155: How Being Nice Will Get You Ahead with Lauri Pispa

Lauri Pispa has been playing Magic competitively for 2 years, which comes after a 10-year break from the game. In that time he played other games competitively and even opened a card shop one year ago named Sensei’s Divining Shop. He’s a member of the 2016 Finnish World Magic Cup team and lives in Tampere, Finland.

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First Set

Urza block

Favorite Set

Prophecy, Innistrad

Favorite Card

Tangle wire

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Traveling is a lot of fun. Magic is a good excuse to get out and see the world.

Early Challenge

Lauri wasn’t good at taking criticism. He thought he knew it all. But as he lost at GP’s he learned that he had a lot to learn. Now he embraces learning from others.

Worst Magic Moment

Pro Tour Madrid 2016, Lauri needed to win 2 of the last 4 games but didn’t win a single one. He went out with the team deconstructed the event.

Proudest Magic Moment

World Magic Cup Top 8 2016

Level Up Moment

When Lauri decided he was going to be competitive and when he recognized there is always a better player. He started reading and watching content.

Best Format

Legacy and draft

Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself

Lauri has learned that he enjoys the deep thinking process.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Not being open to criticism. Players sometimes don’t listen to others.


BBD- Brian Braun-Duin (Past guest)

What’s in Your Tournament Bag

Extra cards to build decks, Clothes

Improvement Suggestions

Be nice to everybody. Be nice to your opponents and be nice to yourself.

Magic Resource

www.senseisdiviningshop.fi, MTGGoldfish, CFB, SCG

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