277: Brian Braun-Duin Talks Sportsmanship, Dedication and Respect

Brian Braun-Duin is the 2016 World Champion, has 1 Pro Tour top 16 and 11 Grand Prix Top 8s, with 2 Grand Prix wins. He also writes articles at TCGplayer.com. Brian lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

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2016 World Champion Recap

Brian shifted to playing the best deck for an event instead of a pet deck.

How to Determine the Best Deck

Look at results from tournaments and Magic online events as a starter.

Sportsmanship

Treat your opponent with respect and handle yourself with class.

Advice

Relationships and people are more important than Magic. Take time to think about what others might think about you and the situation.

Lose With Class

Look at the big picture. If you consider the one game of Magic to be the end-all be-all then it will be hard to swallow. By having a big picture perspective, you’ll realize it’s not the only match that matters.

Graceful Winner

Feel free to celebrate but be mindful you don’t “rub it in”.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tunnel Vision. Some players have a plan and execute that plan no matter what often to their detriment.

Parting Guidance

Have fun!

Magic Resource

Being Right Instead of Being Correct; On Kindness

Connect With Brian Braun-Duin

Twitter:@BraunDuinIt 

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271: Game State IQ and Dealing with Loss with Isaac Sears

Isaac Sears has worked in the casino industry for a decade and his Magic accomplishments include 1 Grand Prix top 8, 1 team Grand Prix top 4, and a top 75 at Pro Tour DC. He also has 1 SCG top 8, 2 scg top 16s, and was a semifinalist at the World Magic Cup. Isaac lives in Santa Rosa, CA.

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First Set

Invasion

Favorite Set

Mirrodin / Kamigawa

Favorite Card

UpheavalBalance

Early Challenge

Dealing with loss and tilting has been hard for Isaac.

Worst Magic Moment

Isaac was banned for a time early in his career. It was rough because he didn’t know the rule that the broke existed.
Always call a judge if you’re unsure about anything.

Proudest Magic Moment

Tie between winning a WMCQ and making Top 4 at a team GP in Santa Clara.

Advice for Early Players

If it’s cute it’s probably wrong. Beware of interactions that are fleshy but don’t actually win.
Always play test.

Applied to Life

Resource Management. Learning how to manage time and other resources in life.

Daily Habits

Check MTG Top 8, Read everyday

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get too comfortable and forget to check the little things. Be aware of the board state, including the graveyard.

Parting Guidance

If you’re tilting, it’s okay to walk away.

Magic Resource

CFB, Twitch, MTG Top 8

Connect With Isaac Sears

Twitter:@vonducky 

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