Sam interviews Seth Manfield, World Champion and Hall of Famer about his life.


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Seth Manfield, World Champion and Hall of Famer

Seth Manfield, World Champion and Hall of Famer

I’m happy to welcome pro player, 2015 World Champion, and Class of 2018 Pro Hall of Fame inductee, Seth Manfield.

Seth is an incredible player, sweeping multiple GPs, crushing 2015 Worlds, and grinding almost every premier level tournament.

Even as a kid, Seth was a skilled player, playing in the Junior Super Series and earning several Pro Tour invites, even when his mom didn’t let him go.

Seth also loves to teach about the game, offering private coaching, and writing strategy for TCG player.

Seth’s recent Pro Tour Ixalan win solidified him as player that’s here to stay and change the landscape of competitive Magic.

Seth shares about his journey, and his pride as a father. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Seth Manfield!


Say hi to Seth on Twitter @SethManfield

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Our theme song is Play the Game by Antracto (Yes I bought the rights, if you’re curious)

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Road Trip by Joakim Karud

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Someways by Nicolai Heidlas

Paragon City Games ad music:
Clouds by Joakim Karud

Preview Clip:
A Beautiful Mine – RJD2 (theme for Mad Men, see what I did there?)

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Paragon City Games

Paragon City Games

This episode of Kitchen Table Magic is sponsored by Paragon City Games.

I’ve been talking about Paragon City Games for some time now. And recently I’ve been invited to film three vlogs at their game store for their Heroes League Invitational Series.

It’s a local tournament held at Paragon City Games each month, where the winners of each tournament compete at a year end Invitational.

The player community there is wonderful, competitive, and fun.

They have friendly staff that greet every single person that walks through the store.

The store itself is huge, open, clean, bright, airy, with beverages, snacks, clean restrooms, a fully loaded feature match area, a high tech streaming setup.

The entire store is filled with huge open tables enough to fit over 100 players. I played in an FNM there where 4 different formats were going at the same time.

They also have a huge selection of board games, Magic singles, supplies, hand crafted wooden deck boxes and artisanal Die Hard Metal dice.

I’ve been to a lot of game stores in my life, and never before have I had a favorite LGS that’s away from my hometown.

And if you want to see the vlogs I made for Paragon City Games, just go to and click on videos.

I made three vlogs, one each for their Standard, Modern, and Legacy events.

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They’re a wonderful group of people and I’m so grateful to have them as friends.

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