The Deck Tease
Jacob Van Lunen
|A. E. Marling|
Inside the Deck
Matt "Kranny" Kranstuber
Natasha Lewis Harrington
The above schedule is a rough timeline of when each writer publishes posts on our website, there will be deviations from time to time.
Abe Sargent has been playing Magic since The Dark, and is regularly found shuffling his two-thousand-card-plus Highlander deck "Abe’s Deck of Happiness and Joy." Over the years he has written for numerous Magic websites and publications, including StarCityGames, Scrye, Pojo, and Beckett Magic.
|A. E. Marling|
A.E. Marling has been playing Magic since Dark Rituals summoned Juzam Djinns. He placed 10th at GP Oakland and 48th at GP Vegas, but he's better at writing where he can edit out mistakes. Follow him on Twitter, or the kitty gets it: @AEMarling
Alex Ullman is an enthusiast for all things common. From competitive Pauper on Magic Online to his Pauper Cube, he can’t get enough of black expansion symbols. He was part of the first Magic Online Community Cup Team in 2009 that established the tradition of beating Wizards. He has written for PureMTGO and currently writes about the cutthroat side of commons for StarCityGames.
Allen Pennnington has been playing Magic since 2005 and recently became a competitive player. He regularly plays Magic Online, also traveling to attend PTQs, Grand Prix, and other tournaments. He's a math major at the University of South Florida, and he finds that his Magic deckbuilding and theory is much stronger than his in-game technical play. He's working hard to spike a major event.
Andy Rogers is a casual player from Grand Rapids, MI. You can find him on deckbox.org as Andy_Rogers, or follow him on Twitter as ALRStories. When he's not slinging spells Andy spends time trying to figure out if his precocious 3-year-old will grow up to be a Johnny, Timmy, Spike or Vorthos.
Angus Brayden has a certificate from the Hornbuckle Art Academy. An accomplished sculptor of "bologna statues", he gave up the craft to become a professional art critic in 2009. As a Magic player, he has multiple PTQ Top 8s throughout the northeastern US. His favorite card is Kemba, Kha Regent.
Follower of the almighty Helix, Ant is an avid gamer, writer, and artist who has been collecting Magic since Ice Age. Finally learning the game in the early 2000’s, he has since piloted his wacky decks against those brave enough to face him on the fields of battle. A Vorthos to his core, Ant spends his time brewing flavorful decks, writing about Magic, and painting alterations on his favorite cards.
Blake is an Austin-based writer and member of the Wizards of the Coast coverage team. He's been playing Magic since Jester's Cap was a thing. He spends (too) much of his time as a coverage reporter plumbing the depths of how professional players think, build, and play, and likes to think some of that has rubbed off on him. He probably overestimates just how much.
Brainstorm Brewery was created in March 2011 to be a podcast focused on helping players understand the inner workings of Magic’s secondary market. Each week, podcast veteran Marcel White is joined by Magic finance experts Ryan Bushard, Corbin Hosler and Jason Alt, a group with more than 20 years of combined experience in the field, as they cover the latest developments in both the competitive and financial arenas. With special guests and plenty of jokes, there’s never a shortage of both fun and quality information at the Brewery.
Like most people, Brandon lives south of Seattle. Full of contradictions, Brandon has a Pro Point (Top 64 at Grand Prix Seattle 2012) but prefers casual Magic, is a Melvin on a Magic flavor text team, and is a lawyer with a sense of humor. He's also contributed to five books on baseball.
CMDR Decks is produced, edited, and (mostly) filmed by Uriah Oxford. He has been playing Commander (Elder Dragon Highlander) since 2008, and is a casual player at heart. Although he lives in Colorado he travels around to larger tournaments when time allows. He does not live in a fortified compound in the mountains of Aspen.
