Happy Birthday to Mana Deprived!

Wow. Has it really been a year already? Mana Deprived started out as a simple blog, but it has now grown to be known as the #1 Magic: the Gathering site in Canada. I still remember having just recently shut down my poker blog. It eventually set in for me that there was no real reason for any aspiring poker player to check out my site. I was making somewhere between 16 to 25 dollars an hour, while there were numerous poker training sites with coaches that have made millions. Why would anyone want to read an article written by me?

Why turn to Magic then? I had been playing Magic for quite a while then, starting with Urza’s Destiny as my first set, and I felt there was a lot of room in this world. In chess, you have thousands of books written on the game already. In poker, you have hundreds. In Magic, I can really only think of 2 that pop in my head. Mike Flores’ Deckade and Patrick Chapin’s Next Level Magic. Apologies to the books I did not think of, but the point is: there’s a lot that can be done with the game that hasn’t yet. Wasn’t a rap album about Magic just released?

With the vision set in place, Vincent Thibeault, Alex Hayne and Doug Potter were the first 3 guys to jump on board and I couldn’t be more grateful. People always ask me about the reason behind my success and my answer usually involves me using the word luck. Finding Magic players that can write is a tough task in itself, so I consider myself extremely lucky to have made friends who can not only write articles or make videos, but who are also knowledgeable at the game. They certainly didn’t grow on trees.

I credit Dan Kramer for making the site more Canadian-centric. I had not previously thought about this idea of bringing Canadians together, but he made me see that it was something that my site had the power to do. Though you always troll me Dan, thank you and may you someday find the time to write awesome Limited articles for me again. You will forever be someone that I consult.

There’s too many people I would love to thank and instead of naming all of them, I decided to focus on those that helped me start Mana D. No worries, to those I did not mention, your name-drops (Justin Richardson) will come whether they be in my future articles or podcasts.

I do have to give special mentions to Adam Yurchick, Mike Flores, Gerry Thompson and Patrick Chapin. Big name personalities that have helped contribute to my success.

And of course, I have to thank all of you for checking the site out. Some of you bought Mana Deprived t-shirts from me when I was just getting started and that meant the world to me. A year has past and we have hundreds of articles that we have published by writers who have contributed to Mana D for free. Feedback is enough to keep a lot of these writers going, so I hope you guys keep bringing the love.

In fact, to support my team in a positive way as we start Year 2, leave a comment letting us know the things that you have enjoyed the most off of this site in the past year. It will mean a lot to each of us, trust me.


Before I go, I am going to copy and paste the details of a donation raffle Peter Sachlas posted about a week ago. Like I have been tweeting about, the amount of prizes that are being given out are still worth more than the current amount that has been donated. Basically, it is +EV for you to donate and I don’t know if I have ever come across such an opportunity. Donate to a good cause and have a good shot of making my money back? Come on, guys, this is a no-brainer.

Who is Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, who are his other crew members, and how is my donation going to help?

All proceeds are going to the Ill-Abilities crew, who will use the proceeds to fund minimal-cost performances by the crew in schools and venues around the world in need of inspiration. To learn more about Luca and the members of his crew, visit, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information.

How can I donate?

You can make your donations via PayPal by sending money to the following email address:

What is the deadline to donate?

The deadline to donate in order to be entered in the draw is May 14th.

What do I get for donating, besides the good feelings of having donated to a worthy cause and helping to shatter misconceptions about disabilities?

For every $10 donated, your name will be added to the pool to win one of the many prizes available. However, we are limiting the draw so that each individual cannot win more than one prize to establish fairness. Therefore, if you donate $50, your name will be added to the draw pool five times, and if you win a prize from the draw, you will be ineligible to win additional prizes.

Prize Pool:
1. Sealed Booster Box (set to be determined) – donated by Face to Face games
2. Deckbuilder’s Bundle – Includes 1x Deckbuilder’s Tool Kit, 2x bundles of sleeves (one Phyrexian, one Mirran) – donated by Carta Magica
3. Booster Bundle – 1x Mirran Faction booster pack, 1x Phyrexia Faction booster pack, 1x Alliances booster pack, 1x foil Shards block booster pack – donated by Carta Magica
4. 1x Planechase deck + 1x grey Mana Flip deck box – donated by Carta Magica
5. 1x Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas – donated by Scott MacCallum (@MrScottyMac)
6. Extra singles to be donated by Peter Sachlas depending on amounts raised (the more money raised by the deadline, the more generous the prize pool will be from Peter’s personal collection)

What is the goal to reach?

There is no specific goal in mind to reach; the more money we can gather for Luca’s cause, the better. However, we have high hopes that we will be able to raise more money than we would have made just by selling the products and then donating the proceeds to Ill-Abilities.

I’ve donated, but I’m still interested in helping out more. What can I do?

If you’ve already donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you want to do more, or attend a fun event and live in Montreal or the surrounding area, consider coming to the No Limits fundraiser event on May 15th, 2011 at Club Soda. See website for more details.

If you live in Montreal, or the neighboring areas, you can do more and have fun at the same time! How?

By partnering up with Gamer’s Vault in Montreal, there will be a Standard tournament open to all on one weekend in late May, with a prize pool of a “From the Vaults: Relics” set and a New Phyrexia fat pack as the top prizes (generously donated by the store), with additional prizes in the form of 2 copies of Jace, the Mind Sculptor to be added to the prize pool by Peter if we manage to get 32 or more players. The entry fee will be 20$ and ALL proceeds go directly to Ill-Abilities. More information to come in the near future!

If I have questions or comments, who can I contact?

If you have additional questions or comments, feel free to email me at If I can’t answer your question, I will gladly redirect you to the appropriate individual.

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