139: Pro Tour Hall of Famer Ben Rubin on Developing a Long Perspective

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.

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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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