About Author: Jason Alt

Jason Alt
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Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on Gatheringmagic.com. He is also the Community Manager at BrainstormBrewery.com and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

Posts by Jason Alt

  • With mid-level vendors getting squeezed by the new PTQQ structure and the future of judge compensation uncertain, one group is clearly making out, and that is the LGS. It’s virtually <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/more-in-store-for-stores/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    More in Store for Stores

    With mid-level vendors getting squeezed by the new PTQQ structure and the future of judge compensation uncertain, one group is clearly making out, and that is the LGS. It’s virtually more »
  • It’s been an odd week for announcements. First, the PTQ structure is going to be changing. This is good for the LGS owners, but the mid-level vendor, a significant number <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/watch-for-falling-skies/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Watch for Falling Skies

    It’s been an odd week for announcements. First, the PTQ structure is going to be changing. This is good for the LGS owners, but the mid-level vendor, a significant number more »
  • Who loves qualifying events? Wizards has now made it necessary to win two qualifying events to end up at the Pro Tour. Wizards announced something called “Regional PTQs” and smaller, <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/r-i-p-in-peace-ptqs/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    R.I.P. in Peace, PTQs

    Who loves qualifying events? Wizards has now made it necessary to win two qualifying events to end up at the Pro Tour. Wizards announced something called “Regional PTQs” and smaller, more »
  • Facebook this weekend was full of people fist-pumping and patting themselved on the back. “I totally called wedges!” they say, triumphant, ignoring the fact that MaRo all but literally confirmed <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/know-your-wedges/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Know Your Wedges

    Facebook this weekend was full of people fist-pumping and patting themselved on the back. “I totally called wedges!” they say, triumphant, ignoring the fact that MaRo all but literally confirmed more »
  • I backed the game Star Realms on Kickstarter. You know this. I said I was going to do it. I suggested you all do it and most of you said <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/secondary-markets/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Secondary Markets

    I backed the game Star Realms on Kickstarter. You know this. I said I was going to do it. I suggested you all do it and most of you said more »
  • Magic is full of jokes. Whether it’s Mark Rosewater sneaking a card called Squee’s Toy into Tempest, the Holiday gift cards like Yule Ooze or it’s there mere existence of <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/bear-necessities/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Bear Necessities

    Magic is full of jokes. Whether it’s Mark Rosewater sneaking a card called Squee’s Toy into Tempest, the Holiday gift cards like Yule Ooze or it’s there mere existence of more »
  • EDH is more popular than anyone at Wizards of the Coast could ever have anticipated. Sets were not designed with EDH in mind until very recently. This was fine in <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/legen-wait-for-it/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Legen… Wait For It

    EDH is more popular than anyone at Wizards of the Coast could ever have anticipated. Sets were not designed with EDH in mind until very recently. This was fine in more »
  • Back when the free side of QS was home to something that eventually became affectionately known as my “Alticle”, I tried to spotlight Eric Klug’s latest exploits. He’s far from <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/klugpreciation/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Klugpreciation

    Back when the free side of QS was home to something that eventually became affectionately known as my “Alticle”, I tried to spotlight Eric Klug’s latest exploits. He’s far from more »
  • My opponent was dead on board next attack. With 5 mana, I could activate my Kird Chieftain on a creature that he blocked and trample damage plus my unblocked dudes <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/why-does-everyone-love-ornithopter-so-damn-much/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Why Does Everyone Love Ornithopter So Damn Much?

