Thanks for wanting to interview with us, GenericBadMTG! Let's get started:
Q1: How did GenericBadMTG come about?
GBMTG: Hi there, thanks for having me! Well, I started to gear myself up for more competitive play and spent a lot of time devouring content in the form of articles and YouTube. To me, the best way to learn is to teach, reinforce your own knowledge through repetition and explanation. I also love to write so it sort of went hand in hand!
GenericBadMagic is my way to give back to the community that’s taught me so much, reinforce my own way of thinking while allowing others to critique and challenge it and also to create a portfolio to look back on if writing or content creation could become a full time thing for me.
ElspethFTW: Those are all great reasons to start a blog!
Q2: How do you feel about the current Standard environment? Do you feel like it's a good time for home brews to shine?
GBMTG: I feel like the mood around Standard has been pretty low for a long time now. It’s been oppressive in terms of deck selection since the Vehicles/Copycat/Snake meta, swiftly followed by the domination of Aetherworks Marvel. Now there is still a large sway towards Energy decks as an archetype in the meta but it’s nowhere near as oppressive as pre-banning season.
Now is most certainly the time for some adventurous brews to come along and crack this meta right open. I’d argue that the successful conversion rate of 5/5 mono-white vampire decks at Pro Tour Ixalan from day one to two is pretty solid evidence for this.
ElspethFTW: I love Mono white vampires. I don't play standard but if I did it would be my deck right now.
Q3: Where did you come up with the name Generic Bad Magic? I think your home brews are great!
GBMTG: Thanks a lot! Credit has to go to some of the guys who make decks and let me write em up (because they’re not all mine) and even though they’re not on social media for this sort of thing I have to thank Ali Bruce, Mark Shepherd, Daniel Hunter, Paul Grimley and many more of the guys for letting me use their lists and bring them to everyone in the community.
The name GenericBadMagic stems from my old PlayStation Network account. I was pretty terrible at Call of Duty at first so by the time I got good-ish it was way too late to rescue my kill/death ratio. The logical thing to do was take up another account. When thinking of a name I asked myself “how do I come up with something original that isn’t another generically bad name?”
And so my username on most platforms became GenericBadName. This pretty much fit perfectly with the modification of GenericBadMagic for MTG content, which is a slightly ironic name for the guy whose posts you’re reading and hopefully learning from.
ElspethFTW: That's a great story behind that name. And it's great that you're able to share all these great deck ideas.
GBMTG: I couldn’t be more grateful to the guys. Though I’m the only one who writes on the blog I’d have roughly 70% less content to produce if it wasn’t for them.
ElspethFTW: Yeah it's always great to have great people to draw inspiration from.
Q4: Where do you see Magic going in the next few years?
GBMTG: I can see Standard becoming more open than ever. I know I’ve already said it’s been getting better but Energy is a pretty huge mechanic and once it’s gone the standard meta will expand nicely I think.
Aside from paper I feel like there’s a movement away from MTGO towards the more stream friendly idea behind MTG Arena. I’d be very sad to see Magic Online lose support but it really depends on how they facilitate this shift, I certainly hope it will be a resounding success.
ElspethFTW: I like what they are doing with Arena, as they are keeping it focused on newer sets. Wizards already said that formats like Modern, Legacy, Pauper, etc. will continue to be at home on MTGO. So while a lot of standard players may abandon MTGO, it's not actually going anywhere. And streaming Arena could be huge for the game and bring a lot of eGamers to MTG.
So to the last question, the one that I ask everybody in MTG content creation... Q5: If you could change or improve upon one thing in MTG, what would it be?
GBMTG: I’d look to improve the compensation package for Judges. These people are there, regulating your matches, because they love the game and only want you to enjoy yourself within the parameters set by the rules.
I’ve not yet met a judge I didn’t like and the guys that work Grand Prix’s for 9+ hour days definitely deserve a whole lot of credit and healthy compensation for their time. After all, they do kind of facilitate the competitive experience.
100% Judges are a vital part of tournament Magic and without them it can’t feasibly operate.
ElspethFTW: I entirely agree. While they do get some nice stuff already, I think Wizards could do better, especially if the game continues to grow.
Thanks so much for the interview, GenericBadMagic!
GBMTG: Thanks for having me! Same to you, always happy to lend my insight :)
You can find Generic Bad Magic's blog at genericbadmtg.wordpress.com.
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