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I'm back in the United States of America, and it's never felt better! Not saying I dislike Europe, but I was there for almost a month. My fiance' and I embarked to the Czech Republic early last month to celebrate Lukas Blohon's wedding, then visited Denmark to hangout with Martin Dang and Christoffer Larsen until finally heading to London to prepare for the Pro Tour. It was a long, fun trip, but I'm happy to finally be back. So much has happened since I left this computer chair!
Let's start out with Grand Prix London. For Pro Tour Ixalan, the team decided to dedicate our live testing time to Standard only. We chose to use Magic Online as our main source of Limited preparation, and that decision cost us greatly. We didn't have great results at Grand Prix Phoenix and even worse Limited percentages at the Pro Tour itself. We realized that not preparing live for Limited was a mistake. Being capable of drafting for more days online does not equate to good testing as the events are leagues. Not playing the decks at the Draft table causes issues when preparing, and sadly we didn't realize this until we had one of the worst Draft match percentages in the room. Luckily, our Standard prowess carried us to a formidable finish.
This time around was going to be different. We met early to only test Limited! We decided to do all of our Modern preparation individually, instead of Limited like last time. Nothing could go wrong with such an intelligent system that's completely foolproof! All that testing was great for Grand Prix London as both Seth Manfield and I made top 8 while Lukas Blohon only had to win his last match to join us. Sadly, Seth had to beat Andrea Mengucci in the last round when Seth already had his spot locked up to try to make room for Lukas. Luckily though, the Italian got it back the very next weekend!