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Power 9 Pro Seeks Team Member, Evangelist, MTG Lover

Power 9 Pro seeks MtG players to join our team.

Ultimately, the role that any player who joins Power 9 Pro will be is an evangelist. In addition to being a part of a team of players that discusses decks, strategy, and card evaluation, you’ll represent Power 9 Pro to the MtG community at large.

What’s an evangelist?

An evangelist is someone who looks to develop recognition of Power 9 Pro as a player-centric company among the MtG player-base. With 14 million active players worldwide (and a LOT more closet-and-used-to-be-players), there are a lot of people that Power 9 Pro needs to touch. Our goal is simple: make life easier and better for players.

While we’re currently looking for three to five more players to join the team, the tasks will vary from player to player.

If you’d like to be considered, you must first meet all these criteria:

  1. Good Attitude: smiles more than frowns. Says, “Good game” or “Thank you” EVEN IF YOU LOSE. Poor sportsmanship is a major turn off. In addition to building Power 9 Pro, we want every player that wears a p9p shirt to encourage players.
  2. Must love MTG — please note that this comes second to a good attitude but that it’s just a smidgen less important. If you’re not a MTG player…well, you should be. ;-)
  3. Interested in developing a brand: this means a certain degree of entrepreneurial, self-starter attitude. There’s no monetary risk for our evangelists but the attitude of “making something happen” is certainly needed.
  4. Well spoken, capable writer: Power 9 Pro needs players who can play well and also communicate their ideas effectively and clearly.
  5. Play in tournaments. While you may not be looking to get on the Pro Tour or travel your state for every possible PTQ, you must be a tournament player. Why? Simple: you cannot evangelize very well alone from inside your bedroom.
  6. Active in MtG community: Whether you host tournaments at your home or are active on the forums, we need players who are already aware of the “broader MTG community.”
  7. There is a small stipend that comes to being a member of the Power 9 Pro Team. You cannot live off this job but we expect only a small fraction of full time work. This will not be a major time commitment and will not conflict with school or other jobs. Basically, we want the evangelist role to simply be a subsidized position for activities that MtG players already do: play and discuss MtG.

    If this is interesting so far, please email me at James[at]Power9Pro[no-Spam-seriously][dot]com. I’ll follow up with a small test-task to start the evaluation process.


Luis Scott-Vargas, Pro Tour Champion and Magic-Strategy Coach

Just this past week, we notified Power 9 Pro customers that we’re launching another series of MtG workshops led by Luis Scott-Vargas. We definitely wanted to keep our blog readers up to date too!

I’m especially excited to have Luis Scott-Vargas on as an instructor/coach with Power 9 Pro. It’s taken a lot of juggling of schedules but we finally figured out all the details just in time for an excellent finish to 2009.

If you don’t know Luis (often endearingly called LSV by the Magic community) from his win at Pro Tour Berlin or numerous top 8′s at multiple GPs and Pro Tour events, you may know him from his “Drafting with LSV” series on YouTube/Channel Fireball. Regardless of how you first heard about LSV, his record is extremely impressive.
His most notable finishes include:

  • 1st – Nationals 2007
  • 1st – GP San Francisco 2007
  • 3rd/4th – GP Philadelphia 2008
  • 1st – Pro Tour Berlin 2008
  • 1st – GP Atlanta 2008
  • 1st – GP Los Angeles 2009
  • 2nd – Pro Tour Kyoto 2009

LSV is a great new addition to the instructor base at Power 9 Pro, where he’ll be able to leverage years of article writing as well as his foray into online video. He’s written content for BlackBoarder and Channel Fireball, conducted interviews with WotC and much more. Power 9 Pro Online Workshops are the next step in LSV’s consistently giving nature that always results in a fostering of the Magic the Gathering community and player base.

There are numerous benefits to the online workshops for players, the most notable of which is summed up by “Learn from the best to be the best.” Truly top-level coaching is hard to come by and here’s your chance to dive deep into relevant discussions on Magic. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about what cards to include when evaluating your sideboard options–whether prep’ing for an FNM or Grand Prix Trial. LSV himself is excited to share his insights into drafting Zendikar. His perspectives from over 1200 matches (not counting MTGO!) will be leveraged for your benefit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. The last workshop of 2009 is a “Deck Doctor” format which means you can send in your deck for LSV to make a list of adjustments. See how he would adjust the card base for optimum results for your deck. Talk about an unique experience!

