176: Make Magic Fun for You and Others with Grand Prix Champion Florian Koch
Florian Koch has been playing Magic since 1994 and played semi-competitively until he got his first Pro Point in 2010. He then won GP Lyon later that year. Since 2010 he’s made the Top 8 of three GPs and is striving for success on the Pro Tour. Florian is from Cologne, Germany.
The Dark (Just before)
Florian doesn’t have a favorite set.
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
At first, it was the interactions between cards. Then it was the competitive scene.
Level Up Moment
Florian watched a friend play who explained that recognizing what matters in a game is the key to winning.
Worst Magic Moment
Florian 9-0 day one of a Grand Prix but flowed out on day two. He learned to prepare for the whole event.
Proudest Magic Moment
Winning GP Lyon.
What Have You Learned from Magic
Make your own decisions and decide what matters. You don’t have to use the same yardstick as everyone else to measure yourself.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Not enjoying yourself. You spend all day at an event, don’t make it awful for you or your opponent.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Florian played with the best players he could find and talked with the best players at the event.
Florian is working on being a better control player.
What’s in Your Tournament Bag
Deck, Clothes, Hygiene products
Advice From Pro
Florian saw Dirk B. sort cards into tiers for the first time and that help him see Magic differently.
Advice For Aether Revolt Limited
The Improvise mechanic is overvalued at the moment. Aggressive strategies are working. Combat tricks in this format are decent.
When you go to a Magic tournament, make it fun for you and others. Care for your community.
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