missed the RPTQ invite. It was so close and the burn was real. Matt didn't attack based on a bluff from his opponent. Matt learned to play around what he should and ignore what he can't play around.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Barcelona 2017.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing around cards when it doesn't matter/wont make a difference.
Also, deck selection without enough time to get good at it.

Parting Guidance

Don't let circumstance affect your fundamentals. Mulligan decisions are huge, so practice, practice, practice and don't forget what you've learned.

Connect With Matthew Pope

Twitter:@immagicmatt

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May 19, 2017

Jack Dobbin is a long-time grinder from the United States Midwest with a couple Pro Tour appearances and one GP top 8. He's living, learning and loving all things Magic: The Gathering.

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First Set

Legions

Favorite Set

Theros (for the draft environment)

Favorite Card

Cruel ultimatum

Early Challenge

Being stubborn. Jack would draft a good card and then get fixated on it. He would force an archetype and learned not to.

Worst Magic Moment

When Wizards switched off of the ELO system, Jack's qualification chances plummeted  because he doesn't play that often. He learned to enjoy Magic at its roots.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tour and calling his wife to say they are taking a trip. 

What Have You Learned From Magic

Making decisions with incomplete information.

Magic Mentor Advice

Don't play cards that lead you to being 2 for 1'd. Draft two colors.

How To Go from Day 2 to Top 8

Keep at it. Do what you're doing and take advantage of when variance breaks your way.
Keep your emotions in check. Don't tilt.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

You can have a good time while losing.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving away information and playing slow. Play faster!

Parting Guidance

Remember to have fun.

Connect With Jack Dobbin

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

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May 16, 2017

Brian Andersen E is a 25 year old Magic enthusiast from California, but he’s lived everywhere. He’s played magic in both Asia and the USA at the basic LGS level. He’s an investor a partner at Paragon City Games and generally a loud mouth. Brian lives in Draper, Utah.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Odyssey

Favorite Card

Kamahl, Pit fighter

Making a Store Stand Out

Be deliberate about the feel you want players to experience.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having enough experience with their deck. Take the time to play and know your deck ahead of time. Ask a lot of questions.

Tournament Day Tips

Control your emotions and look at what you did wrong. Successful players tend to be brewers. Their brains are always churning. Have a good breakfast.

What Have You Learned from Magic

Patience. So many times you want the results now but understand that it will come once your skill is where it needs to be.

Parting Guidance

Have patience with yourself, your community and your store.

Magic Resource

Paragon City Games, twitchtv/paragoncitygames, MTGProtutor.com/giveaway200

Connect With Brian Andersen E

Twitter: @JBrandersen

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May 12, 2017

David Brucker is a returning Magic Pro who is coming back after a 9-year break. He just added his 6th Grand Prix top 8 to his record and even boasts a Grand Prix win from back in the day. On the Pro Tour, he has 6 top 16 finishes and is looking for a top 8 with his most recent invite. David lives in Munich, Germany.

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First Set

Ice age

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Fact or fiction

Early Challenge

Not knowing cards and winning decks. Lack of information was a big deal in the early days.

Worst Magic Moment

At his 2nd Nationals, David drank with friends the night before and showed up to the draft hung over. He went 3-0 but then got disqualified because he registered a 37 card deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

David won the European championship and got a big trophy and $15,000. He and his parents were so proud.

What Have You Learned From Magic

"Breaking" a deck is similar to science. Trying to find the best solution for a format is like finding a solution at work. Also teamwork.

Magic Mentors

Henniry Ramquist - he was very competitive and taught David to take the game seriously.

Tournament Day Tips

Get byes. Attend GPT's, PPTQs and Grand Prix

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

David is very competitive. He also likes to travel.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing your lost card in hand pre-combat.
This gives away so much information.
Think about every game and why you actually lost. Avoid the mindset of blowing outside influences for your losses.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothing, deck box

Parting Guidance

Play a lot. Find the best players in your region and play against them.

Magic Resource

CFB, 5-0 decks from MTGO

Connect With David Brucker

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

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May 9, 2017

Robert Lombardi still has a Degree in Mechatronics Engineering (he hasn't lost it), and is married and has a 15-month-old son. He has 3 Grand Prix top 8s now including a win at Grand Prix Toronto 2016. He’s still better at Limited than Constructed and is striving to not be 1 point shy of Silver. Robert was first on the MTG Pro Tutor podcast in episode 125.

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How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Robert played around with all the top decks and found his stride with Mardu vehicles.

FNM Side Board VS. Pro Side Board

You know the meta much better at the local level. Your board at a big event is less targeted.

First Strike Podcast

Robert is co-hosting a spiky podcast about competitive Magic.
Brian Gottlieb is the best built from scratch deck builder.

Parting Guidance

People ask for feedback but then argue when they get it. Don't do that!

Magic Resource

First Strike Podcast

Connect With Robert Lombardi

Twitter:@RobertLombardi0

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May 5, 2017

Ben Friedman has four Grand Prix top 8s, two Pro Tour top 16s, 5 SCG invitational top 8s, and does it all while rocking a mean cowboy hat! He is a member of the MetaGameGurus on the SCG Tour and the Captain of Mox Box Bowl on the Pro Tour. Ben lives in Baltimore, MD.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from  Ben Friedman when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep197

First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Snapcaster mage

Early Challenge

Understanding how to attack a metagame.

Breakthrough Moment

JSS Nationals - first cashing a tournament.

Worst Magic Moment

After getting crushed at his first Pro Tour, Ben was really down. He learned he wasn't the hot shot he thought.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour. Next was when Ben made it to the Pro Tour off of a special invite due to rule changes. This PT invite got him the Gold status that year.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Delayed gratification.

Tournament Day Tips

Drink a lot of water, Ben knows that for him fasting makes him more focused.

Advice to New Players

Build your network and share cards. Networks help you make friends, save money and play Magic.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Ben learned his play style is very value oriented.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't understand side boarding. They don't consider how their side boarding choices change when they are on the play versus the draw.

Parting Guidance

Think for yourself, learn for yourself and learn how to learn better.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, TCG Player

Connect With Ben Friedman

Twitter:@40cardfriedman

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May 2, 2017

Corey Baumeister is a Gold Level Professional Magic player who has 2 Grand Prix top 8's to his name including a win in New Jersey 2017! He also has 1 top 16 and 2 top 32 finishes at the Pro Tour. Corey lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Corey Baumeister when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep196

First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guild

Favorite Card

Ogre savant

Early Challenge

Deck design during new sets.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Austin. Corey was playing a win-and-in match for Top 8 of the Pro Tour. Corey misplayed because he didn't know the matchup.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix New Jersey 2017.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Recognizing mistakes and adjusting.

Best Format

Standard

Advice for New Standard Players

Follow events and see what's winning. Find answers to that deck by scouring legal cards.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Don't be so critical of yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Using luck as a crutch for your losses. It takes a smart player to realize they did something wrong.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Corey played hundreds of games leading up to the Grand Prix. He knew his deck inside and out.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Boogie board, stockpile of cards, dice

Parting Guidance

If you have the will to chase the dream then don't quit playing.

Magic Resource

Knowledgeable friends

Connect With Corey Baumeister

Twitter:@CoreyBaumeister

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Apr 28, 2017

Jorge Mantilla is 28 years old and was born in Miami, Florida. He started out by playing Poker and sneaking into casino's throughout high school to make extra money. He’s a well known Spearfisherman through his videos on youtube/Instagram. He started playing Magic after Dragons of Tarkir and fell in love with Limited. He’s been to 2 Grand Prix's - Atlanta, where he won the last 4 rounds in a row to make day 2 and Orlando where he made Top 8. Jorge lives in Miami, Florida.

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First Set

Dragon of Tarkir

Favorite Set

Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Walking ballista

Early Challenge

Side boarding and deck building. Every time Jorge lost in Limited, he would look at his opponent's deck at ask why was each card in that deck.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing his first PPTQ win-and-in. Jorge learned the importance of early pressure and keeping good hands.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Orlando.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Confidence and being nice to people.

Advice to New Limited Players

Watch a good drafter and learn why they chose what they did.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I have the confidence to achieve my goals."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not keeping track of the board state.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Jorge did a Limited event online every day for about 8 months.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Draft box: Lands, tokens, sleeves, paper, dice

Parting Guidance

Play frequently. Don't stop. Don't quit.

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, CFB

Connect With Jorge Mantilla

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

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Apr 25, 2017

Kasper Nielsen is a new face on the Pro Tour as he just made his first Grand Prix Top 8 at Utrecht 2017. Kasper lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Theros (least favorite) lol

Favorite Card

Snapcaster mage

Early Challenge

Qualifying for the Pro Tour. Kasper would make it to the finals/qualifying rounds and lose. He finally broke through at GP Utrecht.

Worst Magic Moment

Kasper got a win he didn't deserve because he didn't understand the cards and the judge he asked were confused.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 at GP Utrecht 2017. Kasper was so excited to finally making it to the Pro Tour.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Underestimating yourself and your chances, especially against a "known" player. This happens with local "and losses". 
A little degree of hubris is good in a player. Say "I'm going to beat this player" or at least "I can beat this player."

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

At the previous GP, Kasper studied the best decks and talked to others about which deck beat which others and why. He chose a deck and started practicing. He took a deck to a friend's house and played the mirror for 5 hours so he could deeply understand the deck. He attended local events to stay sharp nad then when Utrecht came he studied the meta again, chose a deck and practiced - a lot.

Parting Guidance

Remember to have fun!

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, CFB

Connect With Kasper Nielsen

Twitter:@ks_nielsen

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Apr 21, 2017

Amir Radmard lives in Oklahoma City, OK. As a daytime job, he is an IT technician for a small company. In regards to Magic, he is a glorified FNM champion and considers himself the most grindiest of grinders. He has 1 Grand Prix top 8 that happened at GP Houston and has competed in several RPTQs. He’s been to the Pro tour once and is looking for more.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Braids, Cabal Minion

Early Challenge

Card Evaluation

Advice That Has Stuck With You

"You have to win here before you can win out there. " The local champs encouraged Amir to step up his game.

Worst Magic Moment

Amir struggles with tilt. He remembers a PTQ where he had a solid sealed deck and one opponent played an unbeatable. Amir tilted so bad he made misplays.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Pro Tour.

What Have You Learned From Magic

You have to cut a card to add a card. This applies to life because you have to take something out to add in a new thing.

Best Format

Limited

Pre-Release Tips

Sealed is more "bomby". Review all commons and uncommon in the set. Review combat tricks. 

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Amir learned how good he can get at something when he really applies himself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People think they know more than they know. They don't listen or accept advice.

Ideal Tournament Preparation

Amir spends his time tweaking a deck to make sure it can take down the top strategies.

Tournament Day Tips

Go with friends, have a good breakfast, stay hydrated and sleep.

Parting Guidance

"Speak little, do much." Monastery Mentor

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG (Premium is worth it), Brad Nelson articles, MTG Coverage.com

Connect With Amir Radmard

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

Check Out Magic Story

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Apr 18, 2017

Aleksa Telarov is a 7 time National Champion and has appeared in 10 Worlds & World Magic Cup events. At the World Magic Cup he’s made top8, top16, and top32. He took 3rd at the 2015 MOCS and has 3 Grand Prix Top 8 including a win at Grand Prix Madrid 2015. Aleksa lives in Serbia.

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First Set

Guildpact

Favorite Set

Ravnica block

Favorite Card

Tireless Tracker

Early Challenge

Aleksa would play all the tournaments he could. No matter the format. He started drafting and didn't win for a year.

Breakthrough Moment

GP Vienna - first top 8.
GP Madrid - win.

Worst Magic Moment

Not qualifying for the Pro Tour after GP Milan. Aleksa also had a chain of 6-3 results when to make day two he needed 7-2.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Madrid.

Best Format

Standard

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players lack focus. Magic is a demanding game and people don't realize the commitment it takes to do well.

Parting Guidance

Focus on the important things in life and the rest will fall into place. Be a good person.

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Aleksa Telarov

Twitter:@AleksaTelarov

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Apr 14, 2017

James Larsen-Scott is a 20-year-old magic player from Tasmania, Australia who has been playing Magic for 8 years. He is constantly trying to learn and improve his game and recently obtained his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Brisbane 2017. 

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from James Larsen - Scott when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep191

First Set

Alara Reborn

Favorite Set

Zendikar / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Jace,The Mind Sculptor

Early Challenge

Learning the difference between the Limited formats.

Magic Breakthrough Moment

When James got his first draft 3-0 and when he got his first Grand Prix day 2.

Worst Magic Moment

James went to a PPTQ and lost 3 win-and-ins because he took a deck he didn't know.

Proudest Magic Moment

First Grand Prix Top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Knowing your role is an allegory for life. Sometimes you need to push hard and make things happen. Other times, you need to sit back, see what happens and react.

Best Format

Limited

Magic Mentors

LSV

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

He can do it if he puts his mind to it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't know why they are playing a card. You should know why every card is in your deck.

Tournament Day Tips

Bring tokens, pen, and paper. It's huge to have friends there to talk to between rounds.

Shortcomings

Losing focusing in a game.

Beginner Limited Advice

Watch tons of Magic Videos.

Parting Guidance

Don't be intimidated when playing big name players.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch.TV

Connect With James Larsen-Scott

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

Check Out Magic Story

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Ryan Hare is the Champion of Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2017 and is looking towards silver and beyond. He can't resist a good pun, and his favorite colors are Black and Green (usually together).

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

7th Edition / Onslaught

Favorite Card

Daru Cavalier

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Ryan came back when a friend invited him to play cube. He had another friend who always beat him and Ryan wanted to know why.

Early Challenge

Ryan had to build his knowledge of Magic and Magic players.

Worst Magic Moment

After making top 32 at a GP, Ryan had a chance for silver but after 5 Grand Prix he didn't make it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix Pittsburgh felt great but Ryan really remembers a Modern Premier IQ where he did well because it was his first big event it stands out to him. He made top 8.

What Have You Learned From Magic

How to make good spreadsheet and how to track details.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

There's a balance between over confidence and lack of confidence. You're not always right but you also can't count yourself out.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Put all the events you're going to on a list and keep up to date with what's coming up and how can you prepare.

Parting Guidance

Book flights at least 6 weeks in advance. Find a magic bag of trail mix. Put yourself in the best position to succeed.

Connect With Ryan Hare

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

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Apr 7, 2017

Donald Smith started playing Magic in Theros. He got his first (and only) GP Top 8 in Charlotte 2015 and has chained Pro Tour invites ever since. Now he has a Pro Tour Top 8 under his belt and is a Gold level pro.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Donald Smith when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep189

First Set

Theros

Favorite Set

Theros / Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Chained to the Rocks

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

"I got hooked on Magic because of the social aspect."

Early Challenge

Preparing for tournaments.

Worst Magic Moment

The period between PT Atlanta and PT Honolulu, Donald didn't have a good finish at any event. He also learned humility.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 of Pro Tour Dublin. Also, the 11th win that got him the Pro Tour Dublin invite.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Taking risks pays off. Risk within reason.

Best Format

Limited

Magic Mentors

Derek; looked at the game with analytical eyes.
Owen Turtenwald

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Donald learned a good work ethic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People play too scared.

Advice for Beginner Limited

In AER Limited, have your colors set by the end of pack one.
People let color biases affect them too much. Don't buy into hyperbole.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Life pod, dice, pens, playmat, laptop, snacks, granola bars, Clif bars, water, token

Daily Ritual

Play daily.

Parting Guidance

Draft every day!

Connect With 

Twitter:@donaldwsjr

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Apr 4, 2017

Alex Bianchi is a Silver-level pro from Buffalo, New York with 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 1 win (GP Pittsburgh 2015). He is also the team captain of Team Dave & Adam's for the 2016-2017 Pro Tour Team Series, and writes articles for ManaDeprived.com.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Alex Bianchi when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep188

First Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Nahiri, The Harbinger

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The game is challenging and the people are great.

Early Challenge

Deck selection. It took a while for Alex to realize he should play the best deck.

Worst Magic Moment

Needed 2 points to get the silver; got it, then needed one win to made top 8. He missed it three times in a row.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Pittsburgh. When he made Top 8, he qualified for his Pro Tour and went with two friends.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Networking and traveling.

