Full Time Adults, Part Time Magic Players
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Who are the Tri-Hards?
Meet TriHard Sean!
Born in the swirling primordial mists not seen since ancient days (1974), Sean quickly grew into the barely functional adult that you know today. Sean & TriHard Brian actually learned to play Magic: the Gathering together. On a fateful day in the early 90's, Sean's dad Don returned from an invited artist gig at a 'con in Chicago (sources believe it was a WizardCon but that was many, many drinks & brain cells ago) with two Unlimited Starter decks in his swag bag. Initially thought-of as possible additions to their long-running D&D campaign, Sean & Brian taught themselves the game of MtG – incorrectly - & launched Sean on a cardboard addiction & losing spree that's never really ceased.
Having been involved with broadcasting for 3 decades, Sean is now embarking on what may turnout to be a career change – though he still does voice-over and production work. While his passion for St. Louis Cardinals baseball borders on the unhealthy, it's the little things that keep him going – a great pork steak, craft beer, good scotch & disc golf. Turns out Sean really enjoys two things he's not so good at: Magic and disc golf!
Preferring Legacy above all other formats, Sean's hope for Magic is to have fun while winning.
Favorite Legacy deck: Pox!
Favorite Standard deck: Mythic
Best deck Sean's ever brewed: 5 Color Mono Black Control
(Innistrad/Return to Ravnica Standard)
Meet Tri-Hard Matt!
Matt Hurley has been involved in Magic for more than 20 years. He was first introduced sometime between Unlimited and Revised, and assembled a “deck that attacked with black creatures.” After a long hiatus to join the Army and finish 10 years of college, he decided to get back in when he found his cards in the basement. “This will be cheaper than going out all the time and keep me out of trouble,” (or so he thought). Matt’s return to the game spiraled out of control quickly, while drafting original Zendikar and Scars of Mirrodin. Always looking to make Magic a little cheaper, Matt became (and still is) a backpack grinder, jump-starting his career in Sales. Several years ago fellow Tri-Hard Sean introduced him to Legacy and aggressively-hopped IPAs in Quincy, IL. He eventually met Brian through Sean and the Tri-Hards were formed. He is currently working as a project manager for a top electrical distribution company in Louisville, KY, which means “working from home” lets him keep the pulse on the game of Magic more than one man should be allowed to do. His all-time favorite Legacy deck is a tie between Mono Green 12 Post (thanks @theboozecube!) and Food Chain. When he’s not hanging out with his better half Lauran, he’s casting turn four Kozileks in a local game of EDH (yeah, that’s right, we still call it EDH!).
Meet TriHard Brian!
Brought into the game during his formative years by fellow TriHard Sean, Brian has been spending the past 20+ years regularly losing at MtG and having a marvelous time doing it. After Brian’s initial focus on the game waned after college, Brian returned to active playing and collecting with the release of Lorwyn block and all those cute, uh...terrifying Kithkin. Brian rediscovered his love for the game with original play partner Sean and the degenerate, amazing group in West Central Illinois. As Brian’s interest in all things Magic has increased over the past few years, his time to devote to the game has decreased, relishing his role as “full-time adult, part-time Magic player.” Brian would classify himself as an old “Johnny,” preferring to try to beat the field with an often highly conceived yet poorly constructed deck. He longs for a day when he can play Legacy Miracles on a daily basis. When he’s not slinging spells or searching for hard-to-find basic lands, Brian teaches high school Latin and English in Monmouth, IL, travels as much as possible, and is trying to be the best husband and dad to his highly patient wife and amazing daughters. He shares the TriHard love of good beer, good food, and having a ball winning (or not).