Here’s an example clip from our recent workshop series led by Ben Lundquist.

You can learn more about the workshops at power9pro.com/workshops or in another recent blog post.

Further information about Luis Scott-Vargas is located at wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Scott-Vargas. You can also read some of his latest articles at Channel Fireball where he also does a weekly video-cast called Magic TV. LSV has also written for notable Magic the Gathering strategy sites Black Boarder and Starcity Games, though his writing is exclusively available on Channel Fireball as of early 2009.

FYI, if you sign up for Power 9 Pro’s (very infrequent) newsletter, we’ll send you a mp3 clip with Ben Lundquist discussing the in’s-and-out’s of the Metagame. This single 2 min clip alone will help you make better choices when it comes to what decks to expect at the next tournament and how to track the best decks in a format. We’re happy to provide this as a small sample of what Power 9 Pro aims to accomplish with our workshops.

As always, we want to hear from you. If you have workshop topic requests, thoughts or concerns, feel free to lets us know in the comments. I can also be followed on twitter where I post updates, commentary and discussions with fellow MtG players. :)

Power 9 Pro Online Workshops

In case you’ve heard a little about our Pro-Player workshops or caught one of my tweets about them, I thought I’d post a bit more info and a couple of clips to give everyone a better idea of what we’re putting together over here. After all, I’m a player, always looking to improve my game and imagine there are a lot more players like me out there. I have to admit I certainly don’t have all the exposure or practice these master players do, but I know that excellent coaching goes a long way to improving my game…Like I said, it’s always great to win. :)

Power 9 Pro’s workshops are your chance to get first hand advice and analysis of Magic the Gathering with some of the best players in the world. In addition to real-time streaming, we limit workshop size to 15 people. This gives everyone a chance to ask questions and interact directly with not only the pro instructor but also the rest of the participants. I can personally say that being able to hear and discuss other players’ questions and opinions has led to a number of interesting discussions. No need to be shy but if you prefer to listen and soak in the information, then sit back and relax.

By delivering the workshop over the Internet, everyone can participate regardless of location–your house, office [after hours of course. ;-)], a friend’s place, local shop, or even sandy beach in the tropics. We can always wish! The software connecting everyone is free of charge, guaranteed to be malware free and best-in-industry. After signing up, you will recieve a link with confirmation time and instructions (you just click the link). You can then stream the audio through your computer or dial a toll free number. Simple and convient. All participants will also receive the full video-audio recording for later review. I’ve found this great for reviewing important points. Here are a couple of examples from our most recent workshops with Ben Lundquist.

Our next workshop series will be starting December 8th at 5:30 PST (8:30 EST) with renowned player Luis Scott-Vargas. You can see the full schedule at power9pro.com/workshops/schedule.php .

I’d love to hear your topic requests and any other thoughts you may have, so let us know what you think in the comments. Also, if you sign up for our newsletter, we’ll send you a free mp3 of Ben Lundquist discussing the fluctuations and changes of a Meta-game; great for trying to calculate what deck to play at your next tournament!

Power 9 Pro New Product Spoiler Contest Winners

Power 9 Pro’s second product the N-Dexers has been announced! We held a spoiler contest to see if any Magic players could guess what the product would be based off the accompanying sticker-art.

n-dexers sticker art
n-dexers sticker art

Winners were selected based on how close they were able to guess what the product was for or how it related to Magic: the Gathering.

Though we had no “perfect guesses,” there were a number that were so close we couldn’t say they were wrong.
You’ll see from the locations of the winners below, that Magic players from around the world participated in our contest. We’re elated to interact with the Magic community on such a personal level and look forward to hosting more contests.

In fact we had so much fun with the N-Dexers spoiler contest that we decided to hold another contest for the N-Dexers, this time tying in the Dragon’s Egg Power 9 Pro’s first solution designed with Magic players in mind. You can see all the details for that contest here. Our teammate Zak started us off with pics of his trip to Machu Picchu. (Don’t worry, he’s not really competition for the contest).

