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Tournament Preparation

Testing for PT Portland – Tales and Tips

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In preparation for Pro Tour Portland, Adam Koska has spent the last week testing in a cabin in the middle of the woods, and today he's going to talk about how to optimize your testing process and strategies.

The Rough Guide to GP Travel

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Richard Bland gives you the lowdown on GP travel, including tips on how to save money and how to make your GP experience as enjoyable and successful as possible. As a bonus, he shares some of the lessons he learned from his RTR sealed deck at GP Lisbon.

Metagame Analysis and Tournament Preparation

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Today, I'm going to cover one of the most important aspects of competitive play: tournament preparation. This article is supposed to give a guideline on how to do research prior to an event and how to approach the metagame, using Legacy as a case study.

The Simple Rulebook

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At the current age of 15 I've played 1 Pro Tour and top 16ed Nationals multiple times. Over the last year my play skill has increased to no end and I have started playing bigger scale tournaments and having bigger scale success to match. I can attest these successes solely to a change in play outlined by the following 9 pointers to improve your game…

Tournament Etiquette and You

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A recent article on the "good game" part of matches got me thinking about what other parts of Magic beyond gameplay might need to be discussed, and tournament etiquette at large has been something that hasn't been addressed terribly thoroughly. So today I'm going to give my pitch on tournament etiquette and, as a bonus, I will toss in a PTQ report.

A Realist Approach to Tournament Preparation

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A lack of resources in tournament preparation is a reality for many players, and there are things you can do to efficiently prepare with the time you have.  Today I'm going to describe some of the methods I use to prepare for tournaments, describing my approach to getting ready for a tournament as a function of how much time I can devote to that event, ranging from nearly no time to infinite time.

Nationals Barbeque

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Petr Brozek gives you a look behind the scenes of his testing process and Nationals preparation. Mr. Burn himself unveils his decklist from Nationals and the valuable lessons he learned at one of the most important tournaments of the season.

The Story Behind Boros

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Pro player Petr Brozek gives you an inspiring lesson on how to playtest correctly, prepare for a tournament, and how to adapt your deck to the expected metagame. He illustrates his brilliant insights with examples from his top 8 finish at GP Oakland, and explains why you should trust in your deck and yourself.

A Standard Odyssey

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Level 6 Pro Yann Massicard presents a complete Standard gauntlet and matchup analysis plus a tournament report. He might not have tested for Worlds, but now he sat down with some of the brightest minds in the game and brings you a decklist from Hall of Famer Raphael Levy!

The Key to Playtesting

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Level 6 Pro player Joel Calafell tells you how he prepares for important tournaments and gives details about his special technique: mental playtesting.

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