Best Format

Death Shadow Jund

Magic Mentors

Kai Burnett taught Alex how to grind.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

The social aspect of the game is more important.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Focusing too much on specific formats. You need to be good at many formats.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Alex plays a lot of MTGO competitive leagues.

Shortcomings As a Magic Player

Getting unintentional draws.

Tournament Day Tips

Rest between rounds, drink water.

Magic Resource

Twitch.TV, MTGCoverage.com, SCG, MTG Pulse

Connect With Alex Bianchi

Twitter:@Gemmanite

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Mar 31, 2017

Jon Stern has been playing competitive Magic off an on for a long time but started to really take it seriously in 2012. He has 7 Grand Prix Top 8s including wins in Atlantic City 2013 and Atlanta 2014. He hasn’t broken through for a Pro Tour Top 8 yet but has a Top 16 and a couple Top 20 finishes.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jon Stern when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep187

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Invasion block

Favorite Card

Aquamoeba
Standstill

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

You're rewarded based on the decisions you make.

Early Challenge

Knowing how to prepare for tournaments. Joining a team and preparing in a professional manner.

Worst Magic Moment

Forgetting to write down two cards in deck registry led to a game loss.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for his first Grand Prix Top 8.
Winning his first Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Planning ahead, making decisions.

Advice from Magic Mentors

Understand there is variance. Magic is a number game. Trust yourself.

Shortcomings

Deck building in a new format.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

You're not going to win every time but that doesn't mean you're on the wrong track.                                                                                                                                             

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Having an unlearning attitude. There is a learning curve in Magic and you can move up by talking, listening, asking and learning.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Jon focuses on time management. He looks at how much time he has to prepare and chooses his activities accordingly (Main board, side board, play testing).

Best Format

Constructed

Beginner Standard Advice

Realize that a lot of people are going to play one of the top 2 decks, card for card. This is exploitable.

Parting Guidance

Test with a purpose. Don't kill yourself over deck selection.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish, MTG Top 8, Magic Online League results

Connect With Jon Stern

Twitter:@JonSternMTL

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Mar 28, 2017

Bronson Gervasi planned a trip in 2017 to do the Star City Games tour starting with SCG open Columbus. From there he played in Richmond, then in the regionals in Baltimore, and finally at the Grand Prix in Pittsburgh where he made his first GP Top 8, qualifying for the Pro Tour for the first time. 

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Bronson Gervasi when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep186

First Set

M12

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Death's Shadow

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive aspect of the game is very appealing.

Early Challenge

Coming to grips with variance, Bronson struggled with giving up early after a few losses.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Regionals, Bronson made it to the top 8 and then lost, missing the Pro Tour invite. He had to multi-game and learned to shuffle a lot.

Proudest Magic Moment

At his first GP, Bronson played a friend's deck in a side event and won. He got invited to a TCG 50k events.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Bronson has applied Magic to business and interpersonal relationships.

Best Format

Standard

Shortcomings

Bronson is working on seeing where the meta is going and developing the next winning deck. He also knows he's not the best-controlling player.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Bronson tends to make riskier plays and he sees too many players be too cautious.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Evaluate the best decks and decide whether to beat them or join them. Make the deck your own by tweaking and tuning.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Every Standard card, commander deck

How To Make Day 2

Deciding to play the best deck and not give up mentally. Don't think about future games, stay focused.

Parting Guidance

Stave off mental defeat by stay positive and not giving up.

Magic Resource

TCG Player, SCG, MTG Top 8

Connect With Bronson Gervasi

Bronson can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook Group.

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Mar 24, 2017

AJ Sacher is one of the greatest minds in Magic: The Gathering. He has 2 Grand Prix top 8s and 15 StarCityGames top 8s with 2 wins. He’s created content for StarCityGames, TCG Player and is currently writing articles, shooting videos and streaming for Numot Gaming. AJ lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from AJ Sacher when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep185

First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Kamigawa - Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Brainstorm

Early Challenge

Hubris. AJ thought he knew more than everyone and it stopped him from progressing until he realized this got in his way.

Breakthrough Moment

Going Pro after just over a year. AJ made top 8 of a GP in Denver. This was a turning point for AJ.

Worst Magic Moment

At Pro Tour, San Juan AJ didn't win a game. He also turned down an offer to play the best deck. AJ realized that he had to take care of himself first.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Costa Rica / Meeting his heroes as peers.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Time management, resources management, critical thinking, deduction, induction, etc.

Best Format

Legacy

Ideal Tournament Preparation

Time management is critical. These are only so many hours to prepare for a tournament, utilize that time that time wisely.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People's pride get in the way of their learning. Also, people just play cards on autopilot instead of actually playing a game of Magic.

Tournament Day Tips

Hydrate, eat, wash your face, go to the bathroom and sleep.

Parting Guidance

Hubris is poisonous. Have the humility to learn. Also, reflect on what you want out of Magic.

Magic Resource

SCG, CFB, TCG Player, Numotg gaming, Steaming (Twitch)

Connect With AJ Sacher

Twitter:@AJSacher

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Mar 21, 2017

Daniel Fournier is a Toronto native, known locally for his dedication to the game and aggressive hyperbole. He had a breakout year in 2014, top 8'ing Grand Prix Montreal after going undefeated in the Swiss rounds. Then he represented Canada at the World Magic Cup. Since then, he's rattled off another pair of Grand Prix top 8s and is hoping to make it big on the Pro Tour stage.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Daniel Fournier when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep184

First Set

Portal

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The depth of Magic attracts Daniel. "It's a puzzle that's constantly changng but always has a  solution."

Early Challenge

Deck building. Daniel would just copy decks and not understand why the cards were there. He played with great players to overcome and become better at this challenge.

Breakthrough Moment

GP Montreal and qualifying for the Pro Tour for the first time.Also realizing that building a solid deck and playing it well will get you results.

Worst Magic Moment

First Pro Tour Daniel was excited and nervous, Daniel received a call that his grandma is in the hospital with cancer and not doing well. He was emotionally distraught and did poorly in the draft. But he realized that he couldn't control that he did poorly because he drafted bad.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning WMCQ and representing Canada at the World Magic Cup.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Quick, visual, analytical skills

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic has helped Daniel realize his talents.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don't pay attention to technical play card sequence, tapping correctly, remembering triggers etc.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Be actively involved in researching the metagame for several weeks leading up to your event.

Parting Guidance

Stop switching decks in Standard. Pick and stick.

Connect With Daniel Fournier

Twitter:@tirentu

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Mar 17, 2017

Jonathon Zaczek is the Champion of Merfolk. He made top 8 at Grand Prix Vancouver, while his followers Przemek Knocinski and Simon Slutsky won GP Copenhagen 2015 and GP Los Angeles 2016 with Merfolk. Merfolk has been scrubbed off as a joke by the top players for years. It is our guest’s mission to prove them wrong, AGAIN.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Theros

Favorite Card

Master of Waves

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Every set changes the whole game. It keeps the game fresh.

Early Challenge

Finding the right people to surround himself with.

Worst Magic Moment

Jonathon played Mono blue devotion in Standard. He did very well everywhere except at PTQ's. At his lost PTQ he lost every single game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Vancouver

Breakthrough Moment

When Jonathon started winning PTQ's with Merfolk.

Advice from Pros

Play the deck that speaks to you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't play around what their opponent might have.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play competitive leagues on Magic Online. Sleep very well the nights before.

Parting Guidance

Playing around cards is the most important thing you can do in Magic.
You're at the mercy of your cards. Never resign.

Magic Resource

NikachuMTGYouTube, MTGEloProject.net, MTG Top 8

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Twitter:@nikachumtg

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Mar 14, 2017

Adam Van Fleet is a full-time Project Manager who plays Magic in the little spare time he can muster. He was introduced to the game back in 1998, and has played competitively off-and-on since 2012. He Top 25'd Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx, Top 8'd GP Pittsburgh 2017, and Won SCG Philidelphia 2013.

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First Set

Exodus

Favorite Set

Mirrodin / Theros block

Favorite Card

Arcbound Ravager
Force of Will

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It started as a way to hang with friends. As time progressed Adam came to the competitive aspect.

How to Top 8 a Grand Prix from Consistent Day 2

You have to really understand the metagame.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Legacy GP, Adam played Affinity and in round one, his opponent blew him out. #feelbad.
At another event an opponent rules lawyered Adam and he felt bad about the situation.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making it to the Pro Tour for the first time.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Friendships

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Frustrated at inability to control outcomes.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Rushing. A lot of players do thing too quickly without thinking of the consequences.
Ask yourself " Why am I making this play now?"
'The most important decision is keeping your opening hand.'

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice at FNM and other weekly local events. Practice Limited on Magic Online. 
Adam will save packs from wins and then practice drafting and building sealed pools.

Parting Guidance

Have fun! At the end of the day, it's a game.

Connect With Adam Van Fleet

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

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Mar 10, 2017

Gerry Thompson is a master deck builder, deck-tuner, and Pro Tour mainstay. He dominated the SCG Tour and even worked at Wizards of the Coast for a bit. He has 11 Grand Prix Top 8s with 2 wins and 1 Pro Tour Top 8.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Nether Spirit

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Gameplay is super fun. Gerry loves to solve a puzzle.

Early Challenge

Card advantage was a concept that Gerry didn't grasp at first but made a huge difference once he learned.

Breakthrough Moment

First Grand Prix top 8

Worst Magic Moment

At a Magic Worlds tournament, Gerry had a bad deck and was doing his best. He conceded a game that he didn't have to because he was unfamiliar with his deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning two opens in one weekend and making Magic: The Gathering History.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Social interactions, decision-making skills,  and a word everything.

Best Format

Modern

Magic Mentors

Neil Reeves

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic help Gerry mature. He learned that how he treats people matters.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding and not understanding your role.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ask critical questions in every match up.

Shortcomings

Gerry is working on getting better Pro Tour results.

Winning Strategy in Modern

Death Shadow

Tournament Day Tips

Get 8 hours of sleep. exercise in the morning, stay hydrated

Parting Guidance

If you've ever

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Twitter:@G3RRYT

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Mar 7, 2017

Petr Sochurek has been playing Magic since he was 11, and started grinding PTQs and GPs at about 16. He qualified to Valencia, where he made top 16 at his first Pro Tour with Merfolk. He’s a Platinum Level Pro with 4 Grand Prix top 8, including a finals at Rimini and a win at Paris.

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First Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Card

Venser, Shaper Savant

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Petr loves to win. He enjoys the challenge and complications.

Early Challenge

Petr learned how to learn. After each game, Petr asks what he could have done better.

Breakthrough Moment

When Petr was 18-19 he qualified for his first Pro Tour.

Worst Magic Moment

Petr lost his first PPTQ final and didn't qualify for the Pro Tour. He learned how bad he wanted the Pro Tour and prepared even harder.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Platinum in 2016. To get there he practiced every day online.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Petr has become more analytical.

Magic Mentor

Lukas Blohon, Martin Juza

Tournament Day Tips

Get some sleep and practice wake up at the time you would for the tournament. Bananas and fruits.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Petr learned if he really wants something he willing to sacrifice for it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People make the 80% right play. People don't think through their play and don't realize when they should make the 20% play.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Petr is open to playing any deck. He talks with other players and knows that just because his good players mean he knows everything.

Parting Guidance

You can learn from every single game. Don't complain.

Magic Resource

MTGO, MTG Goldfish, CFB

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Twitter:@PetrKikac

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Mar 3, 2017

Simon Slutsky has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and 1 Grand Prix win. He made day 2 at Pro Tour Sydney and is a 5 time PPTQ second place finisher. He’s a Merfolk enthusiast who goes a little deep on Modern and a Nuclear physics researcher when he’s not playing Magic.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Phantasmal Image

Early Challenge

Simon struggled with guessing what his opponent level and trying to play around things

Breakthrough Moment

GP Los Angeles 2016

Worst Magic Moment

After practicing with his Merfolk deck, Simon attended a GP and got a terrible pairing in round 1. He got destroyed but learned to take every game one at a time.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a Grand Prix.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Simon has noticed that life has taught him how to handle Magic and Magic has taught him to keep an ever keel.

Best Format

Modern

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People tend to over think things too much. There's a line between theory crafting and wasting time.

Tournament Day Tips

Drink water, bring healthy snacks, go with friends

Parting Guidance

Have fun. Magic shouldn't be a grind.

Magic Resource

Twitter, Reddit, CFB, MTG Goldfish, Modern Nexus.com

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Twitter:@somesalmon

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Feb 28, 2017

Roope Metsa has been playing Magic since Khans of Tarkir and just qualified for his first Pro Tour by making top 8 at Grand Prix Prague 2017. Roope lives in Vantaa, Finland.

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First Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Opposition

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic games are hard.Roope likes making decisions.

Worst Magic Moment

At an RPTQ Roope lost in the top 8. Roope learned how to manage loss better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague.

Preparation for Success

Roope missed the pre-release but he drafted as much as he could. He wants to the GP with 15-20 drafts under the belt.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Competitive gaming has taught Roope the importance of receiving your actions.

Best Format

Modern

Preferred Deck

Grixis

Post Game Evaluation

Ask your opponent " why do you think you won that game?"

Tournament Day Tips

Drink a lot of water, walk outside between rounds.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People get drawn in by fancy tricks and don't focus on fundamentals.

Parting Guidance

The best way to improve is to play against better players.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8, CFB, MTG Reddit

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Twitter:@Foleroo

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Feb 24, 2017

Marcio Carvalho has an impressive record of 13 Grand Prix Top 8s including 3 wins, 3 Pro Tour Top 8s, and was a finalist at the 2016 Worlds tournament.

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First Set

Stronghold

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Wasteland

Early Challenge

Choosing a deck.

Breakthrough Moment

First time competing at Worlds in 2005.

Worst Magic Moment

Getting banned for 6 months for looking at others cards in a draft.
Marcio learned to not try to be the coolest kid in the room.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Platinum and being a finalist Worlds Moment in 2016.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Slow down and understand it's okay to be wrong.

Best Format

Limited

Advice From Pro

Magic is a game of variance. Prepare it.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Marcio learned he can work hard when he wants to.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Forcing a pick order in a draft. Drafts are fluid and you shouldn't put blenders.

Shortcomings

Constructed

Daily Habits

Not getting burned out by playing too much.

Tournament Day Tips

Eat well and drink water.

Parting Guidance

Don't force things. Play what you know.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG

Connect With Marcio Carvalho

Twitter:@KbolMagic

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Feb 21, 2017

Florian Koch has been playing Magic since 1994 and played semi-competitively until he got his first Pro Point in 2010. He then won GP Lyon later that year. Since 2010 he’s made the Top 8 of three GPs and is striving for success on the Pro Tour. Florian is from Cologne, Germany.

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First Set

The Dark (Just before)

Favorite Set

Florian doesn't have a favorite set.

Favorite Card

Lightning bolt

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

At first, it was the interactions between cards. Then it was the competitive scene.

Level Up Moment

Florian watched a friend play who explained that recognizing what matters in a game is the key to winning.

Worst Magic Moment

Florian 9-0 day one of a Grand Prix but flowed out on day two. He learned to prepare for the whole event.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Lyon.

Best Format

Limited

What Have You Learned from Magic

Make your own decisions and decide what matters. You don't have to use the same yardstick as everyone else to measure yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not enjoying yourself. You spend all day at an event, don't make it awful for you or your opponent.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Florian played with the best players he could find and talked with the best players at the event.

Shortcomings

Florian is working on being a better control player.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, Clothes, Hygiene products

Advice From Pro

Florian saw Dirk B. sort cards into tiers for the first time and that help him see Magic differently.

Advice For Aether Revolt Limited

The Improvise mechanic is overvalued at the moment. Aggressive strategies are working. Combat tricks in this format are decent.

Improvement Suggestions

When you go to a Magic tournament, make it fun for you and others. Care for your community.

Magic Resource

CFB, MTG Goldfish

Connect With Florian Koch

Twitter:@Odin_FK

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Feb 17, 2017

Eric English has cashed many Grand Prix and has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and a Pro Tour top 32, both in 2016. He’s a Silver Level Pro looking to continue the success he had last year. Eric is from Rochester, New York.

