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

  • Magic is a welcoming community for the most part. With few exceptions, Magic players are socially tolerant and inclusive and it’s very easy to be a part of the community. <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/in-the-conjurers-closet/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    In The Conjurer’s Closet

    Magic is a welcoming community for the most part. With few exceptions, Magic players are socially tolerant and inclusive and it’s very easy to be a part of the community. more »
  • If you’re following me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve likely already seen some of these images.   Some of you may recognize this face. It belongs to Magic Pro and <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/do-your-part/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Do Your Part

    If you’re following me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve likely already seen some of these images.   Some of you may recognize this face. It belongs to Magic Pro and more »
  • Speed Vs. Cunning is the gift that keeps on giving. We have a few presents from the visual spoiler today. Some old favorites are getting new art. And some of <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/khans-of-tarkir-spoilers-8182014/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Khans of Tarkir Spoilers 8/18/2014

    Speed Vs. Cunning is the gift that keeps on giving. We have a few presents from the visual spoiler today. Some old favorites are getting new art. And some of more »
  • Where has being skeptical gotten us? A while back, a seemingly-odd collection of random cards was touted as the list for “From the Vaults: Annihilation” and a skeptical community rejected <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/more-leaks/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Duel Decks: Speed vs Cunning Leaked!

    Where has being skeptical gotten us? A while back, a seemingly-odd collection of random cards was touted as the list for “From the Vaults: Annihilation” and a skeptical community rejected more »
  • I’m going to be honest, I’m not really sure what GamesCon is, outside of the name making it obvious that it’s a gaming convention. Did you know that GenCon, another <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/gamescon-spoilers/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    GamesCon Spoilers

    I’m going to be honest, I’m not really sure what GamesCon is, outside of the name making it obvious that it’s a gaming convention. Did you know that GenCon, another more »
  • It’s been said that a tattoo is a permanent expression of a temporary feeling. However, Magic: the Gathering is no mere flash in the pan. The game has been going <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/permanent-expression-of-temporary-feelings/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Permanent Expression of Temporary Feelings

    It’s been said that a tattoo is a permanent expression of a temporary feeling. However, Magic: the Gathering is no mere flash in the pan. The game has been going more »
  • Pictured – a tower representing my hopes and dreams So, the final update in the FTV: Annihilation debacle is that the potato-quality pic leaked a month ago was right and <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/hopes-annihilated/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Hopes Annihilated

    Pictured – a tower representing my hopes and dreams So, the final update in the FTV: Annihilation debacle is that the potato-quality pic leaked a month ago was right and more »
  • Two things happened, and they happened in a specific order. First, Wizards announced that all future PT events will be Standard. Then, people started whining and complaining. I made the <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/how-we-react-to-good-news/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    How We React to Good News

    Two things happened, and they happened in a specific order. First, Wizards announced that all future PT events will be Standard. Then, people started whining and complaining. I made the more »
  • This week, redditor /u/Uthayne posted that he had bought counterfeit Scalding Tarns on TCG Player. The evidence is conclusive. Be careful when ordering online. If your card is worth more <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/fakes-spotted/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Fakes spotted

    This week, redditor /u/Uthayne posted that he had bought counterfeit Scalding Tarns on TCG Player. The evidence is conclusive. Be careful when ordering online. If your card is worth more more »
  • A while back, a story hit and a grainy photograph was found on the internet. I wrote at the time that it was a little unclear whether this was indeed <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/from-the-vaults-plot-twist/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    From the Vaults: Plot Twist

    A while back, a story hit and a grainy photograph was found on the internet. I wrote at the time that it was a little unclear whether this was indeed more »
  • More specifically, sometimes the art can influence the card more than the card designers intended. Take, for example, one of the most famous stories about Magic art. In 1993, budding <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/life-imitates-art/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Life Imitates Art

    More specifically, sometimes the art can influence the card more than the card designers intended. Take, for example, one of the most famous stories about Magic art. In 1993, budding more »
  • Enough of sucking up to Eric Klug, already. We get it. He’s the Goddamn Rembrandt of card alteration. We all know his art is ridiculous, and it sells for ridiculous <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/bad-card-alters/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Bad Card Alters

    Enough of sucking up to Eric Klug, already. We get it. He’s the Goddamn Rembrandt of card alteration. We all know his art is ridiculous, and it sells for ridiculous more »
  • There is no doubt that Ben Friedman wanted to win this match. The winner of the Round 15 match between Ben Friedman and Ivan Floch would make Top 8 of <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/there-by-the-grace-of-friedman/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    There By The Grace of Friedman

    There is no doubt that Ben Friedman wanted to win this match. The winner of the Round 15 match between Ben Friedman and Ivan Floch would make Top 8 of more »
  • So….this is a thing. Following on the heels of Batterskull, a card that was fetching quite a price in its foil form, the new GP Promo after Batterskull is retired <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/grand-prizzlebrizzle/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Grand PrizzleBrizzle

    So….this is a thing. Following on the heels of Batterskull, a card that was fetching quite a price in its foil form, the new GP Promo after Batterskull is retired more »
  • The Pro Tour is upon us, this time in sunny (rainy) Portland – the city where young people go to retire. Some people plan to stay in Portland until the <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/08/get-covered/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Get Covered

    The Pro Tour is upon us, this time in sunny (rainy) Portland – the city where young people go to retire. Some people plan to stay in Portland until the more »
  • 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 »