37: Pro Tour Champion Joel Larsson Shares Advanced Side Boarding Tips
Joel Larsson keeps busy working as a Pro Magic player, writing articles, streaming and traveling. He has 3 Pro Tour top 16s, 1 Pro Tour win, 1 Pro Tour 2nd, 5 Grand Prix Top 8s, and many Grand Prix Top 16s. Joel has been the Swedish Captain 3 times and was on the Nationals Team under the old system. He is 23 years old and lives in Stockholm with his lady, Sandra.
Saviours of Kamigawa
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
The social aspect kept Joel around in the early days but now it’s the thrill of the competition.
Joel had to get to the point where he could trust his gut about cards. He only got to that point by putting in a lot of time and playing on MTGO, testing decks and honing his skills.
Level Up Moment
Joel’s breakthrough in Paris 2011 took him to the next level
Proudest Magic Moment
Winning Pro Tour Magic Origins
Commander (1v1. Not multiplayer.)
Tasigur, the Golden Fang is Joel’s Commander.
Check out Joel’s article, Competitive EDH is Awesome, on MTG Mint Card.
How to Choose a Standard Deck
Joel follows the progression of the meta game and thinks about what will beat what just did well, and then plays a deck that beat that.
Side boarding: Think of your deck as a 75 card deck. Then take out the 15 cards to be your side board.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Grinding just to grind and losing the fun of Magic. Also, playing with the same people and not reaching out to play with people better than you.
Card Evaluation Tips
Joel will also consider older cards that haven’t seen much play and if they are relevant now that a new set is out.
Sealed & Draft Tips
Sealed: Joel looks for removal and what colors give him 14-16 creatures.
Drafting: Draft a lot and form your own ideas about the format. This will help guide your draft. Focus on your curve and prioritize removal.
Look at the last tournament in the format that you will be playing and look online for MTGO results and get a feel for the field. Then build a deck that beats those.
Proxying cards is a great way to inexpensively practice.
Connect With Joel Larsson
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