58: Focus On What You Can Control Not On The Variance of Magic – Florian Reiter

Florian Reiter is a writer and editor from Munich, Germany. He has been writing articles about Magic for various German Magic sites has been active in the tournament scene since 2009. He has one Grand Prix Top 8 from GP Lyon 2015.

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First Set

Urzas Saga

Urza’a Saga

Favorite Set

Time Spiral

Time Spiral

Favorite Card

Horned TurtleCryptic Command

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The diversity of cards and strategies and the mental challenge.

The people he’s meet and the friends he’s made have kept Florian around.

Early Challenge

Combat.

Concentrating and keeping track of combat tricks was hard at first. Practice slowing down and thinking through each combat phase is how to improve.

Level Up Moment

Florian improved the most when he surrounded himself with a group of really motivated Magic players, all striving to get better. If everyone is trying to win a Grand Prix then the collective knowledge will raise everyone’s level.

Proudest Magic Moment

Grand Prix Prague 2015 (Standard). Even though Florian only got Top 64 he feels like he really executed his game plan well. He approached the meta game from a different angle and brought an unknown deck that performed well.

Best Format

Standard – Lower power level means more cards are playable

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being introspective enough. Talking about luck is not a useful way to spend your time. Focus on what you can control and how you can play better.

If you really focus your energy on Magic you will improve.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Sort out the unplayables. Lay out the rest by color. Determine what your really good cards are and build combinations that take advantage of the strengths

Improvement Suggestions

Watch streams and listen to podcasts. Magic content is largely free, so consume as much as you can.

There is no substitute for playing but there are lots of free things you can do to get better.

Magic Resource

Florian’s articles can be found on MTG Mint Card

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

Couch Draft DE

Connect With Florian Reiter

Twitter: @HandsomeMUC

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