287: Prodigy to Pro Tour 2 with Michael Mapson

Michael Mapson is a fellow Prodigy who made top 8 at Grand Prix Hartford 2018. That’s right! You’re in for a treat as we have our second listener-turned-guest on the show. Michael is from Phoenixville, PA.

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First Set

Time Spiral

Favorite Set


Favorite Card

Goblin WelderStensia Bloodhall

Early Challenge

Knowing what to expect from opponents. Michael would get blown out by cards he didn’t know existed. He overcame this by playing a lot of Magic and studying decklists.

Worst Magic Moment

Michael drove to a Legacy event in New York-several hours away-and went 0-7. He lost every match but still had a fun time. Every game is a learning experience.

Proudest Magic Moment

Team Top 8 at an SCG event. Winning with friends makes everything better.

What Have You Learned From Magic

PAtience and if you stick with something you’ll get better at it.


Be careful of asking for advice after you in.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Players get impatient. They make plays just because. If you wait you’ll find your cards have more impact.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Grand Prix

Michael chose his Modern deck well in advance and played at least one league a day for two months.

Parting Guidance

Be honest with yourself when playing Magic.

Magic Resource

Mana Traders, LegitMTG.com

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