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Staff Members

Webmaster/Darkmage - Matthew Manley
Meretan - Adam Hollaway
Karn - Mike Jarvis
Jantrix - Rob Mattis
Revenant - Joseph Gunther
That Pooka - ???
Morgan Lewis
Big Daddy Enchantment - ???
Webmaster or Darkmage

Real Name: Matthew Manley
Date of Birth: November 8, 1985
Favorite colors: Black, Red, artifacts
Started Magic in: December 1996 (Mirage)
Position at Phyrexia: Webmaster of; Editior-in-Chief of Gate to Phyrexia ezine; Writer of Gix's Lair: Monthly News column
Favorite card: Phyrexian Dreadnought
Favorite picture: Phyrexian Walker
Favorite flavor text: Phyrexian Walker
"I have heard terrible tales of black rains, ashen fields, and metal that screams. I have consoled myself that the tales were a myth of some fevered mind. But today I saw a walker—and now I fear the truth." —Kasib Ibn Naji, Letters
Comments: "I created what would become on May 28, 1998 after being unsatisfied with the quality of the current Magic sites. After much time and work, I started on January 1, 1999 to become the greatest Magic site achievable. I worked at Land of Destoguardiana (later to become MtgNews) in late 1997 as tracer; Magic: The Internet Club during 1998 as senior tracer, administrator, keeper of trivia, and journalist; and have written entries on the Magic Dojo. I later became a storyline guru when I grew tired of spoiling the fun of discovery, the sense that you get when you open a pack of cards without knowing what cards would be in the set, which I did being a tracer. Despite my age, I still love going to the newsgroups, forums, chatrooms, and working on, which I hope will become as grand as I first imagined on May 28, 1998."


Real Name: Adam Chance Hollaway
Date of Birth: September 15, 1981
Favorite colors: Lands, Artifacts, Green, and the rest.
Started Magic in: 1995
Position at Phyrexia: Writer of Lost Archives and Source Generic columns
Favorite card: Multani, Maro-Sorcerer
"The reason is because he is the embodiment of the character I invented several months before the idea behind Multani, even before Maro: Meretan, 'Tree Man.'"
Favorite picture: Weatherseed Treefolk
"Because it is a case of Tree peer-pressure, just look at the two other treefolk egging him on. I think it is funny."
Favorite flavor text: Pyrokinesis
"Anyone want some . . . toast?" —Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
"Probably the first time I noticed the humor behind the scenes of Magic. Changed my life."
Comments: "I write 'Lost Archives' and 'Source Generic' in the Gate to Phyrexia ezine. Lost Archives tries to bring some of the lesser thought of decks into the limelight where their counterparts once were. Most of the decks I saw when I first played are forgotten now, but the cards that made them so great are around in different forms, waiting to bring back out a "new"killer archetype. People forget too easily the past skills and playing styles that made Magic what it is today. I hope my article does them justice."

"In minds are worlds not shared enough. Of Dominaria there is Source Generic, a detective who would give away everything just to know what part he plays in an old duel that never was resolved. I write this story with a little bit of humor between the seriousness. Read it and enjoy, I'm writing it for anyone who wants a little fun."

Karn, the Silver Golem

Real Name: Mike Jarvis
Date of Birth: March 29, 1983
Favorite colors: Primarily Green and White. Sometimes Blue.
Started Magic in: 1994 (Revised Edition)
Position at Phyrexia: Writer of Spirit of the Game column
Favorite card: Ranger en-Vec
Favorite picture: Rancor
Favorite flavor text: Multani, Maro-Sorcerer
"To make peace with the forest, make peace with me." —Multani, to Urza
Comments: "Have been a part of the Magic online community since early '98. Have worked in Library of Dominia, traded heavily in many circles, and was prominant in Magic: The Internet Club. Always wanted to write for an e-zine, and wrote "small" articles on forum's whenever I could. Have always been an advocater of simplifying Magic and making it like it was way back in the old days...."


Real Name: Rob Mattis
Date of Birth: June 13, 1968
Favorite colors: All of them.
Started Magic in: October 1994 (The Dark)
Position at Phyrexia: Writer of Originality Counts column
Favorite card: Lone Wolf
Favorite picture: Anything by Richard Kane Ferguson.
Favorite flavor text: Pouncing Jaguar
"One pounce, she's hungry—you die quick. Two, she's teaching her cubs—you're in for a long day."
Comments: "My goal, as a staff member at Phyrexia, is to motivate every player who reads my stuff to use their knowledge and imagination to try original decks and ideas. That is—no carbon copy decks! Richard Garfield envisioned a game with infinite possibilities and strategies. That is what he gave us. It is now up to us to find and use them. Be a crusader, not a poseur."


