Cook’s Kitchen – The “Magic” Will

Cook’s Kitchen – The “Magic” Will

On August 27th, we lost a fellow Magic Player – Sean Dugas. Investigators say he was murdered and buried in cement. It is believed that Dugas’ belongings were then stolen including his magic collection at an estimated value of $100,000. For those that would like to read more about this tragedy, they can do so here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/twins-charged-putting-body-concrete-article-1.1193645.


After reading the article I began to wonder what his family must have been thinking; “Killed over his hobby? Were his cards worth THAT much? What should we do with them? I don’t know what any of these are worth!”


It’s funny how plenty of people have plans for practically everything from hurricanes to the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse (It’s happening). But how many people plan for what happens to their hobbies after they die? Obviously, wills do exist. But how many of us Magic players are even old enough to consider a will? I don’t know too many of us who would. Though I do know a select few people that have insured their collections, but that’s slightly different. Let’s say some of us are old enough for a will, who would think about putting their Magic collection on there? I’ve certainly never thought of creating one, I’m still a fairly young guy, at the age of twenty-three. Now I’m not about to try to compare myself with the victim of a tragedy, but my collection is fairly impressive, and I’d like to know what would happen to one of my prized possessions in the event something unfortunate happened to me.


So I just talked to mama Cook. I asked her what she would do with my cards if I died. She tried telling me that those things aren’t important, that the bigger issue wouldn’t be about cards. Then she tried getting an answer out of me for what she should do. After that she gave up and said, “I’d probably give them all to Zach or Adam.” I had two problems with the friends she had suggested: The first being that Adam and I had a falling out a while back, I’m not about to air out any dirty laundry but I simply wouldn’t want him to own my collection. As much as he helped me grow-up and I appreciate all he’s done for me, we’re just two very different people now. I’d just like to make sure whoever my collection ends up with deserves it and that I’m at least on good terms with them. Then there’s Zach, who doesn’t really play Magic anymore, and I know he would probably just sell off my collection piece by piece until it was just my two EDH/Commander decks. I’ve never met anyone who cares more about money when he already has enough to live several lives off of. He’s very “Walter White” in that sense. Although, Zach has been one of my best friends for a long time, I have a feeling that if my collection were put into his hands he would at least keep T.E.S. together. Well, he better… or I’d haunt him.


At this point I began to run down what would make a person a good candidate to inherit my collection.

  • How long have I known this person?
  • Am I good friends with this person?
  • Does this person really need my collection? (Do they already own most of it?)
  • Would they keep the cards they received?
  • How often would my cards be used?
  • Do they have an appreciation for “pimped-out” cards?
  • Do they riffle shuffle? (If “Yes”, they’re immediately not receiving anything from me.)
  • The question above could also be, Will they take good care of my cards?
  • Would they keep T.E.S. together? (This is really important to me, that deck is six years of work.)
  • Are they competent enough to pilot my storm deck?
  • How good of a person are they?


Certainly some of these qualities I listed apply only to my collection, but the concept can be used on a wider scale to apply to anyone. After some careful consideration, I’ve decided who would currently be most likely to win the nerd lottery. I say currently because things change. Let’s just hope the jackpot doesn’t happen anytime soon!


I honestly think the best candidate is someone that very few people reading this would know – Trevor Brown. Isn’t he a lucky guy? His name isn’t very important, but rather why he would receive my hard work. I’ve known Trevor since he showed up to a “Type 1.5” event back in 2003 with a deck based around Rukh Eggs and Hell’s Caretakers against my Hatred deck. We’ve been friends ever since. Through a couple different Magic teams (when they were still a thing), and still today. Out of nowhere last year he decided to get me a Tarmogoyf for my birthday, knowing that I needed a fourth. About three months ago out of the blue he bought me an Alpha signed Gauntlet of Might because it was one of the last cards I needed for my Godo EDH deck. I’ve never asked Trevor for any of this, he just does it because he’s a nice guy and I’ve been like a little brother to him over the years. It’s only been over the last couple of years that our friendship has grown outside of Magic due to mutual interests in other areas. Other than the fact that we’ve been friends over the last ten years and that he’s a good person, he deserves my cards because they wouldn’t ever have a layer of dust on them. Trevor plays just as much Magic as I do. If I didn’t care about the possibility of them never being used again by someone I knew – they would probably have gone to Zach. Trevor is also a guy who, like me, enjoys foreign foils. Meaning he knows how to handle expensive cards. As for piloting T.E.S. and keeping it together, I don’t see this as a problem. He’s always been a man of his word. I could see him doing the things I would want.


To make the questions I used more generic for anyone, try something along these lines:

  • How long have you known this person?
  • Are you good friends with this person?
  • Does this person really need your collection? (Do they already own most of it?)
  • Would they keep the cards they received?
  • How often would the cards be used?
  • Would they appreciate the cards they received?
  • Will they take good care of your cards?
  • How good of a person are they?


It’s an interesting exercise to think about and consider. While this content is very specific to people that I know, it’s something that people should give a shot. I’m not saying you even have to give it all to one person. That’s simply what I would do. You could separate your collection out and decide who receives what cards, for example, “Dan will inherit my dual lands, while Steve will gain control of the remaining lands”. Separating the collection would probably be more fair to the majority of your friends, but it’s a lot of effort, and how much time are you willing to put into your will?


Well that’s all for this week, come back again next week! Until then, keep Storming!

Bryant Cook
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2 thoughts on “Cook’s Kitchen – The “Magic” Will”

  1. Interesting thoughts – I’ve thought a lot about how my collection(s) would be dealt with, since I have several hobbies that I’ve sunk quite a bit of cash into. I’d hope that some day my kids could enjoy them, but I also have a nephew that plays…so he’d probably get the vast majority of it.

  2. Television has shown us a lot, especially pawn stars, Your children most likely wont even care about our magic cards and just pawn them away. Be more serious about life and your will than a game you put a lot of money into (by choice) Sell them yourself and buy your wife and kids something to really remember you for, like a vacation with them.

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