Raphaël Lévy is a Magic Player from Toulouse, France. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in November 2006. He has 3 Pro Tour Top 8's and 20 Grand Prix Top 8's with 5 wins to his name and led the French team to victory in the 2013 World Magic Cup.
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Raphael is very competitive and the challenge has kept him hooked. Even when going through stale periods Raphael stuck around because he loves winning.
Raphael joined an international team called Legion in 1997. He did this by qualifying for the Pro Tour by winning a Grand Prix in Djon which was 8 hours away.
Hall of Fame ceremony in his home country of France. All of Raphael's family attended. With them there, along with his countrymen, he felt very honored and proud.
Limited (Draft and Sealed)
Raphael knows his play style and picks a deck that is competitive and that he can pilot well.
Raphael really understands the combat phase and therefore does not play control decks. Choose a deck that fits your style.
The biggest mistake Raphael sees is in the combat step. Players don't think about it enough.
People don't realize that missing one point of damage in a combat step can lose then the game.
Watch, talk and analyze Magic
Raphael waits for the whole set to come out before evaluating cards.
Experiment with Limited yourself. Draft lots of color combinations and you will get a feel for what works and what doesn't.
Read, listen and watch others but always apply what you learn by drafting yourself.
Raphael mentions his draft at GP Madison 2015.
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Limited: Buy 6-12 packs, mark the packs and then after you build your deck (draft, sealed, team) you can rebuild the packs, switch around the rares and then play again.
To be a better Magic player you need to not play Magic. This will help you avoid burnout, avoid automatic plays and put yourself in a different mindset for tournaments.
Don't play your cards as they come. Stop and think.
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