Without further ado, the contest winners are:

  • Marco Ruiz from near-by Santa Rosa, CA USA
  • Daniel Santorso from Terryville, CT USA
  • Andrew D’Agostino from Yardley PA, USA
  • Nathan Merilees from Sechelt, British Columbia Canada
  • Nicholas Chmielewski from Annerley, Queensland Australia

Thanks again to everyone who participated. It was really exciting seeing your guesses. :)

Firestarter: Where’s You Dragon’s Egg Been?

Power 9 Pro Just announced a contest where you show off where your Dragon’s Egg has been, with the winner getting some free N-Dexers.. I went to South America over spring break, and here are some photos that I took to help get you guys into the picture-snapping mood.

I’m sorry that they spill over into the margins, but I really love the quality that the bigger size affords you.  And no, I really didn’t want to crop these pictures.


Me, A Galapagos Tortoise, and the Dragon's Egg.  Santa Crux Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Me, A Galapagos Tortoise, and the Dragon's Egg. Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Me, The Dragon's Egg, and a Pre-Incan Temple in the middle of Lima, Peru.
Me, The Dragon's Egg, and a Pre-Incan Temple in the middle of Lima, Peru.
With the stunning view of Machu Picchu in the background, I got one last shot of me and the Egg.
With the stunning view of Machu Picchu in the background, I got one last shot of me and the Egg.

For those of you that needer more convincing, I used the Dragon’s Egg to carry sunscreen, insect repellant, my wallet, and a plethora of utility items during my trip.  Hooray for not having to bring a giant backpack with me all the time!

I’m looking forward to see the submissions for the contest, so do your best to impress us.



Dragon's Egg Photo Contest

Power 9 Pro wants to see where you’ve played Magic: the Gathering, and we want to see who’s taken their Dragon’s Egg to the coolest of locations.

In fact, we’re so curious that we’re going to hold a contest and reward the winner and two runners-up with free N-Dexers!

Here’s how it works:
Take a picture of yourself with your Dragon’s Egg. The picture can be taken at a tournament, it can be of you and your friends being goofy, or maybe even at an exotic location like the top of the Empire State Building! Bonus points for playing Magic in the picture.

Email the picture to us at contact@power9pro.com. On September 20th, Power 9 Pro will select the best picture and two runners-up. The winner will receive a 60x pack of the N-Dexers and the two runners-up will each receive a 12x pack!

What you need to qualify:
A Dragon’s Egg, a digital camera, email.

That’s it. Pretty simple. :)

N-Dexer Product Announcement

At the tail-end of April, Power 9 Pro announced that we would soon be releasing a new product.  In that announcement, we held a contest where we invited mtg players to guess what our next product would be based on art we created for its release.

After a few delays along the road, Power 9 Pro is ready to introduce the next product we’ve designed specifically to make life easier for Magic: the Gathering players.

The next solution is called “N-Dexers.” Based on the name and the accompanying art, the solution should be fairly clear.

N-Dexers CCG Tabbed Dividers

We’re looking to make the organization of our massive card collections easier and more clear. Along those lines, the N-Dexers will also help immensely when it comes to deck construction since you won’t have to rifle through cards looking for a specific card. I find this to be the problem even when my cards are organized alphabetically!

Here’s a breakdown of what see as the benefits of the N-Dexers over existing solutions:

  • Works for either of the industry standard boxes–whether you have the vertical boxes (as frequently used by WotC in Fat Packs) or the horizontal standard (as commonly released in 800 count++ corrugated storage boxes).
  • Flexibility in Organization Choices:Rather than tell YOU how to organize your cards, we wanted the solution we provided our fellow Magic players to be flexible. If you currently prefer to organize your cards by creature type or converted mana cost, then we wanted you to be able to do that! Though in all honestly, we see users most likely organizing their collections by card name, set name & color, set name & rarity, or something similar.In order to label the cards, we provide a set of label-stickers for the N-Dexers with each purchase. We’ll also make a printer-ready template available for download so you won’t have to write really small and then not be able to read the cards. We’re big on a comprehensive solutions over here. The printer template will allow each user to fill out the labels how they see best, just print the labels out and stick ‘em to the N-Dexers.
  • Accessibility
    As I alluded to, when we’re constructing decks over here at Power 9 Pro, we frequently find ourselves rifling through cards looking for that single elusive card that we just know we have. It’s frustrating and extremely time consuming. This is the case even when our cards are organized. Rather than perpetuate a bad habit that includes handling our valuable collection pieces over and over again, furthering the chances of a scuff or nicked edge we decided that the N-Dexers had to increase the accessibility of our cards when placed in storage.

