280: How Finding a Mentor Can Help You Succeed with Alexander Kreuz

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.


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.

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