MagicFest Montreal Champion, Auto-Pilot, Focus

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(6:00) Old school players crushed Grand Prix Montreal, where’s the new wave?
(17:00) How to keep in mind unorthodox usage of cards during a game
(28:30) A popular listener question: how to stay focused for an entire tournament
(43:00) Unconventional card choices in Limited
(47:00) Throne of Eldraine Limited takeaways
(1:00:00) Game theory in drafting

Range, Competence, Jedi Mind Tricks

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(10:25) KYT is reading Range by David Epstein and trying to extrapolate concepts to apply to MTG
(21:35) Widening range within a team
(33:20) Conscious and unconscious competence, listening to your inner voice
(53:20) KYT asks Alex what he thinks about Jedi Mind Tricks
(1:04:50) Reid Duke
(1:16:00) Going over ESPN article – The grandmaster diet

Esper in Standard, OP News, Game Design

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(0:00) How did Alex do with Esper in the MPL?
(6:15) KYT is qualified for the MTG Arena MCQ. What should he play?
(9:15) When to play surprise cards?
(20:20) What does Alex think of the Organized Play news?
(33:50) Will the MPL gauntlet be compelling viewing?
(43:55) Instead of trying to build stars with a system, Alex says he would try to reduce the variance of the game itself
(47:45) KYT wants a world where the game is marketed so fans can relate to players and not just decks
(51:50) KYT asks Alex how exactly he would make the game more skill-intensive

The Value of Being Unpredictable

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(00:45) Alex is back from Mythic Championship Barcelona. How’d he do?
(02:25) Was Alex any less inspired to play this Mythic Championship?
(10:45) Did people actually come up to Alex in Barcelona to talk about this podcast?
(16:50) Power level of cards in Modern & Limited
(23:35) Quick thoughts on what makes Limited enjoyable to Alex
(31:55) Reading questions from our “listeners”
(34:55) HIGH LEVEL: The value of having 1-ofs and being unpredictable
(47:00) finalnub’s idea of playing 1 copy of Leyline of the Void in the main. Is it good?

Lions, Sheeps and How to Improve at Limited

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(3:45) How was casting Fandom legends with Semulin and TheAsianAvenger?
(6:30) Why Alex stopped splitting finals?
(16:30) Q: How to not feel too high/too low? How to avoid autopilot?
(20:15) Alex’s mentality walking into a Magic tournament, how he tried to trashtalk Jon Finkel
(24:15) Is it actually beneficial to play all the rounds ala Franky Richard?
(33:45) Q: How do you deal with nerves and letting people down?
(41:20) Q: How would you approach improving at a Limited format?

MTG Fundamentals, How to Improve and Social Media

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(4:55) Answering Medina’s question – How should one work on their MTG fundamentals?
(15:45) A huge sideboarding mistake a lot people make in Constructed
(31:15) I don’t think anyone became a great Magic player by themselves – Alex
(45:35) When to trust yourself in Magic, why the Miracle deck posted a low win rate
(48:20) Lessons KYT has learned about posting on social media
(54:10) Reality vs. perception, is there a gap between the top MODO players/top live players?
(1:13:30) Quick answer to how Alex would approach improving at Limited
(1:18:00) That one time KYT was an MTG Insider, marketing vs. content