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.
Sideboarding. Ben would have sideboard powooos with friends and learn how the built sideboard.
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.
Hitting Gold after his second year on the Pro Tour.
Ben built a deck that Top 8'd in a Grand Prix and he realized "Wow, I'm a good deck builder".
Competitive environments is Ben's preferred way to socialize.
Not sequencing your spells correctly.
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.
Magic is about having fun. If you burnout, take a break or skip a Grand Prix.
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