49: The Merits of Staying Mentally in the Game Even After a Mistake with Mark Litvak
Mark Litvak has just broken into the upper Magic scene by making his first Grand Prix Top 8 at GP Lyon October 2015. He is constantly seeking to improve himself and is looking forward to his first Pro Tour. He lives among the beautiful hills of Austria.
Dragons of Tarkir
Giving up too soon. Mark learned to stay mentally in the game and play to his outs.
Don’t give up the fight.
Proudest Magic Moment
Top 8 of GP Lyon 2015.
Modern (Splinter Twin)
How to Choose a Standard Deck
Look at popular decks and look at the mirror matches and choose a deck that is well positioned against them.
Observe matches using the deck you are considering and monitor how it plays out. This will help you decide if it’s the deck you want to play.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
People underestimate the combat. It is very complicated if you want to do it well.
Many people sit back to see “what happens” in combat. You need to put the brain power behind combat and figure it out ahead of time.
Expect your opponent to play well and don’t be worried about showing them something you don’t think they’ve seen.
Card Evaluation Tips
Mark doesn’t like how the spoiler is released but understands it from a marketing perspective.
Sealed & Draft Tips
Sealed: Separate each color into three piles; cards you want to play, cards you don’t want to play, and on the fence cards. Next sort each pile by converted mana cost. Determine your colors by identifying which colors have a clear plan to success.
Draft: Learn something from every game. Make it count by writing down results, talking to opponents, whatever you need to do to get that extra information you need to improve.
“Don’t tilt and always strive for better.” ~Mark Litvak
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