    The main design solution to this problem was the creation of a ‘tab pattern’ that resembles a filing cabinet. Because we anticipate some players having hundreds of tabs in their boxes, we wanted to make sure that we could quickly scan through a box without having to thumb through each of the tabs. That would defeat the purpose of the N-Dexers in the first place! Our solutions is that each tab is offset from the previous tab.

    Moreover, we English-speakers read from right to left and so the offset is from left to right, impacting readability in a truly meaningful way. Check it out!

    N-Dexers Example

  • As you know, Power 9 Pro’s first product is the Dragon’s Egg, the only truly durable CCG-specific bag on the market. What good would a second product be if it didn’t play well with the first product? Not very good in our opinion! One thing we found ourselves doing over and over again is carrying different partial decks with us to tournaments and play sessions so we could lend the cards to our friends. By designing the N-Dexers to fit in the Dragon’s Egg, we can now have a mobile collection with cards and partial decks clearly demarcated from each other.
  • Longevity of solution:One of Power 9 Pro’s main focuses is providing innovation and value to players. Who has time for poor quality? We sure don’t and we assume each of you doesn’t either!As I mentioned, the N-Dexers come with labels for you to put on the N-Dexer tabs. These labels can be easily removed so you can keep your set updated as collections grow and change over time.The N-Dexers come with a 5 year warranty for any manufacturing defects. However, after a series of complex computations on the half-life of plastics, multiple consultations with chemists and our insurance actuaries, we can safely say the N-Dexers, treated properly, will last close to 1000 years without compromise to functionality. ;-)


We are currently offering the N-Dexers in two different quantities: 12-packs and 60-packs. The 12-packs will carry a MSRP of $4.50 and the 60-packs will carry a MSRP of $17.95. If you do the math on the pricing, you’ll notice that the 60-packs are essentially a “buy 4, get a 5th free.”

The N-Dexers are currently being prep’d for distribution. Our release date for the N-Dexers to the public is August 15th. During the next couple of weeks we’re going to be getting our local retailers setup with supplies.

Saving the best for last, we recommend you sign up for our newsletter, as we’ll be notifying all subscribers of a variety of introductory discounts and packages–some of which will include discounts on the Dragon’s Egg. What are you waiting for!? Sign up!

**to all our contest participants: we’ll be contacting those who were accurate enough over the next day to send out your prize. :)

Regionals: Reflections

Well, after a rather grueling set of computer science exams I’m back and ready to talk Magic. As I’m sure you’re well aware, Regionals were last weekend and I’ve got some stories to share.

We left Edmonton at 6 in the morning on the 16th, and got into Calgary at 9:30, with plenty of time to tweak my decklist. I met two other players, both named David, and we chatted about our decks and the expected metagame. Between the three of us we had a black-white tokens player, a Blightning player, and a Faeries player (myself), and I leant out a few Reflecting Pools and Windbrisk Heights to the tokens deck because I wasn’t using them. All I had to hope was that those cards didn’t end up across the table from me.

After decklists were collected and all the participants were given either a promo Hellspark Elemental or a Path to Exile, the tournament was ready to begin.

Here’s the deck I ended up using:


Round 1: Maes
A first-turn Aunties Hovel elicited a groan from myself as I prepared to face what was probably one of the decks worst matchups, the Blightning Deck. The fact that I didn’t draw a Bitterblossom the whole game was a blessing in disguise, because I was able to survive his barrage of burn spells and efficient creatures. Vendilion Clique was the MVP of the game, with it both sucking up a burn spell and taking out a Flame Javelin from his hand when it came down. Eventually, my cliques (both Vendilion and Mistbind) just got there and pulled out the victory, with me hanging on at a single point of life.

