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

  • 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 »
  • The full spoiler is now up, and some of the cards bear discussion and some will warrant their own entry. Painting with broad strokes for now, let’s get through the <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-spoiler-070414-happy-birthday-murica/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Spoiler – 07/04/14 – Happy Birthday, ‘Murica

    The full spoiler is now up, and some of the cards bear discussion and some will warrant their own entry. Painting with broad strokes for now, let’s get through the more »
  • Hornet Nest Holy Flavor Bombs, Batman! Although flavor-laden, I don’t know if the fact that the number of hornets you get scales with damage justifies this being printed at rare. <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-spoilers-070314-a-reason-to-ramp/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Spoilers – 07/03/14 – A reason to ramp

    Hornet Nest Holy Flavor Bombs, Batman! Although flavor-laden, I don’t know if the fact that the number of hornets you get scales with damage justifies this being printed at rare. more »
  • The Chain Veil Superfrienddddddddds AAAASSSSEMMMMMBLLLLLE! Do the Superfriends say that? I don’t know – DC sucks. Sorry, it’s true. Marvel for life. This is a good card in the right <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-spoilers-070214-beyond-the-veil/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Spoilers – 07/02/14 – Beyond the Veil

    The Chain Veil Superfrienddddddddds AAAASSSSEMMMMMBLLLLLE! Do the Superfriends say that? I don’t know – DC sucks. Sorry, it’s true. Marvel for life. This is a good card in the right more »
  • Sliver Hivelord Not a 7/7? Is his ability that good that it meant needing to shrink him? We’ll have to see. This is obviously a solid Commander, although people are <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/m15-spoilers-070114/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Spoilers – 07/01/14

    Sliver Hivelord Not a 7/7? Is his ability that good that it meant needing to shrink him? We’ll have to see. This is obviously a solid Commander, although people are more »
  • “I typed “Ape” into the Crystal Ball on the Mothership and it came back with one result. Kird Ape reprint confirmed!” – A conversation I wish had taken place   <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/06/m15-spoilers-063014-garruk-apex-predator/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Spoilers 06/30/14 – Garruk, Apex Predator

    “I typed “Ape” into the Crystal Ball on the Mothership and it came back with one result. Kird Ape reprint confirmed!” – A conversation I wish had taken place   more »
  • Spoilers are just trickling in. There is a bit to discuss here to be sure.   Chief Engineer Hold your horses. I realize this looks good. It probably is. Now <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/06/m15-spoilers-062914-trickling-in/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    M15 Spoilers 06/29/14 – Trickling In

    Spoilers are just trickling in. There is a bit to discuss here to be sure.   Chief Engineer Hold your horses. I realize this looks good. It probably is. Now more »