Jon Stern has been playing competitive Magic off an on for a long time but started to really take it seriously in 2012. He has 7 Grand Prix Top 8s including wins in Atlantic City 2013 and Atlanta 2014. He hasn’t broken through for a Pro Tour Top 8 yet but has a Top 16 and a couple Top 20 finishes.
What makes Magic: The Gathering fun for you?
You’re rewarded based on the decisions you make.
Knowing how to prepare for tournaments. Joining a team and preparing in a professional manner.
Worst Magic Moment
Forgetting to write down two cards in deck registry led to a game loss.
Proudest Magic Moment
Qualifying for his first Grand Prix Top 8.
Winning his first Grand Prix.
What Have You Learned From Magic
Planning ahead, making decisions.
Advice from Magic Mentors
Understand there is variance. Magic is a number game. Trust yourself.
Deck building in a new format.
Deepest Thing You’ve Learned About Yourself
You’re not going to win every time but that doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong track.
Biggest Mistake Players Make
Having an unlearning attitude. There is a learning curve in Magic and you can move up by talking, listening, asking and learning.
How to Effectively Prepare for a Big Event
Jon focuses on time management. He looks at how much time he has to prepare and chooses his activities accordingly (Main board, side board, play testing).
Beginner Standard Advice
Realize that a lot of people are going to play one of the top 2 decks, card for card. This is exploitable.
Test with a purpose. Don’t kill yourself over deck selection.
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