152: Why Playing the Best Deck is Right with Zachary Kiihne
Zachary Kiihne is a 19 year old Computer Science major at Umass Amherst. Grand Prix Providence 2016 was his first Grand Prix Top 8. Previously he had top 64ed two GPs and top 8ed the last RPTQ. This is his first time breaking through to the Pro Tour. Zachary lives in Amherst MA.
Khans of Tarkir
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
The challenge of staying focused and then the reward of winning.
Side boarding and multi-gaming in constructed.
Level Up Moment
It was the summer before college when Zach top 8’d a limited PPTQ. In the semi-finals, he lost due to getting warnings. He learned that cold streaks end.
Worst Magic Moment
Shuffled in a card to his deck and lost because of game rule violations. Zach learned to slow down and clean up his play.
Proudest Magic Moment
Grand Prix Providence, 5TH place
Underplayed Card in Standard
Westvale Abbey in W/U Flash
Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself
Zach has learned that he likes to focus and he likes to compete.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
People don’t break down why they lose. Think about what you could have done differently whether or not your opponent got lucky.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Zach made the decision to play whatever deck went 9-1 at the Pro Tour.
What’s in Your Tournament Bag
Deck box, Paper, Pencil, Water
Look back and evaluate each match and each game.
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