The Top 5 Mistakes Solid Players Make and How to Fix Them

The Top 5 Mistakes Solid Players Make and How to Fix Them

Looking to level up your game? The best way to do that is to fix your mistakes and PVDDR has 5 that you're probably doing that you don't even realize! What are these 5 common mistakes and how can you approach fixing them to boost your win percentage?

As you may or may not know, I’ve been doing personalized Magic: The Gathering coaching for a couple of years now. People come to me with all sorts of skill levels and goals, but some mistakes remain relatively constant across the board.

In this article, I will write about the five most common mistakes I see while coaching people and what you can do to fix them.

Mistake #1: Not Thinking in the Right Spots

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Let me start with an anecdote. A long time ago, I was playing a Bridge tournament and a world-class player sat behind me to watch me play. I made a relatively high number of mistakes, and after the match (which we lost), the world-class player said he was impressed about how I had played. I told him that couldn’t be true since I had made so many mistakes. He replied something like this:

That’s true, you did, but I noticed that you were thinking in all the right spots. Whenever you paused to think about a play, I was also thinking about the same play. Our conclusions in the end weren’t always the same, but the most important part w...


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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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