60: You’re Never Too Good to Learn From Others – Nicolas Beland

Nicolas Beland is making a name for himself at the Pro Tour and has so far Top 32’d Star City Games Open Worcester, made the Top 8 at Grand Prix Quebec City and competed in Pro Tour Theros. He lives in Canada.

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First Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

 

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Set

Ravnica: City of Guilds

 

Ravnica: City of Guilds

Favorite Card

Siege Rhino

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Interaction with other people. Going to Grand Prix and competing with others is a huge draw for Nicolas.

Early Challenge

Forgetting triggers. It wasn’t until Nicolas started playing competitively that he learned the hard way to remember his triggers.

Level Up Moment

After his first Pro Tour, Nicolas had a bit of a big head, but he humbled himself and learned from others and experienced the most growth at this time.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at Grand Prix Quebec 2015

Best Format

Modern

Modern Focus

Start with a style you already know and watch streams on the internet to learn how that deck plays out.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing the deck that won last week’s tournament is a big mistake. Everyone will be gunning for that deck and will be ready for it.

Card Evaluation Tips

Lands define a set. Pay attention to what the mana base can support. Also, familiarize yourself with the removal.

Sealed & Draft Tips

Separate creatures and spells and then organize them by converted mana cost to see what’s playable.

Sealed is about tempo. Curve out and have removal to push through to the end.

Draft: Don’t be afraid to switch colors if you are cut off. It’s hard to recognize sometimes but important to know you can and should switch if the colors aren’t coming.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

Play all the big decks, pick the one you feel the best with and practice, practice, practice.

Proxying is a great way to do this.

Take one deck with you and do the best you can with that deck.

What’s in Your Tournament Bag

Clothes

Deck

Improvement Suggestions

Make friends and share card pools. Don’t be afraid to submit a deck that is similar to the big decks but has substitute cards for the cards you don’t have.

Magic Resource

Daily MTG (Wizards of the Coasts)

Connect With Nicolas Beland

Twitter: @NicolasBeland11

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