Grand Prix Dallas-Fort Worth 2018

This weekend in Texas, we have three new judges to Welcome to the Fold!

Kyle Hilliar

  • Name: Kyle Hilliar
  • Level: Level 1
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
  • Region: USA – South
  • Approximate date/month/year you started playing Magic: September ’94
  • L1 Certification Date: June 17, 2017
  • Favorite thing (e.g., card, deck, group of people) about Magic: Kird Ape
  • Occupation: Restaurant Manager
  • Random fact about yourself: I’ve been a competitive sports official since i was 12
  • What excites you most about this event?: It’s my first gp as a judge!
  • What worries you most about this event?: It’s my first gp as a judge…
  • What challenges have you faced or are you facing to become a better judge?: Finding mentors to help guide me through the process of learning and growing.
  • How have you worked to overcome those challenges?: I’ve traveled all over south Texas just to network and gain experiences
  • What is your favorite Magic memory?: Grand Prix Vegas 2015, the convention atmosphere… It reset the hook and drew out my passion for Magic again

Preston May

  • Name: Preston May
  • Level: Level 2
  • Location: Irving, Texas, United States of America
  • Region: USA – South
  • Approximate date/month/year you started playing Magic: 1998
  • L1 Certification Date: January 29, 2015
  • Favorite thing (e.g., card, deck, group of people) about Magic: Suppression Field
  • Occupation: Software Developer
  • Random fact about yourself: My first programming job was for a speed dating website
  • Who are your mentors?: Josh McCurley, Jim Shuman
  • What is your favorite Magic memory?: Having Crosis, Darigaaz, and Dromar in play at the same time off Dragon Arch

Carl Richmond

  • Name: Carl Richmond
  • Level: Level 1
  • Location: Sherwood, Arkansas, United States of America
  • Region: USA – South
  • Approximate date/month/year you started playing Magic: 2013
  • Favorite thing (e.g., card, deck, group of people) about Magic: My favorite card has been Notion Thief ever since I first saw LSV play it in VSL.
  • Occupation: Full time College student, studying Computer Science
  • Random fact about yourself: I’m also a basic rank Pok√®mon Professor
  • Why did you become a judge?: I wanted to be more active in my community, and I’ve always been good with the rules.
  • What excites you most about this event?: I’m excited to meet a lot of new people and to see a lot of awesome games of magic.
  • What worries you most about this event?: I’m always worried that I won’t be able to do what I’m expected to do.
  • What are you hoping to learn at this event?: I’m hoping to learn how to function at such a large scale event.
  • Who are your mentors?: Nathaniel Thompson and Travis Perusich, the two L2s in my area.
  • What challenges have you faced or are you facing to become a better judge?: I still have some troubles with IPG, so I’m focusing on that for now.
  • How have you worked to overcome those challenges?: Studying and asking questions.
  • What is the best part about your local Magic community?: The mixing of our casual players and our more competitive players. Its always nice when a legacy player walks over and gives someone some advice on their casual deck.
  • What is your favorite Magic memory?: I have so many, and can’t think of any of them.