The MTG Community - 2015 Yearly Review [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 41]
It's about time for the obligatory year-end review. It's always good to reflect on the past in order to improve for the future. So here we go.
2015 has been a crazy year. I moved back to the States in September 2014 after living in Taipei, Taiwan for almost 11 years. I had never been to Houston prior to moving here. But this has probably been the happiest time of my life so far. Houston is pretty awesome. I've met a lot of cool people here so far, particularly a lot of the Magic players in the area. And this is one of the reasons why I created the Galactic Treasures brand, website, and online store. The Magic community seems pretty healthy and there's definitely some good talent here.
Not only do I want to showcase the local talent, I want to provide my own insight for people to use. Magic is such a great game and the larger the player base gets, the better it is for all of us.
Originally, I had planned to open a brick-and-mortar store. But plans have changed since then. As of right now, I plan to host some local tournaments first before diving into a physical shop. So be on the lookout in the near future for some Galactic Treasures tournaments to pop up!
As for my personal yearly tournament results, this has probably been my best year of Magic so far. Many of you probably know by now that I'm kind of an 'old-school' player since I started in 1994 and played till about 2000 before stopping to focus on college. I never thought I'd come back to the game. But my old teammate, Ray De Guzman, got me back into the game in 2010 after reconnecting with him on Facebook in 2009. I qualified for Nationals in Taiwan in 2010 and 2011 but didn't get to the 'big stage'. I played on and off until I moved to Houston, then that's when I got a lot more serious about Magic.
Since I moved here, I've done decently well at Grand Prix and on the SCG circuit. I just received my first Pro Point from Grand Prix Indianapolis during Halloween. I'm also qualified for the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier in February 2016. I feel a lot of good things coming in the next few years ahead.
As for mtgfinance, I feel like I'm getting savvier and as a result I'm able to help more people intelligently invest in and spec on cards. The following is a quick scorecard.
May 10, 2015 - KTK Fetches
May 23, 2015 - Chord of Calling
May 31, 2015 - Arcbound Ravager
July 13, 2015 - Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
September 27, 2015 - Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
November 29, 2015 - Painful Truths (Foil)
May 10, 2015 - Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
May 31, 2015 - Misdirection
June 5, 2015 - Dig Through Time
June 27, 2015 - Legion Loyalist
August 21, 2015 - Evolutionary Leap
September 17, 2015 - From Beyond
November 18, 2015 - Sanctum of Ugin
You can't win 'em all. But you can certainly always improve. And that's what I intend to do next year and beyond. For starters, here are some investment rules I've set for myself.
1. If I spec on a card, I'll buy at least 12 copies.
2. And if I spec on a card, I need to sell the cards to dealers at events and online to lock in profits.
3. With trades, I'm gonna target mid to long-term holds. Format staples.
2016 is gonna be a great year. I'm really looking forward to it. And I'm really looking forward to bringing you more and better content.
Peace, love, and have fun…
A Little Bit about Eddie
He started playing Magic around December of 1994 then hit the sanctioned competitive tournament scene in 1997. He played till about 2000 and was on the cusp of making the Pro Tour but stopped to focus on school. He found his old teammate on Facebook in 2009 and got back into the game in 2010. Since then he's played in two Nationals, top 16ed an SCG Invitational, and day 2ed multiple Grand Prix.