Changes at Modern Nexus

Hello Nexus readers and Modern community!

As many of you have probably noticed, it’s later in the day and no article has been published yet. We recently underwent some staff transitions and today was the day to get things switched over and make sure the transition went smoothly. As Sean announced yesterday on Facebook and Twitter, he is stepping down from the Editor in Chief position. You can read more about his decision there, but I wanted to speak to this on my end and on how it affects our site going forward. I am a big believer in transparency and open communication, and I want that reflected in how we interact with our readers.

Torchling ArtSean was instrumental to starting up Modern Nexus and he has worked hard to get us where we are now. Our articles were great complements to each other and that brought the site a unique perspective. But as the site has been shifting to more spike-oriented Modern content, it became clear that our overall plan and leadership needed to shift as well. In that spirit, I will be be the site’s Editor in Chief going ahead. Sean will definitely be missed: he’s the rare brewer who balances creativity with competitiveness, and it’s been a joy to work with him and read his work. Without him, I would still just be lingering around the forums and Modern Nexus would still just be a dream.

 

What does this mean for content going ahead? Here are some shorter and longer term goals you can expect from in the future:

  • More in-depth analysis of competitive decks, cards, and strategy
    How are you supposed to beat Twin decks? What sideboard cards should you never leave home without? What are the key interactions you need to know in the Burn vs. Jund matchup? How the heck do you even play Amulet? We’re redoubling our focus on questions and topics like this, so look for lots of competition-level content in the weeks and months to come.
  • More statistical analysis and format evaluation
    We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on our data and stats articles, and they are some of the strongest parts of our site. We will keep bringing you this content, with regular checkins on our different analyses, discussions of why data matters, and general commentary on Modern format statistics.
  • More contributors with tournament and competitive experience
    As part of our shift towards competitive content, you can be sure that the site will be expanding to include contributors from across the tournament spectrum. There will be an announcement about this soon, so keep your eyes open for ways to get your work and Modern experience out there.
  • More volunteer opportunities
    I get lots of emails from users who want to help out the site in different ways but don’t necessarily want to write. Going forward, we will have more opportunities for these community members to add value to the site and to contribute to the broader Modern community.
  • Don’t forget the brews!
    Just because we are doubling down on competitive content, doesn’t mean we are leaving brews in the dust. My favorite decks are actually tier 5 trainwrecks, so you can expect to see about an article a week focusing on some underplayed decks, brewing concepts, and inspirational cards.

Guardians PledgeI’m very excited to continue working on the site and providing the quality content you have come to expect of Modern Nexus. If you have any feedback, ideas, criticisms, suggestions, or just want to chat about Modern, feel free to email me at [email protected]. Thanks for all your support and I’m looking forward to all the exciting Modern content and coverage to come! And don’t think you’ve seen the last of Sean. He’ll definitely be back with some more decks, videos, and articles at some time in the future.

-Sheridan Lardner
Modern Nexus Editor in Chief

 

Editor’s note: edited a sentence on brews because it was unclear about how frequently such articles might be run. 

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.

4 thoughts on “Changes at Modern Nexus

  1. You know, I always wondered why a site claiming to be THE place for Modern players never (and by that I mean very rarely) did spike-oriented content, at least on the “not data-related” side of things. Yes, the work Sean does is important for the Magic community but as a competitively-oriented player seldom an article caught my eye or spiked my interest. That being said, they were still nice reads, even though his background in journalism and their guild’s trademark style of writing were leaking a little bit too much from the text.

    Still, if you happen to be looking for people with writing skills and deeper game knowledge who specialize in Modern, my e-mail is probably displayed somewhere around this comment.

    1. We definitely heard you on that one. Brews won’t disappear completely, but the spike content will be our clear core. I would guess we would have 2-3 brew articles in any monthlong period.

      I’ll be posting the call-for-writers in the near future, so keep an eye out if you are interested!

  2. Thank you. I, for one, was definitely tired of reading about various iterations of elf or vampire decks. Will gladly start visiting more frequently again based on the above changes.

    1. Hey now, Elves is offended! That’s a tier 2 MTGO deck! But seriously, glad to hear the changes make sense to you. Let us know if there are any topics or ideas that you think we should cover.

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