Five Magic Pros I wish I could meet so that they could insult me

There are so many Magic pros in the community that you could meet on any given weekend – but here are my top five that I wish I could meet so that they could insult me!

5. Ari Lax

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The smile that stretches wider than should be humanly possible; that sits below eyes that could judge me forever.
The words he could say: in a voice as bare in emotion as an artificial larynx.

I’d do anything to meet Ari Lax, to sit across from him and have him aggressively question my lines and passing of priority – for him to sullenly glare as I happily keep my seven, for that anger slowly turn to love, as I draw land after land after land.
Oh Ari, tell me how I misplayed, teach me to be a Pro Tour champion!

4. Chapman Sim

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I would have to do something amazing to meet the people’s person, the prestigious pen of the WotC mothership. I would have to pray for my deck to come through for me, master my shuffling skills and show that I could compete in my first ever competitive event. Oh! The Mana Screw, the Unfortunate Draws! The Luck shall surely shine on me that day when I meet Chapman Sim.

I will kneel before him and pleadingly look in his eyes. He will smile and, taking out his pen, write two words on my forehead: “Hearty Congratulations.”

3. Reid Duke

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If I ever met Reid Duke, I imagine that he would look at me with kindness. His warm voice and words would whisper nothing but encouragement to me, even as I make misplay after misplay.

He would say, with genuine feeling, how it wasn’t my fault, that I played perfectly and there was nothing I could have done. I would collapse, weeping into his generous locks, and he would hold me, pat me gently on the shoulder, and leave me at an FNM.

2. Joel Larsson

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To please the most voluminous of magic players; it’s a dream! He would demand my concession, as I am not as handsome as he – and he would be right. His sultry Swedish tones would deliver the most accurate of critique, and I would lose myself in his eyes and, ultimately, him.

Well known for his expertise in limited formats, he would scoff at my shaky mana base, my greedy splash and poor knowledge of the tricks at common. But I would not care, he is a dreamboat.

1. Efro

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I know. How could I ever think to meet the mighty HoF? The monolith. The hot poker of a player beloved by all?
But I want to. I need the scorn; the salt so thick that I could dry-age a small cow; the venom to poison even the Dread Pirate Roberts.

To be insulted by Efro is something else – a whole new level of bile hatred which we all need in order to understand the true nature of man. The raw emotions that we all cradle within our breast. Truly, it would be my end. No mere mortal could ever suffer the weight of his insults, the swamp words he will spew of me to all he can find, friend and foe alike.

Like Pandora’s Box, I want to open it. To unleash the Hellgate and the torrent of fire upon me.

Russell is a moustached magician from Adelaide. Since starting Magic in 2003, he has advanced from kitchen-top Magic to the highest level: that is to say, avoiding playing Magic as much as he can. His achievements include owning a collection of the card Jar of Eyeballs, becoming the pinnacle of fashion in Australian Magic, and sleeping with 3 Pro Tour competitors.

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