I find it difficult being a judge sometimes. I am not a career judge. I have little desire to judge big events. People have spent years asking me if and when I’m going to start judging MagicFests, but they’re a holiday for me and a chance to hang out with my friends. I don’t want […]Read More Exemplar Wave #17: A Thank You
Before we start, shoutout to Alex Riley, who won the first G&G Limited Invitational on May 4th! We were back at Geeks & Gamers in Falkirk for their first Standard 1K Invitational Qualifier since War of the Spark dropped! In terms of meta, there were two…clear frontrunners, shall we say. Interestingly, the top eight was […]Read More Tournament Report: Geeks & Gamers 1K Invitational Qualifer, 12/05/19
I’m not going to talk about the Magic Pro League today, because it’s been done to death by people with a much higher personal investment in competitive Magic than I have. What I AM going to talk about is a paragraph in an article Elaine Chase wrote when Wizards officially announced the MPL changes yesterday. […]Read More Psychic Barrier: Why We Still Have To Talk About Women In Magic
One year ago, Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison went missing from the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry. His body was found a day later on the shore of Port Edgar. He had taken his own life. I was at GP Birmingham as the news unfolded. Dumb in a state of grief and sadness that I […]Read More Swim Until You Can’t See Land
This weekend will see the first Mythic Championship Qualifier in the UK. Aside from MagicFest+ London, it’s the first major event in the UK competitive scene since the disappearance of PPTQs. Magic is bigger than ever right now, and with an influx of new players comes an increase in the number of people playing competitively. […]Read More Competitive Magic: Playing in your First Event!
A slightly delayed report this time, due to the the fact that I couldn’t attend this one and had to wait for MagicFest London to get the decklists from Cayce. Better late than never, though! Mono Green Tron is still the most popular deck in Scotland apparently, with GB Rock sliding into second place ahead […]Read More Tournament Report: Geeks & Gamers 1K Invitational Qualifer, 20/04/19
Usually after a GP, I leave with a bit of a heavy heart. I’ve spent the weekend hanging out with excellent people I don’t see all that often, playing Magic, and rolling back to an Airbnb with my best friends to drink gin and engage in shenanigans. The real world is a depressing prospect. MagicFest […]Read More Just Like Brian Wilson: The MTGLondon Wrap-Up