129: What Committing to Magic Taught Robert Santana
Robert Santana is an up and coming star who made top 16 at the Star City Games Open in Las Vegas in 2014 and is the Grand Prix Portland 2016 Champion.
Underplayed Card in Standard
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
The competitive scene drew him in.
Creature combat. Robert played more control decks to get around not playing creatures.
Worst Magic Moment
SCG Las Vegas 2014. Robert dropped from the Invitational and joined the open. Playing win and in for top 8. Robert played against Steve Robin and got demolished. This led Robert to really doubt his ability to play. He forced himself and asked “is this something I really want to do ?”. Once he committed he went all in.
Proudest Magic Moment
Champion of GP Portland 2016.
Level Up Moment
Started attending a competitive FNM. Associating with better players really helped.
Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself
Robert felt like he hit a wall. Tournament result were stagnant. Connecting with other players is key to his success.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Players have deck ADD. Stick to a certain deck and get to know it really well.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Find a group of like minded individuals. Build the gauntlet and attend PTQs and GPQs together.
What’s in Your Tournament Bag
Clothes and Magic Cards
Get on MTGO ; Reach out to players, connect and ask for advice.
Advice to New Players
Go to LGS and get Intro decks, augment those and more up.
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