145: Don’t Limit Your Range and Growth with Ian Bozley

Ian Bozley is a local hero from Glen Burnie, Maryland who has 2 Grand Prix Top 8s (one in 2015 in Charlotte and the second in 2016 in Providence). He’s the (unofficial) team leader of Team MTGFirst.com, a member of Brown Magic, an alleged “friend” of Jeff Carr, and the owner of the coolest playmat in Magic!

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First Set

Mirrodin Besieged

Favorite Set

Innistrad / Theros

Favorite Card

Kitchen Finks

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

The people make Magic what it is. Going on trips with friends is the best.

Early Challenge

Planning the first three turns of the game. “Mana efficiency is the most important part of Magic.”

Level Up Moment

Going through a tournament Ian felt like he was seeing lanes that he hadn’t seen before.

Worst Magic Moment

2014 – GP Charlotte – Gatecrash Sealed
Played very poorly in round 8 & 9 and lost. Ian won Round 10 to stay on day 2 and then lost every round after that. Ian had to evaluate what he really wanted from Magic.

Proudest Magic Moment

GP Charlotte – 2015 – Modern; Playing Abzan Company. Ian made it to the Pro Tour for the first time.

Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself

“I was incredibly sore loser.” Ian has gotten much better as he understood Magic has winners and losers every game and his number comes up sometimes.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Poor sequencing is a problem for many players. Also, going into auto pilot.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Understand your range in Magic. Don’t play decks that don’t resonate with you. Practice consistently. Try different decks. Build on past experiences.


Owen Turtenwald, Reid Duke, Andrew Tenjum


Players think they are above a deck. This limits your range and growth potential.

Magic Resource


Connect With Ian Bozley

Twitter: @Bozzles

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