Magic and Mindset

Hallie Santo Community

Learning to play Magic represents a huge turning point in my life. I had just graduated from college and moved thousands of miles away from home, and I needed a way to connect with people in my new city. Magic helped me find friends and feel like part of a community for the first time in my life; it even …

Shivan Dragon and Me

Shivam Bhatt Community

I went to the band room before recess ended to grab my trombone and set up my music. My friends usually congregated there to just chill out and talk about the nerdy pursuits of the day, anyway, so I figured I’d go hang out. When I got there, my friends were huddled in a circle on the ground in the …

Card Kingdom Affiliates: The Command Zone

Card Kingdom Community

One of the highlights of my year as a Magic player was The Command Zone‘s Commander Gathering at Grand Prix Las Vegas. Over 500 players came together to hang out and play, and I was struck by the ease with which Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai brought them all together. Their passion for the Commander community – and the …

Battle Deck League

Card Kingdom Community

As you can probably guess, we play quite a bit of Magic here at Card Kingdom. We do plenty of product testing each month, but we also use Magic as a way to relax, unwind, and bond with our coworkers. Our Fulfillment and Overstock employees frequently congregate in Café Mox for after-work Drafts or Commander matches, and lunchtime pick-up games …

Card Kingdom Affiliates: Good Luck High Five

Card Kingdom Community

It’s been a busy few months here on the CK Blog! Today, we’ll be picking up where we left off in our Card Kingdom Affiliates series to tell you about one of our favorite podcasts: Good Luck High Five! GLHF began in 2013 as Magic the Amateuring, a podcast for new Magic players hosted by Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff. …

If Planeswalkers Played Baseball

Simon Irving Community

This week, two great baseball teams – the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers – will face off in the World Series. Now, you may be asking, what does any of this have to do with Magic: the Gathering? Aren’t most gamers not really all that into sports? Well, first of all, there are many of us out there …

GP Judging with Brook Gardner-Durbin

Hallie Santo Community

Judges are some of the hardest-working members of the Magic community. They build and maintain healthy communities at local game stores, set and enforce equitable tournament policy, and make sure Magic‘s largest events run smoothly. Over the years, I’ve been especially impressed by the judges I know who regularly travel to Grand Prix, where they spend long days overseeing events, …

The Pile

Adam Klesh Community

About ten years ago, my friends and I heard tell of a new way to play Magic. The stories told of a huge pile of unsleeved cards that every player in the game would draw from, and that any spell could be cast as if its controller had infinite mana. This was the beginning of my life with what I …