7-Year-Old Magic Prodigy Can’t Shuffle Cards Yet But Can Kick Adults’ Butts

7-Year-Old Magic Prodigy Can’t Shuffle Cards Yet But Can Kick Adults’ Butts

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At the Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix in Portland last weekend, one young upstart made waves. Dana Fischer runs a Temur Energy deck, finished 5-4 in the tournament, and is also just seven years old.

Fischer is accompanied by her father Adam, who sits alongside her during matches. But during the game, he mostly waits in the wings, only stepping in to help shuffle and draw cards. When she plays them, she’s beating opponents triple her age or older.

“No help apart from manual help like shuffling, etc,” Adam wrote in a reddit thread. “She kept track of all the triggers and made all the decisions.”

Her finish earned her a bye at the upcoming Oklahoma City event. She needed only four wins to get the bye, but she got five anyways, a detail she was happy to point out in a live interview.

Dana Fischer is a late entry and a strong candidate for sports child of the year, prodigy division. According to the Magic commentators on Twitch, Dana’s hands are not quite big enough to shuffle. But she’s practising her shuffling, so she’ll be beating adult opponents without her dad by her side soon enough.


  • If this doesn’t prove that the current standard meta is crippled in favor for energy decks I don’t know what does. I am not saying that the kid isn’t a good player, but it doesn’t take much to win with either Temur or Sultai energy decks.

    • Yup. No skill involved at all. Just get a luckier draw than your opponent and you basically win.

      • Yeah it is bad to the point that I have kind of taken a small break from standard atm to work on my modern decks. The amount of value energy decks can generate is kind of cancerous. Here I was thinking Saheeli Rei Felidar Guardian decks and the famous Wheel of Fortune decks were bad. Oh well just stick with sealed events and Modern.

    • I watched the video of her playing. She deserved to win those matches, played a smart game and really impressive for a kid :/

      • Uh ok, that is cool can’t actually watch the video at work, good to see younger generation giving it a good crack. It can be daunting to get a foot in the door.

      • Your not wrong, I managed to watch it when I got home some pretty smart plays indeed. They must have amended the rules for her in the case of being able to shuffle your deck unassisted.

        • Yeah man I clicked on the link thinking “hmmmm what’s the gimmick here” but she did a good job and crushed a couple of those dudes who were just bad in comparison.

  • This kid dresses with so much individual attitude she would look right at home as a Final Fantasy or Pokémon character.

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