Letter from the Editor: Sheriff’s in Town

There’s a new sheriff in town. His word is law, and he gives the orders. His name – Steve Sadin – our Fearless Content Manager. It just so happens that the sheriff has much in store for the sleepy town of Star City Games. Read on to learn more!

Hey folks!

Fearless Content Manager Steve Sadin here.

I’m busy getting everything ready for next week (which is going to be BIG) — so I’m going to have to make it quick, but I wanted to
catch you up on some of the exciting things that have been happening at StarCityGames.com since I took the reins a couple of months ago.

When I last spoke with you, I was just beginning to get my feet wet. Even before Ted Knutson was done training me for the position, I was antsy to
start making some big moves.

The day that training ended and I had sole control of the position, I made two phone calls to writers who I really wanted to get on board.

The answers that I got from these two writers?

“No (insert generic excuse here)” and “no (insert generic excuse here).”

But I’m a persistent guy who isn’t one to take ‘no’ for an answer…

While I was busy trying to convince these two fine fellows to make their way over to StarCityGames.com, we were able to bring a number of excellent
writers/players on board including: resurgent pro Eric Froehlich (who posted Top 8s at US Nationals, Grand Prix Toronto, and Worlds in his first full
season back on the Pro Tour) and World Champion — and Player of the Year Showdown competitor — Guillaume Matignon.

I tried asking my two targets again, but they said ‘no’ again.

I just kept calling them, showering them with gifts and compliments and

standing in the rain outside their window holding a boom box above my head

emailing them until they eventually relented.

The first person who decided to make the switch over to StarCityGames.com? Mike Flores!

The second person? Well, you’re going to have to come back on Monday at 12:01 am EST to find that out.

Alright… if you really want to know who’s joining us before his first article goes live on Monday, you’re going to have to watch the
SCGLive coverage of the San Jose SCG Legacy Open this Sunday where our commentators will be opening up envelopes to reveal new clues about who the
mystery writer is throughout the day.

If I said that I wasn’t excited about this coming week, I would just be lying to you.


Mike Flores, Michael Jacob, and Brian Kibler have already begun making Constructed videos, and we’ve also got videos by Gerry Thompson and our
supersecretsurprisemysterywriter coming next week!

I think that the videos have been very strong so far — but there’s definitely room for improvement. If you have any feedback about our
videos (or anything StarCityGames.com related for that matter), please post them in the forums, or shoot me an email at: [email protected].

(And if you haven’t already seen Mike’s video U/W versus Pyromancer Ascension video featuring his daughter Bella you should do that
right… about… now…. )


SCGLive debuted last weekend, providing exclusive video coverage of the Kansas City Open Weekend and will return this weekend with live coverage of the
San Jose Standard Open on Saturday and live coverage of the San Jose Legacy Open on Sunday.

This weekend’s coverage will begin streaming live at 12 pm PST — with commentary by Gavin Verhey and Joey Pasco — on Saturday and
Sunday and will continue until two champions are crowned.

Make sure to follow SCGLive on Twitter for exclusive updates, live from the floor of the Santa
Clara Convention Center.

Still to come in 2011:

More videos

More new tech on Premium and Select

More Legacy content

More Magic Show

More Untold Legends

Better and better SCGLive coverage (we’ve only seen the beginning!)

Supersecretsurprisemysterywriter! (making his debut this Monday)

As always, if you have any questions, requests or feedback — shoot me an email at [email protected].

I’ll be back next week with a more in-depth update on the direction of the site.

All the best,


Oh, and if you’re looking for a laugh, definitely check out

Tiago Chan interview with the man known as “Goon.”