Hi Rhino! Thanks for the interview. It's always great to see young people getting into MtG. It's even better to see young Magic players getting into content creation.
Q1: How did you get into Magic and what got you to create a YouTube channel?
Rhino: I have dyslexia. At the age of 7 I still couldn't read anything with more than 3 letters. All of the letters were a jumble in my mind. I knew all of the phonetic rules, but they didn't make sense.
I was playing Pokemon at a game shop. I just memorized the cards. But when I saw a Magic card, I could actually read the card. There's something about the font they use that made it so I could read them.
When my parents found out, they decided to make Magic part of my school work. So I do a lot of Magic each week.
After several months of searching for extra content for new or young players, we couldn't find anything. Everyone had high tech videos about super competitive play. There really wasn't anything out there for casual players.
Since we couldn't find what we wanted, we decided to make it ourselves. I first started by mimicking some of the other YouTubers I watched, but it only took me a couple of months to finally decided exactly what my channel would be and what was the overall goal. "Reaching and Teaching Young Mages of All Ages."
ElspethFTW: That's really cool! I'm really glad that Magic cards have been so helpful for you! Honestly, I think MtG should be part of every kid's schoolwork! :D I definitely get where you're coming from not being able to find content for new or younger players.
And that's exactly what you have to do when you can't find something you're looking for, make it yourself! I really like what you're doing with the channel and I think you've filled a big need for the Magic community.
Q2: What do you like most about Magic? As in, what draws you to the game more than anything else?
Rhino: Making up new ideas for decks. I like seeing what other people are playing and figure out how I can make their deck better or how I can bust it up.
I love the art, I love the story and flavor, but what brings me back to the table is my latest brew idea. At one point I was making about 3 decks a week. I've slowed down a bit lately. But whenever I'm ready to go to FNM, I have 4-5 decks with me. So if someone shows up without a deck, I got them covered.
ElspethFTW: I always like to find weaknesses in top decks that can be exploited, or decks that just beat them every time. The best thing about Magic is how many possibilities there are to build. I never just want to play what's hot, because Magic is all about trying new things and tweaking. Or at least, it should be :)
That's awesome that you bring spare decks. Those are always welcome!
Q3: Now, is there something in MtG that you DON'T like or feel like it can be vastly improved?
Rhino: Nothing in MTG that I can think of. It seems like things I thought were missing are being done. I wanted something better than the intro packs and now the Planeswalker decks are awesome for casual play. I wanted better Duel Decks and the latest Merfolk vs Goblins is a great Duel Deck. I was also hoping for a stand alone game and now they have Explorers of Ixalan. They only thing they need now is an app better than Duels of the Planeswalkers, and now they are coming out with Arena of the Planeswalkers.
From my point of view they are improving everything I'm interested in.
ElspethFTW: Wizards is definitely trying very hard to keep up with what the community is asking for. Honestly, for a company owned by a big corporation like Hasbro, they do actually listen pretty well. It's good to see them consistently improving on products that weren't necessarily performing the function that they were meant to serve - such as the intro packs being replaced by the planeswalker decks. They are definitely headed in the right direction.
Q4: If you had just one piece of advice for an aspiring Magic YouTuber , what would it be?
Rhino: Only one piece of advice? It'd have to be "Never give up, never Surrender." One thing my dad told me the very first week after we started the channel, he asked me how many subscribers I had. At the time I had 12 I think, so I told him 12. He said, No. You have 250,000 subscribers, they just haven't subscribed yet. Keep that in mind every day you do this, you will make great content that people love to watch and share.
My channel may be small, but I'm doing the best I can each day. I'm always trying to be a little bit better each time.
ElspethFTW: That's a great way to look at growing a channel. I honestly don't think 250,000 subscribers is unrealistic for a channel like yours, either. All you can do is do the best you can, as you said. As long as people keep watching and sharing, you'll get the audience that you deserve :)
Q5: If you could change anything about Magic or something you could do to improve it, what would that be?
Rhino: Am I already doing it? More players. I want more people playing the game. I want more young people playing. I teach everyone that I can. I think there are a lot of things going the right way for this to happen.
I think Arena of the Planeswalkers may help with this.
ElspethFTW: Agreed, I think you're already helping a lot of people learn the game. Games like Arena of the Planeswalkers should go a long way towards helping people learn the game.
Thanks so much for the interview Rhino! Aiming to get it posted on Thursday. Have a great night, and good luck with the channel! I'll help share where I can.
** 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 ;)
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