232: Preparation Is Worth More Than Results with Steve Hatto

Steve Hatto is 34 years old and started playing Magic in Mirage. He played off and on like many do until he came back for good in Scars of Mirrodin. His goal was clear at that point – make it to the most prestigious events that Magic had to offer. There was, however, one problem: at his first FNM there were only 3 players… Steve lives in Luxembourg.

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First Set


Favorite Set

Urza’s Saga

Favorite Card

Cryptic Command

Early Challenge

Finding players to test with. Steve finished in the top 8 of his first PTQ after coming back. Finding players with similar goals was rough. He focused on being polite and making friends at events.

Magic Milestones

First GP top 8 in 2015. Steve learned that mindset is huge to traveling up.
Steve accepted that he’s pretty terrible at Magic. He also realized that he focused too much on doing well.

Worst Magic Moment

Travelling to Pro Tour Nashville, Steve’s flight was delayed several times and then canceled. He made the best of it by sneaking into the business hugely.

Proudest Magic Moment

Luxembourg doubled its player base and went from 1 store to 3.

What Have You Learned From Magic

Approaching situations with the acceptance that you don’t always have total control over the outcome.

Biggest Mistake Players Make

Forgetting to lay lands. But beyond that people will follow up a mistake with another mistake out of embarrassment.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event

For Modern, Steve knows his deck and can pick it up and go. This is only possible by practicing a lot in between events.

Parting Guidance

Figure out what your goals and then see what’s missing to get you there. Play Magic a level you enjoy.

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