222: You Can’t Get Better in Isolation with Ivan Schroder

Ivan Schroder is an Australian grinder and member of Team EXP who just made his first Grand Prix top 8 by taking down GP Sydney 2017 with his team. Ivan lives in Canberra, Australia.

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First Set


Favorite Set

Champions of Kamigawa

Favorite Card

Meloku the Clouded Mirror

Early Challenge

Ivan is a brewer and he would try to make cards work, even if they weren’t competitive.

Magic Milestones

2nd place at New Zealand Nationals.
Winning a PTQ  and going to Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

Worst Magic Moment

In Worlds, Ivan is up a game… but still loses because he had every high variance cards.
Another time, Ivan is at a Grand Prix playing a game to get into day 2. He was looking too far ahead and made the only line of play that gave his opponent the way out to win.

Proudest Magic Moment

Getting back to the Pro Tour through winning GP Sydney. Ivan is also really proud of an epic win he pulled off in Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Magic and life are not all about you. Both players need to have fun.


Developing an adaptable, longer plan.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Tilting. Players who can’t handle their emotions when things don’t go their way is a problem Ivan sees. Stop sharing bad beat stories. That’s not where your focus should be.

Limited’s Effective Preparation for a Big Event

Magic Online has become one of Ivan’s best tools. There’s too big of a skill range at the shop, so Ivan plays online to get the high-level practice he needs.

Parting Guidance

We can’t get better in isolation. Cultivate your community.

Connect With Ivan Schroder

Ivan can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.

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