09: View the Game as a Whole like Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa has 9 PT top 8s, 17 GP top 8s, and is a 2-time National Champion. He’s the youngest Hall of Famer in the history of Magic: The Gathering!
Paulo likes formats better than individual sets. He reflects on whether a format had a deck he liked. Some that stand out to him are:
What makes Magic fun for you?
The people. Making friends all over the world and being able to see them on a regular basis is tons of fun.
Being stranded in London the day of the terrorist attacks taught Paulo that people are more willing to help than you think.
Level Up Moment
Forming team Channel Fireball. Surrounding yourself and playing with people who are better than you is the best way to level up.
Proudest Magic Moment
Making first GP top 8 in Charleston 2006. (Unified Ravnica Block Constructed)
Winning PT San Juan 2010. (Draft / Block Constructed)
Hall of Fame 2012. (Seattle)
Legacy. People who play Legacy often don’t play other formats. Paulo feels his experience across the board gives him an edge in Legacy.
Best PT format is Standard. Paulo is not emotionally attached to decks. He can objectively build, test and abandon decks.
Current Standard Deck
Esper Dragons. But might move off that with the release of Origins.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Not thinking of the big picture. Do not look at a game as a series of turns. Look at the game as a whole that happens to have turns in it. What is your plan? What is your opponent’s plan? How do you want to win? How does he want to win? Consider those overall questions and determine how it impacts your plays.