Cole Swannack Interview
Without a doubt, Cole Swannack is the big story of the first day of competition. Some eyes were on the thirteen year old New Zealand National Champion coming into Worlds, but the novelty interest of a young National Champion has turned into serious surprise, as Swannack went 5-1 in today's Standard portion, beating accomplished Pro Tour players such as Gary Wise and Albertus Law. While it's still a bit early to jump to conclusions, the buzz around the venue today is that Cole would look great as a World Champion on the cover of Sideboard Magazine. Gary Wise even told Cole as he extended his hand in defeat, "You're going to make a great World Champion." I sat down with Cole after the first day of competition had ended to see what he thought about his impressive showing, and his chances for the rest of the tournament.
Sideboard: How long have you been playing?
Sideboard: Why do you like Magic?
Sideboard: Is there a specific kind of deck you prefer to play?
Sideboard: So that's like what you're playing today.
Sideboard: Do you have any other hobbies besides Magic?
Sideboard: Like everyone else!
Sideboard: How does it feel to be a National Champion?
Sideboard: Well you got to carry the flag!
Sideboard: Do you think you're ready to hang with the big boys like Kai and Finkel even though you're only thirteen?
Sideboard: Well you're 5-1, you might have to tomorrow.
Sideboard: I hear that two years ago when the Invitational was here, you were there and you were watching every single match. Did you learn anything?
Sideboard: So you mean how they were acting physically to show what they were thinking?
Sideboard: Anyone specific you admired while watching them play?
Sideboard: How does it feel to be getting so much attention? You had a huge crowd cheering you on against Gary Wise.
Sideboard: You don't seem to be intimidated when you're up against an accomplished player like Gary Wise. Why is that?
Sideboard: By the same token, some people might see a thirteen year old and underestimate you.
Sideboard: Worlds is pretty close to home for you, isn't it?
Sideboard: Why did you decide to play the green/blue deck today?
Sideboard: How do your parents feel about this?
Sideboard: And if you do well, you'll be on the Pro Tour and they'll be able to travel all over with you.
Sideboard: Do you feel any pressure now that people are saying you're going to win the whole thing? After you beat Gary, he extended his hand and said "You're going to make a great World Champion." Do you feel any extra pressure now that some people are actually expecting you to make Top 8?
Sideboard: Well, then do you feel any added pressure personally?
Sideboard: Any predictions?
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