How to Have Fun in MTG (and Stay Competitive!) – Deep Dive

Usually, my articles on CFB Pro are about competitive formats and how to best optimize your strategy in MTG. Today, I’m trying something different and walking you through my Magic: the Gathering life, which isn’t just the work you see me posting here twice a week or everyday on my Twitch and YouTube channel, but rather how I have fun in MTG, what keeps me falling in love with the game and how I manage to balance it all.



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When I first started playing Magic, I immediately was attracted to the competitive side of it and started doing all I could to qualify to the Pro Tour, chaining invites, going to every possible Grand Prix and so on, ignoring the local Legacy scene that was thriving around my town.

However, I soon realized that I was missing out on a great format and tons of cool events locally, so I started following Legacy and playing with locals more and more. In my town of Senigallia, we never had a proper local game store. We always organized events ourselves at bars or hotel lobbies, welcoming new players and proxies.

While I was testing and thinking about Standard metagame for the next PTQ (which was usually a four-hour drive with some friends from different towns), I was never missing weekly Legacy event, staying up until 3 a.m., playing with Deathrite Shaman and Sensei’s Divining Top and having fun talking about Magic. Here’s a picture of me winning the yearly Legacy league in 2013, playing my trusty Jund deck, featuring Deathrite Shaman and Bloodbraid Elf.

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