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So, let’s get down to our interview with Coops from Whole Box and Dice
Q1: How did the Whole Box and Dice YouTube Channel come to be?
Coops: Great question. The channel came to be after some encouragement from friends and fellow TCG players who thought the world would like to see my janky brews and openings. My partner was completing a PHD at the time so I had plenty of spare hours to learn how to shoot, edit and produce content.
Awesome! Looks like it worked out well for you!
Q2: Magic the Gathering isn’t the only game your channel is about. You also have lots of videos about Dragon Ball Super and other TCGs. How do you feel those videos are received by your MTG audience and vice versa?
Coops: It was a very real fear I had when I uploaded my first non MTG video. Whilst I play other games I started the channel exclusively covering MTG content and honestly wasn't sure what the reaction would be. I guess just as everyone gets introduced to MTG (or other TCGS) through their friends, advertising and or YouTube, I hope that my channel can facilitate that introduction to a new game.
My belief is that if you can create strong content around it, even if it's not what your primary audience usually is looking for, you should just make it. Because it's YouTube, people don't have to watch it if they don't want to! Even though my focus is primarily MTG, I've written about Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and some other not TCGs, too.
Q3: As someone who plays a variety of TCGs, what do you think Magic could do better that other TCGs do. In other words, what could Wizards learn from games like Dragon Ball Super and other TCGs?
Coops: Glad to chat to someone else who isn't afraid of a little diversity. That is a very good question and one I think about a lot as I play and review other TCGS. I think with the launching of MTG Arena, a code card like in a Pokemon booster would be great, maybe even a special code in a PR kit. In DBS for example they have god packs which I know use to feature in MTG, that is definitely something that makes opening sealed product more enjoyable, I love the thrill of the chase
ElspethFTW: As someone that has played a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon TCG, I think it’s actually good to play more than one game. Things you learn from one game can actually apply to other games. My aggressive strategies in Yu-Gi-Oh have tended to carry over to Magic, for example.
I like the booster pack code card idea as they work great in Pokemon, althoguh I HATE the online Pokemon TCG. The god packs are freaking awesome and I loved when they did those during Theros block - they should’ve done them for Amonkhet, too, honestly. The Amonkhet Gods are really, really good, too.
I used to love opening sealed product, too, but I don’t have the funds to fuel that part of the hobby now. I just collect singles now. But hey, somebody has to open the product first, right? :-P
Q4: The YouTube MTG community is very strong with a lot of different (many of them colorful) personalities. Who are among your favorites and why?
Coops: Very colourful indeed, haha. I am a massive fan of Dev from SBMTG, he was a huge inspiration of mine, being someone who wasn't afraid to put out weird and wacky deck ideas that were still competitive. Recently I have been watching a lot of Jake and Joel as they dive into the world of MTG finance, a topic I find really interesting. I am going to cheat and throw in Matt (Total MTG) & Sam (SamBall49) who mainly stream Magic but are just all round legends who put out great product.
ElspethFTW: MTG Finance is my thing actually. Unfortunately I haven't gotten to see Jake and Joel's quiet speculation work since you need to be an insider for that.
Coops: Yeah, I subbed for a month to check it out. it seems really good, just very $$$ IMO. I think if you take the time to learn about the market you can kind of circumnavigate the need for paid services like that.
Like I bought a whole bunch of Gideon at 8.99 USD and Chandra at sub $20. Yeah, it helps to get those tips but if you follow MTG it isn't too difficult to make some money.
ElspethFTW: Yeah I learned a lot of that stuff on my own but paying for the tips can be worth it when you profit.
Q5: Do you like where Magic the Gathering is going currently? Why or why not?
Coops: That is a very tricky one. Recently I was feeling a bit burned by the mass standard rotation that we experienced. Losing so many cards definitely made it harder for me to get my energy up for the new sets, but the silver lining of longer standard blocks did help. I am definitely more a standard/limited player so the focus on these master sets (which seem to be coming out more and more frequently) is a little bit of a concern for me but as long as standard is looked after I am ok with it. I am very excited for the launch of MTG Arena and I think they have hit a home run with Ixalan so fingers crossed.
ElspethFTW: I’m sure standard will be fine, especially if they want to have arena do well. And Ixalan maybe one of the best magic sets I've ever seen.
Before we wrap up, is there anything else you'd like to add?
Coops: It has been fun. I will say one thing, a huge thank you to anyone who has ever liked or commented on my content and an even bigger thank you to those who have subscribed. It may seem trivial to a lot of people out there but clicking those buttons for your favourite YTers or Twitch streamers can mean the world.
It really can. Just one like goes a long way.
Thanks so much for your time Coops!
Coops: Too easy, mate. I had a lot of fun doing it.
** 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 ;)