The Pro Tour is a wild horse that does not want its riders to sit comfortably on its back. It can be a heartbreaking moment when players have spent their entire Magic playing careers just trying to earn that chance to ride the horse. For most players, it will end in a dusty fall onto the hard-packed dirt as it bucks and thrashes and bares its teeth, trying with every fiber of its being to buck them from the saddle. We talk to players all the time who have dug in their spurs and broken the beast (or the format) and are able to string together appearance after appearance with solid finishes and all the rewards that come with it. But even for that elite class of players, it’s rare for them to have lasted very long out of the gate in their first attempt to ride at that level.