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Creator Spotlight: Sheldon Menery

Updated: Oct 31, 2020

Our next installment in this series covers one of our favorite content creators and retired Magic judges, Sheldon Menery!

Do you play Magic? If so, when did you first start playing?

August 1993. I was at the GenCon when Magic premiered.

When did you first start creating Magic content, and what inspired you to make that jump?

I started writing for Star City Games in the summer of 2000. I created the Ask the Judge column because it was an underserved area of the internet at that point.

What kind of Magic content do you create?

I weekly create two video series and write an article about Commander. The Command Chair is a show co-hosted by a rotating cast of my fellow Commander Rules Committee members and Commander Community is co-hosted by former mothership columnist Anthony Alongi. I stream Commander games with the rest of the RC and some special guests every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon.

What was the first piece of content that you made?

My first piece of content is old enough to drink. It was an award-winning article for the Magic Judge site called Why Sixth Edition Rules Will Make Me Fat, published sometime around 1998.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have had to overcome while creating Magic content?

Being on video and having a face built for radio.

Along those same lines, what is the one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring content creators?

Make the content that you want to see. Don’t let anyone ever tell you what you’re “supposed” to do.

What is your favorite aspect of Magic?

The social one. Getting together with friends—some old, some new, some yet to be friends, to play a great game.

If you had the keys to the castle (Wizards of the Coast HQ) for a day, what would you change about Magic?

Make banding a featured mechanic again.

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