61: Win a Grand Prix by Playing with People Who Have Similar Goals to Yours – Lukas Blohon

Lukas Blohon has an impressive Magic: The Gathering record with 5 Grand Prix Top 8s, including a win at Grand Prix Brussels 2015, and 2 Pro Tour Top 16s including a Top 8 finish at Pro Tour Dark Ascension. Lukas lives in Prague.

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First Set

Tempest

Tempest

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds
Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Vendilion Clique

Early Challenge

Limited.

Lukas is good at playing one deck over and over again and getting very familiar with it. Limited was his weak spot early on.

Level Up Moment

Training with Channel Fireball helped Lukas grow a lot because he was able to play with some of the best players in the world. This culminated in Lukas making the Top 8 of a Pro Tour.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 of Pro Tour Dark Ascension

Best Format

Standard

How to Choose a Standard Deck

Play all the big decks and see which works for you. Then play that one over and over again.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Mentally checking out. Whether you’re winning or losing, stay engaged in the game and consider what you need to do to win.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Sealed: Synergies are always strong, but in Sealed you don’t always get enough of what you need to make the synergy work. In that case, play cards that affect the board

Draft: Keep track of what’s going on by noting the next picks behind yours. This gives you an idea of what the people to your left are doing. However, it’s more important to track what’s going on to your right. Do this by noting what is and is not being passed to you.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Use Magic Online to play anytime. You can put a few hours to good use without wasting time in transit.

Play the same deck as a trusted friend and share the insights.

What’s in Your Tournament Bag

Water

Snacks (Bananas)

Deck

Pen

Notepad

Improvement Suggestions

Constructed: Build a tier 2 deck (or whatever you can afford) and play over and over again. Also, find someone who has a similar goal as you and work together to improve and advance.

Magic Resource

Star City Games

Channel Fireball

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Connect With Lukas Blohon

Twitter: @LukasBlohon

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