297: (Best of) Jon Finkel on How You Can Improve 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.

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294: Play to the End with Laszlo Poroszkai

Laszlo Poroszkai is from the North-Eastern part of Hungary, a small city without an LGS. He first started playing around 2000 and stopped when Counterspell was not reprinted. He came back in Zendikar and has been to a lot of Grand Prix since then. He’s semi-competitive but mostly plays for fun (and counterspell). Laszlo lives in Onga, Hungry.

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286: Becoming Tilt Proof with Joshua Bausch

Joshua Bausch has been playing card games since he was 11, started with Pokemon to Yu-Gi-Oh and now Magic. He’s always been competitive and tried to be competitive in all of them with the most success in Magic. He placed 3rd in Nationals 2017 and made Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2018. Joshua lives in Frankfurt, Germany.

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283: The Mis-Estimation Pitfall with Niklas Dahlquist

Niklas Dahlquist is a Swedish player who has been playing Magic since 1994. He started playing more competitively in the last year and positioned top 4 in this year’s Magic Online Championship. He really likes playing Limited and plays every single night (mostly). He recently started streaming on Twitch and can be found at twitch.tv/smashhallon. Niklas lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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276: Happiness and Self-Worth with Ben Ragan

Ben Ragan began playing Magic with Magic 2010 after quitting competitive chess in middle school. He top 8ed GP Toronto and has multiple SCG Tour Open Top 8s, as well as a heartbreaking ninth-place finish at an SCG Invitational.He has a minor addiction to casting Collected Company in Modern and firmly believes that Magic is about maximizing your options. When he isn’t competing, you can find him re-watching Game of Thrones or cook Italian food. Ben lives in Greenville.

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275: How to Tell if Your Opponent Has an Answer with Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor is a long time Magic: The Gathering grinder and is a feared Limited aficionado in the North East. Some of his notable finishes include Top 8 of Grand Prix New Jersey, 3rd and 9th at SCG invitationals, Multiple old school PTQ wins, and 40th at Pro Tour Atlanta 2014. Josh lives in Henryville, PA.

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274: Playing Lands and Making Friends with Galan Falakfarsa

Galan Falakfarsa has been grinding competitive Magic for about 6 years. His first exciting finish was in 2012 with an SCG Open top 8. Since then he’s made top 8 at several PTQs and PPTQs and played in a couple RPTQs. His GP Santa Clara finish was his biggest so far & he’s very stoked to play in Pro Tour Magic 25 in Aug. Galan is from Davis, CA.

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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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267: Learn From Every Game with Sam Zackrzewski

Sam Zackrzewski lives in Madison Wisconson and started playing Magic as a freshman in High School. He started playing competitively in 2016 and has had a fair amount of Grand Prix day 2s. He recently made his first top 8 at GP Atlanta and will now be attending his first Pro Tour in Spain (2018).

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266: Asking Questions – The Secret Sauce of Success with Thoralf Severin

Thoralf Severin has been playing Magic since Nemesis and has tried about every format, no matter how silly. He enjoys figuring out new and wacky stuff and turning it into a big advantage. His record includes a top 8 at Nationals, 2.5 Grand Prix top 8s, 1 Pro Tour top 16, being on the coverage team for GP Lyon 2015, and getting 6th place in a Magic Online Championship. Thoralf lives in Berlin, Germany.

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264: Finally Making It with Derek Candelario

Derek Candelario is a Logistics Coordinator working on site at Google. He currently lives in San Jose, CA and has been playing Magic off and on for the last 20 years with the goal of getting onto the Pro Tour. He has 1 Grand Prix Top 8 from GP Portland 2017. Derek is from San Ramon, CA.

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262: One Round at a Time, One Game at a Time with Brandon Goe

Brandon Goe has been playing Magic since he was 4 and started hitting the competitive scene full throttle in Shards block. He has several 2nd places Pptq finish’s and took 2nd at Montana State Championship. He made his first day 2 and first top 8 finishing 2nd at Grand Prix Portland 2017. He’s looking to make Magic a career! Bradon lives in Spokane WA, USA.

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261: Making Magic History with Piotr Glogowski

Piotr Glogowski is a Modern enthusiast, weird-deck lover, MTGO grinder, Twitch streamer and Silver level pro. He’s made it to the top 8 of a Pro Tour and 2nd place at the World Magic Cup with his Polish teammates in 2017. He also has two Grand Prix top 8s, both in Modern, and played in the 2016 Magic Online Championship. Piotr lives in Poznań.

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259: Victory Is Not Owed, It’s Earned with Louis Bachaud

Louis Bachaud has been playing Magic for most of his life but has only been grinding Grand Prix for about 2-3 years. This summer he played his first Pro Tour in Japan where he played a win-and-in for top 8, he followed this up with his first GP top 8 in Warsaw 2017. Louis lives in Lyon, France.

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256: Analyzing Strategy and Knowing Your Role for the Win with Torsten Anders

Torsten Anders has been playing Magic since the end of 2002. He started playing competitively in 2004 but without any notable success. His best years started in 2008 when he first qualified for Nationals via a National qualifier which he would repeat for the following 3 years peaking with a win at a PTQ in Philadelphia in 2011. Since then he made Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. Torsten lives in Dresden, Germany.

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255: HUGE A-Ha Moment from Hannes Mauch

Hannes Mauch grew up in Bern, Switzerland. At the moment he is studying civil engineering in Zurich. He’s 23 years old and I has been playing Magic: the Gathering competitively for about 7 years. He enjoys Magic in its complexity and difficulty to master. He has had decent GP results over the last five years, culminating in making Top 8 at GP Liverpool 2017. Hannes lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

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251: How Practice and Networking Yields Results with Daniel Gardner

Daniel Gardner is a 26-year-old Business Development Manager for a Global biscuit manufacturer. He’s been playing magic since 8th Edition/Mirrodin and enjoys watching and playing football, playing poker and of course Magic. He’s the 2009 UK National Champion and placed 3rd and 8th at the UK Nationals in 2010 and 2017. He placed 19th at Pro Tour San Diego 2010 and 4th at GP Florence 2015. Daniel comes from London, UK.

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