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First Set

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Engineered Explosives

Early Challenge

Eric's deck selection skills were sub par. By consuming content Eric was able to get a better feel for the metagame.

Breakthrough Moment

SCG Open in 2014, Eric played a Rabble Red deck and took 2nd.

Worst Magic Moment

At a local invite is the only tournament Eric lost his chance to make top 8 and he tilted really bad. He made a fool of himself. Now he thinks of the game in terms of resource management. Eric views his emotions and mental energy as a resource.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning an SCG Open while visiting a friend in Washington.

What have You Learned from Magic

The practice of thinking through multiple scenarios.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Misunderstanding the flow of the game. Combat this by thinking on your opponent's turn and shortening your gameplay actions.

Shortcoming

Eric loses focus when he's winning.

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun. Play the game. Magic has many forms.

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

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Feb 14, 2017

John Asbach is 25 years old and an active duty military member. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (Westpoint) Class of 2013 and is originally from Buffalo, NY. He loves theater, coffee, and hockey and is the Champion of Grand Prix San Jose 2017.

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First Set

9th / 10th

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Dark Intimations

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It's different everytime you play.

Early Challenge

Constructed. Choosing the right deck. Getting advice from knowledgeable players helps John share this up.

Breakthrough Moment

Grand Prix San Jose validated John's effort.

Worst Magic Moment

GP Portland. John went to time against a grindy Bant company deck. He ended up playing the draw bracket and doing poorly.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Grand Prix San Jose 2017.

How to Get from Day 2 to Top 8

Focus on the things you can control. Play, card evaluation (Limited), deck building.
Ask yourself " how does my deck win?"

What Have You Learned from Magic

Thinking ahead and solving problems.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not giving enough attention to your mana base in Limited.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For a new set, go to the Pre-Release and draft as much as possible before the Grand Prix.

Tournament Day Tips

Water, granola bars, the days are long. Take it one match at a time.

Improvement Suggestions

Be your mentality flexible. Find what works for you and talk to others.

Connect With John Asbach

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

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Feb 10, 2017

Adam Ragsdale is a former MTGO grinder and content producer turned current occasional traveler. He has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s, both in the last calendar year. Adam lives in Toronto.

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First Set

Torment

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Arc-slogger

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Adam loves solving the puzzle using all the pieces of Magic.

Early Challenge

Time management. Playing too fast and too slow at different times.

Breakthrough Moment

First PPTQ win in 2006. Know the meta. Check the 5-0 lists from Magic Online and ask questions.

Worst Magic Moment

ProTour-Charleston circa 2006. Lost 4 times, got a bye and dropped.
You can't let one tournament make you feel like you're not good enough.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Pittsburgh top 8.
If there is a "best" thing to be doing, do that thing. Play that deck.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Adam tends to operate on instinct so he needs to prepare a lot.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not playing the best deck. Not understanding the match up on a conceptual level.

What Have You Learned from Magic

Everything has a range of outcomes. Prepare as best as you can to guide to the most positive outcome.

Tournament Day Tips

Get a good amount of sleep and eat well. Book flights to get arrive at a decent time.

Improvement Suggestions

When you're playing in a tournament, focus on your decisions and what you can control.

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Twitter:@aWinnarIsYou

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Feb 7, 2017

Rodrigo Togores has several good finishes at many Magic events, but most notably is the Champion of Grand Prix Prague 2016.

 

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Card

Brainstorm
Tendrils of Agony

Early Challenge

Combat Math.

Breakthrough Moment

2015, Rodrigo won a Vintage tournament in Italy.

What have You Learned from Magic

Planning ahead and being prepared. By traveling a lot Rodrigo has gained skills that are useful all the time.

Worst Magic Moment

Rodrigo traveled to the U.S. to play in an SCG event. He lost his win-and-in to Jim Davis because he miscounted by one. Rodrigo learned to think twice when he plays. It's a skill worth having for any match up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Win GP Prague.

Advice for Beginner Legacy

Not every deck is super expensive. Legacy cards maintain their value so you can sell a deck and buy into another one fairly easily.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players give away free information. Always think if it matters to play this card now or later. If you can, play it later.

Tournament Tips

Drink a lot of water, go to the restroom between every round.

Improvement Suggestions

Don't pile shuffle!

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Twitter:@TogoresTcg

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Feb 3, 2017

Matt Tabak is a senior editor inside Magic R&D. He is a former level 3 judge, competed at the Pro Tour four times, and holds the record for longest tenured Magic rules manager. He’s the lead editor for Magic Duels and the upcoming Magic sets Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation. Matt lives in Seattle, WA.

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First Set

Alpha

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Hidden Path
Prodigal Sorcerer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling and meeting the players.

Most Notable Ruling You've Ever Made

Judging a Pro Tour Qualifier. Matt disqualified a player for having a 59 card deck. Matt realized that player experience is very important.

Best Experience Working on Magic

Traveling to PAX 2016. Revealing Kaladesh to the world was awesome.

If You Could Change One Thing About the Rules What Would it be

Make all Instants, Sorceries

Las Vegas Magic Story

A friend got arrested for using a hot tub that wasn't theirs.

What have You Learned from Magic

Matt has learned about collaboration.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Failures to learn from mistakes. Don't blame luck. Take ownership and learn from mistakes.

Improvement Suggestions

You get out of it what you put into it. Life is ultimately about the connections you make with other people.

Connect With Matt Tabak

Twitter:@TabakRules

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Jan 31, 2017

Cody Napier started playing magic in 2009 and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 (Louisville) and 1 SCG open top 8 in his record. He’s attending his first Pro Tour later this year which is only 45 minutes away from his house. He loves cube and Legacy but mostly plays Standard. Cody lives in Tennessee.

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First Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Elvish Visionary

Early Challenge

 Thinking too far ahead. Cody would think about the end of the tournament instead of the current match.

Worst Magic Moment

Cody was playing against Brian Braun-Duin for a top 8 slot. He didn't kill a key creature and then had to discard his removal spell.

Proudest Magic Moment

Playing for top 8 at Grand Prix Louisville, Cody had the foresight to play around a Vendilion Clique. This drew him into Griselbrand for the win.

Best Format

Legacy

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Cody has learned he doesn't do things halfway.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players look at Magic more as a job than a game. If you take the game so seriously then losses lot harder and you're more likely to tilt.

Magic Mentors

Brian Braun - Duin, Gerry Thompson, Todd Anderson

Beginner Legacy Advice

Watch Legacy coverage and learn card interactions. Learn how to cast brainstorm. AJ Sacher articles really help.

Improvement Suggestions

Focus on having fun, not winning.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, TCG Player, MTG Top 8, MTG Goldfish

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Twitter:@cody_napier

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Jan 27, 2017

Reid Duke has an impressive record of 19 Grand Prix Top Eights with 5 wins and 2 PT Top Eights with 2 additional Top Sixteens. He’s lauded in the Magic community as a boon of positivity and a shining example of kindness. Reid is mentioned by several past guests of the show as a player they look up to. Reid lives in Sugar Loaf New York.

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First Set

4th Edition Ice Age

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara / Ice Age

Favorite Card

Green sun's zenith

Early Challenge

Reid did poorly at his first several Pro Tour. He was used to PTQ level players when the Pro Tour had much higher caliber players.

Worst Magic Moment

Placing 2nd at World Championship in 2013.
Reid was up 2 games in the finals and then lost 3 games in a row.

Proudest Magic Moment

Doing so well at Worlds 2013 and making it to 2nd place. Also, winning the mocs 2011.

Magic Mentors

LSV

Advice for New Legacy Players

Stick with the same deck.

http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-guide-part-i-introduction-to-legacy2/
http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-guide-part-ii-overview-of-legacy/
http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-guide-part-iii-choosing-your-deck/

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to do too much. The more you get into Magic the more time management becomes important.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Reid starts about 3 weeks in advance. Reid will draft as much as possible and play practice games with locals and online

What have You Learned from Magic

Reid has learned, to be honest with himself and these around him. He has learned to not cut corners. 

Shortcomings

Time management and deck building.

Daily Habits

Quality practice over quantity. Reid doesn't 

Improvement Suggestions

Stick with Magic through the good and the bad.multiqueue or listen to music.

Connect With Reid Duke

Twitter:@ReidDuke

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Jan 24, 2017

David Mines has 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Grand Prix win under his belt, has 2 Pro Tour top 16 and is the captain of the 2016 Australian World Magic Cup team. David lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Liliana of the veil

Early Challenge

David found it hard to be taken seriously because he was so young. Testing with other groups was hard. He's learned to be very open to other ideas.

When was Your Magic Breakthrough

At David's second PPTQ he and his team went all the way to the finals and split the win. He learned to not intimidated by big games.

Level Up Moment

After coming back, David won a PPTQ and linked with a team that took Magic very seriously. This approach opened. David's eyes.

Worst Magic Moment

At a Grand Prix soon after David's return, he throws away a top 8 because he played around a card that he shouldn't.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Melbourne 2016 (David won!) Top 8 at World Magic Cup 2016.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

David has learned how competitive he can be and has been able to learn to tone it down.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players try to play around too many things.

Underplayed Card in Modern

Midnight Oil

Beginner Modern Advice

Final a deck that fits your play style. Learn what the other decks do.

Daily Activities

Listening to music helps David's frame of mind.

Improvement Suggestions

Be open and receptive to learning. Soak in knowledge and learn from better players.

Magic Resource

CFBSCG

Connect With David Mines

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

 

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Jan 20, 2017

Seth Manfield is the 2015 World Champion and has 11 Grand Prix top 8's including 5 Wins. He also has 2 Pro Tour Top 8's as well as multiple Pro Tour top 16's. He’s a full time Magic player and content producer for TCGplayer.com. Part of the #mtgdad club and a current Platinum Pro. Seth lives in Maryland, USA.

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First Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Vedalken Dismisser

Early Challenge

Confidence in his ability to compete.

Breakthrough

First Pro Tour Top 8. Fate Reforged.

Worst Magic Moment

Loss to Shahar Shenhar to make top 8 of a Grand Prix. Seth thought he blew his chance to make the Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning 2015 World Championship.

What have you learned from Magic

You can follow what you love and turn it into a career.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Most players look at Magic as a hobby. Seth approaches the game as aa job. He's come to be okay with lifestyle.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Thinking they've won a game before it's over. Think about your opponents outs.

Shortcomings

Seth is buying up misplays and his deck building skills.

Weekly Rituals

Look at decks that are doing well and familiarize yourself with the top deck lists.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Know the current meta-game. What are the best decks? Play against the top 3 decks but also be prepared for the surprise builds.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Cards, Deck, Life Pad

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun, brew decks. Try things out and be happy with how you view the game.

Magic Resource

TCG Player, Wizards of the Coast Website

Connect With Seth Manfield

Twitter:@SethManfield

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Jan 17, 2017

Ben Hull played Magic fairly casually for about four years before qualifying for Pro Tour Kaladesh. He made top 8 at Pro Tour Kaladesh and since then, also picked up his first Grand Prix top 8 in Denver. Ben lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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First Set

Antiquities

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Overgrown battlement

Early Challenge

When playing control, when do you start a Hacking.

Worst Magic Moment

Being horribly sick before his first Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Denver. This validated Ben's Pro Tour finish.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learned how to accept bad outcomes.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Card evaluation skils are sub par. To get better, read what others say. Tap into the knowledge of others.

What Tournament Day Tips Can You share

Play one match at a time. Just focus on the here and now.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Play Magic! Put more effort in Constructed and have fun.

Success Activities

Watching and listening to Magic content.

Improvement Suggestions

Slow down sometimes and really evaluate your decisions.

Connect With Ben Hull

Twitter:@IbbinMTG

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Jan 13, 2017

-Daniel Cathro is a newcomer to the competitive Magic scene as he only started playing competitively with Dragons of Tarkir. He qualified for his first Pro Tour at Eldritch Moon through an RPTQ and just qualified for Pro tour Aether Revolt to make 3 Pro Tours in a row. Daniel lives in Provo, Utah.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Magic Origins

Favorite Card

Goblin Rabblemaster

Early Challenge

Constructed specifically sideboarding. Daniel read a ton of sideboard guides to flesh out his knowledge.

Level Up Moment

Round one of his first Pro Tour, Daniel played against Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa and won!

Worst Magic Moment

At his second Pro Tour, Daniel didn't earn a Pro Point and felt really bad - since his first PT he did very well.

Proudest Magic Moment

2016 has been amazing. Danny feels very validated.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Danny is able to see odds not pan out and not be upset.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Many [layers will over think a situation or give their opponent too much credit. Play your game plan.

Best Format

Modern

Advice for Beginner Modern Player

Pick a deck and learn it inside and out.

Activity that Leads to Success

Play and testing with friends have been invaluable.

Improvement Suggestions

Stick to your guns. Learn a deck or strategy and double down on it.

Magic Resource

Limited Resources, CFB, SCG, Event coverage

Connect With Daniel Cathro

Twitter:@djcathro

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Jan 10, 2017

Jacob Nagro is a competitive Magic player from Albuquerque, NM. His first Pro Tour was PT Kaladesh and he later earned his first GP Top 8 in Denver.

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First Set

Betrayers of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Shadowmoor / Eventide

Favorite Card

Life from the loam

Ravnica Guilds

Simic

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The community and interacting with people makes Magic fun for Jacob.

Level Up Moment

At his 2nd Grand Prix, Jacob finished 12-3.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Los Angeles (May 2016). Jacob started 5-0 and then got a loss that he realized was his fault. He qualified for day 2 but dropped to get more experience in a side event. Later he wished he played day 2 so he could learn more.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix Denver.

Advice for Beginner Standard Player

Know from round to round the game plan of the current top decks.

Advice for Yourself 5 Years Ago

Some decks which powerful for a reason. Don't be afraid to plan the best deck.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learning how to not carry over mistake or losses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players sequence lands or top lands in a way that gives away information.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Leading up to GP Denver, Jacob played 5 Leagues and learned which decks were going to be good.

What’s in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, small box of cards, decks for side event, waterbottle

Shortcoming

Not getting enough out of matches when playing online. After each match you want to review what happened and which cards were good and carried weight.

Improvement Suggestions

Stay focused during games. Reflect after the round, focus during.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG

Connect With Jacob Nagro

Twitter:@JacobNagro

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Jan 6, 2017

Bas Melis is 31 years old and won Dutch Nationals in 2010 with a 15-0 record. He finished 8th place with the Dutch team at Worlds 2010. Played in 6 consecutive Pro Tours and finished 2nd at GP Rotterdam with Brent Vos and Frank Karsten. Bas lives in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Alara block

Favorite Card

Life from the loam

Early Challenge

First match and quarter finals are tough for Bas. By persisting and understanding the numbers, Bas know his time would come.

Level Up Moment

Regularly going to events with the best players in his area. This game insights, motivation and companionship.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix and Pro Tour in Paris, France. Bas had loss after loss in both events. The event was poorly organized and Bas finished lower than he should. He learned to only go to the GP's he wanted.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Dutch Nationals with a 15-0 record.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Bas hated losing when younger. He would become sour .of things were going to South. Now, he's focused on improving that and is happy that he's a positive player, win or lose.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People loss the game before it ever starts. People psych themselves out when playing a "big name" in Magic Player.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Schedule time and practice, practice, practice. Use leagues on MTGO to get reps.

Beginner Standard Advice

Control decks are Bas' favorite and if the meta allows it, try a control deck. If not, go ogre.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Start practicing draft a lot more.

Improvement Suggestions

Keep having fun. Never lose sight of that.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Bas Melis

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

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Jan 3, 2017

Ben Weitz is a Gold Pro Magic Player and one of the resident deck builders for East West Bowl. He has 4 Grand Prix Top 8s and is working on improving his game to get his first Pro Tour Top 8.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Vesuvan Shapeshifter

Early Challenge

Sideboarding. Ben would have sideboard powooos with friends and learn how the built sideboard.

Worst Magic Moment

Ben terribly at a Grand Prix with a deck that he created. His friend (piloting the same deck) did very well. The dichotomy really stung.

