130: You’re Not Failing at Life with Oliver Polak-Rottmann
Oliver Polak-Rottmann has 4 Grand Prix Top 8 including 1 Win, 1 Pro Tour Top 16, and is a 2-time National champion (2008, 2016). Oliver lives in Vienna, Austria.
Coldsnap (Draft) / Champions of Kamigawa
Underplayed Standard Card
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
Oliver has made great friends playing Magic.
How to have fun and be competitive
By understanding variance always happens it will even out the highs and lows
Try to finish his black border dual land collection. Money was an issue. Through trading and drafting. Oli was able to get the money for the card.
Level Up Moment
The year Oli qualified for 3 of 7 Pro Tours is when he realized he had leveled up.
Worst Magic Moment
In the 2008 season, Oli skipped the Pro Tour because he only needed 1 point. He needed to make to 200 of 380 players, and he didn’t make it. It felt terrible . Oli learned you have to take the game seriously but not let it consume you.”If you’re failing at Magic, you’re not failing at life”.
Proudest Magic Moment
Making Platinum at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.
Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself
Oli learned about the world by traveling with Magic.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Players don’t Sideboard correctly and they don’t seek advice as much as they should. People feel they know it better.
Make Pro Tour Top 8.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Booked a house two weeks before the Pro Tour with his team to practice. Know the balance you need. Playing a lot of games (10-15) per match up helps Oli get a feel and collect data.
Conversation 5 Years Ago
“Pick up Power cards and dual lands.”
Enjoy the game, Make friends.
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