First Strike #90 – Teaming the Pro Tour and genuine content

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KYT and Andy are joined by Shaheen Soorani who helps deconstruct his team’s 22nd place finish and the team Pro Tour experience, while Travis “Semulin” Sowers comes on to debate Limited’s place on the Pro Tour and how his experiences growing as a streamer and digital content creator.

  • (00:03:15) How does Shaheen’s team come together for the Pro Tour? How did Shaheen’s settle on the decks for their team? Where does Esper fit in Standard moving forward? Was Nexus of Fate the breakout card of the tournament? Will it dominate the metagame?
  • (00:14:48) Does Shaheen still predict something will get banned from the KCI deck in Modern? Should it be Ancient Stirrings? Can UW Control tame KCI? In Standard, can Control fix the Turbo Fog matchup?
  • (00:25:39) Overall, what does Shaheen think of the Team format for the Pro Tour? Should Limited be cut permanently from the Pro Tour? What is Limited streamer Travis Sowers’ take on that move?
  • (00:39:55) How is streaming Magic going for Travis, since his last visit on First Strike? What kind of impact has MTG Arena had on his viewership? What is the playerbase on MTGO like as a result? Is MTG Arena the future for digital tournament Magic? Will MTG Arena ever be a threat to paper Magic stores?
  • (00:50:43) What advice does Travis have for someone who wants to devote themselves to streaming or content creation?
  • (01:01:08) How does one stay genuine in a content creation world which creates celebrity? How to approach receiving feedback?

Your hosts on Twitter:
Kar Yung Tom – @KYTmagic
Andy Robdrup – @AndyAWKWARD
Shaheen Soorani – @shaheenmtg
Travis “Semulin” Sowers – @Semulin

First Strike is a Magic: The Gathering debate-style podcast hosted that discusses the week’s hottest competitive and social topics of the game.

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