Casual to the core, Daryl has been playing casual/multiplayer since Legends. After winning accolades (but no actual money) during the StarCityGames Talent Search in 2010, he joined with Bruce Richard and Brandon Isleib to form the Muse Vessel. His background is in International Relations, which is why his writing focuses on theoretical and strategic issues as they apply to multiplayer. Although a New Zealander, he lived in Tokyo for a decade and just recently moved to Seoul.
Devon has been playing Magic for a decade and a half, first gaining publicity as a finalist in the Great Designer Search 2. These days he's a member of the Commander Rules Committee and a full-time game designer.
|Inside the Deck|
Inside the Deck is a weekly video series produced by Rich Castle. Its signature is extremely high-quality production, mixed with sharp editing, of interviews, decks, and Magic culture in a documentary style.
|Jacob Van Lunen|
Jacob Van Lunen started playing Magic in 1995. Since the beginning, deck design and drafting have been Jacob’s favorite part of the game. Van Lunen played primarily as a casual player until 2007 when he used an innovative Sliver draft strategy to win Pro Tour San Diego 2007. Van Lunen performed moderately at subsequent Pro Tours and eventually fell off the train after Pro Tour Kyoto. Since then, Van Lunen has won multiple PTQs and cashed in two Pro Tours. As the author of Building on a Budget he designed hundreds of unique archetypes, including the original Pyromancer Ascension combo deck. He currently pens Perilous Research, the DailyMTG column that analyzes metagame snapshots.
Jarvis has been playing Magic on and off since Revised. In 2006 he started to play Magic Online regularly, going on to 9-0 and 8-1 at Grands Prix Denver and Philadelphia, respectively, in 2008. He also qualified for two Pro Tours in 2011, as well as for Pro Tours Dark Ascension and Avacyn Restored. in 2012. He spends considerable time building and tuning decks for competitive formats.
Jason is a PTQ grinder turned value trader and eBay merchant living in Michigan. He has been playing Magic since 1996, and playing Magic well since 2004. You can hear him as a member of the Brainstorm Brewery podcast, and catch him at most events in the Midwest. Jason is also a regular contributor to QuietSpeculation.com and Cat Fancy magazine.
Proving you don't need Pro Points to write a column, Josh Silvestri has been writing for over seven years with his work featured on every major Magic website. Bay Area players may also recognize Josh from his tireless work as a Magic Judge and Events Coordinator over the past two years.
Judge's Corner is a weekly video series produced by Rich Castle, and hosted by David Greene. Pulling from the knowledge of Magic judges everywhere, each week brings a piece of clarity to our complex game.
Jules has been an avid Magic player since Odyssey, and whenever there's a lull in his linguistics and computer science studies at UCLA you'll find him playing Commander. Or trying to break Modern. Or drafting. Or designing custom cards. Okay, who knows what he'll be doing but it'll definitely be Magical.
Kevin Crimin is a Magic: The Gathering YouTube commentator living in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is passionate about all things deck building, whether it's tuning the latest tournament decks, researching budget decks for new players, or concocting the next "rogue deck" to surprise his opponents with. He qualified for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze with his budget "Soul Sisters" Modern deck, and is excited to play in his first Pro Tour. You can also check out his channel.
Kyle Boggemes is a professional player with multiple top Grand Prix finishes, including a victory at Cincinnati in 2014, and standing with more than 60 lifetime Pro Points with career best Top 8 at 2010's Pro Tour San Diego. He's also pursing a Masters in Finance, and plays locally at Get Your Game On in Ann Arbor, MI.
Lauren Lee is a Serious Fan of Pro Tours and all things Magic related. She started her blog Mulldrifting in 2009, which has since evolved into her thoughts about a large range of topics, including gaming and culture. She has worked at StarCityGames.com as both Copy Editor and Content Manager. You can find her on Twitter as well as Facebook.
