174: Grand Prix Champion John Asbach Reveals How to Get to GP Top 8 from Day Two
John Asbach is 25 years old and an active duty military member. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (Westpoint) Class of 2013 and is originally from Buffalo, NY. He loves theater, coffee, and hockey and is the Champion of Grand Prix San Jose 2017.
9th / 10th
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
It’s different everytime you play.
Constructed. Choosing the right deck. Getting advice from knowledgeable players helps John share this up.
Grand Prix San Jose validated John’s effort.
Worst Magic Moment
GP Portland. John went to time against a grindy Bant company deck. He ended up playing the draw bracket and doing poorly.
Proudest Magic Moment
Winning Grand Prix San Jose 2017.
How to Get from Day 2 to Top 8
Focus on the things you can control. Play, card evaluation (Limited), deck building.
Ask yourself ” how does my deck win?”
What Have You Learned from Magic
Thinking ahead and solving problems.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Not giving enough attention to your mana base in Limited.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
For a new set, go to the Pre-Release and draft as much as possible before the Grand Prix.
Tournament Day Tips
Water, granola bars, the days are long. Take it one match at a time.
Be your mentality flexible. Find what works for you and talk to others.
Connect With John Asbach
John can be found in the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook group.
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