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How to Get Ready for a Magic Tournament With Little Time
At some point, you will find yourself needing to get ready for a Magic tournament with little time to prepare. Ideally, you should have all the time in the world to test for a tournament but that’s not always realistic. During these times, I find myself thinking about what I can do to maximize the value of my limited time testing. Here are some of the strategies that work for me:
Research the cards
Research is the most important element when practicing for a tournament with little time. The biggest edge that professional Magic players have is predicting what their opponent might have at any given moment. I recommend looking at mtggoldfish.com’s top decks in the format so you can familiarize yourself with which specific cards the top decks play. This includes which sideboard cards they might run, as well as cards to look out for in a tournament. Try to look at a visual page of all the cards in the set and read every single card before you start playing with them. Notice...
Well I never ever would have thought the day would come, but here I am writing an article about Constructed. Who am I?!?!
I knew heading into Mythic Championship Cleveland that it was going to be a special one for me. Not only was it going to be the first MC, but I was super excited that it was going to be attached to a Magic Fest weekend. I remember attending Pro Tours way back in the day when there would be several other large tournaments, small side events, dealers, and artists to attract locals and give Pro Tours more of a convention feel. MC and MF Cleveland were a blast to be at because of the sheer number of Magic players in attendance and multitude of things to do!
Another big reason MC Cleveland was special for me was that at the time it was the last PT/MC I was qualified for, and I was ready to accept falling off the train after a nice long ride. Being able to participate in these PTs/MCs for this long has been an unbelievable pleasure and opportunity. Luckily...
After Mythic Championship Barcelona, I found myself in an odd spot in regard to what I should be focusing on Magic-wise. Thanks to solid performances throughout the year, Team MassdropMTG finished in the top 8 of the Team Series which qualifies us for Mythic Championship Richmond. I briefly thought about catching up on Standard – the last time I focused on Standard was during MCQ season back in May. However, MC Richmond is not scheduled until November, which means the Standard format will not only be changing due to the addition of the new Edraine set, but more so by the rotation away from Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and M19. So then I figured I’d practice some limited. I opened up Mythic Spoiler to attempt to finally read through all of the M20 cards before doing a draft, but once I realized I would not be participating in any M20 limited events I quickly became bored and stopped reading. (It’s clear to me that playing Magic just to play Magic isn’t where I am at...