MTG and ME publishes a series of weekly shows:
- Sixty Second Crack-a-Pack Monday - A fast pack opening with all the cards and none of the fuss
- Random Buy Wednesday - Showcasing random purchases from places like Kijiji, occasionally augmented by product openings
- Friday Potpourri - Currently a random assortment of the above videos and more. The hope is to transition this to…
- Let's Play Random Magic Fridays, where Charles & Julia explore lesser covered variations of the game including older sealed formats, out of the box formats like Planechase and Booster Battle Packs, and random stuff like 60 Card Standard Singleton and Rainbow Bridge!
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GS: Thanks so much for your time for this interview, Charles & Julia!
Charles: Thanks for this! Try to catch the blog whenever possible and really appreciate the feedback. I think these types of things are probably like 90% hard work and 10% literal-magic. Sometimes they just click but as you know there are tons of smaller YTers, some of them have been around for years. :) We'll keep doing it as long as we're having fun.
Q1: How did you get into Magic: the Gathering?
Charles: Well, I'm an avid video gamer and have subscribed to Xbox Live for probably the past 10 years. A few years back, probably around 2013-14, one of the free games with gold on the service was the Magic 2014 Duel of the Planeswalkers game. I remembered the game from high school because one of my friends played, so I figured I'd give it a try, and I was pretty much hooked from then on.
GS: That was a fun game!
Julia: I got involved when it became pretty serious for Charles. At one point, he was completely obsessed about playing in all forms, so if I wanted to spend any time with him, I figured I'd have to give it a try.
GS: Magic does have a way of sucking you in, doesn’t it? :-P
Q2: What inspired you and Julia to create Magic YouTube Videos?
Charles: It was Julia's idea, actually. I kept buying all these cards, and watching Magic videos online, especially of product openings... lol.
Julia: Yes, it was my idea. I thought it would provide Charles with a constructive outlet and get him to focus his efforts on something creative, a way to share what he was buying and to also share when he got excited about opening something cool. After having to sit through so many product opening videos on YouTube, I thought this was something he could do himself.
Q3: You guys produce a wide array of content, but what would you say is your favorite topic or topics to produce?
Charles: I think my absolute favorite are the random/bulk buy videos I do, because it often involves a lot of legwork to chase down these small collections. You have to time it just right, be flexible with the sellers, know when to walk away from an unreasonable deal. The treasure chest effect is strong with these for me.
GS: Random buys can be so much fun!
Julia: Well, when a new set comes out, I really enjoy doing the booster box pack battle game, especially after winning this last time. I've also enjoyed the couple of Let's Play segments we've done, where Charles and I play a game using weird formats or obscure product. We've only done a couple of these, but I find they really help me better understand the game.
GS: Pack battles are awesome! And I agree that it’s awesome to find new ways to play Magic.
Q4: What is your favorite thing about Magic: the Gathering?
Charles: Opening sealed product. Lol. Really though, what keeps drawing me back to the game is the endless variety of cards, effects, mechanics that exist and that enable you to customize your decks in a virtually unlimited manner. I often find myself reading about a single card I've never heard about, then feeling my mind swirl with the possibilities it brings to a deck. Applying this to deck building is a great thought exercise and I end up building dozens, maybe even hundreds of deck ideas using tools online like deckbox.
GS: Deckbox.org is a great tool, especially in showing you how people utilize some more obscure cards, which is awesome. I definitely delves too much into individual cards myself, too!
Julia: I've always been a fan of fantasy artwork, particularly dragons, and I absolutely love the artwork in Magic.
GS: Magic’s art is incredible. Probably the best art in pretty much any card game ever!
Q5: If you could change just one thing about MtG, what would it be?
Charles: I'd probably better integrate the paper and online experiences. It would be great if there was more synergy between the two, maybe through reverse-redemption. I have an MTGO account, but I just haven't spent any money on cards for it, and I think it's mainly because I'm so heavily invested in paper product. I draft weekly, play standard, EDH, occasionally even Modern. I try to attend every set's pre-release, sometimes multiple times. It would be great if that translated into something tangible in the virtual world.
GS: While I don’t know just how well reverse redemption would work logistically on a widescale basis, MTGOTraders does have a way to trade in paper cards for MTGO bot credit. It’s through their paper Magic site, Cape Fear Games. They give you 20 percent above buylist for MTGO credit. And they are one of the best places to get MTGO cards, too. (No, they didn’t pay me to say that; just personal experience!)
Julia: For me, the mechanical complexity is sometimes a barrier. There have been times in the past where Charles and I have discussed making changes to one of my EDH decks, we have build a deck for Game Day or I'm building a sealed deck for pre-release and I exclude cards that I'm being told are a good fit for my deck simply because there's too much going on with them. Too complicated is a bit of a turn-off for a casual player.
GS: Magic has had this delicate balance between some game mechanics being accessible and others too complex. Even after years of playing semi-competitively, there are still interactions and aspects of the game that boggle my mind. The best thing about Magic is that there’s something for everyone, and personally, I’ve always loved straightforward decks. I can pilot the more complex decks, but I prefer decks that utilize simple mechanics and beat down XD
Thanks so much for sharing your stories and insights, Charlie and Julia! We here at Gaming Successfully wish you two and your channel well!
** Disclaimer: I was compensated in absolutely no form for this interview. It was done purely for the good of the Magic the Gathering community and the goodness of my own heart ;)