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Profile: The Sideboard Writers


Yohan Allouche

First Name: Yohan

Last Name: Allouche

Date of Birth: August 19th, 1981

Country of Residence: France

Occupation: Student

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

1999 Regional Championships

Why do you like doing it?

I like to report information especially when it's about Magic or computers or science.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Draft reports. The best Magic Type!!

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Many tournaments.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Lucien Bui


Monty Ashley

First Name: Monty

Last Name: Ashley

Date of Birth: May 8th, 1970

Country of Residence: USA

Occupation: Sideboard Guy

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since Pro Tour-New York 1998 (the one Jon Finkel won)

Why do you like doing it?

It gives me a warm feeling inside. And it's my job.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

I like to do the detailed analysis of which decks did the best against which other decks at tournaments. It entertains me that I spend so much time on those articles and people hardly look at them.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Well, I'm also a Sideboard editor. And I've played Magic since Alpha.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Noah Boeken, although I should point out that I'm writing this just after Boeken won his semifinal match.


Davide "Tolle" Bonati

First Name: Davide "Tolle"

Last Name: Bonati

Date of Birth: December 22nd, 1971

Country of Residence: Italy

Occupation: Store owner

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since the Italian championships

Why do you like doing it?

Feature match reports to learn the top player strategy.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Feature match report and description of the deck strategy.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Play, sell, play, sell, play, ...

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Marco Makuz


Randy Buehler

First Name: Randy

Last Name: Buehler

Date of Birth: November 21, 1971

Country of Residence: USA

Occupation: Game Designer

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since 1997, starting with tourney report for the PT I won.

Why do you like doing it?

It gets me to events. I like to hang out and watch. I basically just do reporting in exchange or expenses because I woulde probably attend the events anyway. I am a fan of the game.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

I like context. I like to develop and watch storylines evolve.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Make the cards!

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Someone from the European Alliance.


Jeff Donais

First Name: Jeff

Last Name: Donais

Date of Birth: May 14th, 1971

Country of Residence: USA

Occupation: WotC guy

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since early 1997. I wrote Key Plays for the Duelist and did coverage for Duelist Online for the old Pro Tour web casts.

Why do you like doing it?

It's nice to help Magic players become celebrities and provide a way for people to learn about the Magic tournament community.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

I like to read feature matches, player interviews and player profiles. I like to write everything.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

I do some work in the DCI and some other stuff for Wizards of the Coast.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

I think Noah Boeken will win.


Kim Eikefet

First Name: Kim

Last Name: Eikefet

Date of Birth: July 10, 1973

Country of Residence: Norway

Occupation: Sports reporter

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since Grand Prix Stockholm. I started writing for the written European Sideboard at that time.

Why do you like doing it?

I like going to events and meeting people.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Interviews. I like talking to people and getting to know them better. Going under the surface of the player, get to know the person behind the player.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

I play but not very often since there's no place to play in Bergen where I live. And if there's a tournament, most of the time I judge instead of play in it.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

A Norwegian. "We kind of agreed that Bjorn Petter, the current national champion, would win, because the national champion also won last year. But I wouldn't mind if any other Norwegian won."


Brian Hacker

First Name: Brian

Last Name: Hacker

Date of Birth: September 1, 1974

Country of Residence: USA

Occupation: Professional Magic player/commentator/game designer/poker player.

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

8 months, tournament reports - 4 years.

Why do you like doing it?

Tie - the prestige and the money.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Tournament reports - they allow a first person perspective - you get to get into the human side of competition.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Play, write tournament reports, commentate.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Noah Boeken + Mike Sochon.


Collin Jackson

First Name: Collin

Last Name: Jackson

Date of Birth: July 29th, 1982

Country of Residence: USA

Occupation: Student

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since Latin American Championships 2000.

Why do you like doing it?

Jeff flies me out to events to do coverage. It's part of my job.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Right now I'm doing player profiles.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Magic Netrep.

Member of Magic Rules team. Level 3 judge - frequent Pro Tour experience.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

I don't really know any European players, Kai Budde maybe?


Vicky Korstanje

First Name: Vicky

Last Name: Korstanje

Date of Birth: October 3, 1970

Country of Residence: Belgium

Occupation: Web Marketing Executive at Wizards of the Coast Belgium.

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since 2,5 years, first online coverage was at Grand Prix Antwerp in 1998.

