Why we play: Spike (Part 2)

Last week we covered what drives Spike to play magic, and I promised that we’d be discussing what formats and play styles best suit a Spike, we’re going to be talking about competitive events on a local level (...

Why We Play: Spike (Part 1)

Hi there, we're continuing our series- analyzing the final, and most misunderstood player archetype: Spike.  Most people think of Spike as a cut-throat player, someone who only plays established decks in an eff...

Why We Play: Johnny

After discussing the motivations behind why Timmy plays last week, I figured we should continue with another player archetype this week.  We’re going to be examining how Johnny finds fun in Magic: the Gathering...

Why We Play: Timmy

We’ve done a lot of analysis of what formats provide good value- but not a lot about who those formats are good for.  The next few episodes I’m going to cover Player Archetypes, and delve into some of the forma...

Why We Play: Cube

This week’s episode is going to attempt to deconstruct the value of creating your own draft set- be it a set or block specific one, or a custom one (also known as a cube).  I’ve owned a few different cubes and ...

Why We Play: Commander

It’s time to do some more testing to see if our theory that "Magic is the most fun game" holds any weight!  This week, with the upcoming release of “Commander 2016” and its 4 colour madness, we’re going to exam...

Ghave, Guru of Spores

Ghave, Guru of Spores: Steven Hamonic 1 x Bayou1 x Command Tower1 x Dryad Arbor1 x Fetid Heath6 x Forest (347)1 x Gaea's Cradle1 x Gavony Township1 x Godless Shrine1 x Isolated Chapel1 x Marsh Flats1 x Overg...

Why We Play: Episode 1

Why we Play Hi there, I’m Steven Hamonic- I’m an avid Magic player, I’ve been playing the game for over 12 years, trying as many cards, decks, and formats as I can get my hands on- I even helpe...
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Steven Hamonic Researcher Bio

Nice to meet you, I’m Steven- I’ve put a decade and a half of research into developing the concept of “Fun” in magic, I’ve tested all sorts of new and interesting formats; even helped create Tiny Leaders a ...