Spec Spotlight: Gilt-Leaf Archdruid

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"While I usually cover the busy happenings in the world of Standard or Modern, this week I wanted to take a step back and look at a different market entirely, and one where I believe I've found a spicy-yet-underappreciated card. I usually try to keep my articles more all-around and less finance-specific, but I've decided to bend that rule this week for this particular subject."

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Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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7 thoughts on “Spec Spotlight: Gilt-Leaf Archdruid

  1. Corbin also does a weekly column on We’re friends with the site’s owner, and he was looking for some MTG content to help flesh out their gaming community a bit. I specifically asked him to do these articles, and to post them here.

    Empeopled isn’t a Magic site, it’s not competing with QS, and it sometimes brings us traffic. I’m actually an advisor to their company, too. It’s a really cool concept that revolves around self-governing online communities. Here’s their founder explaining what they’re all about.

    1. Fair enough, but what are your goals for the free side then?

      I imagine it’s to draw people in, so I’d wonder what posts like this imply about the paid side. To me it basically boils down to “hey, I wrote an article elsewhere”, so that gives the impression that the paid side is like that as well (spoiler: it isn’t).

      I could see the benefit for empeopled, I could also see the benefit of getting some traffic from them for QS, however, how many people decide not to become a member when they see articles like this one on the free side? This perhaps goes a little too far towards a discussion on the general content on the free side, so let me just end with that I would consider whether there’s a net benefit to posting articles like this one.

      1. To add onto what Kelly said (and for anyone else reading this), this has been a spec I’ve been talking about on QS for weeks now, and it hasn’t been written about freely before. So everyone reading this for the first time is weeks behind QS Insiders 🙂

  2. Corbin is one of our marquee writers, and has been since Day 1. We want to highlight anything he writes, because it proves, furthermore, that he is a reputable and knowledgeable source of information.

    I would strongly doubt that anyone sees this link to a good piece of work by Corbin and decides -not- to sign up. If anything, it just shows them how talented he is and makes his Insider articles all the more alluring.

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