Well met fellow Planeswalkers. Sorry the Menagerie is late this week. I’ve been a little swamped with some other projects. How have your travels amongst the Multiverse been? Have any of you been to Ravnica lately? There is a fancy little sandwich joint in the in the Golgari district. If you can get past all the Golgari Longlegs walking the streets. Food is amazing. Just don’t ask what is in the sandwiches. Especially if your server is a troll. This article makes Matt’s Menagerie a month old. Happy 1 month my avid readers. This has been a slower week for Magic. Due to family obligations I haven’t been doing much magic besides when I am at work. That is the benefit of working at a shop that has a specialised magic section. You are always dealing with magic and trading card games. It is so awesome.
I’d like to begin this article with some reminiscing. This year is Kapow’s 5th anniversary. This year also marks my 4th year working at Kapow. I was an avid player at the shop when magic was nothing more than a couple booster boxes on a shelf. I have watched magic grow from a couple seats of players to full 60 man events, 3 full cabinets of singles, a binder collection going back to beta, a wide variety of MTG accessories, my being hired on as help and my own judge certification. Kapow has also doubled in size since then, expanding into the building next to it. It has been a privilege to be able to be a part of its growth these past years. It sure is crazy to sit back and see all the growth and changes the store has gone through.
Many times I find myself at home doing what I do at work. Going through my own collection, sorting cards and tweaking my decks. I play practically every magic format so that is a lot of cards. So many in fact that there is a giant cabinet in my living room that stores my cards. My wife made sure it looked tasteful at the very least if I was going to invade all of her space with my collection. I find it very ironic that sorting my own cards is relaxing to me after spending the day buried in the stores collection. “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”-Confucius.
Growing up in the Pope family you always had to have a hobby. My father was always collecting or doing something he enjoyed. Beyond sports cards my dad went through collecting Magic and Pokemon with us. He would find great joy in our expressions when we got the cards we wanted. Usually he would bribe us with doing our weekly chores for us if we pulled a card he was looking for for his personal collection. Being the eldest (and smartest) meant I got the best pulls and when I was the first one to pull an unlimited shadowless Charizard, guess who didn’t do chores for the next couple weeks? Usually my siblings and I would pool our allowance together and pay it back to our father in an attempt for him to make the 45 minute journey to town in our quest for cards. He told me later he would of done it for free but the free labour was too good to pass up.
This was part of the drive that I had when I decided I wanted to become an MTG judge. I was already working at Kapow and involved in events on a daily basis. It allowed me to put my passion for TCG’s into all aspects of my life. I had been involved on both sides of the cabinets. The experiences have given me a tremendous amount of personal growth. Learning from mentors and passing that mentoring onto others. Now i find myself the happiest when i’m playing or working TCG’s. Seeing families come in and do the exact same thing I did when I was younger brings me a ton of happiness. Hobbies last forever if you care that much about them.
Nostalgia aside now, I have some news from the Tap-Pit. The standard and modern Top 50’s have been updated. The Hotsheet has been updated with some new cards as well. Come check them out in store. Pokemon Sun and Moon Ultra Prism launches this Friday. Come check out the newest set in the Pokemon TCG world. Here is a remainder of the weekly schedule:
Tuesday – Standard Showdown 6 pm, $8 entry and Showdown booster packs on top of store credit prizing.
Thursday – Casual Commander hitting the tables at 6 pm. Spring Commander League is in the works so stay tuned for that.
Friday – Kapow celebrates its 5th anniversary, come join the festivities in store. If you haven’t collected your Golden Ticket, come into the store and we will set you up with one. FNM this weeks format is standard(free entry) with commander and draft. Draft is $18.00
Saturday – More commander action, 1 pm start time. Free event.
That concludes this weeks Menagerie. Keep those sleeves snapping and those shuffles smooth. Remember an army of squirrels is still an army.