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.
Shards of Alara
Regionals was Derek’s first long tournament and his first big challenge.
Worst Magic Moment
Derek has faced frustration and set backs all along the way. He’s learned to manage his expectations-both high and low.
Proudest Magic Moment
Top 8 at GP Portland 2017.
What Have You Learned From Magic
How to get the most value from situations; resourcefulness; decision-making.
Advice for New Players
Preparation is key. Use Magic Online to practice and get reps in.
Having a good routine helps you build in the time to get good at something.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Card Evaluation in Limited stumps many player.
Magic has been Derek’s #1 hobby… the trick is being confident and proud of what you do.
CFB, Twitch(Gaby, Kenji), talking with other players
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