Proudest Magic Moment

Hitting Gold after his second year on the Pro Tour.

Level Up Moment

Ben built a deck that Top 8'd in a Grand Prix and he realized "Wow, I'm a good deck builder".

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Competitive environments is Ben's preferred way to socialize.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not sequencing your spells correctly.

How to Build Better Magic Decks

Note whether you are building for a known metagame or an unknown metagame. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the metagame and either take a deck that has a way to address what's going on or build a deck that does the same.

Improvement Suggestions

Magic is about having fun. If you burnout, take a break or skip a Grand Prix.

Connect With Ben Weitz

Twitter:@bsweitz123

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Dec 30, 2016

Manuel Succari is from Panama but is currently living in Taiwan studying Japanese. He’s played for team Panama in two World Magic Cups and made top 8 of the most recent one. When his schedule and budget allow, he enjoys attending Grand Prixs and has a personal best record of 11-4.

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First Set

8th Edition

Favorite Set

Ravnica

Favorite Card

Tarmogoyf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive aspect of the game is very appealing.

Level Up moment

Grand Prix Taipei 2016

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Tokyo, Manuel flew to Tokyo, prepared a lot and didn't make day 2. He felt like quitting but his support system held him up and encouraged him to not give up.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of World Magic cup 2016

Best Format

Format

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

"You can do it."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Choosing the wrong deck of the sub-optimal choice. Plan the deck you know the best and feel most comfortable with.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Practice early and practice a lot. Test every Top deck from the Pro Tour and see which resonates with you.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, Dice, Tokens

Daily Advice

Play at least a match a day.

Advice to New Standard Player

Ask a lot of questions and practice.

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun playing the game.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, Twitch.tv(Paul Cheon/Kenji)

Connect With Manuel Succari

Twitter:@manugoyf

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Dec 27, 2016

Rob Pisano was a finalist at Grand Prix Indianapolis and made top 8 at Grand Prix Denver. He’s a Silver level pro soon to be Gold.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Jace, Vryn's prodigy

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Rob loves the challenge of deck building and high-level play.

Early Challenge

Learning how to lose. Be social at the table and you'll develop a good relationship with your opponent. This will help take the sting of losing.

Magic Mentors

David Williams

Worst Magic Moment

Second Pro Tour, Rob lost two win and ins to the top 8.

Proudest Magic Moment

Qualifying for the Pro Tutor for the first time. Rob made top 4 of an RPTQ and was so excited.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Rob learned how persistent he can be. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting discouraged when odds are in your favor. Stay focused and keep your head in the game. Always ask "how can I win this?"

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

In modern, you need to ask "What's changed since the loss of big event?"
In Standard, you need to test a lot. It's tedious but the results will come.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Play Magic! Go to as many competitive events as possible.

Daily Actions

Play Magic often. Leagues help.

Improvement Suggestions

Take loss as a challenge. Be friendly with everyone, Magic is the best game. If you're not having fun, make it fun. Innovate and come up with your own ideas.

Connect With Rob Pisano

Twitter:@Rob_Pisano

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Dec 23, 2016

Eric Severson is a Gold Level Pro and a member of Team East West Bowl who has 4 Grand Prix Top 8s to his name. Eric lives in Davis California.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

M13

Favorite Card

Birthing pod

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Competition is key to having fun for Eric. The ability to progress is very appealing.

Early Challenge

Sideboarding was tough at the beginning. By finding a deck, he would master helped him focus on improving his sideboarding skills.

Level Up Moment

Playing the same deck and going to competitive events regularly really added to Eric's skill.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar (3rd Pro Tour), after a great day one and having a 10-1 record, Eric loses 4 games in a row and then draws and misses top 8 and a Pro Tour invite.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8'ing a Grand Prix to make silver and get the Pro Tour invite after losing it 6 times. Top 4 of a team Grand Prix was also a highlight. Eric made a sweet reanimator play on camera.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players drop from tournaments. WHY? If you paid and traveled, then play all the rounds. Thinking through this turn and the next yields big advantages.

Best Format

Limited

Effective Limited Preparation

Grind booster drafts and sealed events on MTGO. Play pre-release. Have a draft camp weekend.

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun playing the games.

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Dec 20, 2016

Sergiy Sushalskyy started playing Magic in 1999 with the Urza block. He’s been regularly competing in Grand Prixs since 2012 and has 3 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2 Ukraine National Champion's titles and a recent Magic World Cup Top 8 with team Ukraine. Segiy is from Kiev, Ukraine but lives in Edinborough, Scotland.

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First Set

Portal 2nd Age

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Counterspell

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

After a year or two, Magic went from a hobby to a competitive objective. He loves the competitive aspect.

Early Challenge

Deck building is the most difficult aspect of Magic. That and dealing with uncertainty. When playing against an unknown, be more cautious.

Level Up Moment

After Sergiy's first Grand Prix Top 8, he top 8'd another about one month later. He prepared by playing Limited and reading articles.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Barcelona 2016 - Sergiy was playing to get 59 match points. It was the lost GP of the season and if he won his lost match, he would make Silver-level Pro for the season. Sergiy lost and took a break after come back (as always).

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 with team Ukraine in 2016 World Magic Cup.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Sergiy is easily discouraged and gets frustrated. But he learned that everything is possible.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Losing focus part way through the day of a big tournament. The noise of GP's can be very distracted. Get outside and clear your mind. Get fresh air.

Beginner Limited Advice

Time yourself making decks with a sealed pool.

Improvement Suggestions

What is Magic for you? Is it a casual hobby or are you looking to be competitive? Once you know, dedicate the appropriate time to achieve your goals.

Magic Resource

ChannelFireBall, SCG

Connect With Sergiy Sushalskyy

Sergiy can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group

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Dec 16, 2016

Petros Tziotis is a Greek Magic: The Gathering player who in his first year of playing won Nationals 2007. This year he came back to win the World Magic Cup with his teammates Bill, Panos and Nikos. Petros lives in Athens, Greece.

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First Set

9TH Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Bloodbraid Elf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Meeting lots of new friends and having the opportunity to connect with cool people.

Early Challenge

Playing new decks was rough for Petros. He learned by watching other players.

Level Up Moment

When Petros started going to local stores and playing with good players he grew the most.

Worst Magic Moment

A PPTQ come to Greece during Scars of Mirrodin. He did 100 sealed events online. At the event, he went 0-2. He left without talking to anyone because he was upset. He learned that you have to accept the losses and understand that it's cyclical.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning world Magic Cup 2016 with his teammates.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Magic has similarities to fencing and Petros learned to love the mind games and bluff.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't realize their mistakes. Too often players don't break down the game after and analyze what they could have done differently.

Advice To Yourself 5 Years Ago

Play more and take advantage of opportunities that came by.

Advice for Standard

Find a deck that fits your style and play that a lot.

Success Tip

Regulate drafts. Keeps your Magic mind sharp.

Improvement Suggestions

Start slow but dream big. If you want to go big, find those better players.

Connect With Petros Tziotis

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

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Dec 13, 2016

Peter Vieren played continually on the Pro Tour from 2010-11, then took (sort of) a break when he started working. He got back to the Pro Tour in 2015. He has two Magic Grand Prix top 8s (Lyon '10, Prague '15), 1 Pro Tour top 16 (Milwaukee '15) and is the captain of the 2016 Belgium World Magic Cup team which took second place. Peter lives in Leuven, Belgium.

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First Set

Planeshift

Favorite Set

Rise of the Eldrazi

Favorite Card

Jace, The Mind Sculptor
Dig through Time

Early Challenge

Peter played rogue decks "too much". However, he has learned from every deck his built.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Amsterdam; Peter played a Restore Balance deck and missed in day 2 by one match.

Proudest Magic Moment

World Magic Cup 2016 - being in a great environment with a wonderful team.

Level Up Moment

Coming back to the game after a break showed Peter that being calm and not being  whipped up in the results.

Best Format

Draft, look for mana sinks in limited.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Peter has the ability to be very focused.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Side boarding is where many players stumble. With experience, you'll know your own deck and format better.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water, Cards

Mentors

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (past guest)

Improvement Suggestions

Balance is big. Don't be extreme in some cases and too soft in others. Questioning every decision you made gets you nowhere but not seeking advice is also flawed.

Magic Resource

CFB

Connect With Peter Vieren

Twitter:@peter_vieren

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Dec 9, 2016

Lauri Pispa has been playing Magic competitively for 2 years, which comes after a 10-year break from the game. In that time he played other games competitively and even opened a card shop one year ago named Sensei’s Divining Shop. He’s a member of the 2016 Finnish World Magic Cup team and lives in Tampere, Finland.

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First Set

Urza block

Favorite Set

Prophecy, Innistrad

Favorite Card

Tangle wire

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling is a lot of fun. Magic is a good excuse to get out and see the world.

Early Challenge

Lauri wasn't good at taking criticism. He thought he knew it all. But as he lost at GP's he learned that he had a lot to learn. Now he embraces learning from others.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Madrid 2016, Lauri needed to win 2 of the last 4 games but didn't win a single one. He went out with the team deconstructed the event.

Proudest Magic Moment

World Magic Cup Top 8 2016

Level Up Moment

When Lauri decided he was going to be competitive and when he recognized there is always a better player. He started reading and watching content.

Best Format

Legacy and draft

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Lauri has learned that he enjoys the deep thinking process.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being open to criticism. Players sometimes don't listen to others.

Mentors

BBD- Brian Braun-Duin (Past guest)

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Extra cards to build decks, Clothes

Improvement Suggestions

Be nice to everybody. Be nice to your opponents and be nice to yourself.

Magic Resource

www.senseisdiviningshop.fi, MTGGoldfish, CFB, SCG

Connect With Lauri Pispa

Twitter:@Telkku

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Dec 6, 2016

Ryan Cubit made it to his first Pro Tour (PT Madrid) in early 2016 where he made day 2. He’s been playing on and off since 2000 and has won states and regionals as well as other low-level tournaments. He’s a member of the 2016 Australian World Magic Cup team who loves building new decks and tweaking current ones. Ryan lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Invasion

Favorite Card

Goblin Guide

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The good memories of his friends keeps Ryan involved.

Early Challenge

Ryan loved 80 card decks. He struggled to cut his deck down to 60 cards. Resource management. Your life total is just a tool.

Worst Magic Moment

Soon after winning States, Ryan played an FNM and went 0-3 and then got a bye. He had never lost that badly. Ryan learned magic is a game that you win and lose.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning in the States in 2004. Crushing a pre-release in Austria while traveling with a friend.

Level Up Moment

Ryan started top 8'ing tournaments and other players noticed him.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

How far your morals play into everything you do. In competitive events, there is always the ambition to win at any cost. Ryan has realized the importance of his values.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get in their own head. They let misplays and losses affect their next match.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Ryan played a lot of Leagues on Magic Online. He has a Restore Balance deck in that he's practiced with a lot.

Improvement Suggestions

Be yourself. Play and have fun.

Magic Resource

SCG, SCG Premium, CFB, Gatherer

Connect With Ryan Cubit

Twitter:@EgyptainCubit

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Dec 2, 2016

Alex Kessler is the creator of the web show Top Decking, the previous host of Mad Magic, and the creator and host of the Masters of Modern Podcast. He’s a Founding member of the website www.Collected.Company, and is the President and game and toy designer of the KessCo toy and Game company. Alex lives in Santa Monica, California.

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First Set

5TH Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Geist of Saint Traft

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The content creation has been a large hook for Alex. He also loves the brewing side of magic as well. The creation is key.

Early Challenge

Attack step. Alex is a more passive player and plays a deck that doesn't attack a lot.

Level Up Moment

Reading a draft and pick article in Zendikar block led to his first win.

Worst Magic Moment

Alex assumed he lost a game that he actually won. He didn't count the damage and scooped. His opponent lets him lose.

Proudest Magic Moment

The first decent finish at an event. The positive response to Top Decking.

Best Format

Modern

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Alex is more competitive than he realized. He's also greatly improved his ability to learn.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

The mana management. Tapping the wrong land, Keep your mana organized.

Shortcoming

Learning the deck that he should play and sticking to it.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

Buy fetch land.

Underplayed Card in Standard

Gideon Jura
Geist of Saint Traft

Improvement Suggestions

Always ask for help. Call a judge if you need to.

Mentors

LSV(Luis Scott-Vargas), Patrick Chapin,Brian Kibler

Connect With Alex Kessler

Twitter:@mmcast

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Nov 29, 2016

Zachary Kiihne is a 19 year old Computer Science major at Umass Amherst. Grand Prix Providence 2016 was his first Grand Prix Top 8. Previously he had top 64ed two GPs and top 8ed the last RPTQ. This is his first time breaking through to the Pro Tour. Zachary lives in Amherst MA.

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First Set

Eventide

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Archangel Avacyn, Pyromancer Ascension

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The challenge of stay focused and then the reward of winning.

Early Challenge

Side boarding and multi-gaming in constructed.

Level Up Moment

It was summer before college when Zach became top 8’d in a limited PPTQ. In the semi-finals, he lost due to getting warnings. He learned that cold streaks end.

Worst Magic Moment

Shuffled in a card to his deck and lost because of game rule violations. Zach learned to slow down and clean up his play.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Providence, 5TH  place

Underplayed Card in Standard

Westvale Abbey in W/U Flash

Mentors

Noah Walker

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Zach has learned that he likes to focus and he likes to compete.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don’t break down why they lose. Think about what you could have done differently whether or not your opponent got lucky.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Zach made the decision to play whatever deck went 9-1 at the Pro Tour.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, Paper, Pencil, Water

Improvement Suggestions

Look back and evaluate each match and each game.

Magic Resource

CFB, SCG, SCG Premium

Connect With Zachary Kiihne

Twitter:@ZKiihne

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Nov 25, 2016

Andreas Ganz has filled his life with many Magic-related activities. When he’s not playing Grand Prixs he works at a local Magic store, manages content for Blackborder.com and does some trading of his own. He has top 8ed 2 Grand Prixs and won 1! Andreas lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Andreas Ganz when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep151

First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

Mirrodin & Full block Ravnica

Favorite Card

Polymorph

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic is constantly evolving.

Early Challenge

Andreas thought he had "figured it out". However, when he started playing against top players he realized how much he had to learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Playing for top 8 at GP Vienna, Andreas was playing mono black and made a terrible chump block that cost him the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8ing a Grand Prix for the first time. (Charlotte 2016)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Andreas learned that if you don't give up you can achieve your goals.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get to a point where they think they are good when they still have much to learn.

You should always try to learn from others.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Read content about what's going on in your format. Remember that people want to play new cards and try what's popular. Choose the deck that is well positioned based on that knowledge.

Mentors

Kai Budde, Ben Stark

Advice To Past Self

Be patient. Results will come as you focus on your game.

Underplayed Cards

All the modules

Guidance

Enjoy the game. If you don't, take a break.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish

Cockatrice

Blackborder.com

Connect With Andreas Ganz

Twitter: @Pfluegmeischter

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Nov 22, 2016

 

Alex Mitas is a college student from Albuquerque, NM, and an up-and-coming Magic player with a penchant for playing control decks, experience on the pro tour and, most recently, a grand prix top 8 competitor.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Lorwyn, Innistrad

Favorite Card

Sphinx's Revelation

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Flavor, story, art, but above all - the competition.

Early Challenge

Alex played too impulsively.

Level Up Moment

Discovering Twich.tv and watching videos of other Magic players.

Worst Magic Moment

At Grand Prix San Antonio years ago, Alex went 0-3 and dropped. He felt awful because he had drove a long way, spent money on the event and practiced really hard. He learned to be more open-minded about his mistakes.

Proudest Magic Moment

First time Alex qualified for the Pro Tour. Alex felt like it was all worth it.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Alex has learned he has a capacity for patience.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mulligan decisions. Newbies don't mulligan enough. More advanced players (on the cusp of being really good) mulligan too much.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

"Sit down and do the work." Get a team together.

Mentors

Andrew Cuneo

Guidance

Play Magic because it's fun. Not for the sunk costs.

Advice to Yourself 5 Years Ago

"Be more open-minded."

Best Format

Limited

Underplayed Limited Card

Panharmonicon

Beginner Limited Advice

Keep almost every hand with 2-5 lands.

