Randy Buehler

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Randy Buehler
Born November 21, 1971
Residence Seattle, Washington, United States
Nationality United States.png American
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Chicago 1997
Winnings $51,685 (as of 2016-10-07)
Pro Tour top 8s 1 (1 win)
Grand Prix top 8s 7 (1 win)
Median Pro Tour Finish 19
Pro Tours Played 12
Lifetime Pro Points 126 (as of 2016-10-22)

Randolph E. "Randy" Buehler, Jr. is a former employee of Wizards of the Coast (previously the Vice President of Digital Gaming), a former Magic: The Gathering professional player, and former member of the Pro Tour and Grand Prix Coverage team. He is still active in the community as one of the creators of and competitor in the Vintage Super League, and producer of various other forms of Super Leagues. He is the husband of Magic Head Editor Del Laugel.

Professional play[edit | edit source]

Randy Buehler was Rookie of the Year for the 1997-1998 Pro Tour season. His twelfth place deck was featured in the 1998 World Championship Decks. Randy won Pro Tour Chicago 1997, which was his first Pro Tour event. [1] He made Top 8 at 7 Grand Prix tournaments, winning Grand Prix Atlanta 1998.[2]

Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
1997–98 Pro Tour Chicago Extended 10–12 October 1997 1
1997–98 Grand Prix Atlanta Limited 27–28 March 1998 1
1997–98 Grand Prix Antwerp Limited 25–26 April 1998 5
1997–98 Grand Prix Indianapolis Limited 27–28 June 1998 5
1998–99 Grand Prix Boston Block Constructed 5–6 September 1998 2
1998–99 Grand Prix Lisbon Block Constructed 12–13 September 1998 3
1998–99 Grand Prix Vienna Extended 13–14 March 1999 5
1998–99 Grand Prix Kansas City Extended 27–28 March 1999 6

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Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Randy Buehler
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
1997–98 Chicago Extended 1 $25,000
1997–98 Mainz Rochester Draft 39 $810
1997–98 Los Angeles Block Constructed 16 $2,590
1997–98 New York Booster Draft 41 $750
1997–98 Worlds (Seattle) Special 12 $3,310
1998–99 Chicago Booster Draft 10 $4,200
1998–99 Rome Extended 17 $2,440
1998–99 Los Angeles Rochester Draft 19 $2,170
1998–99 New York Block Constructed 124
1998–99 Worlds (Tokyo) Special 57 $500
1999–00 Washington, D.C. Team Limited 7 $1,500
1999–00 London Booster Draft 116

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Wizards of the Coast employee[edit | edit source]

Randy began working in Magic R&D during development for Invasion. He was Lead Developer for the Odyssey block. [3] In July 2002, he was promoted to Director of Magic R&D. At the beginning of 2007, he became Vice President of Digital Gaming. One of his projects was Gleemax.com. He formerly served as a commentator for the Magic Pro Tour webcasts, along with Brian David-Marshall. He wrote the Latest Developments column on magicthegathering.com from January 2002 through January 2004. Aaron Forsythe replaced him. [4] In December 2008, he was laid off from his position at Wizards of the Coast, along with the majority of the Gleemax development team.

In 2014 Randy was working with Magic R&D again, leading the design for a complete Magic Online Cube overhaul. [5]

Designing[edit | edit source]

Developing[edit | edit source]

Coverage[edit | edit source]

While being a member of R&D, Randy used to provide the play-by-play commentary on live video streams of Pro Tour Top 8s. He also provided audio coverage in the form of podcasts, interviewing pro players in between rounds which would be posted on the Wizards of the Coast website throughout the event.

After his exit from WOTC and years of absence, Randy rejoined the Coverage team, providing play-by-play coverage as well as segments in between rounds on a rotation with other on-screen personalities.

He announced his retirement as a member of the Coverage team at the end of the 2015–16 Pro Tour season. However, even though he is no longer involved in Premier Event coverage, he continues to do coverage on select events like Eternal Weekend events.

Vintage[edit | edit source]

Due to Randy's wife, Del Laugel, being employed by Wizards of the Coast, Randy is barred from playing in DCI sanctioned tournaments. Due to this fact Randy has concentrated his Magic playing efforts primarily on the Vintage format, which is almost exclusively played in non DCI sanctioned tournaments. Among other tournaments, Randy has participated in the Northwest Vintage Rotisserie Draft Series created by Shotgun Lotus. Randy has also teamed up with Shotgun Lotus to create the Vintage Super League, a weekly series of Magic streams featuring an all-star group of competitors playing Vintage.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Randy Buehler. (December 06, 2002.) “The Power of the Skulls”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Randy Buehler. (March 14, 2003.) “Taking on Vapor Ops”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Randy Buehler. (January 04, 2002.) “Unbreaking Transcendence”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Randy Buehler. (January 30, 2004.) “Looking Forward, Looking Back”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Randy Buehler. (November 3, 2014.) “The New Magic Online Legacy Cube”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.