Written by Pollo on August 16, 2007
Interview of Tylertmk
After a brief break, the Profiles section of league is back to business. This time we had the honor to interview one of the most consistent players in magic-league: 5 out of 6 PTQ's top 8 (placing 1,3,4,5,5), 2 out of 2 GPT's top 8 and 1 out of 1 Master top 8 (an amazing 88% of affectivity) aval this title, this is no other than Tyler'Hulk'tmk, owner of a 1972 in constructed in real life, a true constructed master.
Please introduce yourself
<tylertmk> My name is Tyler Kreitz, I am a 20 year old pre medical student from
How long have you been playing magic?
<tylertmk> I began playing magic when Apocalypse was released, but was banned about one and a half years later for prize splitting finals of a JSS qualifier. I didn't play mtg for 3.5 years then and decided to play again when team std came around a year and a half ago. I've only been playing seriously since I returned from the ban.
After your banning, when you started playing seriously, what has been your biggest success in the Mtg scene?
<tylertmk> Well my team made day 2 of Charleston, although 1 win out of money it was a decently successful showing for my first Pro Tour since I had only been playing again for about 3 months. Also when I decided to play again I told myself if I was going to try to be one of the best if not the best ptq player in my region and having t8d 5/6 ptqs I am getting there :p.
With whom you made team in the PT?
<tylertmk> I teamed with Steve Behrle (SteveOB) and Allen Jackson
We heard you decided to play a PTQ over nats this year, why did you take this controversial decision?
<tylertmk> Well I was not qualified for nats, going 6-3 at regionals, but I decided to just not play in grinders even though I thought I had a pretty good shot of winning one. I decided to not take another day off of work and would have rather played the ptq. I am a pretty busy person so I have only played constructed, as a result I knew I had a much better chance at winning the ptq than doing well at nats especially since I had placed well in the previous 2 block ptqs I had played in and believed I had a strong understanding of the format.
You were #1 in constructed on league for a while, how did you reach such level?
I began playing enduring ideal in ext minis and the invitational. I believe my record on m-l with the deck was something like 37-2. Although I did not play ideal in ext ptqs since I didn’t think it was that good :/.
Taking into account your recent success on Block PTQ's, are you going to attend Grand Prix
<tylertmk> Nope, mainly because I have to move back into school that weekend, but also because
If you could, what deck would you play?
<tylertmk> Well it would be some form of GW since thats the only deck I've played all season. The past week I've had a feeling that GWr would be a good choice which is interesting since I just found out Josh Ravitz won NYC ptq with GWr and Flores article this week is about GWr. Despite this week's hype, I'd probably play GWr.
Any list you wanna share or tips for playing the deck?
<tylertmk> I'd probably play something like this:
4 [9E] Plains (4)
3 [TSP] Flagstones of Trokair
4 [TSP] Terramorphic Expanse
1 [MI] Mountain (1)
4 [FUT] Grove of the Burnwillows
3 [FUT] Horizon Canopy
3 [FUT] Llanowar Reborn
4 [FUT] Tarmogoyf
3 [TSP] Saffi Eriksdotter
4 [PLC] Kavu Predator
4 [TSP] Serra Avenger
3 [FUT] Riftsweeper
4 [PLC] Calciderm
3 [OD] Call of the Herd
4 [FUT] Edge of Autumn
4 [TSP] Temporal Isolation
3 [TSB] Fiery Justice
1 [TSP] Stonewood Invocation
SB: 4 [PLC] Dead/Gone
SB: 3 [U] Disenchant
SB: 3 [PLC] Rebuff the Wicked
SB: 2 [TSP] Thrill of the Hunt
SB: 3 [TSB] Mystic Enforcer
<tylertmk> no tips really
How do you prepare for events in real life?
<tylertmk> I test on m-l, I used to prepare by playing minis, but I've found it much more effective to just play vs. some of the better players in the league to test different matchups. I've played endless block games with Sandler to prep for
Have you ever cheated?
<tylertmk> well if prize splitting is cheating then I guess so
Nothing else beyond that?
What is your goal in magic?
Well this coming year I'd like to win a const ptq again instead of just t8ing. I'd also like to win states this year for no particular reason...just because. It would be nice to play a few more PT's, but I am not sure how much longer I will be playing because of other commitments.
Other commitments as in college & girlfriend?
<tylertmk> yes and sports, I do track and field in college.
Who is your favorite m-l player and why?
<tylertmk> I don't really have any favorites, and there’s too many to list that I am friends with, but I'll say meloku79 since he lends me decks irl because I own 0 cards.
What has been the most funny/interesting situation you have been through since you play magic?
<tylertmk> I'd have to say the most interesting would have been the experience at GP Columbus. PV was rooming with us and Saturday night after PV had gone 7-1, someone poured water on our hotel room door in the middle of the night and said, "Take that Paulo Vitor!" When my friend went the door they were already running down the hall...
And finally the favorite ones section:
-Favorite Deck - Squirrel Opposition
-Favorite MTG color - Green
-Favorite Format - Extended is way better than all others
-Favorite Writer - Mike Flores! jk I don't really have a favorite writer
-Favorite Non-League Channel - #jajaja
Anything else you would like to add
<tylertmk> I'm the Marty Schottenheimer* of ptq level mtg..dunno if that’s a good or bad thing.
*NFL coach who never loses in the regular season but never wins the big game AKA Championship.
by Vlada on 2007-08-16 18:31 CET
by Vlada on 2007-08-16 18:32 CET
-Favorite Non-League Channel - #jajaja
by tg on 2007-08-16 19:52 CET
by FlyingFreak on 2007-08-16 20:14 CET
lol it's not allowed to prize split a Qualifier ?
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