Happy Friday, Modern Nexus community!
About a month ago, we celebrated our one-year birthday at Modern Nexus. And what a year it’s been! I’ve loved being a part of the site and engaging with the Modern community, and if even one more Moderner has been using our Top Decks statistics to justify format decisions, I’m calling our mission accomplished. As part of that celebratory article, I laid out four goals we had for 2016 and beyond: thanking readers for their loyalty and support, expanding our staff to improve content-delivery, adding more video coverage, and developing a real deck and metagame database to inform the format. After lots of discussion and number-crunching, I realized it would be quite challenging to fulfill these promises alone, both from a resource perspective and due to changes in my personal and professional life. This would be a disservice both to the site and the Modern community as a whole.
Based on this, I’m turning over the management reins to a larger Magic website and stepping down as Editor in Chief, effective Monday. Going forward, Jason Schousboe from Quiet Speculation will be coming on as Editor in Chief, and Modern Nexus will fall under the Quiet Speculation content umbrella. I’ll stay on board as both a writer and a site adviser for the foreseeable future.
I’m as pumped by these changes as that bro in Might Beyond Reason is jacked up on Emrakul (or #TeamMaritLage) mojo, and you should be too. Modern Nexus is going to thrive under Quiet Speculation’s management and Jason’s editorship. Back when I started thinking about partners months back, Quiet Speculation was the first website I approached and the only group I ended up negotiating with. I’ve written for Quiet Speculation since September 2015, and I’ve been consistently impressed with their data-driven philosophy and their focus on evidence-based analysis. They also run a tight website with great features and content. As a whole, their methods are a perfect fit for Modern Nexus’ mission, which makes me confident they are the best partners to maintain and grow the site.
Change is hard. We play Modern so we should all know this by now: I still haven’t fully recovered from Wizards banning my beloved Seething Song in 2013, to say nothing of more recent decisions! Whenever websites undergo these kinds of changes, there’s always a worry about declining content, unfulfilled promises, and mission-drift. Personally, I’m not worried. I selected Quiet Speculation as my “successor,” so to speak, because I am confident they would uphold the site’s core aims, honor our readership, and build Modern Nexus to where it deserves to be.
Editor’s note: Just to clarify an important question we’ve received, there are no plans to put Modern Nexus behind a paywall! Free content will continue for the foreseeable future, so you can save all your hard-earned dollars for teching out your decks and investing in the latest Modern spike.
Just in case you’re still worried, remember I’ll also be sticking around to help Jason manage the transition and blaze new trails. We’re keeping the same address, server, domain, and Modern Nexus feel. All current authors will be given an opportunity to stay on board too, so don’t think you’ve seen the last of David’s Merfolk, Trevor’s Jaces, or Jordan’s Delvers and Tarmogoyfs. On top of that, I’ll continue writing Modern Nexus articles, especially the in-depth metagame analyses you’ve come to expect. This will include maintaining our Top Decks page and spreadsheet, and transitioning us to a more formal data-tracking system. I may not be Editor in Chief beyond next Monday, but I’ll still live up to my MTG Salvation handle of “The Mad Statistician” as long as I’m a Nexus affiliate!
If anyone has any questions about the changes, the road-map, the staff, or anything else related to Nexus or Modern, either ping me in the comments or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll do my best to answer, and I’m sure Jason will be watching as well to chime in. Look for Jason to post an announcement next week introducing himself.
See you all after the jump and after our first weekend of post-Ancestral Vision and Sword of the Meek metagame. Keep brewing, keep crunching numbers, keep running tests for statistical significance, keep down the ban mania, and keep on playing Modern!
-Editor in Chief
Sheridan is the former Editor in Chief of Modern Nexus and a current Staff Author. He comes from a background in social science data analysis, database administration, and academia. He has been playing Magic since 1998 and Modern since 2011.