144: Ricky Chin Shares How He Top 8’d His First Pro Tour

Ricky Chin played in his first Grand Prix and Pro Tour Qualifier at the end of 2014. Since then, he has qualified for his first Pro Tour, which he also top8’d. He’s a Gold level pro and a proud member of Team East West Bowl. Ricky lives in Quebec.

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First Set


Favorite Set


Favorite Card

Arcbound Ravager

What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?

Friends make Magic fun for Ricky

Early Challenge

Learning to play around cards. Thinking about what cards your opponent could have and how your deck interacts with that deck. Play games and take notes while you play.

Level Up Moment

Ricky always felt he was good at the game and by consistently playing his improved.

Worst Magic Moment

Losing a lot at PT Madrid 2016 was super rough. Ricky didn’t make day 2. He made a mistake and lost a game. He learned to focus on this game right now. He thought too far ahead and lost because he wasn’t focused.

Proudest Magic Moment

Top 8 at his first Pro Tour. (Milwaukee 2015)

Best Format

Modern or Limited

Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself

“with time and practice I can do anything.”

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Playing too fast. Oftentimes, players don’t think and rush through a turn without considering life totals, graveyards, board state etc. .


“The way I approach a tournament. I need to work on staying in the zone.”
Ricky asks himself questions to refocus on the game.

If you could have a conversation with yourself 5 years ago, what would you say

Start being competitive sooner and buy a lot of Underground Sea

Advice for New Modern Players

Find a deck you like and play a lot with.

What’s in Your Tournament Bag

Cards, clothes, playmat, laptop

Daily Ritual

Play a little everyday.


Pascal Maynard

Magic Resource

MTGO and friends


Play Magic and enjoy your time.

Connect With Ricky Chin

Twitter: @Slithice87

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