Introducing: Michael Bonde
Hello and welcome to Team Snapcardster! Could you give a quick introduction of your self?
Hello there! My name is Michael Bonde, I live in Aarhus in Denmark and I am 30 years old. I am partly a Magic “pro” and finishing my education this year as a teacher in English, History and Sports.
For the people (shame on them!) who might not be too familiar with your previous accomplishments, can you highlight a few of them?
Of course I will. My resume is a bit across formats:
17th PT Shadows over Innistrad (lost win & in for top 8)
3-4th at Grand Prix Strasbourg (Legacy)
3-4th at Grand Prix Madrid (Limited)
5th at Grand Prix Sao Paulo (Team Limited)
10th at Grand Prix San Diego (Limited)
1st at Bazaar of Moxen 8 (Vintage)
1st at StarCityGames Worcester (Standard)
We have all played Magic for quite some time, and we all have different reasons to do so. What keeps your engine running after all these years?
I see the game as a giant puzzle. Every new format brings something different to the mix and draws on different information from the past.
This makes almost every game different in some degree, but still within the region that one can practice and master. I love dedicating myself towards a goal of trying to become the best, within my own style of play. Being able to follow this process and see results is really something unique – for me at least.
In the beginning it was the mastering of play by play, and even though this is still an evergreen focus, more and more layers add-on which makes it even more complicated and interesting.
What is your favorite format and why?
I’m always a bit torn when someone asks me this question, because the answer is I really just love magic! The formats I often play the most are Legacy, Draft and Sealed.
Legacy is a static format where you can build up a giant database of decks, plays, matchups and try to get perfect information due to many matchups and games play out alike and there is often a right or wrong thing to do. Drafting and doing sealed are on the other hand a bit more fluid. You get to solve the “format” and every game is completely different. You need to be aware of both drafting the correct deck, color pairs, card choices in each color and compared to picks already made. Furthermore it is insanely complex and a very fun topic to dig into and discuss with peers.
Looking into the crystal ball, what does the next 12 months have in store for you MTG-wise?
First of all I am in the Pro Players Club with Silver.
My plan is to qualify for 2-3 of the Pro Tours this season and as a minimum cross the threshold for being Silver again for next season.
This means that I will be playing more Magic Online Championship on Magic Online, play a fair amount of Grand Prix’s and try and do my best at the Pro Tour scene.
Nothing is given, but I will do my best to evolve as a player and have fun while doing it.
Thank you so much for taking your time. Feel free to leave your Twitter handle, so people can keep up with your magical endeavours in the future!
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