Real Name: Joseph Gunther
Date of Birth: December 11, 1980
Favorite colors: All of them.
Started Magic in: June 1996 (Alliances)
Position at Phyrexia: Writer of Strategy on Deck column
Favorite card: Balance
Favorite picture: Dakkon Blackblade
Favorite flavor text: Hatred
"I will flay the skin from your flesh and the flesh from your bones and scrape your bones dry. And still you will not have suffered enough." —Greven il-Vec, to Gerrard
Comments: "I started working at in February 1999. I previously worked with Matt at Magic: the Internet Club, where I was an administrator. I'm the resident strategy expert, and I'm also kind of a rules guru."

That Pooka

Real Name: That Pooka
Date of Birth: August 3, 1925
Favorite colors: Red, Chartreuse, Ferryanyellow.
Started Magic in: Vaudville as a traveling one-Pooka show.
Position at Phyrexia: Humorist, standing, writer of stuff that entertains.
Favorite card: Ace of Hearts
Favorite picture: Necropotence
Favorite flavor text: Vanilla
Comments: "Smile some more."


Real Name: Ulrich
Date of Birth: November 25, 1967
Favorite colors: Red, Black
Started Magic in: 1994 (The Dark)
Position at Phyrexia: Co-Writer of Overlooked Cards column
Favorite card: Juggernaut
Favorite picture: All Hallow's Eve
Favorite flavor text: Aluren
Squee bounced up and down. "I sees a horsey, an' a piggy, an' a—"
"If you don't shut up," hissed Mirri, "you'll see a kidney and a spleeny."

Comments: "Enjoy Magic! Don't worry so much about DCI decisions and play the way you and your friends want to play."


Real Name: Helva
Date of Birth: A lady never tells.
Favorite colors: Blue, White
Started Magic in: 1994 (The Dark)
Position at Phyrexia: Co-Writer of Overlooked Cards column
Favorite card: Exile
Favorite picture: Hurkyl's Recall
Favorite flavor text: Desertion
First the insult, then the injury.
Comments: "Magic is so versitile you really can play the way that best suits your personal style. I never do with one card what I can find two or more to get the same result. I love combos!"

Morgan Lewis

Real Name: Morgan R. Lewis
Date of Birth: February 2, 1979
Favorite color: Green
Started Magic in: Introduced during Legends, learned during Homelands, got own cards at Visions
Position at Phyrexia: Writer of Behind the Cards column
Favorite card: Tough question...maybe Llanowar Sentinel (nothing like the look on your opponent's face after you Gaea's Bless them all back into your library and bring them back out again.)
Favorite picture: Scorched Ruins
Favorite flavor text: Varies often.
Comments: "Just for those who can't tell by the name, I'm a guy. The reasons for the long gaps between my introduction, learning, and owning my own cards for Magic are respectively, because I couldn't find any one to play with for a while and because I didn't have any money. I tend to play games of any and all sorts; other than Magic, my favorites are probably Poker, Chess, Hexen, and Scrabble, in no particular order. (I also spend a lot of time on crossword and logic puzzles.) I am attending college at the University of Oregon, as a Computer Science major, and play in tournaments when I get the chance (which usually happens about once a month or so.) I am a regular reader of all three major newsgroups, and the Dojo's strategy sections (generally shunning the decklists, however, in favor of pursuing my own styles.) Most of the strategy I write about is based off my own personal observations. I am currently in the very long and arduous process of creating my own fantasy RPG from scratch."

"Big Daddy Enchantment"

Real Name: Unlisted, due to Phyrexian Relocation Program
Date of Birth: October 8, 1959
Favorite color: White
"In that it contains all the necessary abilities."
Started Magic in: Late 1994/Early 1995 (Fallen Empires)
Position at Phyrexia: Writer of The Mana Primer column
Favorite card: Mishra's Factory
Favorite picture: Mishra's Factory
"While not as aesthetic as others, it's a fun scene."
Favorite flavor text: Lhurgoyf
"Ach! Hans, run! It's the Lhurgoyf!" —Saffi Eriksdotter, last words
"It still makes me smile . . . ."
Comments: "At the roots of the game, it is pure mathematics, although the psychological element of poker is present as well. After reading articles written by Richard Garfield, I came to appreciate the idea behind the game: playing for the sake of playing. Anyone who has spent countless hours at this 'addiction' will understand what that means . . . ."

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