Hello Martin and thank you for sitting down with me in the aftermath of the Mythic Championship. Please give a quick introduction of yourself to our readers.
My name is Martin Müller. I live in Denmark in Roskilde, a city with about 50,000 residents. I have been playing MTG since around 2010 with my first Pro Tour/Mythic Championship appearance in 2014.
Before Barcelona you had two Pro Tour top 8’s and a World Championship title under your belt, but you also had a down period recently where your professional career was hanging merely by a thread. How would you describe your journey from “wunderkind” to “almost retired pro” and what label would you give yourself today?
My downshift in professional Magic was hard since it had been a big part of my life for almost 5 years. But it was mostly by choice since at that point I wanted to focus on school. I felt like I was in the top tier of pros on the scene in the years 2015/2016/2017. But I had to realize I didn’t like flying around playing Grand Prix 20 times a year and didn’t think it was a safe career path. After the MPL became a thing I always had it in the back of my mind because it was what I always wanted the pro scene to look like. But at that point I basically was already out of Magic. Even though I was technically still Platinum I wasn’t playing Magic outside of the Pro Tour and Mythic Championship. I also always thought my parents weren’t fond of the idea of me playing Magic full time. Funnily enough I only decided to talk to them about it after I was out of the professional scene. I got surprised that they didn’t have any problem with it. After that I really thought about getting back into Magic and a couple of weeks later, I posted a tweet announcing my return. Not sure what label I would put on myself right now other than MPL-tryhard.
You used to prepare for tournaments with American greats like Brad Nelson and Brian Braun-Duin, but now you find yourself on an all Danish team. How do the two processes differ and what was/is your role within these teams?
On Team Genesis a lot of the testing was done in real life and was pretty focused for the most part. On Mage we generally are a bit looser and more of the testing is done solo on Magic Online or MTG Arena with information being shared on Facebook groups. My role on both teams has been to figure out what to play in Constructed and what cards would overperform/underperform in the metagame we expect.
Moving on to the actual tournament at hand, Mythic Championship Barcelona, you ended up playing the consensus deck to beat at the event, and your version is very interesting. Can you talk about the process of finding your exact list and how the London mulligan alongside open decklists played a part in it?
I played a lot of different decks before we knew what would be banned in the B&R announcement. After the ban it only took a week until I was pretty sure Hogaak was still the best deck, and it was only a matter of finding the best list for metagame. I liked the four-colored build a lot, but the closer we got to the tournament, the clearer it was that Hogaak would show up in big numbers. So I proposed to the team that Leyline of the Void main deck was probably a good place to be with how much Hogaak I expected, and more so with open decklists plus the London mulligan rule. To make room for the Leyline, I went back to the Jund version.
Modern Horizons not only brought a lot to Vintage, Legacy and Modern, but it’s also a great Limited format. What did you end up drafting at the event, and which individual cards impressed you that other players don’t seem to appreciate the same way?
My first draft went great and I got a super good red-black deck and went 3-0. My second draft didn’t go as smoothly. I had a pretty good green-white deck, but got some bad matchups and green-white isn’t the strongest deck in Modern Horizons. I ended up 1-2. My deck had a lot of good cards but also a lot of mediocre x/1’s. I won round 1 against a snow deck. Next round I played against a blue-red deck with way too many ways to ping creatures for 1 for me to have a shot. In the last round I played against a black-green deck with 4+ Twin-Silk Spiders and I failed to get the W there. The draft format has been out for so long that most people have the same rating on most cards. And I didn’t think I thought some cards where better or worse than most others at the tournament.
You have started streaming in 2019 and fresh off of a Mythic Championship top 8, what’s next in store for you personally?
My next move isn’t going to be Magic related, at least not directly. Me and my girlfriend are planning on moving to a bigger place. Right now, it’s pretty hard to stream when I want since my “streaming room” is also our bedroom, and I plan on streaming on a daily basis after the move.
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