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.
Return to Ravnica
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.
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.
Winning GP Santa Clara with his friends.
Critical thinking. Magic has helped John think at a higher land. It is also increased his mental capacity.
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.
Players don't admit when they've made an in-game mistake.
If you want the Pro Tour, don't quit. Breaks are okay but don't quit.
Listen to Episode 1 here or on www.magicthestory.com