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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  
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  
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  
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. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Kasper Nielsen when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep315 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  
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  
  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  
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 Look at their eyes when they're shuffling your deck. Note how long they are shuffling. Ask for them to end with a cut. 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  
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  
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  
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  
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. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Luis Salvatto when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep308 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  
On today’s episode of Simple Health Radio, Dr. Emran will discuss an over-the-counter cough and cold medication and clarify some of the ingredients in them. Every day in the emergency room, Dr. Emran sees people that have “common cold” symptoms like fever, cough, congestion, headaches, runny nose and sneezing. Most people head over to their local pharmacy and buy something over the counter and it’s either a hit or miss. When Dr. Emran asks patients what they bought, they usually tell him that the medicine claimed to have benefits to reduce or relieve all the symptoms together, but they found themselves feeling worse later. A large number of brand-name medications actually come from the same company and are related to each other. Dr. Emran explains that popular medicines like Dayquil, Nyquil, Mucinex, and Robitussin tend to be produced by the same company and labeled similarly too. Sometimes you get variations of the same medicine as well, line Mucinex ‘DM’ or Alka Seltzer ‘Sinus Plus’. People are often confused because they think the additional wording means they are getting something better or something that will work harder than the original. However, that is usually not correct. Dr. Emran advises buyers to look at the back of the package, not the front, especially with the active ingredient, which is usually listed first in the ingredients. Let’s take a look at Mucinex, which is for congestion. Some people find that Mucinex causes dry mouth, but users can compensate by drinking more water. If there is no infection, users of Mucinex should feel better within a couple days. Mucinex DM has another ingredient - the DM stands for Dextromethorphan, which is a safe cough suppressant that calms a cough until the body can clear the virus. Another popular medicine is Sudafed, which works similarly to Mucinex. It gets rid of congestion in the mucus. However, some people experience increased heart race, elevated blood pressures or they feel dizzy/shaky at times. If they take it at night, they can’t go to sleep because it makes them more alert and anxious.. Allergy medicine like Claritin, Zyrtec and Loratadine, are over-the-counter drugs available for adults and children. When accompanied by a ‘D’ at the end, it indicates that the medication is combined with Sudafed. Drowsy medications include Benadryl, an allergy medicine commonly used by kids and adults. One of the main ingredients, diphenhydramine, are in the sleep-aids like Z-Quil or NyQuil. This can be confusing when a sleep-aid medicine can be used in allergy medicine. Saline nasal sprays are just salt and water. It has no side effects and can be used by both babies and adults. Steroid nasal sprays include Flonase and Rhinocort. These medicines have low doses of steroids and work well if used daily for an extended period of time. Some people find that when they stop taking these, their symptoms return. Nasal stimulants are the strongest nasal sprays that should be used only for a couple of days. These include Afrin or Neo-Synephrine. They are extremely effective, but cause the veins in the nose to become small, cause nose bleeds, and can be highly addictive if used every day. Many of these combination medications also have Tylenol or ibuprofen meaning you should not buy those drugs separately as a supplement. This can cause an overdose. Some of these medicines can increase blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate. Anyone with liver problems or with weak immune systems should never use these over-the-counter medicines. Always talk to your pharmacist before buying over the counter medications and keep your doctor updated on any changes or symptoms.   Follow Simple Health Radio on: Twitter Instagram Facebook Pinterest Spotify Itunes Spreaker   If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. Dr. Emran and Simple Health Radio do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, consults, or any other information that may be mentioned on this website or radio podcast. All images are from Adobe Stock and subject to copyright laws.
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  
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
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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
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. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Kyle Cooper when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep299 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  
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. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Patrick Chapin when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep298 01: Patrick Chapin Shares Tips for Improving Yourself and says Don't Try to Convince others You're the Best   First Set  The Dark Favorite Set  Innistrad (Best designed) /  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 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   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  
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. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Jon Finkel when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep297   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  Antiquities (1994)   Favorite Set  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  
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. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Aleksa Telarov when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep296 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  
Nick Waugh recently made his first Top 8 at Grand Prix Barcelona 2018 playing Boros Burn. Nick lives in Godalming, United Kingdom. Click to Tweet: I got a ton of value from Nick Waugh when he shared his story on #MTGProTutor! Listen here: http://bit.ly/mtgprotutor-ep295 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  
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Created by
Shaun Penrod
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Hiatus/Finished
Started
Jun 17th, 2015
Latest Episode
Jan 4th, 2019
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323
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About 1 hour
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Episodic
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