Resources

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames

Twitch.tv

Connect With Alex Mitas

Alex can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group

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Nov 18, 2016

 

Jason Preston is the co-founder of Dent, a conference and a community of entrepreneurially minded creatives who seek to put a dent in the universe through great leadership and personal mastery. He's known as "Spade" in Counter-Strike, and recently picked up Magic. Jason lives in Seattle WA with his wife and two kids.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Kaladesh

Favorite Card

Thing In The Ice

Personal Mastery

There is a difference between having a set mindset and having a growth mindset. With a growth mindset you can unlock certain aspects of yourself that were previously thought to be written in the genetic code.

Deliberate Practice

The best way to improve. It most be specific, measurable and real time.

Hiring and Firing

Just like we have to evaluate the value of cards and decide which ones stays in our deck and which ones go, we likewise exercise this skill in the workplace when deciding what aspects of our culture or which team members stay or get cut.

Adaptive Leadership

Diagnose the system, come up with interventions (experiments to try), implement, check results, repeat.

Leadership vs. Authority

There is formal authority and informal authority. Who says what and who jumps because of it.

Resources

Books:

Connect With Jason Preston

Twitter: @jasonp

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Nov 15, 2016

Joey Manner is the owner of The Only Game In Town and has been on and off the Pro tour. He recently took a hiatus from Magic to focus on the shop but with the help of some very talented players he managed to top 8 Pro Tour Kaladesh with a deck no one saw coming (Blue White flash). Joey lives in New Jersey.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Joey Manner when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep148

First Set

Shards of Alara / Zendikar

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Gideon Jura

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Joey loves gaming and Magic just clicked.

Early Challenge

Joey identified himself as a control player and really struggled with combat math. He forced himself to play creature-based decks.

Level Up Moment

Joey was playing Magic Mon-Fri and on Sat and Sunday he was going to PTQS and competing at top events.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing in top 4 of first PTQ. (In the day when only first place got the invite.)

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Pro Tour Kaladesh

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

I've learned how to make friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not mulliganing aggressively enough.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Play more magic. Don't show up unprepared.

Shortcomings

Deck building skills - specifically mana bases.

Underplayed Card

Bruna and Gisela

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck box, Deck, Paper

Mentors

Christian Calcano

Magic Resource

Magic Online Beta Client
The Only Game In Town
MTG The Source
MTGCoverage

Guidance

Get your reps in Play Magic to get better at Magic.

Connect With Joey Manner

Twitter: @togitnj

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Nov 11, 2016

Gabrielius Kaklauskas has been honing his craft and can claim 2 World Magic Cup appearances and 1 Pro Tour appearance as well as making day 2 for the first time at GP Warsaw 2016 where he walked away the Champion! Gabrielius lives in Lithuania.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Gabrielius Kaklauskas when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep147

First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

The are all so unique

Favorite Card

Spell Queller

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive natural. Less time to get really good

Early Challenge

Speed. Gabrielius played too fast early on. By playing more Gabrielius become more familiar with lines of play.

Mentors

Owen Turtenwald
Odin

Worst Magic Moment

Going to a World Magic Cup with high expectations. He did well before and was not focused on the current match.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Warsaw 2016

Best Format

Draft

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Just play and have fun. Remove all expectations.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not reading the cards. Players assume they know and scan over important details. Make sure you read the cards and know what they do.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Asking players how to sideboard against them.

Shortcomings

Focus. Stay hydrated.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Book, Dice, Deck

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Buy some Tarmogoyf. Keep reading, keep playing.

Magic Resource

CFB
SCG
TCG

Advice to New Players

Determine how much you can spend and decide the format.

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Nov 8, 2016

Christian Cespedes is a Chilean Magic: The Gathering player. He's the 2010 Chilean National Champion and made top 8 at Grand Prix Santiago 2016. He’s an avid Magic Online grinder and lives in Via Del Mar, Chile.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Christian Cespedes when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep146

First Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Polymorph

Early Challenge

Learning the rules. Christian overcome this by playing a lot and making a lot of mistakes.

Worst Magic Moment

Featured match at a Grand Prix. Playing a top 8 win-and-in. Christian felt the pressure and made mistakes. He lost.

Proudest Magic Moment

2010 Chilean National Champion

Best Format

Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Patience. Learning how to be patient. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana wrong. Information is a gift. Guard it.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Took 2 vacation days and played Leagues on Magic Online.

Working on

Working on improving Pro Tour record.

Underplayed Card

Gearseeker Serpent

Advice to New Limited

Stick to two colors. 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Dice, Paper, Pen

Daily Ritual

Read something about magic.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Learn English

Magic Resource

SCG
CFB
TCG
MTG Mint Card

Advice to New Players

Be careful with trading. Learn how to play first.

Guidance

Enjoy the game and have fun.

Connect With Christian Cespedes

Twitter: @capitano_cl

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Nov 4, 2016

Ian Bozley is a local hero from Glen Burnie, Maryland who has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (one in 2015 in Charlotte and the second in 2016 in Providence). He’s the (unofficial) team leader of Team MTGFirst.com, a member of Brown Magic, an alleged "friend" of Jeff Carr, and the owner of the coolest playmat in Magic!

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ian Bozley when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep145

First Set

Mirrodin Besieged

Favorite Set

Innistrad / Theros

Favorite Card

Kitchen Finks

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The people make Magic what it is. Going on trips with friends is the best.

Early Challenge

Planning the first three turns of the game. "Mana efficiency is the most important part of Magic."

Level Up Moment

Going through a tournament Ian felt like he was seeing lanes that he hadn't seen before. 

Worst Magic Moment

2014 - GP Charlotte - Gatecrash Sealed 
Played very poorly in round 8 & 9 and lost. Ian won Round 10 to stay on day 2 and then lost every round after that. Ian had to evaluate what he really wanted from Magic. 

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Charlotte - 2015 - Modern; Playing Abzan Company. Ian made it to the Pro Tour for the first time. 

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I was incredibly sore loser." Ian has gotten much better as he understood Magic has winners and losers every game and his number comes up sometimes. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Poor sequencing is a problem for many players. Also, going into auto pilot. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Understand your range in Magic. Don't play decks that don't resonate with you. Practice consistently. Try different decks. Build on past experiences. 

Mentors

Owen Turtenwald, Reid Duke, Andrew Tenjum

Guidance

Players think they are above a deck. This limits your range and growth potential. 

Magic Resource

MTGFirst.com

Connect With Ian Bozley

Twitter: @Bozzles

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Nov 1, 2016

Ricky Chin played in his first Grand Prix and Pro Tour Qualifier at the end of 2014. Since then, he has qualified for his first Pro Tour, which he also top8'd. He’s a Gold level pro and a proud member of Team East West Bowl. Ricky lives in Quebec.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ricky Chin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep144

First Set

Prophecy

Favorite Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Arcbound Ravager

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Friends make Magic fun for Ricky

Early Challenge

Learning to play around cards. Thinking about what cards your opponent could have and how your deck interacts with that deck. Play games and take notes while you play.

Level Up Moment

Ricky always felt he was good at the game and by consistently playing his improved.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing a lot at PT Madrid 2016 was super rough. Ricky didn't make day 2. He made a mistake and lost a game. He learned to focus on this game right now. He thought too far ahead and lost because he wasn't focused.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at his first Pro Tour. (Milwaukee 2015)

Best Format

Modern or Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"with time and practice I can do anything."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too fast. Oftentimes, players don't think and rush through a turn without considering life totals, graveyards, board state etc. .

Shortcoming

"The way I approach a tournament. I need to work on staying in the zone."
Ricky asks himself questions to refocus on the game.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Start being competitive sooner and buy a lot of Underground Sea

Advice for New Modern Players

Find a deck you like and play a lot with.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Cards, clothes, playmat, laptop

Daily Ritual

Play a little everyday.

Mentor

Pascal Maynard

Magic Resource

MTGO and friends

Guidance

Play Magic and enjoy your time.

Connect With Ricky Chin

Twitter: @Slithice87

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Oct 28, 2016

Marcus Hensing is an up and coming Magic star from Copenhagen, Denmark who has recently made his first Grand Prix top 8 in London 2016.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Marcus Hensing when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep143

First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Gifts Ungiven

Underplayed Card

Hunt the Weak

Early Challenge

"I'm a red mage at heart and I like attacking." Marcus had to learn that even though he wanted to attack, some times he had to take the defensive side. Learning to switch between aggressor and defense is an early skill Marcus worked on. 

Level Up Moment

During the return to Ravnica block era, Marcus had two enchantments to deal with a lethal creature. However, he made a mistake by missing a key card in the graveyard. 

How to Learn from Mistakes

In the middle of a tournament, don't go on tilt. After the tournament consider the mistake and what caused it. Did you not fully consider the board state or failed to track information? Look for general lessons.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Gran Prix Marcus built a WG deck with no removal spells. He could have splashed a removal in his pool but didn't consider it. Marcus learned to take another look at his pool before submitting to see if there are cards (like removal) that are worth splashing. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix London 2016

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Marcus learned critical decision making, when to trust his instincts and when to think things through. 

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Attacking without having a proper game plan. 

Advice

Focus on combat

Magic Resource

Limited Resources
Next Level Podcast 

Guidance

Have a game plan. Why are you making that play ?

Connect With Marcus Hensing

Twitter: @Lobster667

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Oct 25, 2016

Peer Richelsen is a long time Legacy player and the principal organizer of the Bordifies Eternal Series. He is also the founder of Bordifies.com, a premium perfect-fit sleeve with solid borders for customizing and unifying magic cards. Peer lives in Kiel Germany.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Peer Richelsen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep142

First Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir/Innistrad

Favorite Card

Knight of the Reliquary

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Peer is very creative and likes to challenge himself to innovate. He loves customizing and building decks.

Early Challenge

Calculating outs. Peer had to shift his thinking to "How do I win in the next three turns?"

Worst Magic Moment

Lost to Triskaidekaphobia in Legacy. Peer's opponent had a surprise card that he lost too and it felt bad losing to a "goofy" card.

Proudest Magic Moment

Danish Legacy Masters - Peer made top 4. He fought through an opponent who cast 3 Liliana of the Veil. It was rough but Peer did it and felt he leveled up and played above his level.

Choosing a Legacy deck

Consistency wins the most, so find a deck with a lot of tutors or a deck with very similar cards.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Peer increased his competitiveness and developed a desire to push his boundaries and improve.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not knowing your role. Players misread the board.

Guidance

You grow into the entrepreneurial spirit. If you have an idea just try it out. You'll learn a lot.

Magic Resource

Bordifies.com

Connect With Peer Richelsen

Twitter: @Peer_Rich

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Oct 21, 2016

Cash Turner has been playing Magic off and on for twenty years. He made Top 16 at Grand Prix Las Vegas in 2015 and Top 8 at Grand Prix Atlanta. He’s just a back room scallywag of ChannelFireball with a squad of ChannelFireball locals who have the heart and grit but not the spotlight. He’s blessed to be surrounded by low tier secret gods.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Cash Turner when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep141

First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Card

Fireblast

Underrated Card

Bastion Mastodon

Early Challenge

Cash was very opinionated and arrogant. He recognizes now that he didn't learn all he could.

Worst Magic Moment

Cash made a terrible attack against Ben Stark at GP Vegas 2015 and missed making Top 8. Learn to focus on what's important. Don't get distracted by big creatures or planeswalkers.

Proudest Magic Moment

Through clever body language Cash defeated an opponent at GP Albuquerque when he had an inferior deck.

Best Format

Limited - Sealed

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Always wanted to figure out life. Magic has taught Cash about who he could be and how he doesn't want to be. He never wants to be a angry jerk.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Play the game how you want to play. Don't copy the styles of others.

Shortcoming

Memorize draft picks.

Daily Rituals

Rejecting the modern draw of constant entertainment. You can't get grit w/o a little bit of boring along the way.

Guidance

Everything is in the fringes. Be polite.

Pro Player You Look Up To

Paul Cheon
Cash's Squad

Magic Resource

Cash plays a lot and doesn't read as much.
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Connect With Cash Turner

Twitter:@PontifX

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Oct 18, 2016

 

Thien Nguyen is a 26 year old engineer living Boston. He’s known as a Titanshift Innovator and has made top 8 at GP Pittsburgh 2015 and GP Atlanta 2016. He’s a Silver Level Pro looking to move on up.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Thien Nguyen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep140

First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Eldritch Moon

Favorite Card

Primeval Titan

Early Challenge

Thien struggled with feeling intimidated. He started looking at better players like Ari Lax and getting feedback from them. 

Worst Magic Moment

1st Limited PTQ. Thien was very arrogant. He felt he played very well and got to the point where he felt like he deserved to win. He made it to the finals and lost game one. In game 2 his opponent missed triggers and got a game loss. In game 3 the wheels come off and Thien lost hard. He was very down but through reflection he realized he wasn't ready for the Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Pittsburgh - Playing against Willy Edel.
Thien's luck turned and he was able to make top 8.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Thien learned he wants to be as happy as possible in life and Magic brings him a lot of joy.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

During combat the most mistakes are made. People make attacks they really shouldn't and Thien will quadruple block to catch them off guard. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For sealed events, play as many pre releases as possible. Memorize combat tricks, know which cords are "may" and which ones you have to execute. 

Guidance

Friends in Magic are invaluable. Bouncing ideas of others is critical. 

Magic Resource

Friends
MTGO

Connect With Thien Nguyen

Twitter: @thinenagooyen

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Oct 14, 2016

 

Ben Rubin is a Pro Tour old timer who started when he was 15 yrs old. He has 4 Pro Tour top 8s, about 8 Grand Prix top 8s, and has won 2 masters. He’s a member of the Hall of Fame and got there by winning and losing a lot of matches.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Ben Rubin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep139

First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Mirrodin Block

Favorite Card

Traverse the Ulvenwald

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Network with really smart people.

Early Challenge

Really wanted to break the format and wouldn't listen to others input.

Level Up Moment

In High School, Ben was very strong relative to the field.

Who have been your mentors

William Jensen
Jon Finkel
Patrick Chapin

Worst Magic Moment

Playing in a Masters competition. Normally Ben left basic mana up to play around wasteland. Ben drew a Pyroblast and couldn't play it because of his hobbit.

Proudest Magic Moment

Very proud of team at Grand Prix Louisville. Accomplishing something great with a team is great.

Best Format

Doesn't have one but enjoys toning decks.

Activities that help you in Magic

Play a lot of Magic.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Ben has an affinity for competition.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not having a long view. People get so hurry up on this game instead of understanding the overall picture.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Building pools leading up to a team sealed event and really discussing choices.

What are your shortcomings

Getting into the new method of preparation.

Magic Resource

Reviewing deck lists

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Oct 11, 2016

 

Brandon Pascal is a professional Magic: the Gathering grinder who has qualified for the Pro Tour three different ways! He won a Regional PTQ for Pro Tour Atlanta, a MTGO PTQ for Pro Tour Sydney and top 8'ed Grand Prix Indy for Pro Tour Hawaii.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Brandon Pascal when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep138

First Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Scars of Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Blade Splicer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competition and the people.

Early Challenge

Changing deck types. Brandon was set on his elf deck but eventually had to move on.

Level Up Moment

Last year (2015). Brandon gained a new perspective.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG Event. Brandon was one round off of making top 8. In game 3, Brandon misplayed and lost his win and in. He realized his mistake as soon as he passed the tournament.Brandon learned to slow down and think through plays.

Proudest Magic Moment

Regional PTQ. Brandon traveled over an hour for a PPTQ. He barely squeaks a win in the final. Then he drove 4 hours for the RPTQ.

Pro Player You Look Up to

Kevin Jones

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana wrong.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Magic back pack, binder, decks, spare cards

Advice to new players

Don't let price scare you. Trade with people.

Magic Resource

Twitch
"When you watch magic you learn so much more."
CFB
Gathering Magic
SCG

Connect With Brandon Pascal

Twitter: @bmppwns

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Oct 7, 2016

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.

Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Matt Sperling when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep137

First Set

Legends

Favorite Set

Zendikar

Favorite Card

Preacher

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The friends Matt had made is more important than the game now.

