From being Judge Emeritus who changed the face of professional Magic to the creator of the format that changed the face of casual Magic, Sheldon Menery has constantly lived where the action is. After retiring from the Judge Program, he did a stint on the Pro Tour Coverage team in 2011-2013. He left that effort to return to school and finish two degrees, fueled by his benefits as a Gulf War veteran and 2004 US Air Force retiree. He earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature while undergoing treatment for throat cancer, a fight he continues today. He put a ribbon on his resume when he joined Wizards of the Coast to work as a designer on Strixhaven: School of Mages.
Outside of the game, he's also famously known as a foodie, using the opportunity created by Magic event travel to eat in some of the world’s greatest restaurants. Self-taught in all areas, he was part owner and Wine Director of a gourmet market and wine shop from 2007-2009. His wine cellar at home stores nearly 800 bottles and represents holdings from all over the globe. He’s a fan of cognac, high-end bourbon, and its cousin anejo tequila.
As the oldest of all Magic personalities and face of the game’s most popular format, he has justly earned the title The Godfather of Commander. Come break bread with him, won't you?