Nicholas "Joking" Hammond
If you take anything away from our events, I hope it's a positive memory. Good luck, have fun, and be kind.
Landon "Libby" Liberator
Events Director/Judge Manager
Tyler "Tylord" Bloom
Mike "a00682005" Hansen
Mike is Monarch's Stream Lead. He’s been playing magic for over 10 years and started with portal. He’s played long enough to see the card Power Surge go from coaster material, to barely playable. In his spare time he cooks, is a DJ streaming at twitch.tv/strategistlive, and consumes way too much MTG media through all the major platforms. His favorite commander decks are the ones that start with ‘Big Dumb’ such as Big dumb jund, Big dumb cascade, Big dumb enchantments.
Martin "Snuske" Hansen
Eric "Efond" Palmer
Hello, I am Eric, but most know me as Efond. I am a level one judge from central California. I started playing magic during the Ixalan block and quickly gravitated towards EDH. I am an Tournament Organizer with Monarch and have taken this position to become a more integral part of the community. In the future I hope to be a key piece in monarch leading more in person events.
In my career I have both managed and started a business. During the pandemic, I have been lucky enough to find this community of cEDH players and now I feel the drive to help organize tournaments. I also became a level one judge during the pandemic to bot help understand this game I love to a higher degree. Its also allowed me to have more tools to support this community with. I hope to take my experience from both my career and education and leverage it to help expand and perfect the business model that monarch is currently using.
When I’m not playing cEDH you can find me playing disc golf, kayaking, or taking care of a wide assortment of animals ranging from exotic cats and fish to 17 footlong snakes! Recently I have been taking a deeper look into my health and have been pressing myself to be a healthier me!
I am always open to feedback and conversations so if you have anything to you would like to discuss don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!
Darius "Flash" Mitchell
Rose "Flowwer" Ellis
Social Media Manager/Twitter Queen
Greetings and salutations! My name is Rose, but I'm creatively known as Flowwer online (the second w is silent, kind of like the g in lasagne). I'm the social media manager, the Twitter Queen if you will, for Monarch. I'm a well traveled, extroverted, and slightly obnoxious Aries with a heart of gold and a belly full of fire.
I started playing commander when I was 15. Something something impress a boyfriend something something. All that matters is that I showed up, I kicked ass, and I fell in love. (With the game, not the boyfriend). 9 years later and I'm still going strong! I found cEDH through a very close friend, and started my journey with Azusa, a lands matter, strip mine locking monster. Since then, I've flourished within the community!
I had an absolute BLAST at Marchesa '22. Meeting everyone I've spent hours interacting with online was the highlight of my Magic career. It awesome seeing the hard work come to fruition, but meeting the team I've been closely working with for months was incredible! Trust me, this team is full of top knotch individuals, who put their everything into their craft. I've never seen a more devoted, committed, and detail oriented group.
Other than Magic, I spent most of my time doing makeup, working in the mortgage industry, and going out to karaoke every darn tootin chance I get!
Thanks for taking the time to read! I look forward to meeting all of you at our paper events, and remember to check out our linktree to see my memeing on twitter in person!
Sage "The Fabled Sage" Stafford
David "Ctpncomplicated" Henderson
Stream and Website Technician
My name is David Henderson and I’m Monarch’s newest Stream Technician. I’ve had an on and off relationship with Magic over the last 20 years. There’s been ups, and there’s been downs. The only thing certain has been my love of the game.
I started playing Magic back in the Judgment block. Modern didn’t exist back then. Players didn’t have immediate access to card information or monetary value, and the comprehensive rules were not in everyone’s pockets. I was taken for a fool back then. I lost a match to some rules that were not correct and I traded valuable cards for pennies. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a different kind of Magic player—a different kind of person.
Just over 20 years later, I finally accomplished a life-long dream of mine. I became an L1 Judge for Magic: The Gathering. I also achieved some professional goals of mine, as well as some personal ones. I learned patience, leadership, and dedication. I also developed a passion for teaching this awesome game and a deep appreciation for the best part of Magic: the Gathering.
Magic is now a much different game and requires a different approach. After meeting some of the members of the Monarch team, I knew this would be a great place to be with great people to be around. What they’ve gained is an avid meat cutter, a filthy combo player, and a spirited technician. What I’ve gained is the experience of a lifetime. The only place to go from here is up. I just can’t wait to get there.
Curt "Octave" Franklin
Marketing and Events
Jordan "Jo" Riddle
Hi All! My name is Jordan, although discord and spelltable friends know me as Jo. I’ve dabbled in magic since Throne of Eldraine, but only started playing consistently last year, picking up EDH and then cEDH along the way. I’ve been lucky enough to make many new friends through Magic, and to find safe, welcoming LGBTQ spaces to play and learn in.
I’m a graphic designer, and enjoy working with user experiences, web design, and design systems. When I’m not at work or shuffling cards, you can find me hanging out with my partner and our two crazy dogs, making music, or bingeing k-dramas.
Marcus "Argus Flightfin" Birch
Head of Content
Andrew "gilkissin" Taft
My name is Andrew Taft, and you may also know me on various Discord servers as gilkissin. Professionally I manage a team that designs and creates training content for a fintech company, and I’m excited to help the Monarch team with my video creating and editing skills.
I started playing Magic in 3rd grade where there were dozens of us playing Magic on the pavement outside during recess. Playmats? Sleeves? Those were things we didn’t even know about, let alone used. This was around when 4th Edition came out, and anytime I had a few bucks in my hand I would ask my parents to take me to my LGS to buy a booster pack.
My love of Magic has continued ever since. I played Standard on-and-off at FNM, but my friends and I primarily played casually together. We immediately fell in love with EDH when we first tried it, and it quickly became the only way we played. We moved into cEDH in early 2020, and I’ve been playing through Discord via webcam since then. My first in-person cEDH event was Marchesa 2022, and I had such a great time that I wanted to help support Monarch.
I live in Massachusetts with my wife and two kids. We like to go hiking and play sports. Baseball takes up a lot of our spring, and soccer takes up our time in the fall. My other personal interests include Lego, the Red Sox, the Patriots, movies, and video games.