How do you balance having fun and being competitive

"I only play Grand Prix and Pro Tours." You have to devout time to the aspects of your life at the appropriate time.

Aspect of Magic you improved at

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"

Pro Player You Admire

Jon Finkel

Worst Magic Moment

Most recent Pro Tour, Matt was Platinum level but hadn't done well and was shooting for Gold . He missed it by one game.

Proudest Magic Moment

1st Pro Tour Top 8

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

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.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being afraid to make obvious attacks or blocks.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Follow the intuition of "this card feels really powerful" and "I feel helpless against this card."

What are your shortcomings

Constantly working on impulse control.

Back in 10yrs Ago what advice would you give to yourself

Look for energizing relationships and deck/strategies 

Guidance

To produce content for Magic, find something you can be proud of.

Magic Resource

CFB
SCG
TCG Player
Playing w/ friends in similar level

Connect With Matt Sperling

Twitter: @mtg_law_etc

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Immanuel Gerschenson is 23 years old and is studying technical physiques. He has 2 Grand Prix wins and 1 Pro Tour Top 16. He’s made Gold level Pro for the second season in a row and is a member of team EUreka.

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First Set

Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Jace Beleren

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling around the world with friends.

Early Challenge

Constructed. Early on Immanuel was not good at building decks, but the events he wanted to attend were constructed so he had to practice.

Level Up Moment

Going from Silver to Gold level pro at Pro Tour Vancouver

Worst Magic Moment

GP Ghent went 0-2-1 and dropped. He stopped playing for a few months. Good friends got him to comeback

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Madrid - first Grand Prix win
PT Eldritch Moon - needed 11-5 to stay on the train. Immanuel got 11-4-1.

Effective Playtest

Watch others play and keep track of hard to deal with cards so you can develop a plan.

Best Format

Standard

What card is underplayed in that format

Nahiri The Harbinger

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Not to get as down or angry after a loss. It comes with time and by emulating players you respect.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players stay in their own playground. Go to events and play with others.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 10 years ago, what would you say

Look up to other players and learn.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Water, Apples, Deck, Note Pad, Pen, Dice

Improvement Suggestions

Socialize and make friends. Magic is best when shared with others.

Magic Resource

SCG
CFB
MTG Mint Card
MTG Salvation
MTG Goldfish

Connect With Immanuel Gerschenson

Twitter: @igerschenson

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Sep 30, 2016

 

Chris Botelho is a relatively new player who started playing in Fate Reforged. Grand Prix Portland was his first Standard GP (second GP ever) and his only Top 8. He works at CCGHouse, and goes to sleep each night a little bit better at Magic than when I woke up. Chris lives in Vancouver Washington.

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First Set

Fate Reforged

Favorite Set

Dragons of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Demonic Pact

Underplayed Card

Make Mischief

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Connecting with new people face to face.

Early Challenge

Playing creatures in Main I instead of saving mana for combat.

Level Up Moment

When Magic Origins launched, Chris used a sealed pool generator to practice building decks. He was able to translate which cards were good from sealed to draft. Also, when Chris was testing for GP Portland. He loved his deck and practicing it was fun.

Pro You Admire

Caleb Durward

Worst Magic Moment

Chris had two chances to make day 2 of his first Grand Prix and missed both. Play around cards not effects. 

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Portland

Best Format

Draft

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Getting your ego wrapped into the game. Look at every game and say "I know I made a mistake , what was it and how can I learn. "

Daily Habits

Sorting commons every set

Drafting Advice

Evaluate how your deck is going to win.

Guidance

Love Magic. The more you love it the more you'll practice.

Magic Resource

r/spikes

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Sep 27, 2016

Ryan Solave is from Sarnia, Ontario and has been playing Magic since Alara block. He plays a lot of online games, but sets aside most of his time for Magic. He had his first Grand Prix Top 8 in Indianapolis and is qualified for PT Kaladesh in Hawaii.

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First Set

Alara

Favorite Set

khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Bloodbraid Elf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Player base is great. People are competitive but still nice.

Early Challenge

The Stack. Ryan was not good at it early on.

Level Up Moment

After Khans came out Ryan hit events hard. By consistently playing at a high level Ryan got experience.

Pro's You Look Up To

Owen Turtenwald

Worst Magic Moment

At GP Toronto Ryan made a huge misplay. He assigned 1 damage to tokens when his opponent had a Gideon Emblem.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Indianapolis

Best Format

Steppe Lynx

Conversation w/ Yourself 5 Years Ago

"How are you going to win this game."

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learning different formats has helped Ryan read his opponents better.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Over side boarding

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Choose a deck and play against the gauntlet starting a month.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck Box, Pad, Deck

Daily Habits

Use same water bottle, make list

Modern Advice

Learn the stack. Know when you can respond and what you should respond to. Learn the removal of the format.

Advice To New Players

Play whatever is most fun for you. Just have fun.

Improvement Suggestion

Focus on your own mistakes.

Magic Resource

CFB
SCG

Connect With Ryab Solave

Twitter: @RyanSolave

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Sep 23, 2016

Ethan Brown is 13 years old and loves to play Magic! Since he started playing almost 4 years ago, he has competed in 7 Grand Prixs, made day 2 in 4 of them and top 8 in one. His favorite formats are modern, legacy and pauper. Ethan lives in Portland.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Theros and Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Olivia Voldaren

Underplayed Card

Rune Snag

Guilds of Ravnica

Selesnya Conclave

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Like complicated mind games.

Early Challenge

Deck building and drafting.
Solution: Listened to Limited Resources podcast.

Level Up Moment

During Theros, Ethan grew a lot as a player.

Pro Player You Look Up To

Paul Cheon

Worst Magic Moment

Playing against Splinter Twin. Ethan forgot to sideboard.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Los Angeles 2nd place. Started a journal to track sideboards.

Effective Playtest

Play often and after every game ask opponent what's the best sideboard choices.

Shortcomings

Bad at constructed deck building. Practicing by building proper deck.

Best Format

Modern and Legacy

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I'm a very fast player." Slow night.

What Advice Would You Give Yourself

Don't be afraid to go to tournaments.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not asking for help from others.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks, Sideboard guide, KMC Sleeves, Playmat

Daily Habits

Play Magic daily, consume Magic content.

Advice to New Players

Get into modern.

Improvement Suggestions

Have a sideboard plan.

Magic Resource

MTG Goldfish
Limited Resources

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Sep 20, 2016

Felix Tse made top 4 at Grand Prix Montreal 2016 and live in Cananda.

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Facebook: Felix Tse

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Sep 16, 2016

Thierry Ramboa started playing magic 12 years ago but wasn’t able to travel or play competitively until April 2015. He reached Silver level pro status in 2015 and has attended every European GP's since then. He Top 8’d Grand Prix Sydney.

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First Set

5th Dawn

Favorite Set

Ravnica City of Guilds (Izzet)

Early Challenge

Always felt he was unlucky. Thinking through the situation and realizing that if the same thing happens it's not luck.

Worst Magic Moment

Came back after a break and did so poorly he thought magic wasn't for him. Friends helped him get through it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix Sydney. Just focus on the match.

Best Format

Standard - Look at best decks in the format. Use MTG Goldfish and pick a deck that can beat the top 3.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Tone down his over confidence.

Pro Tour Testing

Focus on limited and brewing. Run small tournaments within the Team and see results of each deck.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Being over confident. Think "How can I lose" and plan accordingly.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Played 2-4 drafts a day for the week.

Activity

Talking with others about magic. You get new ideas

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck Box, deck, water, pen, dice

Entry Level Suggestions

Borrow cards from other players. Use proxies (not in tournaments)

Improvement Suggestions

Never forget why you started playing.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8
MTG Goldfish
CFB
MTG Mintcard

Connect With Thierry Ramboa

Twitter: @El_Gran_Boa

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Sep 13, 2016

Oliver Polak-Rottmann has 4 Grand Prix Top 8 including 1 Win, 1 Pro Tour Top 16, and is a 2-time National champion (2008, 2016). Oliver lives in Vienna, Austria.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Coldsnap (Draft) / Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Island

Mana Drain

Master of Waves

Underplayed Standard Card

Woodland Bellower

Gilt-Leaf Winnower

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Oliver has made great friends playing Magic.

How to have fun and be competitive

By understanding variance always happens it will even out the highs and lows

Early Challenge

Try to finish his black border dual land collection. Money was an issue. Through trading and drafting. Oli was able to get the money for the card.

Level Up Moment

The year Oli qualified for 3 of 7 Pro Tours is when he realized he had leveled up.

Worst Magic Moment

In the 2008 season, Oli skipped the Pro Tour because he only needed 1 point. He needed to make to 200 of 380 players, and he didn't make it. It felt terrible . Oli learned you have to take the game seriously but not let it consume you."If you're failing at Magic, you're not failing at life".

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Platinum at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Oli learned about the world by traveling with Magic.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't Sideboard correctly and they don't seek advice as much as they should. People feel they know it better.

Short comings

Make Pro Tour Top 8.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Booked a house two weeks before the Pro Tour with his team to practice. Know the balance you need. Playing a lot of games (10-15) per match up helps Oli get a feel and collect data.

Conversation 5 Years Ago

"Pick up Power cards and dual lands."

Improvement Suggestions

Enjoy the game, Make friends.

Magic Resource

CFB 
Hareruya

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Twitter: @polakrottmann

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Robert Santana is an up and coming star who made top 16 at the Star City Games Open in Las Vegas in 2014 and is the Grand Prix Portland 2016 Champion.

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First Set

Lorwyn

Favorite Set

Worldwake

Favorite Card

Primeval Titan and Ishkanah

Underplayed Card in Standard

Call the Bloodline

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive scene drew him in.

Early Challenge

Creature combat. Robert played more control decks to get around not playing creatures.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG Las Vegas 2014. Robert dropped from the Invitational and joined the open. Playing win and in for top 8. Robert played against Steve Robin and got demolished. This led Robert to really doubt his ability to play. He forced himself and asked "is this something I really want to do ?". Once he committed he went all in.

Proudest Magic Moment

Champion of GP Portland 2016.

Level Up Moment

Started attending a competitive FNM. Associating with better players really helped.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Robert felt like he hit a wall. Tournament result were stagnant. Connecting with other players is key to his success.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players have deck ADD. Stick to a certain deck and get to know it really well.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Find a group of like minded individuals. Build the gauntlet and attend PTQs and GPQs together.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothes and Magic Cards

Daily Rituals

Hard work

Improvement Suggestions

Get on MTGO ; Reach out to players, connect and ask for advice.

Mentor

Brian Kibler

Advice to New Players

Go to LGS and get Intro decks, augment those and more up.

Magic Resource

MTGO
Cockatrice
SCG Premium
CFB
r/spikes

Connect With Robert Santana

Twitter: @itsRobbSon

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Sep 6, 2016

Travis Woo is a strong Magic personality who has made Top 8 of a Grand Prix 3 times from the 12 he'’s attended. He also developed a decklist that made it to the top 8 of a Pro Tour. He runs the Magic For Good Facebook group and more of his content can be found on his YouTube channel, youtube.com/traviswizard. Travis lives in Humble, California.

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First Set

The Dark

Favorite Card

Shambling Vent

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

"I'm invested in it. It's a vehicle to share energy with people"

Early Challenge

Mulliganing. The new mulligan rule really helps.
Deck building. Travis built a lot of decks on his own to overcome his lack of confidence.

Mentors

Kai Budde, Jon FinkelPatrick Chapin, LSV, Ben Stark, Mike Flores

Worst Magic Moment

Letting the community down. Driving far and doing poorly.

Proudest Magic Moment

Hearing community members say he's made a difference in their life.
Top 8 Grand Pix Oakland 2013 with his brother.

Best Format

Sealed

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"I'm constantly evolving"

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People not preparing the right way. Many players will play and learn nothing.

Shortcoming

Not having a Pro Team. Need to network to overcome this.

Daily Habits

Bike ride, record videos, risk life (surfing), eat good food

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Travis was involved in a private Magic coaching group. He was helping others prepare for their events and absorbed an understanding of the format. Have a plan to win. The brain is most alert on an empty stomach.

Improvement Suggestions

Win the next game. Take one game at a time.

Magic Resource

Next Level Deck Building
Travis Woo's book
Seek out players doing well in the format you want to play. 
Magic For Good Facebook Group.

Connect With Travis Woo

Twitter: @traviswizard

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Sep 2, 2016

Saul Alvarado has 2 Grand Prix top 8s: one at Grand Prix Los Angeles in 2009 and the other at Grand Prix Costa Rica in 2016. He’'s a 2 time National Champion and has been part of several National Teams. Right now he'’s focused on achieving his degree in Psychology, but is always making room for some Magical trips! Saul live in Panama City, Panama.

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First Set

Tempest

Favorite Set

Newest Set

Hated Set

Mirrodin

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

Underplayed Card

Eldritch

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Saul loved the the competitive aspect of Magic.

Aspect of Magic You Were Terrible at

Focuses a lot on Constructed and leaves Limited for last.

Level Up Moment

Before GP LA Saul was talking to Pros and asking questions.

Pro You Look Up To

Consistently playing tournaments. Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tutor Honolulu: Night before the tournament Saul changed his deck the night before. He lost pretty bad.
Learned: Never change deck the night before.
Pro Tutor Sydney: Showed up unprepared. Next time he'll make the time to prepare.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making Top 8 twice. Saul likes that he has inspired other players from his local area to do well.

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

"How competitive I can be"

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't know how to mulligan or sideboard properly. Have a sideboard plan.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play on MTGO and get serious about 1 month before the tournament.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Camera and Deck

Improvement Suggestions

Practice a lot. Play as much as you can.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8 (Latest Decks)

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Facebook: Saul Alvarado

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Aug 30, 2016

Erik Carson spends most of his time as a musician and graphic designer but still makes room for Magic. He has 2 Star City Games Legacy Top 8s and 1 Grand Prix Top 8. He goes through spurts of streaming and is looking to make a run at the Pro Players Club starting with Grand Prix Portland 2016. Erik lives in Roseburg OR.

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First Set

Zendikar

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Capsize

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The strategy and brain exercise.

Early Challenge

Deck building. Mono curves weren't at the top of Erik's mind.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG Open in 2012. Erik made Top 8. Lost in quarter finals. Erik made a huge mistake in game 2. He misconducted the game state and lost. Slow down and think through your plays.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Los Angeles, hearing his name over the speakers felt amazing. It was very validating.

Best Format

Legacy

Entry Level Tips For Legacy

Play a deck with Force of Will. Ask to read you opponents card. If you don't understand it, counter it.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Erik chose his deck early, a few months in advance.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Clothes, Deck Box + Deck, Extra Cards, Toothbrush, Trail Mix Legion

Improvement Suggestions

Never be afraid to make mistakes and look foolish. Don't let your dreams be dreams.

Habits That Help You Improve

Playing Music.

Pro You Look Up To

Reid Duke

Connect With Erik Carson

Twitter: @platypusisland

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Aug 26, 2016

Robert Lombardi has a Degree in Mechatronics Engineering, he'’s married and has a 6 month old son. He has been playing Magic since Visions, took a break in Odyssey and got back in during Zendikar. He'’s the Champion of Grand Prix Toronto and made Top 8 of Grand Prix Montreal. He'’s much better at Limited than Constructed and is actively trying to be less hyperbolic.

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First Set

4th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Lightning Bolt

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Deck building

Worst Magic Moment

Losing to an "unplayable" card. Sub per cards when used correctly have a place. Expand your range.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning GP Toronto.

Conversation with Yourself 10 Years Ago

Don't get out of the game. Go straight to university.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

He was a poor looser.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Restricting themselves to archetypes in draft. You need to be able to draft a good deck regardless of what you open.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

A lot of free time leading up to the Grand Prix. 6 hours a day playing against the best decks (the gauntlet).

Daily Rituals

Draft daily.

Mentors

John Buden, Patrick Chapin

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Binder of Rares, Dragon Shield Sleeves, 10 of each land

Improvement Suggestions

Consume, content; articles, streams/videos; more friends & share cards. Focus on learning instead of winning during play testing. Treat your opponent with more respect.

