Aug. 23rd, 2019

My Favorite Magic Content Creators and Series

Opinion Pieces
My Favorite Magic Content Creators and Series

The reason that I started working on this site and all the content that comes with it was the inspiration I got from watching some awesome folks online. The Magic community has some really dedicated people writing, recording, and streaming. And after seeing all of it, I really felt like it was something I'd enjoy doing as well. There haven't been too many creators out there that I didn't enjoy, but today I want to share some of my go-to's in terms of my day to day consumption of the greatest game ever created. I'm going to cover channels or sites as well as standoff series that I really enjoyed and/or continue to enjoy on a regular basis. These are going to be in no particular order. I just really like them all.

Caleb Gannon

The most criminally underrated streamer, YouTuber, and draft aficionado making Magic content I think. Most of his content revolves around some type of limited. My personal favorites usually are his Cube drafts (especially Vintage), where he takes a good idea of what will win games and adds in his own sprinkle of fun. If you haven't heard of him before, I strongly recommend checking out his playlists of favorites. Recently he's been adding some Pauper videos, even having one of the brews he's been helping with pop up on one of Saffron Olive's Instant Deck Techs. A lot of his content is pulled from his stream as well, so be sure to check that out too!

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Brainstorm MTG

If you want solid, consistent coverage of eternal format gameplay, then the YouTube channel Brainstorm MTG will be right up your alley. Based around a Local Game Store located in Massachusetts, this channel centers around tabletop gameplay that gets commentated on by the owner of said store. It seems like every time I check out YouTube they have a new match up for the gandering. It feels like a very casual watch with some good voiceover, and powerful cards getting thrown around. Definitely worth a watch

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Card Market - Magic

Okay, so I'm sure a lot of people have heard of the Card Market series in Europe. However, the number of views that the videos they post get on YouTube is quite low, given the level of effort that goes into showing them. They generally show Legacy and Modern gameplay, but even float into the realm of Vintage now and again. Lately I've noticed the quality of the tournaments has gone up, with them using things like Cardboard Live and having a rotating cast of great broadcasters. Whenever a new tournament gets posted I try and run through it as soon as I can, or even try to catch their streams when they go live

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Playing with Power MTG

In the past few months I've gotten into watching EDH game play. In general, I like to watch a high level of play for Magic regardless of what I'm watching. Playing with Power has just that. They start each video claiming that they play "the most powerful cards in the most powerful formats", however as far as I can tell that just means EDH. They do a great job of giving funny, dry voice over to actions that occur in each 4-player Commander match, as well as give a good insight into what exactly is going on. You know, for those that don't know what's going on in high powered or in CEDH

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Andrea Mengucci

I'm sure a lot of you have watched Andrea's "veedios". This Italian professional Magic player makes regular contributions to Channel Fireball's bevvy of videos. Most of these are focused around Legacy, though he's been known to play around in other formats from time to time. He also was the winner of the first Mythic Invitational a few months back, so you know you're getting some great content. Just goes to show that players that rock Eternal formats might be a little bit more skilled.

Mengucci playing Mono Red Prison

Nizzahon Magic

Top 10 lists are a bit contrived at this point right? Well, as much as I agree with that statement, the YouTuber Nizzahon has done a great job of making consistently great Top 10 videos pertaining to all things Magic: The Gathering. In these videos, he lays out a set of rules that he basically always sticks to, where he ranks cards based on the amount of high level competitive play they've seen over the years, and assigning point values to each of these occurrences. Want to know what the best keywords of all time are? How about the best Wizards? Most things you can think of, he's got you covered. He also is an avid limited player, with draft videos being a staple of his channel

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Numot The Nummy

Kenji Egashira, aka Numot the Nummy, is one of the bigger streamers of Magic the Gathering out there. And yet his content has felt consistently laid back ever since I first started watching him. Whether he's drafting on Magic Arena, or lining up trophies in Vintage Cube, every time you watch him you'll learn a bit, have some fun, and get to see some crazy gameplay. He's also been featured in other popular Magic series, such as Game Knights. He also contributes regularly to the MTGO Traders YouTube channel

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Channel Fireball's Top 100 Cards Series

I don't think I've rewatched a serving of Magic content more than the CFB Top 100 Cards Playlist. You have a rotating cast of pros discussing the best cards ever printed. What more could you want? Interesting anecdotes, theory of the game discussions, the videos have it all. It feels very much like a super throwback to the MTG Top 8 series that they did a while back (which has come back into vogue a bit). But if you like hearing about the history of the game, or really like Magic even a little bit, I highly recommend these. Great way to spend a commute.

Top 100 Cards Playlist

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