Why do you like doing it?

Firstly, it's part of my job but I really enjoy doing it because I like travelling and meeting new people.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Updating the information, making sure everything gets online as quickly as possible.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Play sometimes and I used to be the editor of the magazine The European Sideboard.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Ben Ronaldson


Jérome Mioso

First Name: Jérome

Last Name: Mioso

Date of Birth: August, 6th, 1972

Country of Residence: France

Occupation: WotC France Customer Service Manager + ESB French Edition Manager.

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

1998 at the French nationals.

Why do you like doing it?

Meeting people and making new friends.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

General articles + anecdotes. No in depth strategy and no in depth feature matches.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Customer Service for WotC should be enough.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Jacques Chirac for the annual 14th of July speech! The guy with the red clown's nose.


Pete Norris

First Name: Pete

Last Name: Norris

Date of Birth: September 29th, 1976

Country of Residence: Netherlands (but I'm English)

Occupation: Telecoms Engineer

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Euro's 2000.

Why do you like doing it?

Keeps me involved in events I'm not qualified for.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Draft reports, feature matches.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Play

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Noah Boeken


Ilja Rotelli

First Name: Ilja

Last Name: Rotelli

Date of Birth: March, 24th, 1970

Country of Residence: Italy

Occupation: Store owner, student, whatever

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since 1994, for an Italian Magazine.

Why do you like doing it?

I like the game (although "like" is somewhat of an understatement) and I like to write. Combo!

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

The best parts are good feature match reports and good interviews.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Everything. Sell the game, play, judge, teach, dream... sometimes. It became a big part of my life and I still am not quite sure why...

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Marco Makuz (he's on my team) !


Alex Shvartsman

First Name: Alex

Last Name: Shvartsman

Date of Birth: November 19th, 1975

Country of Residence: USA

Occupation: Writer

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Inquest articles since 1996 Sideboard magazine and web coverage since 1997.

Why do you like doing it?

My favorite hobby is playing Magic. My second favorite is observing and writing about the game. I like the competition aspect of it a lot and enjoy reporting on the tournament scene.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Strategy content - deck analysis, overviews, feature matches. Also player-based articles such as discussing the teams/play testing, competitors previous accomplishments, etc.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Play on the Pro Tour level, write for several MTG related magazines and trade/sell singles.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

I'm voting for my teammates from the European Alliance. I would also like to see Nicolas Labarre and Bram Snepvangers do well.


Julien Silverstone

First Name: Julien

Last Name: Silverstone

Date of Birth: August 16, 1977

Country of Residence: France

Occupation: Computer engineer

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since GP Birmingham in 1998.

Why do you like doing it?

It gets me to events even when I'm not qualified. And I like to work with Jérome Mioso from WotC France.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

All articles to do with the atmosphere of the tournament, what happens during the day rather than feature matches.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

I'm a player

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

The guy from ZZ Top.


Victor Van den Broeck

First Name: Victor

Last Name: Van den Broeck

Date of Birth: September 10, 1980

Country of Residence: Netherlands

Occupation: Student

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Occasionally since Grand Prix Tours.

Why do you like doing it?

The team has a relaxed atmosphere and nice people. What's there not to like?

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

Having done mostly feature matches I guess that's the one I do best. Interviews with players would be interesting to try though.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

Running in-store pre-releases and I used to play very actively. Otherwise I'm mostly just on IRC or helping out with Elysium.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

Sigurd Eskeland is strong after his PT New York, but I have to say it

would be a pity to see Norway win Euro's three times.


Mark Wraith

First Name: Mark

Last Name: Wraith

Date of Birth: January 1st, 1979

Country of Residence: England

Occupation: Student

Since when have you been doing reporting for Magic?

Since today!!

Why do you like doing it?

Get to watch quality matches close hand. Enjoying the atmosphere at Magic events and talking to the top players.

What part of the coverage do you like best/which articles do you prefer to write?

I like writing (and reading!) feature matches. I haven't had much chance to do anything else yet.

Besides being a Sideboard reporter what else do you do related to Magic?

I'm a pretty well known player. I played at lots of Pro Tours and Grand Prix, and this years Euro's (although I didn't do too well). I'm on a team with people like Tony Dobson, John Ormerod and Ben Ronaldson.

And finally, who's your personal favorite for this weekend?

John Ormerod and Ben Ronaldson.



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