Topical Blend #1: Near-Death Experience Experience

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Infusing life stories into my writing has always been a core part of my Magic articles. While I don't get to do this as often with a deck-focused column like ReConstructed, I'm glad that every now and then I can take the opportunity to write something like this.

Everybody in this world you will ever meet, hear about, or pass by on the street has a different story as to how they got to this point in their lives. Every. Single. Person. Take a moment to consider that—it's easy to forget. You won't ever know all of them... but when you take the opportunity to write about what you've experienced, you bring everybody who reads it just a tiny bit closer to your life. And hopefully they can laugh, cry, or even learn something... about deck building or otherwise.

We're all just stories in the end. Here are some of mine.

The letter T!wo weeks ago, I put up two polls, one with ten options for a Magic deck-building topic, and another with ten options for an entirely non-Magic topic. The end result? I'm going to take the top voted topic in each category—then find a way to talk about both of them in one article.

Ready to see the results? Check it out!

All right: so, bad deck building habits combined with times I've come closest to dying.

This should be interesting.

Gavin Verhey
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When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he wanted a job making Magic cards. Ten years later, his dream was realized as his combined success as a professional player, deck builder, and writer brought him into Wizards R&D during 2011. He's been writing Magic articles since 2005 and has no plans to stop.

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