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Sheldon Menery, Creator of Magic: The Gathering’s Commander Format, Passes Away

Sheldon Menery, the renowned creator of Magic: The Gathering's multiplayer “Commander” format, has sadly passed away after a long battle with throat cancer. Menery was a former TCG journalist and a key figure in the Magic community, known for his contributions to the game.

The Commander format, also known as Elder Dragon Highlander, is a variation of Magic: The Gathering that allows for multiplayer gameplay with oversized 100-card decks. Each deck is led by a unique hero card, known as the commander. Menery played a crucial role in popularizing this format and bringing it to the forefront of Magic's gameplay options.

Menery not only created the Commander format, but he also helped establish the Commander Rules Committee and the Commander Advisory Group. These groups worked towards developing and maintaining the rules of the format, as well as advising Wizards of the Coast on changes and ideas. Menery's goal was to make Commander a casual and social experience that would attract more players to the world of Magic.

In 2021, Menery joined the Wizards R&D team and contributed to the development of Commander decks alongside the Strixhaven: School of Mages set. His impact on Magic and the Commander format will be remembered by the entire community for years to come.

Wizards of the Coast expressed their condolences and recognized Menery as a legend in the Magic community. They stated, “Sheldon’s loss will be deeply felt by all those who knew him, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the entire Magic community. Sheldon is a legend who will be remembered for many years to come and whose legacy will live on through countless players.”

Sheldon Menery's passing is a significant loss for the Magic: The Gathering community, but his contributions and legacy will continue to shape the game and its players in the future.

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