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Jay Schneider is a former Magic player, the first feature columnist on the Magic Dojo and former member of Wizards R&D.


Jay is best known for the discovery and definition of the mana curve[1] as well as the creation of "The Sligh Deck" (though Paul Sligh is the namesake after whom "Sligh" is named). Jay also was the Game Producer for Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers.

Games have always been an important part of his life and he started playing chess at the age of 5 and earned several prizes throughout his youth. In addition to playing chess, he was also the Secretary of the Georgia Chess Association in 1983 and had had several of his articles about chess published.

Jay Schneider has also written for Magic: The Gathering; in publications including, The Magic Dojo, The Duelist, and Scrye Magazine.

Magic the Gathering achievements[]

Top 8 - Washington State Championships 2002 Top 250 Rating Type II and Limited - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 2nd Place - Southeast Regionals 1998 The Magic Dojo Featured Player/Columnist - 1998 2nd Place - Magic Con I,II,III 1995

Other achievements[]

  • "Schneider Pox"
  • "Frog in a Blender"
  • "Draino"
  • "Elf & Nail"