Gary Wise was a professional Magic player and writer from 1997-2004. Wise's writing helped to cultivate professional Magic culture in the early days of the Pro Tour and to establish popular draft strategy. PT Fate Reforged was his first Pro Tour since the 2006 World Championships, where he was inducted into the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
Pro Tour Hall of Famer Gary Wise returned to Magic for Pro Tour Fate Reforged. In an honest and beautiful reflection, Gary compares the humble Pro Tour of his youth to the continually growing success it is today.
Monday, March 14 – Gary Wise is a Hall of Famer and was the first paid writer for the Dojo. His Untold Legend follows the heels of the tragic tsunami/earthquake disaster in Japan and gives it tribute, in his own small way.
By 10:30 in the morning of September 2nd, I was certain that I had written my last real article on Magic. It had been almost a year since my column work on Sideboard.com had ceased to be, I was far from in love with Wizards – and I’d just lost the first round of draft day at Worlds, prompting me to become the second of three-hundred-and five players to drop from the tournament. Forty-some Pro Tours and a few hundred articles later, I was done.
Peter Szigeti walked up. He sized me up, looked me in the eye, and said,”I guess you took that whole gravy train thing and stuck it right up my ass.” Then he half-smiled and walked away. I took it as congratulations.
When I got home from PT: New York, I started packing. Awaking after getting in late on Sunday night, I could only think with wonderment about and the amazing things he’d done over the last year. A win in each of the three rated formats in Magic over one season went beyond anyone’s dreams a…