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Spike is a nickname used to describe a Magic player whose enjoyment of the game is derived primarily from competition and winning.


Spike is used in contrast to Timmy, a nickname describing a player who enjoys impressive cards and crushing, decisive wins; and in contrast to Johnny, a nickname describing a creative player who likes to win in unexpected or interesting ways.


Magic Research and Development staff make use of psychographic profiles—a list of attributes used to describe individuals' or groups of individuals' preferences and choices—to guide them in creating and selecting cards for publication. Spike was the name given to the psychographic profile of "the tournament player," who they describe as fiercely competitive, and willing to use any means necessary to win.


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