Magic Resource

LSV, Patrick Chapin, Huey, Owen, Reid Duke

Connect With Robert Lombardi

Twitter: @RobertLombardi0

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Aug 23, 2016

Philippe Gareau has been playing Magic: The Gathering for 18 years and made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Montreal which qualified him for Pro Tour Kaladesh in Hawaii. Philippe lives in Quebec City, Canada.

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First Set

Tempest / Stronghold

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Life from the Loam

Early Challenge

Learning the stack. Understanding the stack helped Philippe get to the competitive level.

Worst Magic Moment

GP Ottowa 2014 - Khans Limited - Philippe had multiple Secret Plans in play with a mandatory draw clause. He was disqualified because he missed the draw trigger.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at GP Montreal 2016 and qualifying for the Pro Tour.

Favorite Format

Cube

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players don't trust in their own instincts. Too many players copy the 75 cards of an online deck. To get ahead, look at the strategies and tweak to address them.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

  • Deck
  • Playset of commons
  • Clothes

Ravnica Guild

Golgari

Non-Magic Activity

Talking with people about cards and match ups.

Improvement Suggestions

Try to play for a limited time. Never be afraid to experiment. The best way to win at Magic is to lose at Magic.

Magic Resource

Connect With Philippe Gareau

Find Philippe on Facebook

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Aug 19, 2016

Jonathan Melamed is a husband and father and has a PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology. He’s a long time Magic player, a Level 1 Judge, a Tournament Organizer AND store owner from Brasilia, Brazil. He has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s and 1 Pro Tour Top 16.

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First Set

Ice Age

Favorite Set

New Phyrexia

Favorite Card

Island/ Oath of Druids/ Tropical Island

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The challenge of Magic drew Jonathan in at the beginning. All these years later the game is still challenging.

Early Challenge

Learning when/how to attack. As a control player attacking didn't come easy to Jonathan. Playing a lot of limited helped him learn.

Worst Magic Moment

Feature match in a Pro Tour in 2009. Playing a UG Landfall deck. Jonathan won but a well-respected player looked at him and said "you play so awful". This hit Jonathan hard. Jonathan focused on learning everytime, even if he wins. Pay a lot of attention to the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

National Top 8 in 2011 (first major top 8) made Jonathan realize he could do it.

Best Format

  • Modern
  • Learn the deck you are playing. Learn it inside and out.
  • Learn the other decks as well. Get to know their game plan

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Be positive. No matter what. Jonathan struggles with this sometimes but knows how important it is.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not communicating well during a game. If you communicate well the entire game then mistakes come across as honest instead of cheating.

Non-Magic Activity

Neuroscience articles help Jonathan improve his focus.

 

What's in Your Tournament Bag

  • Coat
  • Food
  • Water
  • Playmat
  • Notepad
  • Dice

Improvement Suggestions

Have fun.

Connect With Jonathan Melamed

Twitter: @InsideMTG

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Aug 16, 2016

Andrew Sullano is a Pro Tour veteran who has attended Pro Tour Avacyn Restored, Return to Ravnica, and Oath of the Gatewatch. He made top 4 at Grand Prix Oklahoma City. Andrew lives in Dallas, Texas.

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First Set

Betrayers of Kamigawa

Favorite Set

Shadowmoor

Favorite Card

Wild Nactl

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

At first, Andrew liked the lore. Then, because when he gets into things he like to do them well, he started getting more competitive. Now, Magic is a social component of his life and he likes the people he can surround himself with when he plays.

Early Challenge

Andrew lost a lot during team drafts when he started and while this was disheartening he learned to ask for help. By getting guidance from better players he slowly improved his win percentage.

Worst Magic Moment

At Grand Prix Pittsburgh Andrew was salty most the day because he needed 2 points to get Silver level as a pro player and even after two byes he found himself 6-3. His core group wasn't with him on this trip so things just seemed bad. Thankfully, another friend scooped to him and he was able to carry on but Andrew learned that the people you surround yourself with are very important.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 4 at GP Oklahoma City.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are quick to clean up and move to the next game after losing. Andrew takes his time and reviews the entire game in his head (especially if he lost). He will analyze hands, land drops and spell sequencing to see what he could have done better.

Non-Magic Activity

Exercise

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Clothes

Toiletries

Improvement Suggestions

Draft at least once a week (if you're new to the game).

Set a long-term goal (like making Day 2 or Top 8 of a Grand Prix) and then actively work towards it.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

MTG Top 8

Friends

Connect With Andrew Sullano

Twitter: @panicking92

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Aug 12, 2016

Matteo Moure has been playing Magic since he was 12 and has only been playing competitively for about one year. He made the finals at both Grand Prix London 2015 and Grand Prix Stockholm 2016. In addition to a few other minor Grand Prix placings he placed in the money at Pro Tour Milwaukee. Matteo lives in Rome, Italy.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Onslaught

Favorite Card

Jace, The Mind Sculptor

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

A lot of friends play and Matteo gets to travel.

Worst Magic Moment

Matteo had to stop playing Magic for a while due to work and this was his worst moment with the game.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix London

Best Format

Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Matteo learned how much of a social animal he is. He loves having fun with friends and Magic gives him that opportunity. (Futbol does as well.)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players underestimate their opponent too often.

Players also play their resources too early in the game and don't have answers to real problems later on.

Improvement Suggestions

Draft when you can and trade your cards for what you need.

Connect With Matteo Moure

FB: Matteo Moure

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Aug 9, 2016

Matt Tumavitch recently graduated college with a degree in sports and recreation management. He’s a front end leader at a grocery store during weekdays and a ski instructor in the winter. He’s an aspiring Magic pro with one Grand Prix Top 8 and 2 Star City Games Open Top 8s. Matt lives just outside Scranton, PA.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

(Matt would be in the Gruul Guild)

Favorite Set

Gatecrash / Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Domri Rade

Worst Magic Moment

Matt's first Standard Grand Prix was tough because he started out 10-0 and then bombed. He felt like he was coming up short of his potential.

If you feel the same way Matt says: "You're good enough. Don't give up."

Best Format

Standard

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Matt learned he can achieve his goals and succeed if he applies himself. He always tried hard in sports but was never a starter or varsity member. Through Magic Matt know he can get the results he desires.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Showing too much emotions.

Players let it show when they draw a bad card and it gives a lot of information away.

Control your emotions.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play 10 games of each match up.

Improvement Suggestions

Borrow cards and build budget decks.

Always ask for advice.

Non Magic Activity

Sports help build drive.

Being a skiing instructor taught Matt to ask for advice.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

TCG Player

MTGO Decklists

Seth Manfield videos and articles

Connect With Matt Tumavitch

Twitter: @MattTumavitch13

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Aug 5, 2016

 

Luis Salvatto has 1 Super Sunday Series win, 1 Grand Prix top 8 and 1 Pro tour top 8.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Morningtide

Favorite Card

Reveillark

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Luis played all kinds of games and saw that Magic had infinite possibilities. Now he loves to draft and play constructed. Just trying all the formats is exciting to him.

Early Challenge

Losing a lot of win-and-ins to the top 8 was hard early in Luis' career. To overcome that and finally make it into the top 8 he focused on minimizing mistakes. Don't justify mistakes, address them head on and admit that you are the problem.

Luis was motivated by seeing a team he wanted to join and learn from.

Pro Player Model

Thiago Saporito

Willy Edel

Worst Magic Moment

Under the old PTQ system, Luis reached the finals and lost. Then he reached another final and lost again by making a huge mistake.

He learned that he is a good player and you have to stay prepared so when luck strikes you can seize it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 32 of his first Grand Prix.

Winning a Super Sunday Series.

Making it to the Super Sunday Series final.

Making Top 8 of a Pro Tour.

Best Format

Draft

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Luis learned how to lose. When you lose to someone you think is worse than you, you learn a lot about yourself.

"If you play angry or you play sad, you don't play your best game."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not seeing the game unfolding. Not having a plan. You should always be able to answer, "How are you going to win this game?"

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Find a good deck and play it a bunch.

Improvement Suggestions

Start with a cheap deck and make friends.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Connect With Luis Salvatto

Twitter: @LUISLUJAN77

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Aug 2, 2016

Julien Henry started playing Magic in Shards of Alara but has been playing competitively for only 2 years. He made it to the Finals of Grand Prix Manchester and qualified for Sydney which is going to be his 2nd Pro Tour. He’s a member of MTG Mintcard and he lives in Paris.

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First Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Set

Shards of Alara

Favorite Card

Nissa, Vastwood Seer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Trying to find interactions between cards.

Winning is also very fun and keeps Julien going.

How to have Fun and be Competitive

Focusing on improving keeps Magic fun.

Level Up

Won a RPTQ for Pro Tour Atlanta. Julien played a lot with the same deck in preparation for the event and it paid off.

Worst Magic Moment

Modern Grand Prix in Madrid. Julien played a TON and fine-tuned his deck. He even gave his list to friends who also tweaked it slightly and took it to the GP. His friends did really well but he didn't make day 2. To practice so hard and then fall short is very frustrating.

You have to practice so when luck hits you can grab it.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Manchester 2016. Julien had a huge win streak and made Silver pro when he made Top 8.

Best Format

Standard

Players You Respect

Pierre Dagen

Louis DelTour

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Spare cards

Improvement Suggestions

Wait until the Pro Tour to invest in a Standard deck (if you're new). They'll do all the heavy lifting for you.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

ChannelFireball

MTG Goldfish

MTG Top 8

Connect With Julien Henry

Twitter: @Lyserg42

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Jul 26, 2016

Niels Molle is the frontrunner to be the Irish National Champion, he has made multiple cash finishes and has 1 Grand Prix Top 8.

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First Set

Portal / Stronghold

Favorite Set

Urza’s Saga

Favorite Card

Tarmogoyf

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Fantasy setting, build your own decks.

Competitive outlet.

“How good can I become?” Get to see friends

Play a variety of formats to keep it fun.

Worst Magic Moment

Lost Irish National Champion at last moment. Played a little less Magic.

Played a little less Magic afterwards to cool off.

Proudest Magic Moment

Won first PTQ (Pro Tour RTR)

Biggest Mistake Players Make

In Limited: mistapping mana and not representing combat tricks.

Change One Thing About Magic

Mana issues. Sometimes you get ... screwed at a tournament.

Sometimes you get mana screwed at a tournament.

What’s the Difference between Them and Us?

Experience. They play Magic with players on their same level.

Stepping Up

Find the best player at your LGS. Ask to play and get advice.

Play Magic online. Skill level is high and you can play against the best.

Pro Player You Look Up To

Paul Rietzl, PVDDR, Frank Karsten

Effectively Playtesting

Play a lot and focus on the game

Non-Magic Activity

Time management skills really helps Niels.

Self Improvement

Niels is an emotional player, meaning he plays intuitively, he makes plays that feel right. He’s trying to slow down and think.

Magic Resource

Podcasts – Limited Resources

Articles –

SCG

CFB (deck breakdowns)

Videos

Guidance

Set a long term goal and make it your focus.

Connect With Niels Molle

Twitter: @nielsmolle

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Jul 22, 2016

Clay Spicklemire is an Indianapolis area Magic player who has been playing competitively since INN/RTR Standard and on and off since M10. He generally plays on the Star City Games circuit, and has had reasonable success there. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 where he was the Champion of GP Colombus.

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First Set

10 Ed.

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Electrolyze

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Deep interactions, competitive outlet.

Made friends through Magic.

How Do You Keep It Fun

Just cause you lose doesn’t mean you’re a bad player.

Early Challenge

Play super fast without thinking.

Slowing down

Worst Magic Moment

PPTQ, game 3, full board state, Displacement Wave from opponent

Clay didn't read the card and scooped. His opponent needed to return creatures too.

Proudest Magic Moment

Win Grand Prix Columbus.

Best Format

Legacy - Watch a lot of coverage, start playing

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Most fun when working with others.

Shortcoming

Manage resources sloppily when he's ahead. This gives opponents extra draw steps.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players sideboard poorly. Talk to better players about your sideboard. Lay it out and take pictures.

Talk to better players about your sideboard. Lay it out and discuss it.

Playtest

Play the match ups you’re unsure of and tweak your sideboard strategy.

Have a friend watch you play.

Get a good group

Tournament Bag

Dice, Playmat, Deck, and Water

Magic Resource

SCG

CFB

MTG coverage

The Source

MTG Salvation

New to Magic

Don’t buy packs.

Connect With Clay Speklemire

Clay is on Facebook

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Jul 19, 2016

Christoffer Larsen is from Denmark and has 4 Grand Prix Top 8’s and has competed in at least 10 Pro Tours. He was on the Danish World Magic Cup team in 2015. Currently locked in as a Silver level pro.

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First Set

Apocalypse

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds – Selesnya

Favorite Card

Sulfuric Vortex

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Travel a lot. Likes going to Grand Prixs with friends.

Early Challenge

Damage on the stack.

Worst Magic Moment

SCG team event. Had a really bad UR deck.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of World Magic Cup with team (back-to-back 2HG wins.)

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Christoffer hates losing.

Take some time to move past it. Don’t whine.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Know your opponent’s deck. So many players don't think of their opponent.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Watch videos!

CFB

SCG

Playtest

Ask other for input and adjust

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Decks, clothes, code names

Improvement Suggestions

Talk to tournament players, ask for help, borrow decks.

Be kind and helpful to new players.

Work out, get byes (they allow you to sleep in), eat breakfast.

Magic Resource

MTG Pulse

Don’t take it too seriously and have fun.

Connect With Christoffer Larson

Christoffer is on Facebook

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Jul 15, 2016

Edward Eng is from Chicago and lived in Taiwan for 10 years but lives in Houston now. He started playing Magic in 1994. Stopped in 2000. Came back in 2010. He’s the creator of galactictreasures.com. He’s played in 2 Nationals and has top 16ed a Star City Games invitational.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Tempest, Stronghold, Urza's Legacy (first foils)

Favorite Card

Psionic Blast

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Magic is a tool to help you build relationships.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing a key match to qualify for nationals.

Proudest Magic Moment

Won an annual tournament at LGS.

Best Format

Standard

Tools to get into Standard: Trading (PucaTrade), MTG Price, Quiet speculationSpare deck

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Still tilts.

To combat this, be cognizant of the fact that it’s a game.

People give up too early. Stay in it. Stay focused.

Shortcoming

"I'm a perfectionist."

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Sideboarding – players over sideboard

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play to your strengths.

Regular Activites

Read a lot

Goldfish - When you goldfish think of a specific deck

Improvement Suggestions

See the game grow. Reach out to others.

“Play the game from your own perspective.”

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

TCG Player

Star City Games

Connect With Edward Eng

Twitter: @edwardeng

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Jul 12, 2016

Christopher Walton is well known in the Michigan legacy community, he piloted U/W Miracles to a top 4 finish at Grand Prix Columbus 2016.

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First Set

Revised / Unlimited

Favorite Set

Tempest

Favorite Card

Land Tax

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Interaction with friends.

Worst Magic Moment

Tried to quit Magic in 2008-9. His shop was closing and his friends were getting out.

Early 2016 was also tough.

But the worst was using outside information to determine a game and getting DQ’d.

He learned how to move past it by sharing with others.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 4 GP Columbus 2016.

Cultivating Legacy scene in MT.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Taken losing a lot worse.

Need to enjoy the game more.

Empathy is the key to enjoying magic when you lose.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Casting spells before attacking.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Legacy Swag, MTG The Source Playmat“Barn” the person who

Christopher is his groups “Barn”. (The person who lends out cards.)

Improvement Suggestions

Enjoy the game as much as possible. Be sure you want to step up. To step up: Try everything.

Be sure you want to step up. To step up: Try everything.

To step up: Try everything.

Magic Resource

Borrow and proxy to break into Magic.

Connect With Christopher Walton

Christopher is on Facebook

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Jul 8, 2016

Jonas Friberg is a Swedish Magic: The Gathering player who played his first Grand Prix in 2014 and since then has played in 8 others including GP Barcelona and GP Manchester where he top 8:ed in both!