In game two I was able to capitalize on the presence of Vendilion Clique into a turn 4 Mistbind Clique to keep up the pressure on Maes’ crew of red beaters. The game ended up being decided by him playing a Thought Hemorrhage to make me discard a Loxodon Warhammer, instead of playing a Flame Javelin on my Mistbind Clique. With him at 6, he forgot to realize that I had a Faerie Conclave that would deal exactly enough to push his life total to zero.


Round 2: Taylor
Taylor is a prominent online personality on the Alberta Magic forums, viewable at www.sc2gg.com/magic, and this was the first time I had played a constructed match against him. After winning round 1 against Blightning, I was hoping that that would be the only red-black deck I would see for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, that was not to be, as Taylor used a first-turn Aunties Hovel to put a Mogg Fanatic into play. When I managed to Vendilion Clique him, I saw a hand full of cards like Hellspark Elemental, Anathemancer, and Demigod of Revenge. Unfortunately, I was overwhelmed and started to shuffle up for the second game.

Taylor hit a bit of a land flood in the beginning of the game, which I capitalized on. By Cliquing him out of his best cards and keeping up the pressure, I was able to win with 11 life remaining. However, I did see that Taylor had sideboarded in Banefire, which promised to be difficult to deal with.

In the third game, Taylor and I traded blows for a while, but he was able to land a set of two Anathemancers, which took me down to a sparse 3 life, and he had one ready to unearth. Then I made my second biggest mistake of the tournament. With both the mana open and a Cryptic Command in my hand, I foolishly said “OK” when Taylor asked me if his intentions to attack were valid. Rather than tapping down his creatures and coming back to win with a Faerie Conclave that I had in play, I had no option but to bounce one of his attackers and chump the other with my man-land. Drawing no answers to the Anathemancer in his graveyard, I passed the turn and promptly lost.


Round 3: Chuck
Chuck, it turns out was playing Twinsanity, a deck that uses Sanity Grinding and Twincast to mill the opponent. Fortunately, this deck is one of Faeries’ best matchups, and I was able to simply use Bitterblossom and an array of counterspells to stop his deck in its tracks, and game 2 was very much the same.


Round 4: Lane
Lane is one of the better players at Wizard’s Comics in Edmonton, and he had also made the trip down to Calgary to play in the tournament. I knew he was playing either Black-White Tokens or Bant, based on what I had seem him testing at FNM, and it turned out to be the former. Unfortunately, a pilot as strong as Lane combined with a deck like his turned out to be quite an obstacle for me, a slightly above-average player with a deck that had only a 35-65 matchup pre-board.

I landed a turn two Bitterblossom, but Lane had the ever-present Zealous Persecution, as well as Tidehollow Sculler and Kitchen Finks to bolster his side of the board. I managed to keep Glorious Anthem out of his hand with Vendilion Clique and Thoughtseize, but a timely Cloudgoat Ranger and Ajani Gomdmane spelt defeat for my Faeries.

I brought in the big guns out of the sideboard for game two, including 3 Infest, 2 Evacuation, and two more Thoughtseize in the hopes of making it harder for the tokens deck to stabilize. Alas it was not to be, as my Evacuation only delayed the inevtable as a double Bitterblossom for Lane proved to overwhelm me, while he gained life from Kitchen Finks.


Round 5: Ian
Ian was playing Jund Ramp, a deck that I hadn’t tested against. All that I needed in the first game was a Scion of Oona, a Spellstutter Sprite, and a Loxodon Warhammer for me to end the game at 30 life.

Out of the board came Sower of Temptation, as Faeries can often not handle Chameleon Colossus, as well as Thoughtseizes to strip him of any potential threats, However, he had a fast start witch Kitchen Finks and Chameleon Colossus, and none of the cards I drew were of any major consequence.

In the third game, I resolved an early Bitterblossom which basically won the game single-handedly, although a late Mistbind Clique was able to ensure that the game was mine. The hand disruption that I had (7 slots total) was more than worth it to ensure that the likes of Chameleon Colossus and Broodmate Dragon never saw play.


Round 6: David
Believe it or not, this was not one of the two David’s that I hung out with before the tournament. This was actually a guy I had played at FNM the week before, and had lost to with a worse version of the same deck. He was also playing the same deck, and the match started off much the same as it had a week prior. I was able to take the first game easily, only having to play carefully around a Qasali Pridemage.

