It’s been a hectic couple months here at Matledge Media. At the end of March, my wife and I flew to the Midwest to visit family for a week. Then, almost immediately in April, I flew back to attend my Grandma’s funeral.
In between those two trips, my wife and I finished apartment hunting. As I’m writing this, we’re in the midst of the moving process. That process has taken longer than expected because, last weekend, I hooked up with some friends in Denver and spent the weekend hiking, drinking quite a few craft beers, and reading the heck out of A Memory Called Empire (which I would recommend; it’s very good).
All of which is to say, Magic has largely taken a backseat to more important things in my life over the past couple months. Because some things are more pressing than keeping up with War of the Spark spoilers or catching coverage of the latest Modern tournament.
And yet …
In Denver, I met up with a high school friend I had not seen in … probably eight years? Maybe longer. We visited his apartment, and I noticed a pile of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon cards sitting in his living room. I asked if he played currently (because I could not remember him playing in high school), and his wife said that the cards were hers. And that both of them had recently gotten into Magic.
Naturally, my friend and I played a game. I played his wife’s Green-Black deck (solid color choice, by the way, Kristy), suited a Bloodmist Infiltrator up with Prodigious Growth, and managed to outrace his aggressive creatures.
It was a blast to play Magic against someone new, who I’ve known for over a decade. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to keep playing (and keep in touch) thanks to Magic Arena.
So while I haven’t had much time to think about Magic the past couple months, Magic has still been there for me, doing what it always does: Allowing me to create (or re-create) connections with those around me. Which is the actual point of the game, and the reason so many of us love it so much.
So, yes, some things are more important than Magic. But then, we all already knew that.