Q1: What got you into creating a Magic podcast?
Zuby: I was originally writing articles on @themeaderyMTG and my buddy @Cory_LNStudio gave me the idea to do a podcast and thus it was born.
Q2: What do you feel podcasts allow you to do that no other medium, like blogging or videos, can?
Zuby: Podcasting has allowed me to express myself easier than video or blogging. I'm not very good in front of a camera and editing a podcast is a lot easier than a video anyways.
ElspethFTW: That's definitely true. Editing is why I don't do them. They'd have to be raw if I did them. Don't have the time! Ha, ha!
Q3: As someone who's deeply involved in the community, is there a part of the community that you feel deserves more attention & more content made for them?
Zuby: This is tough because my first thought is casual players. It's easy to fall into a trap of just making deck techs/budget techs and that's it but how do you get that audience to even follow it if they are casual to begin with?
ElspethFTW: I've gotten plenty of casual players to follow my MTG content over the years. I just cover deck archetypes and cards that aren't on the competitive radar at the moment. I feel that casual players are really what drive the game, because after all that's what it was created for.
While competitive play is good for the game, it can also be bad for people who think they have to netdeck to have fun. That's why I always cover the fringe decks and cards some people haven't noticed. There's something in Magic for everyone because WotC designs it that way.
Q4: As someone who's had success with running a Magic podcast, what advice could you give to an up-and-coming or aspiring gaming podcaster?
Zuby: Most important thing is consistency. If you are not releasing consistent content people will forget about you. Be engaging with whatever listeners/followers you have. Try not to focus on the top of the ladder and be like them. Learn from them and see what you can learn from them but don't completely emulate them. Don't be afraid to try ideas, they may fall completely flat and that's ok. It's always a learning process.
ElspethFTW: Consistency, engagement, and always trying new things (even if they fail miserably) - that's a recipe for success. The next new thing you try could be what makes your content blow up overnight! :-P
Q5: Last but not least, if you were a key decision maker for Wizards of the Coast, what would you change about or improve on with Magic?
Zuby: Oh I think I've had a few episodes about that, the digital department would be my number 1. Not just for MTG but DnD as well. Arena and DnD beyond are a good step forward but feels too little too late.
ElspethFTW: I agree WotC has been lagging in the digital dept. They are making some good steps forward, though. Hopefully, they get to the level they need to be soon. Especially with DnD, with how huge it is!
Zuby: DnD Beyond was a step in the right direction but what you pay for pales in comparison to what Roll20 offers already (and most of the features are free).
ElspethFTW: Wizards is definitely playing catch-up with the community, when it comes to digital products (Magic too!) There's no doubt about that.
Thanks for all the great answers, Zuby! Before we wrap up, is there anything else that you think needs to be said or a question that should've been asked?
Zuby: No I think that is all. Thank you so much!
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