I knew from the previous week that David would have Scattershot Archers in the board, so I brought in Infests to kill them. Sure enough, David played the Faerie-killer on turn one, and was able to back it up with a second one. I didn’t see any Infests, and I lost to his perpetual onslaught of creatures.

Game 3 was a lucky one. When David tried to cast his archers on turn 3, I had Spellstutter Sprite. David then played a Path to Exile, in hopes of being able to resolve the Scattershot, but I animated my Mutavault by tapping itself to ensure the counter resolved, and I was able to fetch another land. The next turn I resolved a Mistbind Clique on his upkeep, and believe it or not, did the same thing 3 turns in a row, effectively Time Walking the deck that had no answers. Sure enough, my 4/4 fliers came in and won me the game.


Round 7: Lorenzo
Lorenzo is the brother of Marcel, an Edmonton player who has played on the Pro Tour. He’s almost as good as his brother, and I was happy to see the 5-colour control sitting across the table from me, as the matchup is generally slanted in Faeries favour, although the presence of Volcanic Fallout is something to be worried about.

In the first round, I countered all of Lorenzo’s spells and resolved a Mistbind Clique during his upkeep, and Bitterblossom was able to seal the deal.

In game 2, I made the worst mistake of the tournament. I kept a hand consisting of Underground River, double Bitterblossom, Mistbind Clique and triple Cryptic Command, thinking that if I didn’t draw a land I could always come back in the third game. A foolish mistake, to be sure and I didn’t draw another land for two turns on the draw, and promptly lost the game. The final nail in the coffin was Lorenzo casting Thought Hemorrhage, naming Cryptic Command without any prior information and stripped my hand, dealing 9 points to my head and eliminating my most powerful spells from the game. I blame this loss on myself 100%, as I got greedy.

In game 3, I got hit with multiple Anathemancers and Lorenzo was able to resolve a second Wall of Reverence after I Thoughtseized one of them. Anything I tried to play was countered by the likes of Broken Ambitions and Cryptic Command.

Overall Record: 4-3

Well, I was happy with my decks performance. If I could re-do it again, I would have tried to make better plays, but for my first large-scale constructed tournament, I am satisfied. My tiebreakers gave me a 23rd place finish out of 96 original entrants, although I was just out of the prizes.

High Points of the tournament:
-Meeting both Davids who showed up at 9:30 with a twelve pack of Coke which he shared
-Getting 3 packs from one David’s prizes because I lent him cards
-Meeting Sean, another member of Power 9 Pro, and seeing him qualify for nationals

Low Points of the tournaments:
-Getting Thought Hemorrhaged for 3 Cryptics and 9 damage
-Not making top 8

All in all, it was a great tournament, and the top eight decks can be found here. I may or may not be going to Grand Prix Seattle, but If I do, be sure to come and say hi, the bright orange shirts are hard to miss.

New Product Spoiler Contest

We’ve been hard at work developing an exciting new product, and we can’t wait to show it to you (and get it ourselves)! But it’s not quite ready yet.

So to keep you on the edge of your seat, here’s a spoiler: this is the official sticker art for our upcoming product (minus the product name, of course).

If you think you can guess what the product is, send us an email.

All correct guessers will win the new product as soon as it is available!

Rules:  1 guess per person.  Guesses must be emailed to contact@power9pro.com

Winning guesses must be determined specific enough by Power 9 Pro.  We reserve the right to say your guess was “too vague”.

Contest ends when the new product is officially announced, after which no more “guesses” will be valid.

Press Release: Power 9 Pro Announces Spoiler Contest For Upcoming Product Release

Why Power 9 Pro? part 1

i thought it would be a good idea to discuss the various reasons for forming power 9 pro. i don’t think the full explanation would do well in a single blog post, and so i’m going to make this a series of posts–making this part one.

before discussing the various allures that entrepreneurial activities have on my personality, priorities and decisions, i thought i might take a step away from that question and first answer the question, “why magic?” it’s in answering this question that will give everyone a short answer of “why power 9 pro?”

why magic?

aside from magic the gathering being the best game ever created–it’s complexity and nearly-infinite combination of play interactions and mechanics alone should make chess feel ashamed of calling itself a “strategy game”–there’s a lot to magic the gathering that is completely missed by non-players. maybe even new players too. what’s missed?

the depth.

