54: From Chess to Star Wars to Working at Star City Games – Chris VanMeter Takes You Through Magic
Chris VanMeter (CVM) provides content for Star City Games in the form of articles and videos and also Streams. Chris has had great success on the Star City Games Open Series with 14 Open Top 8’s and an Invitational Finals. Having played Magic for almost 20 years, CVM enjoys his role in helping the game grow by bringing content to everyone. Chris VanMeter lives in Seattle WA.
Level Up Moment
During the Zendikar Standard period Chris grew a lot. He put up some great results and got on the map as a high level player.
Proudest Magic Moment
Top 8 of Star City Games Season Two Open Invitational.
How to Choose a Standard Deck
Identify what decks you will see at the next Standard event by reviewing the top decks from the last tournament. All the decks will have a slight edge over the others that you can pick any of those big decks and do well. With practice and solid side boarding you can do very well.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Mulligans! Most players are afraid to mulligan. With the new mulligan rule the mental barrier against tossing a hand should be much lower. Especially in games 2 and 3, after you’ve seen your opponent’s deck, mulliganing to a better hand is a tactic that many can improve on.
Card Evaluation Tips
Are there cards that fit in an existing archetype or “build around me” cards? A good example of a “build around me” card is Bring to Light. It did not fit in any existing decks but obviously has some power so it’s a “build around me”.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Play a bunch of games with the deck you are going to take. Pay special attention to the side board.
What’s in Your Tournament Bag
Deck Playmat Dice Brick Pad Pen Water Snacks
Consume as much Magic content as you can. (Streams, articles, podcasts.) Ask questions. Don’t think that the big names are unapproachable. Reach out to them on social media and ask questions.
Connect With Chris VanMeter
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