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Top 10 Female Magic: The Gathering Players

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So, I was asked to come up with a list of Top 10 Female Magic: the Gathering players. It seems that some people are still living with the (stupid) idea that women can’t play M:tG for whatever reasons they can come up with. While it has admittedly been a long time since a woman won a major tournament (Eda Bilsel of Turkey in 2003 became M:tG’s first National Champion), there are quite a few that place within the top 8 of Grand Prix’s, and the Star City Open series. Go to any Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ), Grand Prix, or other tournament around the world and you will find women and girls of all ages competing.

The current youngest player at Grand Prix to ever qualify for day 2 is 12-years-old and held by a boy; however, this is being threatened by 6-year-old Dana Fisher who, at her last GP, missed qualifying by 1 win. A 6-year-old girl is out playing most of the men 2 or 3 times her age, and is getting better each time she competes. If she can keep up the trend, then in just a few years she will be making top 8’s and pushing for the big win.  So, in no particular order here, is my list of 10 Female M:tG players to watch for or just to watch as some are also streamers.

1. Dana Fisher

2. Emma Handy

3. Gaby Spartz

twitch.tv/gabyspartz

4. Jennifer Long

twitch.tv/mrs_mulligan

5. Melissa DeTora

6. Magic The Amateuring

teitch.tv/magictheamateuring (Also have a Podcast)

7. Feline Longmore

8. Athena Huey

twitch.tw/elantris

9. Jackie Lee*

10. Tifa Robles**

I have been playing Magic: The Gathering since 1994 and can say I have lost more than my fair share of matches to women who played better than me. I expect it to happen again in the future as I keep going to tournaments. I look forward to it as Magic: The Gathering is something that everyone can and should enjoy to play.

*Melissa DeTora and Jackie Lee both now work for Wizards of the Coast. Jackie helped design some of the current sets, and Melissa is part of a new playtest team.

**Tifa Robles founded the Lady Planeswalkers to help get more women interested in playing Magic: The Gathering http://ladyplaneswalkers.weebly.com/

 

My first Tournament

My first Tournament

At the beginning of November, I attended my first “big” tournament for Magic: the Gathering. My expectations for how I well was going to do going in were not that high, but I was determined to play every round and do my best. Let me say right off the bat that I am aware that I am not the best player around. Misplays and getting my timing down are still 2 big things I need to work on. I also went in with a deck missing a much needed card due to the price of said card. With both those already against me, I still went for the experience, the practice, and the fact that my opponents could make the same mistakes I do.

One of the great things about the game is, no matter how good a player you are, a game can come down to what cards are in your deck and what you draw on your turn. You can go from being behind in the game to taking the lead with just the right draw. The “top deck” has won and lost games for people time and time again. This has become a part of the game that everyone both fears and rejoices over. I have been on the receiving end of both types more than a few times in the many years I have been playing and it can make or break a game.

So out of the 9 rounds I played, I ended up going 2-7 at the end of the day. Bad match ups, misplays on my part, and bringing a not “complete” deck all helped with my record. I also wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was for how every match went. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is getting disheartened or upset when things are going bad and letting it show. It’s going to happen at some point when the match isn’t going your way, but showing it is letting your opponent know just how bad things are going for you. It was a good experience overall for me, and one I was happy to have done. It helped prepare me for what to expect when I attend my next one, and it showed me some things I still need to work on to improve my play.

-Fluffy the Necromancer