Scanning, managing, and trading Magic cards with an app – Snapcardster is an ambitious start-up from Germany aiming at making its product known to a larger audience after a successful Kickstarter. Did the world really need another app? What’s Snapcardster‘s unique selling point? And where does the company go from here? Time for Snapcardster founder Peer Richelsen to answer some questions.
Two months ago at MKM series Prague, Morten Storm, Legacy player extraordinaire, squirrel enthusiast, and one of my best friends, reached the Top 8 of one of the largest events in 2016.1
And since I believe in giving my buddies the same treatment ordinarily reserved for Legacy greats such as Julian Knab, I resolved to do a real interview with him.
So here’s the summary of our lengthy talk on the six-hour drive home from Prague, during which we got lost in the woods, nearly ran out of gas and ended up in a midnight traffic jam.
Morten Storm posing triumphant in Prague. Image: Magiccardmarket.
First things first – what the hell is going on in that picture?
The pictures of all Top 8 contestants were taken shortly before the K.O. rounds began. Everyone who went before me was just looking into the camera, which is probably smart when you’ve played Magic for nine hours and are dead tired. I asked the photographer whether I had to be serious and he said no, but that put me on the spot to do something interesting. I’m a big wrestling fan – note the shirt I’m wearing – so the first thing that popped into my mind was the good old Hulk Hogan pose.2 And now it has been committed to film for all eternity…
By my count, my interview with Stefan and Max is pushed back three times. First, someone has to start the Top 8 of the Eternal Clash Legacy tournament in Flensburg – Max’s job. Then, concessions runs out of Soda – Stefan’s turn. Finally, a new judge from Bremen has to pass his level 1 exam – it’s up to Max again to get him sorted. A good twenty minutes go by before I finally get both of them to sit down and answer my goddamn questions.
Stefan and Max, organizers of the Eternal Clash tournament.
Running a successful regional Magic tournament series, it seems, is a busy job. Especially when it’s a two-man, non-profit business.
From November 25-27, the MKM series visited Prague for the second year in a row. At the event, I sat down with one of the tournament organizers, Marko Schädlich, to talk about Prague, the MKM series as a whole, and the 2017 tournament schedule.
Marko Schädlich, Managing Director, magiccardmarket. Photo: Marko Schädlich
I arrive in Prague on day two of the MKM series tournament. The weekend-long event is in full swing: in addition to the Modern competition, there are Vintage and Commander side events, as well as trials for Sunday’s Legacy tournament. The convention center is bursting with players, most engaged in matches, others trading, browsing the shops, or just talking. Every few minutes, the PA system comes to life and announces the start of another round or event.
Julian Knab is a friendly fellow. Even when you’re literally walking in off the street and asking if he has time for an interview, he will sit down with you and tell you all about his journey to the top of the mountain.
Julian Knab in 2013. Photo: Julian Knab.
I catch the Magic champion in Prague, where he is playing in the magiccardmarket (MKM) series. I myself am there as a player and a journalist, trying to have a little fun while also getting some serious reporting done.
It’s Saturday, day two of the weekend-long event. Julian is done playing for the day, having dropped out of the Modern tournament and preferring to prepare for Sunday’s big Legacy event.
“In 2016, I’ve actually been more successful in Modern than in Legacy, although I certainly prefer Legacy as a format,” Julian says. In Prague, he’s registered for both events. “I want to get the most out of the tournament. The more I can play, the better.”