Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, Cody!
Q1: How did you get into Twitch.TV streaming?
A good friend of mine and I started a YouTube channel where we tried to capitalize on the "Let's Play" trend. Sadly, our schedules conflicted a lot, things rarely got done on time, and YouTube had just started making it difficult for smaller channels to gain traction. I looked at Twitch as an opportunity to express myself creatively, and it had the fortunate side effect of a greater degree of interactivity with my audience. Nowadays, if you're a viewer on my channel, you're a friend in my book, because twitch fosters that kind of relationship for growing affiliates.
I really like Twitch and prefer it to YouTube, especially for streaming. I'm glad you've enjoyed so much success on there!
That being said, I always support Magic and other gaming Youtubers because that's their platform of choice and there are pros and cons to it.
Yeah, absolutely. I try to do my part to support MTG content creators on YouTube as well. Those folks are putting in a crazy amount of effort, and it shows on most of the channels. I have nothing but love for my YouTube brethren.
MTG on YouTube has become something of a microcosm of the platform itself. There are the colossal juggernauts, Your Markipliers or TCC's, but then there are smaller channels making high quality content that deserve a larger audience. I like to call attention to channels like La'ronn Readus, and Jake & Joel Are Magic.
Also, sorry if I'm coming off as wordy. My, admittedly limited, experience has left me passionate in my opinions.
Q2: I know that Magic isn’t the only game that you stream. What else do you like to stream? Which do you enjoy streaming the most?
I'm a huge fan of the rogue-like genre. My most played games that aren't MTG are probably The Binding of Isaac, FTL, and the like. I also love to dip into the Twitch "flavor of the week" every now and then, and as a result I've been addicted to PUBG and Fortnite BR lately. Still, Magic will always be home.
I'm personally a big fan of playing a variety of games. I haven't gotten to recently, but it's good to experience a bunch of different games, no matter how awesome MTG is.
I love watching people play rogue type games but I suck at them lol.
Q3: As someone who streams a lot of MTGO, I’m sure you’re excited about MTG Arena. Of course, both will still exist. Do you see yourself playing more Arena in the future?
I'm looking forward to Arena, I think everyone I talk to with even half an ear to the ground is, but I imagine I'll be enduring MODO's interface for a while longer. I'm a Modern/Commander man from way back, and from what I've heard Arena won't support those formats, at least not out of the gate. Moreover, like many Magic players, I've invested a great deal in my collection online. To my knowledge, the Mothership has yet to suggest support for my favorite formats in Arena, let alone a tool to move my collection over.
Of course, this is entirely predicated on the assumption that I haven't missed any huge news drops.
Yeah, fortunately, it seems like they are starting with this Standard format and looking forward. But who knows what the future will hold and how many Standard players will abandon MTGO entirely. It’s a wait and see thing.
Q4: Besides the obvious need for an upgraded client, what else would you like to see changed about MTGO?
Honestly, I've embraced the meme that Wizards needs to fix the client, but I love MTGO. I'm first to crack wise about the bad interface, but the opportunity to play Magic with people from all over the world isn't something I take for granted. If pushed, maybe we could use an easier means of filing bug reports, but beyond that? I'm happy.
There really is no better way to test decks any time of day, or play limited whenever you want.
Q5: What’s some advice you could give to aspiring gaming streamers, Twitch.TV or otherwise?
Above all else? Have a schedule. People will show up, even if you're as bland and boring as I am, but you have to be regular if you want any chance of retaining that audience.
ElspethFTW: Exactly, consistency is everything. People have so many content outlets these days that they can just forget you, often unintentionally.
Anything else you think I should ask?
Cody: I think you've killed it, amigo. You're a great interviewer. That's a rare talent.
ElspethFTW: Thanks so much, Cody. I really enjoy these interviews, and you’ve been a great guest! Good luck with your stream!
** 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 ;)