39: Keeping Your Emotions in Check with Hannes Kerem

Hannes Kerem is an up and coming Magic: The Gathering star who has 2 Grand Prix top 8s and 1 Pro Tour top 8 on his record. Hannes’ expertise is in Limited and he is from Estonia!

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First Set

Onslaught

Onslaught

Favorite Set

Lorwyn

Lorwyn / Morningtide

Favorite Card

M

I need your help! I was a poor host on this one and didn’t actually catch the card Hannes mentioned. If you figure it out please tell me.

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The competitive scene and draft.

Early Challenge

Deck construction.

Level Up Moment

Going 6-0 in Limited at his second Pro Tour Qualifier is when Hannes noticed his skill had improved.

Proudest Magic Moment

Winning Nationals in 2008.

Best Format

Limited

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Hannes trusted the advice of his friends and then tested. 

If you aren’t confident in choosing a deck, ask someone who is more knowledgeable then you.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

People don’t stick to 40 card Limited decks.

Keep your emotions in check. Don’t say “Oh my gosh I drew a land again!!”

Emotions betray your hand and intentions. Stay stone faced and gain a slight edge.

Card Evaluation Tips

Compare new cards against ones you’ve encountered before.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Always play 40 cards.

Sealed: Look at your cool rares and build your deck around them.

Draft: You only get one pack from the left. Don’t worry too much about screwing up their draft.
Hannes puts more weight on his first pick then most players and tries to stick with it. 

How to Effectively Play Test

Play a lot of Magic. In person or online, it doesn’t matter, as long as you play a lot.

You need to know your deck inside and out so you give yourself the best chance of winning.

Keep detailed notes. Who went first, who won, etc…

Improvement Suggestions

Mono red is always a deck and often times good. It’s a great way to break into Standard. Once it’s built, just stick with it. 

Magic Resource

Channel Fireball

Connect With Hannes

Twitter: @Hanneskerem

Hannes on Facebook

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