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First Set

Coldsnap

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Electrolyze

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Jonas is very creative with his hands and mind. MTG creative in another way. He gets to think and make plays 2 turns ahead

Worst Magic Moment

GP Krakow 2005 – Jonas traveled out of country and it was very expensive.

He went 0-3 drop. Outside of comfort zone.

He learned to practice more and learned to balance playing the best deck vs. one you know better.

Proudest Magic Moment

Won first Game Day. Born of the Gods. Hadn’t been playing long.

Best Format

Standard – Look at the best deck and play a deck that beats them.

GW Tokens – Bad removal, can’t handle PW

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Full of myself. Think I’m better than I am. Over confidence is your worst enemy. Respect your opponent. Beware always. Think about his outs, what you can do to stop it.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Play cards, not opponent. You should play your opponent. Don’t over extend into effects that wreck you.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Theorize about decks and match ups.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck, Playmat, Dice, Pen, Life Pod, Clothes, Water bottle

New to Magic?

Look for Tier I budget decks. Play on Cockatrice, use proxies, and borrow the cards you need.

Magic Resource

MTG Top 8

SCG

Connect With Jonas Friberg

Jonas is on Facebook

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Jul 5, 2016

Arne Huschenbeth started playing in Khans of Tarkir. He Top 8’d ten out of 12 PPTQs last season, and won 2 of them!! He Top 8’d his fourth Grand Prix in Paris. And made Top 64 at GP Manchester.

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First Set

8th Edition

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir

Favorite Card

Dragonlord Ojutai

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

It's so fascinating. You can get better at it every day. Magic is the first time Arne really loved doing something.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad. Arne was crushed in the draft and didn’t make day 2. Sleep well.

He learned you should sleep well before events. He stayed up until 2 am the night before.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 @ GP Paris - He felt a feeling of freedom  He was screaming “You did it!” in his head.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Arne loves to travel and be with friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tapping mana wrong. Untapped mana represents something. Sending messages is part of Magic, make sure you're sending the right messages all the time.

Also, players often think they are the aggressor when they’re not.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Arne traveled every weekend to a tournament somewhere. He consumed Magic content (articles + videos) and played a lot on XMage. This helped him make his GP top 8.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Apples, Bananas, Water, Deck, Back Pack

Activities to Improve

Arne uses visualization techniques to envision winning and what that feels like.

he also draws on his strategy and management skills.

Magic Resource

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames

TCG Player

Twitch

Wizards Coverage

Guidance

Be confident and keep going.

Connect With Arne Huschenbeth

You can find Arne on Facebook

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Jul 1, 2016

Pascal Maynard was on the Canadian National Team in 2010 and Top 50’d his first PT (which was Worlds Chiba 2010) by making it to 5th place in the team portion. He’s played in over 15 Pro Tours and has 10 Grand Prix Top 8s (including 2 wins!) in his record. He currently has 1 Pro Tour Top 8 and is gunning for more.

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First Set

5th Dawn

Favorite Set

Time Spiral (Block)

Favorite Card

Tooth and Nail

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitiveness.

Early Challenge

Pascal never wanted to play the best deck but he still remembers the first time he swapped decks with a body who ran an aggressive deck and the eye opening experience that was.

Worst Magic Moment

All of 2014.

Pascal could not win that year. He considered leaving the game until he top 8'd a Grand Prix on his way to go visit a friend.

If you are going through a slump, consider what you are doing wrong. Always turn the lens inward. Ask friends to watch you play.

Proudest Magic Moment

Making top 8 of a Pro Tour.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Pascal likes being competitive and doesn't like not learning.

Magic has made Pascal a more organized person.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People care too much about what's around them and how others think of them.

Players who are good at ABC Magic play too fast because they don't want others to think they don't know. Great players slow down, think, and don't care what others are doing or thinking.

Limited

Evaluate whether you are the aggressor or on defense often. Make a note, especially when you sideboard.

Improvement Suggestions

Go to Wizards Coverage site and do a search for a specific deck or a specific player and you can watch all the coverage of that deck or player. It's all right there! No digging through hours of YouTube to find the right one. It's all right there. :)

Magic Resource

Neil Oliver articles on ChannelFireball

Connect With Pascal Maynard

Twitter: @PascalMaynard

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Jun 28, 2016

Andrew Elenbogen is the captain of team Ann Arbor. He has two Grand Prix T8’s (Minneapolis and Omaha) the latter was with his favorite deck of all, Magic: RG Tron. He also finished 13-2 at GP Boston 2015 and cashed several other GPs and SCGs with that same deck.

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First Set

7th Edition

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Karn Liberated

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Andrew is super competitive and Magic is his competitive outlet. Magic is not set in stone, it is super fluid.

Level Up

At a random PTQ in Minnesota, Andrew played against Mathias Hunt. His opponent was very pleasant and despite his loss Andrew was able to make friends with Mathias. They found they had a lot in common and Andrew was invited to join an elite test group.

Worst Magic Moment

Grand Prix Dallas 2015. Andrew lost a win-and-in to go to the Pro Tour. He learned that no one deserves to win. Magic is up for anyone.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Minneapolis 2016 Top 8. A friend conceded to get him in and Andrew loved doing so well alongside his teammate Max McVety.

Best Format

Modern

Don't switch every week. Know your deck.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Andrew learned how to self evaluate so he can recognize his own strengths and weaknesses.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are unwilling to acknowledge they lack the skill to play the best deck. Sometimes you need more practice.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Boogie board

Deck

Playmat

Dice

Tokens

Magic Resource

Don't be afraid to change your deck last minute if you think it's right.

Connect With Andrew Elenbogen

Twitter: @aje8888

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Jun 24, 2016

Max McVety is a Magic player from Ann Arbor, MI who has been playing competitively since New Phyrexia. He’s played in 3 Pro tours, two of which he top 50’d. He made his first Grand Prix top 8 at GP Minneapolis 2016.

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First Set

Urza's Saga

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Gryff's Boon
Lightning Bolt

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Deck building and playing Magic is a puzzle to be sold.

Level Up

When Max started playing MTGO more and when he started asking for help he noticed his game step up.

Worst Magic Moment

At his first Pro Tour Max lost his day 2 win and in. To be so close and fall short was disappointing.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning a StarCityGames Invitational was amazing.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Max learned that he can handle a full schedule and thrive.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don't think about the cards they are going to take out when they sideboard.

Lay out your deck post sideboard and line it up with the deck you want to play against.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Back pack

Relevant cards (for the format)

Apple

Water

Clothes

Limited Tips

Play two colors. Play cards that affect the board. (Creatures, removal, combat.)

Draft: Synergy - picks are contextual

Sealed: Play your best 23 cards

Magic Resource

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames Premium

Limited Resources

Connect With Max McVety

Twitter: @m_mcvety

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Jun 21, 2016

Lauri Vuorela is an up and coming Magic star from Stockholm Sweden who had his first big finish by making Top 8 at Grand Prix Manchester 2016.

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First Set

Mirage

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir (Limited) / Theros

Favorite Card

Mind Twist

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The friends he's made and the fact that there are so many possibilities.

Early Challenge

Lauri struggled with playing spells at the right time. Like dropping a creature during the second main so he could represent a spell during combat.

Worst Magic Moment

Long bad streak. Lauri took a 1 month break to clear his head.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Manchester

Best Format

Modern

Play one deck for awhile so you know all the match ups.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Lauri tends to downplay his own skill. But the more you play the more you believe in yourself.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players use the same life pad from the previous game and can give away information. Not facing the timer.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Life pad

Deck

Extra sideboard cards

Dice

Playmat

Water

Snacks

Magic Resource

MTG Mint Card

Modern Nexus

ChannelFireball

StarCityGames

Connect With Lauri Vuorela

Twitter: @lauriv_

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Jun 17, 2016

Patrick Chapin, "The Innovator," is a Hall of Famer, Pro Tour Champion, and 5-time Pro Tour 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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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 Prixs 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 waht you SHOULD be doing, Make sure it stays fun.

Pay Attention to Opponent

Everytime 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

Now days 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

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Jun 14, 2016

Eugene Hwang lives a double life of a mild-mannered data analyst during the week but from Friday to Sunday, he is a Grand Prix grinder and Silver level pro from Los Angeles. He has 2 Grand Prix top 8s, including a win in GP Orlando 2014.

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First Set

Revised

Favorite Set

Khans of Tarkir (Limited)

Favorite Card

Survival of the Fitest

Favorite Art

Terese Nielsen
Rebecca Guay

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Drafting Magic is the most fun game Eugene has played. The community keeps him coming back for more.

Early Challenge

Started drafting and learned the BREAD shortcut but then took this too far. Eugene drafted pretty bad decks until he read an article about mana curve that changed how he drafted. Results quickly followed.

Worst Magic Moment

Day 2 of Grand Prix Providence. Eugene and his team went 10-0 in day one but then got steamed rolled in day 2 by Ari Lax's team. It was here that they realized there was a huge gap between their level and the next level.

They came home, hit it hard, and all three team members (Andrew Brown, Jiachen Tao, Eugene Hwang) have gone on to win Grand Prix's and Pro Tours.

Proudest Magic Moment

Watching 

Best Format

Sealed

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players are afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

While only playing one deck is a good way to start, if ALL you do is play aggro then when the meta shifts you will be out of luck.

Play lots of decks so you can easily pick up different styles based on the meta.

Build two decks that attack on opposing axis so 

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare cards to older versions.

By playing Limited consistently you build mental shortcuts.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Look at rares first. Grab cards that pull you into their colors, cards that you would definitely play in those cards, and cards you will likely play in those colors.

Find the highest quality creatures and removal and make a two color deck around those cards. 

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play sessions are key. Either online or in person. Talk to each other player. 

Early on you want to identify powerful card interactions. After that you want to play the gauntlet of most likely decks.

Improvement Suggestions

Make friends with players you respect.

Use Cockatrice and proxies.

Playing Magic is the best way to get better at Magic. But playing other strategy games is good as well.

Stay positive.

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Star City Games

Allied Strategy podcast

GAM podcast

Connect With Eugene Hwang

Twitter: @deadseashoals

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Jun 10, 2016

Adonnys Medrano has made the first major breakthrough of his Magic career by placing in the top 8 of Grand Prix Charlotte. He’s competed in the semi-finals of a Pro Tour Qualifier and placed 9th at the Richmond Open in 2015. He’s been playing Magic for about 3.5 years and has been competitive for about 1.5 years. He enjoys all things gaming and Magic related. Adonnys lives in Virginia.

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First Set

Return to Ravnica

Favorite Set

Innistrad

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

Worst Magic Moment

Scrubbed out of Regional Pro Tour Qualifier. Then went to Grand Prix Pittsburg and didn't make day 2.

Main take-away: You can't always expect to do well in Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Charlotte

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Adonnys enjoys traveling with friends.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not understanding interactions and not learning the format.

Watch coverage and read Star City Games, Channel Fireball and TCG Player

Improvement Suggestions

Take it slow. If you can't have the best versions of the cards it's okay.

Buy singles, not packs!

Always be open to learn.

Playing is a big part BUT understanding is even bigger.

Magic Resource

Articles

Star City Games,

Channel Fireball and

TCG Player

Connect With Adonnys Medrano

Facebook: Adonnys Medrano (BEST)

Twitter: @AbrAdonnys

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Jun 7, 2016

Corey Burkhart has 3 Grand Prix top 8s this season alone, is a Gold Level Pro and a proud member of team Ultra Pro.

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First Set

Zendikar

Favorite Set

Battle for Zendikar

Favorite Card

Tidehollow Sculler

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Being with friends.

Worst Magic Moment

Finals of a Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS), Corey mulled to 3, and then loses in a two-turn play. A friend told Corey what was at stake if he won and this might have thrown off his focus a bit.

Then, at Grand Prix Albequerque 2013 Corey choked in a late round by firing off a Sphinx's Revelation too early.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Oakland 2016 where Corey locked in Gold Level Pro status was huge but the sportsmanship of his opponent is what stands out to him the most.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not thinking about the outcome of a play or turn ahead of time. HAVE A PLAN!

Consider how your spells line up with your opponents'.

What Are You Working On?

Limited; adapting to signals and predicting the meta game

Improvement Suggestions

Play all kinds of games and puzzles.

Remember, it's a game. HAVE FUN! Relationships are more important.

Connect With Corey Burkhart

Twitter: @Corey_Burkhart

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Jun 3, 2016

Eli Kassis has 1 Grand Prix top 8, another X-2 finish and has 6 Grand Prix top 16's in his record. He has cashed at 6 Pro Tours and has 18 PTQ wins and 15 Star City Games top 8's.

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First Set

Unlimited

Favorite Set

Revised

Favorite Card

Lightning Bolt
Young Pyromancer

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Buying, trading and the competition.

Worst Magic Moment

Star City Games Open in Syracuse. Eli wasn't allowed to have a big bag on the floor of the tournament. This shifted his mindset towards Magic. Now, he doesn't let his competitiveness affect his enjoyment.

Then he had his cards stolen out of his car.

These were really low points.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Grand Prix Charlotte.

Best Format

Vintage & Limited

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Eli faced his insecurity which manifested itself as poor sportsmanship.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Giving away information. Practice having a stone face constantly.

Improvement Suggestions

Treat other players with respect. Especially women.

Connect With Eli Kassis

Facebook: Eli Kassis

Twitter: @lifer2121

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May 31, 2016

Shaun Penrod is the host of the top rated Magic: The Gathering podcast, MTG Pro Tutor. The Professor runs the #1 MTG related YouTube channel, Tolarian Community College, and is the first repeat guest on MTG Pro Tutor. (Even though technically he's the host of this episode.) ;)

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First Set

Tempest block

Favorite Set

Future Sight / Innistrad

Favorite Card

Akroma's Memorial
Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Level Up Moment

Reading an article by Michael J. Flores about casting instants on your own turn.

Best Format

Standard

Connect With Shaun Penrod

Twitter: @ShaunPenrod

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May 27, 2016

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.

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First Set

Mercadian Masques

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Winning is always nice but the friends he's made has kept Michael around.

Early Challenge

Identifying what in each game is important.

Worst Magic Moment

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.

Proudest Magic Moment

When Michael finally made Platinum Pro.

Best Format

Standard

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.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

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.

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare new cards to older, similar cards to start determining how good they are.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play a lot on Magic Online.

Play in person twice a week for several hours each session.

What's in Your Tournament Bag

Deck

Pen

Paper

Water

Snacks

Improvement Suggestions

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.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Connect With Michael Majors

Twitter: @MichaelJMajors

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May 24, 2016

Scott Lipp has 2 Grand Prix top 8's, and came in 16th at Grand Prix Vegas (BIGGEST GP EVER), He made top 4 at the Junior Super Series Worlds in 1999. He’s a father, a store owner, and lives in Kansas City.

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First Set

Arabian Nights

Favorite Set

8th Ed. / Invasion block

Favorite Card

Chaos Orb

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Loves seeing new players come into his store and fall in love with Magic.

Early Challenge

Scott played too quickly. He had to learn patience.

Level Up Moment

When Scott started playing cards that he enjoyed instead of the cards/decks that were simply "the best".

Worst Moment

Having a really bum birthday weekend at GP Atlantic City

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting back on the Pro Tour train.

Deepest Thing You've Learned About Yourself

Learning how to manage friendships.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Making the most obvious play.

Tapping mana wrong.

Not sequencing lands and cards correctly.

KNOW your deck, know your match up and use this knowledge to manage your plays and play around the right cards.

Improvement Suggestions

Go watch Twitch and read articles.

Treat opponents with respect.

Magic Resource

Twitch.tv

Connect With Scott Lipp

Twitter: @Spanky_KC

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May 20, 2016

Louis Deltour is a 24 year old, French, Silver Pro, who started playing Magic in Odyssey and got competitive in Future Sight. He’s played in 10 Pro Tours and has 4 Grand Prix top 8's as well as a French Nationals top 8 in his record.

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First Set

Odyssey

Favorite Set

Future Sight

Favorite Card

Mistbind Clique

Early Challenge

Showing up late, registering the wrong deck, miscounting combat math.

Louis struggled with really basic aspects in the beginning. You don't have to show up at a tournament with the wrong deck to learn like he did. Decide now to prepare ahead of time and show up with the right gear at the right time.

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