The Top 5 Lessons I Learned as a Pro That Completely Changed My Game

The Top 5 Lessons I Learned as a Pro That Completely Changed My Game

Reaching the apex of Magic is a near insurmountable task, but Paulo has been living there for quite some time. Despite that, there were many valuable lessons he learned even after establishing himself that completely revolutionized his game. If you are looking to be a competitive player, you can't afford to miss his top 5 insights!

Over the course of my career, I’ve learned many valuable lessons that have shaped my understanding of the game of Magic: The Gathering. Today, I’m going to talk about five moments that produced lessons that I consider pivotal to my growth as a Magic player and that happened after I was already an established pro player - so this isn’t an 8 year old Paulo learning about mana curve, this is multiple-PT-Top-8-Paulo finding out he still had a lot more to learn from some of the best to ever play the game.

Lesson 1: Everything You Do (And Don’t Do) Conveys Information to Your Opponent

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A very long time ago, I was playing a friendly Magic 2011 team draft against Ben Stark. This was when Ben had just come back from a big hiatus, so he had the habit of narrating his internal thought proce...


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PVDDR

Paulo Vitor "PVDDR" Damo da Rosa has been a professional Magic: the Gathering player and writer for over 20 years. He was Player of the Year in 2017, World Champion in 2020, and is tied for most Top Finishes in history with 17. He will play whichever decks he thinks are the best, but his favorite style is aggro-control. Other than Magic, PV is also a fan of watching TV shows, reading fantasy novels and playing several other games such as Bridge, LoL, TFT, Storybook Brawl, Baldur's Gate 2 and Diablo 2.

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