It is with an honest and heavy heart that I have retired from QS today.
ON GOOD TERMS, by the way! I want to let you know why, where you can turn to for QS help, and where to find me next.
Kelly and I co-founded what you see here in 2009. In that time, I have talked to thousands of Insiders (and those yet to be). I've helped you with requests, talked about the current state of Standard and swapped Modern decks. I have had the joy of running the @quietspec Twitter feed for most of that time. I emailed you Pro Tour coverage from the floor in Madrid and sent out Insider Alerts when we knew a card could spike. If you got some piece of writing emailed to you from QS, it was probably from me.
When we started QS, I was a law student. I'm now a lawyer with five years of experience under my belt, running a thriving business and corporate litigation practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. I learned a tremendous amount about business while building and running QS and one piece of advice I can pass along is this: it's hard to serve two masters. In the end, I concluded that I needed to turn my operations role in QS to people who could make it their first priority. Most of what I did at QS was behind the scenes, so you probably won't notice my absence very much.
If you're a current Insider, you'll still be in good hands for help requests, billing and other technical things. Just fill out a support ticket on the help desk and you'll get the same high quality of care you're used to. Don't worry about event coverage, either. Kelly and Tyler have known about my need to leave for a long time and we have set up a great staff to fill my shoes. The new Discord channel that our own Chaz runs is an example of the next phase of great event coverage from QS.
If you want to keep in touch with me, I'll still be active on the QS forums. Although I am not going to be running the official Twitter account any more, I have a long-dormant account at @wrensrun that I'll be using from now on. I'm also on Instagram as @wrens_run too. Let me level with you: I'm in dire need of some followers. Smash that “follow” button. Outside of Magic, I love talking about gardening and food. You'll get a lot of that on Twitter as well as longer-form pieces on my blog, Wren's Run.
You may notice that my blog's name comes from Magic. I told someone the other day that just about every good thing that's happened to me has come from Magic. I met my wife at Tom Lapille's college graduation party. I knew him from playing lots of cardboard together and she grew up next to him. I met Kelly and Tyler and scores of other amazing people through QS, and I met my law partner while playing Modern on a Tuesday night. If you've been playing for awhile, I know you've got those sort of stories, too.
I'd like to thank Kelly Reid. I'm reminded of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who said of General Grant that “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.” You've been a friend for over a decade and, in that time, we've been there for each other in tremendously personal and rough periods, as well as in amazing times. Good luck.
Next, I'd like to thank Tyler Tyssedal and our amazing crew of writers and editors, past and present. You've produced amazing writing that succeeds at being both technical and narratively engaging. I've gotten to know many of you closely and I can say, without a doubt, that QS has the best Magic finance writing around because our writers and editors work hard to make it so.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has been an Insider, past and present. You've made what I've done a thrill and I hope I helped you make some money along the way. I rarely tell Magic players that I'm involved with QS (I'm allergic to bragging), but when I do, I smile when people tell me that they are or were a member.
We have a great community and we have helped people in all sorts of ways. Some members tell me their goals. One person went from living out of their car to getting financially stable in a month of being on QS. Another told me recently that he sold $80,000 in cards in the past two years, entirely thanks to our Trader Tools. My favorite, though, was an Insider whose goal was to buy a Birmese cat. He shared photos and it's certifiably adorable.
Whatever your goal is, I'm glad to have been a part of it. I hope that QS can continue to be a part of what you want to achieve, just like it was for me.
Thanks, and stay in touch.