57: Magnus Lantto Identifies When He Makes Mistakes and Doesn’t Blame Luck
Magnus Lantto is an online grinder turned pro. He’s a member of the European pro team Team Eureka. Magnus finished 5th place in the 2015 Magic World Championship, is the MOCS 2014 champion, and has 3 Grand Prix Top 8s which include 1 win in Grand Prix Milan. To top it off, Magnus Lantto has the distinguished honor of being the first guest on MTG Pro Tutor in 2016! He lives in Sweden.
Fourth Edition (This set did not have an official symbol.)
Magnus feels Magic gets better and better every year. His favorite set is the most recent one.
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
Magnus has never seen a game that is as intricate as Magic. It changes every year and he loves how it stays fresh. There is a lot to think about. He loves how deep it is.
Magnus was really bad at the start of tournaments. The first round of an event he has made really bad mistakes. By focusing on the psychological aspect of the game you can identify problems and adjust. Magnus learned to slow down at the beginning of tournaments so he could improve on this weakness.
Level Up Moment
Playing Magic Online has really upped Magnus’ game.
Proudest Magic Moment
Winning Grand Prix Milan.
How to Choose a Standard Deck
Rely on team mates to test and identify the best decks.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Blaming losses on bad luck. YOU did something wrong. Slow down and think about what you did through out the game. If you make a mistake in the middle of a game, don’t give up. Stay focused and bounce back. Adjust your plan accordingly and stay in it.
Card Evaluation Tips
Look for cards that create new archetypes. Is there a new mechanic that can be built around?
Sealed & Draft Tips
Sealed: Identify a clear win condition that exists in you pool.
Draft: What your being passed is more important than what you’re passing. Prepare ahead of time by reading what others think about cards. Set reviews are a great way to do this.
Deck construction, specifically mana curve, is very important in draft.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Play regularly leading up to the event. Play with a group so you can get feedback. Join groups on FB and ask questions.
What’s in Your Tournament Bag
New sleeves (Dragon Shield or from MTG Mint Card)
Find a way you can contribute to your friends / team. Be the driver, take people out, be a friend. You can make good connections and if you are helpful you can borrow cards or a deck.
LSV set reviews on Channel Fireball
Twitter – track what Magnus and others in the Magic community are up to
Connect With Magnus Lantto
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