    My opponent was dead on board next attack. With 5 mana, I could activate my Kird Chieftain on a creature that he blocked and trample damage plus my unblocked dudes more »
  • I’ve long been an advocate for following Japanese pros on social media. One in particular, Tomoharu Saito, has a tendency to be a wealth of good information. Sometimes you whiff, <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/big-in-japan/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Big in Japan

    I’ve long been an advocate for following Japanese pros on social media. One in particular, Tomoharu Saito, has a tendency to be a wealth of good information. Sometimes you whiff, more »
  • Anyone remember the days before the internet when we got our Magic edutainment in other forms? I started collecting Duelist magazine around issue 18 and I have every issue besides <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/when-websites-were-on-paper/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    When Websites Were on Paper

    Anyone remember the days before the internet when we got our Magic edutainment in other forms? I started collecting Duelist magazine around issue 18 and I have every issue besides more »
  • Reddit provided not one but two stories of community members giving back today and I thought I would share. First, from /u/SquidTokenQueen Like most of you last weekend, I went <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/giving-back/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Giving Back

    Reddit provided not one but two stories of community members giving back today and I thought I would share. First, from /u/SquidTokenQueen Like most of you last weekend, I went more »
  • “A player takes action towards one or more individuals that could reasonably be expected to create a feeling of being harassed, threatened, bullied, or stalked. This may include insults based <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/being-a-good-sport/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Being A Good Sport

    “A player takes action towards one or more individuals that could reasonably be expected to create a feeling of being harassed, threatened, bullied, or stalked. This may include insults based more »
  • Every once in a while at a prerelease, there is a color or faction to pick and it isn’t particularly close. Ever since “seeded” packs became a thing, players began <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/the-changing-metagame/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    The Changing Metagame

    Every once in a while at a prerelease, there is a color or faction to pick and it isn’t particularly close. Ever since “seeded” packs became a thing, players began more »
  • With the good vibes from the prerelease weekend slowly fading, it’s time to get our weekly dose of drama in. Remember folks, FNM may seem like a totla blowoff and <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/fnm-is-srs-bsns/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    FNM is SRS BSNS

    With the good vibes from the prerelease weekend slowly fading, it’s time to get our weekly dose of drama in. Remember folks, FNM may seem like a totla blowoff and more »
  • The midnight Prerelease was a smashing success. I told my LGS owner that I’d say the name of his store in an article if he didn’t kick me out of <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-prerelease-weekend-first-impressions/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Prerelease Weekend – First Impressions

    The midnight Prerelease was a smashing success. I told my LGS owner that I’d say the name of his store in an article if he didn’t kick me out of more »
  • LSV finishes the set here by uncermeniously dumping the rest of the set, lands, artifacts and all lumped in with green like the kid with asthma and the kid with <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-tonights-the-night/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 – Tonight’s the Night

    LSV finishes the set here by uncermeniously dumping the rest of the set, lands, artifacts and all lumped in with green like the kid with asthma and the kid with more »
  • Ready yet? The plan for Friday is to hit up FNM and do some trading then hit the bar for a few hours until midnight rolls around. 12:01 makes it <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-prerelease-prep-peeling-more-of-the-onion/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Prerelease Prep – Peeling More of the Onion

    Ready yet? The plan for Friday is to hit up FNM and do some trading then hit the bar for a few hours until midnight rolls around. 12:01 makes it more »
  • M15 will soon be upon us, and everyone and their mother is getting their set reviews out. Since you’re reading my article on the finance site I write for, I’m <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/practice-makes-passable/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Practice Makes Passable

    M15 will soon be upon us, and everyone and their mother is getting their set reviews out. Since you’re reading my article on the finance site I write for, I’m more »
  • Collectible is collectible. When you summon the Exclusive San Diego Comic Con Chandra, nothing special happens. It costs the same amount of mana, it has the same loyalty and the <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/what-could-be-a-hotter-topic-than-chandra-pyromaster/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    What Could Be a Hotter Topic Than Chandra, Pyromaster?

    Collectible is collectible. When you summon the Exclusive San Diego Comic Con Chandra, nothing special happens. It costs the same amount of mana, it has the same loyalty and the more »
  • If you read my EDH column on Gathering Magic, you’ll know I have a tendency toward Blue Green in EDH. It’s my personal favorite color combination and I feel like <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/a-pile-of-broken-dreams-and-busted-specs/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    A Pile of Broken Dreams and Busted Specs

    If you read my EDH column on Gathering Magic, you’ll know I have a tendency toward Blue Green in EDH. It’s my personal favorite color combination and I feel like more »