Marshall is co-host of the Limited Resources podcast, writes Limited Information, and does play-by-play commentary on the Wizards of the Coast coverage team at Pro Tours and Grand Prix. He measures time in terms of drafts, loves a Man-O'-War, and considers himself a "value enthusiast". Marshall lives in Seattle, WA and his favorite beverage is an Arnold Palmer.
|Matt "Kranny" Kranstuber|
Kranny is the host of the Joy of Cubing podcast, and has been playing Magic for over 15 years. He’s the vocal advocate of the cube format, having written a number of articles detailing cube strategies and principles, from cube basics to unconventional cube builds such as his ever-popular combo cube.
Mike is a longtime member of Gathering Magic, ardent casual player, and writer for From the Lab on DailyMTG.com. He has a strong focus on casual duels and budget competitive decks.
Mike Linnemann is a writer by trade, formerly writing flavor text for the Magic creative team and directing art at Fantasy Flight Games with their LCG lines. He's a resident Vorthos, covering art, storyline and working in the industry.
MJ Scott is a Magic flavor text writer (Theros, Commander 2013 Edition, Magic 2015) and crafts serious fanfic at www.moxymtg.com. She has a degree in English from the University of Oregon and a Certificate of Accountancy from Portland State University, neither of which she uses often. She enjoys playing black and making you laugh. Past: card alterist. Future: Magic: The Gathering cosplay.
Hailing from Parts Unknown, Canada, Nassim has been a PTQ grinder for a decade. He became known for his breakout 12th place finish at Grand Prix Philadelphia 2005 playing the infamous "Iggy Pop" deck., as well as playing in four Pro Tours, finishing 31st at Pro Tour Nagoya 2011 undefeated in Draft. A former stock broker, Nassim is currently working on getting his Master of Financial Economics degree at the University of Western Ontario.
|Natasha Lewis Harrington|
Natasha Lewis Harrington is a L2 judge who likes reading and writing about social issues, participating in pioneering the field of Geek Studies, and building Commander decks that create an unnatural number of tokens. When she's not exploring the Multiverse, she spends her time working towards her doctorate in psychology.
Nick Davis is a veteran software developer, entrepreneur, and co-owner of the collection management tool, Magpie by Power9Pro. When Nick is not writing applications or analyzing the Magic card market, he is usually trying to fish an over-the-top play in Commander.
Nick Vigabool is a fan of all things Magic: the math of a metagame, the theory behind deck design, the flavor of the multiverse, and the art on the cards themselves. He’s fascinated by how Magic works, and can be related to the world outside of the game where he is a happy husband and proud father to twin boys.
Rada loves math, games, and people. She fell in love with Magic the moment she cracked her first pack, which happened to be Time Spiral. She spends most of her time drafting online and solving differential equations.
Ricardo is a Level 1 Judge from small town of Deltona, FL and has been playing Magic since he was able to sort his older brothers cards. He has been judging for over a year and a half, and has been playing competitively when he isn’t helping with the rules. When he finds time to spare he's building a new Commander deck, or brewing up new Standard decks.
As a PTQ grinder turned trader and financial writer, Ryan has been playing Magic since Antiquities. A regular face at major US events, he can usually be found on the trade floor working his craft or watching the top tables for the latest deck tech.
|The Deck Tease|
The Deck Tease is an interview-style podcast, hosted by Erin Campbell. Each week, Erin takes her listeners behind the deck box and straight into the hearts and minds of her favorite Magic: The Gathering personalities. From bloggers, to designers, pro players, and everyone in between, no other podcast shines the spotlight on them quite like The Deck Tease.
Tom Gustafson has been playing Magic since Beta and incorrectly learned it from that tiny instruction booklet that came in the Starter decks. He loved playing for ante, and begrudgingly gave up the strongest magic card ever printed in Contract from Below, when it went the way of the dodo. He was host of Monday Night Magic for six years before a hiatus after creating some tokens of himself. He is now trying to prevent his cards from being destroyed by a talkative two year old, but excited to teach his daughters to play Magic one day.
Travis Woo is a long-time Magic player known for building decks. From his Grand Prix Oakland Top 8 appearance with Living End to exciting viewers by streaming Magic Online, Travis shares his passion for new decks wherever he goes.