Magically Hacked

[Editor’s Note: After much deliberation, two websites passed on this because this was more of a personal issue. In the abstract, this is clearly a community one at whole, but I respect their decisions.]

Sometimes, all you have is your identity.

It can be stolen, changed, or mistaken, but the one you have is your own. We, as humans, do everything we can to differentiate ourselves from each other. This is the reason we give our offspring names and why we sign up for forums and Magic Online accounts with a name. No one remembers 2019384. That’s just a number, a faceless being in a faceless world. People remember names.

Quiet Speculation.

Gathering Magic.

Star City Games.


It’s with these names that others remember personalities, styles, and brands. It makes them stick in your head.

The thing I contribute most to the Magic community is my writing. No one looks at me for creating the next format-breaking deck or what cards they should invest in. My writing is something I’m passionate about as I always love to try out new and different ideas. Sometimes I’m the court jester, other times I’m the storyteller. There are times where I’m the kid at the front of the class raising my hand after every question the teacher asks. I feel like an ambassador to this game that we play because of my writing; it’s part of my responsibility to help people understand this game. There are so many doors opened and opportunities given to me because of my written word. I feel like a writer first, and a Magic player second.

I’m very comfortable with that.

As a writer, you’re told that you need to develop a brand. That’s why you see MTGColorPie as my brand everywhere I go. MTGColorPie on Twitter, as my personal Magic blog, MTGColorPie on Magic Online. It’s more than just a name, though that’s a large part of it. Readers want to know what to expect when they click on that link to read your words. I tend to have honest and researched writing, broken up in more prose-like passages and disjointed paragraphs that I’m sure my editors (when I have them) hate. I’ve branched out to talk about several areas of Magic including design, humor, culture, and, most prominently, Commander.

We’ll get back to that in a moment.

I don’t write the controversial articles. I’m not Dr. Jeebus, Geordie Tait, or Ted Knutson. I’ve disagreed with all of them multiple times, but they’re the one getting hits because people like controversy. My brand that people have come to expect is one where I don’t rock the boat. I have tried to follow Knutson’s Open Letter to MTG Pros and Writers (an actual must read for those groups). Lately this has created a huge existential dilemma.

What happens when your brand suddenly becomes someone else’s?

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Price of Progress – Getting to Carnegie Hall

True story: While we were getting ready for the first round of SCG Seattle Legacy tournament, I was watching a player associated with a famous MTG strategy site play his deck versus another player. He played Price of Progress. Having never really played that card before, he didn’t know that it actually did 2 damage instead of 1. We all laughed at his error as he learned something new.

But if he had playtested more, he would’ve known.

To be fair, I’m sure this was format he hardly played and he most likely got this list either online or from a friend. Not everyone knows every card in every format but most people would know what the cards in their deck would do, but playing it before the tournament would help with that situation.

I’m not bashing him nor making fun of him. This guy has only been nice when I’ve been in contact with him and he’s a very smart player, but even the “pros” don’t always know what cards do when they pick up a deck for the very first time without hours upon hours of playtesting. And that’s where my situation comes in. I didn’t playtest for SCG Seattle. I went 0-2 drop. This isn’t a tournament report about what I did wrong, this post is how I’m perfectly fine with that situation.

It’s all about getting to Carnegie Hall.

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