Mark Rosewater (b. May 25, 1967 in Pepper Pike, OH) is Head Magic: The Gathering Designer for Wizards of the Coast and is one of the more influential and renown card designers and employees at Wizards. Prior to his work at Wizards, Rosewater was a writer for the television sitcom Roseanne.
Early life and education
Rosewater attended Orange High School in Pepper Pike, OH and, later, Boston University in Boston, MA, whereat he earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication.
Wizards of the Coast
At Wizards of the Coast R&D, Rosewater has been on as well as led numerous design teams.
Rosewater also was responsible for writing flavortext and overall flavor of a set (most notably during Tempest block) and was also heavily involved in the creation of the Pro Tour, which he attended regularly until 2003 and makes it a point of visiting at least once a year.
- Non-Magic: The Gathering products
- Duel Masters (original design team, lead design for two small sets)
- Star Wars: TCG (original design team, lead design for first release)
- G.I. Joe' TCG (original design team)
- Neopets TCG (original design team)
Rosewater is known for his weekly column Making Magic, published every Monday on magicthegathering.com. In "Making Magic" he gives Magic players insight in the design process of Magic cards and sets. His column discusses many controversial topics, such as the Color Pie and the sacking of Merfolk.
He has also written about the philosophies of each of the five colors. During Ravnica block, he wrote about each of the ten color pairs.
In "Topical Blend #1 - To Err is Human", Rosewater related mistakes with women to mistakes in card design. The lessons were:
- Don't Be Blinded By The Ideal
- Learn When To Quit
- You Have To Understand Why You're Doing Something
- Don't Ignore The Obvious
- Desire Isn't Enough
- Think Out Your Problems Far Enough To See Where Decisions Lead
- Avoiding What You Want Causes Problems
- Harnessing the Past Can Be Dangerous
- Idealism Is Great, But At Some Point Realism Needs To Poke Its Head In
- Not Every Mistake Is Actually A Mistake
- Judge yourself (and your ideas) by the people that care about you. Don't give that power to people who are not invested in your well being.
- Things happen for a reason; Even disappointments can be opportunities.
- You seldom regret failing. You always regret not trying.
- It's not my job to look out for the welfare of others at the expense of myself.
- If you want things to happen you have to take the initiative to make it happen.
- You can't be inflexible with your future.
- The little stuff matters.
- “I Can Do Better” is the path to ruin.
- There are things that happen that you simply have to accept and move on.
- Having priorities doesn't mean anything if you don't actually prioritize them.
Blogatog is a blog run by Rosewater where he answers questions submitted to him. The blog also regularly features a series of Magic related one-panel comics entitled "Tales from the Pit" (also the former name of the blog) as well as links to Rosewater's Making Magic column and a weekly audio podcast he records on his morning commute entitled "Drive to Work".
- Rosewater is sometimes referred to as "$%^# insane" ("batshit") because of his witty and chaotic writing style. He also judged the Unglued set prerelease tournament wearing a chicken suit and he made an ass of himself when he judged the Unhinged set pre-release tournament wearing a donkey suit. The "Un" sets, Unglued and Unhinged, are his idea and mostly his creation, hence his special connection to these silver-bordered sets. For such reason, he answers the Ask Wizards related questions, and even drew the "art" of Look at Me, I'm the DCI. It was on making the art he would only accept a check from Wizards for 1 dollar, which he has framed on his wall, along with a copy of said card and the original artwork. 
- Mark Rosewater has admitted to visiting rumor sites, such as MTG Salvation, because he loves reading rumors and theories that people come up with; however, he has a distinct hate for unofficial spoilers.
- Rosewater jokingly refers to the rules manager as his arch-nemesis. Mark Gottlieb most notably filled this role.
- Fans of Rosewater sometimes claim to belong to the Cult of MaRo, a play on Mark Gottlieb's the Cult of MaGo.
- Mark Rosewater came up with the idea for The Great Designer Search.
One of his nicknames is "MaRo", an abbreviation of his name, and was originally used by his co-workers at Wizards. Maro was included in the Mirage expansion as a tribute to him and using a piece of artwork he had purchased himself. Today, creatures with power and toughness equal to the number of cards in the controller's hand are commonly referred to as Maros.
- Mark Rosewater. (March 11, 2002.) "Timmy, Johnny, and Spike", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (March 20, 2006.) "Timmy, Johnny, and Spike Revisited", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (August 21, 2006.) "State of Design 2006", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (January 1, 2007.) "Life Lessons I & II", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (May 21, 2007.) "Design Language", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (December 26, 2011.) "A Roseanne by Any Other Name", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (March 6, 2006.) "Life Lessons, Part II", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (August 27, 2007.) "Topical Blend #3: Sessions", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Mark Rosewater. (July 30, 2012.) "Celebrity", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (December 4, 2006.) "Making "Making Magic"", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (May 13, 2002.) "Through the Riftstone", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (December 22, 2008.) "Cosmic Encounter, Part I", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (October 27, 2008.) "Cosmic Encounter, Part II", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Wizards of the Coast. (January 22, 2004.) "The Rosewaters design a new split card", Magic Arcana, MTG.com.