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Randy Buehler

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Nationality  American
Grand Prix wins (Top 8)  1 (7)
Name  Randy Buehler
Winnings  US$51,710
Lifetime pro points  126
Pro Tour wins (Top 8)  1 (1)

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Residence  Renton, Washington, U.S.
Similar  Kai Budde, Aaron Forsythe, Chris Pikula, Brian David‑Marshall, Jon Finkel

Pro Tour debut  1997 Pro Tour Chicago

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Randolph E. "Randy" Buehler, Jr. was the Vice President of Digital Gaming at Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., as well as the commentator for the Magic Pro Tour. He was a former weekly writer for's "Latest Developments" column and former Magic Pro Tour player.


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Before Wizards of the Coast

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Buehler started playing Magic: The Gathering just before the Homelands set came out. After initially playing Magic with roommates at Carnegie Mellon University, Buehler gained a fierce interest in tournament level Magic. Many Pro Tour Qualifier and Grand Prix tournaments provided valuable experience that would lead to Buehler's first Pro Tour win (Pro Tour-Chicago 1997), which was also his first Pro Tour appearance.

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While working on his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, Buehler's interest in school began to fade as his financial successes in Magic: the Gathering yielded a satisfactory lifestyle, so he took a two-year leave of absence from school to pursue his passion.

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A favorite style of play for him has always been card drawing. His famous decks include CMU Blue and Draw Go. When he won Pro Tour-Chicago '97 he used a Necropotence deck.

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He gained the attention of Wizards of the Coast with his skill on the Magic Pro Tour and was eventually offered a position at Magic Research and Development as a developer. Before he could return to college from his two-year leave, Buehler decided to take the job. As a developer, his responsibilities would include testing out cards before they were printed to adjust and tweak them for power level reasons and fairness.

At Wizards of the Coast

When Buehler arrived at Magic R&D, development for the Invasion set was just beginning. Since then, he was a developer in many sets. His first assignment as a lead developer was in the Odyssey set, and in the summer of 2001 Randy Buehler was promoted to the position of lead developer of all Magic.

On January 4, 2002, Randy Buehler published the first "Latest Developments" column, wherein a developer writes about a topic related to Magic development. On January 30, 2004 Buehler announced that he would leave "Latest Developments" and be succeeded by Aaron Forsythe. For several years, Buehler served as a commentator for the Magic Pro Tour webcasts, joined by co-hosts such as Mike Flores. He also served as the host of the monthly Magic: the Gathering podcasts, which covered new sets and upcoming tournaments, and as the floor reporter for the Pro Tour podcasts, which feature ongoing coverage of each Pro Tour event.

Randy Buehler was in charge of the Dungeons & Dragons Insider and Gleemax community sites after the release of 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. He was laid off, like Dave Noonan and Jonathan Tweet, among others, on December 2, 2008, for Wizards of the Coast to better focus both the digital team on Magic Online and D&D Insider.

At Mind Control Software

Randy Buehler is Vice President of Business Strategy at Mind Control Software, which along with Richard Garfield and Skaff Elias is working on Mind Twist, a free-to-play strategy game.

Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Randy Buehler was inducted into the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame in 2007 at the World Championship in New York City.

Personal life

Buehler is married to fellow Wizards employee and Magic player Del Laugel, who is the Magic Lead Editor. The couple have a daughter, Kira Elizabeth Buehler.


Last updated: 20 April 2009

Other accomplishments:

  • Rookie of the Year 1997–98
  • Hall of Fame class of 2007
  • References

    Randy Buehler Wikipedia