Matt Sperling has 6 Grand Prix top 8s and 2 Pro Tour top 8s. He writes a regular column called Sperling’s Sick of It and tries to play to win without taking himself too seriously. He considers himself a hobbyist, not a professional, but feels that playing on the Pro Tour is just the best experience available. Matt lives in the Bay Area of Northern California.
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
The friends Matt had made is more important than the game now.
How do you balance having fun and being competitive
“I only play Grand Prix and Pro Tours.” You have to devote time to the aspects of your life at the appropriate time.
Aspect of Magic you improved at
Getting attached to one deck. If you can only play one style of deck, look for opportunities to learn.
“Empathy = Thinking about things from both sides of the table”
Pro Player You Admire
Worst Magic Moment
Most recent Pro Tour, Matt was Platinum level but hadn’t done well and was shooting for Gold . He missed it by one game.
Proudest Magic Moment
1st Pro Tour Top 8
Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself
Impulse control. Playing fast and making the first good play that comes to mind helped Matt develop intuition. However, Matt has learned to think of other good plays. Not just the 1st one.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Being afraid to make obvious attacks or blocks.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Follow the intuition of “this card feels really powerful” and “I feel helpless against this card.”
What are your shortcomings
Constantly working on impulse control.
Back in 10yrs Ago what advice would you give to yourself
Look for energizing relationships and deck/strategies
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