  1. the game is amazingly developed and designed. it’s in the 4x annually updated and expanded sets that providepart of this depth. obviously without the game designers (and richard garfield + team for alpha/beta/etc), there would be no game.
  2. players enthusiastically [and impatiently] await these new releases
  3. players see that magic the gathering isn’t “just a game” or “just a game for kids.” there’s more to it than that.

the first couple of points are pretty straight-forward so i won’t spend time dissecting them (at this time). number 3 is the most important on that list.
magic the gathering isn’t “just a game” and it’s definitely not a game “just for kids.” in fact as most serious players point out all too quickly, kids can be a gray area for the game. many of the mechanics in magic are intellectually difficult to execute correctly. if even seasoned players, many of which are adults, still make mistakes, then it’s a lot to ask a 10 – 13 year old to figure out.

this isn’t to say that children are unable to play, btw! i don’t want any lip-service about how i’m bashing kids. i’m not. i’m simply trying to make it very clear that magic the gathering is not necessarily even a game for children (as the target market). it’s a very complex game requiring a mature (or nearly-matured) mind to fully exploit. this means that the player base is not full of a bunch of kids. adults really like challenges, and a mtg match can be one of the hardest, most fun to solve. it’s for that reason that tournaments attract players from hundred’s of miles away.

when i was a kid, the general stigma surrounding magic was that it was for kids and for “dorky kids” only. many people i meet as an adult are fairly shocked to learn that i not only play magic now but that i can’t get enough. probably near 50% of these people try to make fun of me right away, asking me if i, “hang out with a bunch of 13 year olds all day.” of course, i can smugly tell them i am hardly the oldest player where i play. it’s nearly unbelievable to the uninitiated that there are [gasp] 30+ people playing and even [shock, horror!] retirees playing. (they have to do something with all that free time).

if the tables are mostly filled with adults (i’ll be REALLY generous and count the 16 to 19 group…and partially generous by lumping the 20 to 22′s in there too), then we can’t treat the market like a bunch of “mushy brained” kids (that was what my dad use to say i was–a mushy brained kid. thanks dad). one of the things i always got the impression of was that magic suppliers didn’t really respect or “get” what the players were all about. we were an enigma to them. and maybe we partially are.

to take a step back and again address the complexity of the game with specific cards rising to dominance and not seeing print again, what we’ve all seen develop are very, very stable markets for our cards. richard garfield wanted that too. (see the video below for some a great interview conducted by the “i came to game” team.) now what’s the big difference between how an adult treats his/her things and a kid? the most obvious is the care a person takes in maintaining the value of that possession. this isn’t to say that all adult players cherish and preserve their cards. that’s just not the case. as in all things, there’s a big range of personalities. but for the most part, i see adult players treating and interacting with cards differently than children. heck, i know a ton of players who treat their cards better than their cars, apartments/houses, and (sadly) bodies/health. moreover, it’s a rare child who can convince his/her parents that the “power 9” cards are the perfect birthday present

that’s actually only part of the issue though. the other important factor is that children act differently than adults. children, for the most part, are not competitive players. and, more importantly, they’re very likely to drop the game as they get older–interests can change dramatically but time & availability changes as well. that being said, i must hear it at least once a month that so-and-so player who wins PTQs, GPTs, etc actually stopped playing for a period only to return (as an adult) as an extremely competitive player.

along these lines, something special happened when the complexity of the game, the rarity/value of cards solidified, coupled with adults dominating the play-field: we have now a unique culture.

interestingly, i’m not entirely convinced that this culture would be as large or as tightly knit were it not for the internet; however, the community of magic players exists and is unique to itself.

with that statement, let me conclude that it’s the blending of these reasons for power 9 pro’s focus within magic. the most iconoclastic, polarizing name within magic refers to a grouping of cards, the power 9. the name of the company seemed obvious after we realized what we were aiming to achieve: a magic-focused company that can address the real player concerns from player perspectives.
now i have answered the question “why magic” and hopefully provided a breif answer to the question “why power 9 pro?” there’s more to being a company though–and i’d like to discuss this with the community so keep an eye out for more updates. :)

that cool interview with mr. garfield: