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ElspethFTW: It’s so good to have you, Milo! I watched your videos for a long time, then you left the game for awhile. Good to see you back!
Milo: It's good to be back! Thank you for accepting this request, I really appreciate it.
Q1: What's your history with Magic the Gathering, and how did you get into Cube?
Milo: The first time I saw Magic cards was in middle school. These kids all had boxes that looked like little books (Revised Starter Decks) and I thought they were Lifesavers because Lifesavers used to come in little holiday packs that looked similar. I asked for a Lifesaver and instead I got a Lifestyle.
After playing super casual for years I decided to make the jump to playing in stores around Judgement-Onslaught. Then I got into Standard (Type 2 back then) until Scourge. I hated the idea of Standard rotation and didn't want to accept the fact that all my Anurid Brushhoppers and Phantom Nishoba's were worthless.
I found a website, MTGOntario, where a bunch of the local pro's were talking about drafting Cube. They did a Tournament Report like it was a Pro Tour, but for Cube and I was sold on the format right there. Sometime during Scourge we made our first Cube and quickly realised this was the best format in Magic.
Q2: What's your favorite part of creating videos?
Milo: This goes back to MTGOntario and the way they presented their Tournament Reports for their Cube events. I loved the idea that these guys were making a show of what they were doing with a format that nobody knew. I started by making home videos when we would Cube in the early 2000's with my SVHS camcorder. As soon as we had the ability to take reasonable footage with cellphones I knew I wanted to start filming and editing Cube Tournaments with my friends.
To answer your question, I think my favourite part of making videos is that I can see progression to my ultimate goal, which would be to do a Magic: The Gathering reality show. If that answer is too weird, I would say that I like seeing the reactions to the videos from viewers. I dig it when people get hyped up by the drama of something so silly, which is what I love.
Q3: How do you think the newest Un-set, Unstable, is going to affect the game? Do you see a lot of Unstable cards ending up in cubes?
Milo: For the most part I don't think Unstable is going to impact Cube. In general, I think people enjoy the novelty of an Un-Set when it is released, but it quickly fades. That being said, any of those foiled basics I can get will be going into my main Cube and my secondary Cube (Noob Cube) is going to grab all of the Host/Augment cards and I'll try to push that archetype to see if it works.
I'll also check out Unhinged to see if any of those cards will work well with the Augment/Host sub-theme. The B/R Doom guy and the B/U spy lady will both probably get a run in Noob Cube as well. Then I'll assess the player reactions and go from there.
ElspethFTW: Those lands are beautiful! I want as many as I can get my hands on.
Q4: I've heard that you'll be doing Holiday Cube Championship videos this month. What inspired you to do them and what should we expect?
Milo: We are!!! The first video is out right now:
The series will come out at 4pm EST on Tuesdays from now until Dec 26th. The first episode is 'What is Cube' and the draft with commentary. The other episodes will be the same format with an intro bumper around 3-5 minutes where I cut a bunch of footage from interviewing the players and then it will showcase a match. Since I am basically starting this stuff again from scratch we are learning the best way to do this with the equipment and space that we can get.
The gameplay footage leaves a lot to be desired, if I'm being honest, but I am sure I can fix that for our Summer tournament series. If, by some miracle, I can ever hit 10,000 subscribers I gain access to a youtube space in Toronto (where I live). If I had access to that space I could nail the lighting and our videos would rock, but until that time I am basically stuck with the equipment I have and the spaces that local game stores allow me to use.
ElspethFTW: I’m sure it will be fine. I think 10K subscriber is a realistic goal. C’mon MtG community, go subscribe!
Q5: What do you think the best thing about Magic the Gathering? (Besides the Cube format, obviously)
Milo: Easy question, Cu...oh, I see what you did there. I, like MANY Magic players, have pretty bad social anxiety. If Magic didn't exist I don't know if I would have any friends. If you traced back my relationships with anyone I currently know, it's because of Magic. Even my current fulltime job, that I love, was attained due to one of my references who I met playing Magic at 401 Games in Toronto. I met my partner, Kathryn through playing Poker, which I never would have done if I didn't have a history playing Magic.
Playing Magic is kind of like being a part of the nerdiest Freemasons. We have a secret language and whenever you recognize another Magic player outside of a Magic environment you immediately have a bond. Magic is more of a lifestyle than a game and I love that it has become that.
ElspethFTW: Nerdy Freemasons! I’ve never thought of other Magic the Gathering players in quite that way, but now that I think about it, that is pretty much how it is. MtG is definitely an amazing networking opportunity, that’s for sure! It’s awesome that it’s brought so much good in your life, as I’m sure it does for many of us :)
Milo: Thank you again for doing this. I really hope it helps signal boost the series and I'll obviously share the interview on social media to help boost your blog, but I have to warn you that I have like no followers on Instagram, FB, Twitter, etc. Sorry!!!
Either way, keep in touch and let me know if there is anything I can do to pay you back. :)
ElspethFTW: Just keep making the videos, dude! Take care!
** 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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