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As you’re learning the ropes of both Magic: the Gathering and Arena, you don’t need to be alone. There’s plenty of help out there, and for this article I want to look at online videos.
That can be divided into two groups: YouTube, where you watch pre-recorded videos, and Twitch, where you can watch people streaming live and interact with them (if you want). I will present three of my favourites on each platform, starting with Twitch.
If you like drafting, the Twitch platform is great as it allows you to watch good players draft a deck while discussing their picks, and then play that deck while discussing their strategies. It really is the best of both worlds. All my twitch recommendations are draft streams.
Deathsie stream a lot, and is a good drafter regardless of the format. You’ll learn a lot, including how to be a total landlord.
Ben Stark is known as one of the best Magic players out there, especially in Limited formats. On his stream you’ll find constructed matches, but also draft videos where he will happily spend a minute discussing the difference between two commons, and why one is better for the deck he has drafted than the other. It’s difficult not to improve from watching this stream.
Ryan Spain points out that on Magic Arena, everyone is already an infinite drafter. Since you can pay 5,000 gold per draft and complete free daily quests to earn that gold, you never need to pay for a draft. The question becomes how optimally can you draft. Ryan talks about strategies (including being a better drafter!) to be drafting as much as you can in the time that you have.
(if you’re wondering why there are no sample videos above, it’s because WordPress wouldn’t let me embed them. There are other video sites than YouTube, WordPress).
My three YouTube picks draft sometimes but lean more towards constructed. These YouTubers all stream as well, but due either to time difference or just preference I tend to watch their videos more than their streams.
It’s always just another day in the Arena for CGB. He plays a different deck almost every day, and takes on challenges from viewers too. You’ll see him play just about every constructed option Arena has to offer. Even historic.
Merchant was the first Arena YouTuber I started watching, and I’m still there viewing his videos. His streaming schedule rarely intersects with my waking hours but his videos are well edited so that’s fine. On a non-Magic note it was watching him stream Sunless Skies that got my to buy that game.
Alias V’s draft streams are also worth watching on Twitch, but her YouTube videos are equally entertaining. Wizards of the Coast very quickly picked her up as a commentator for live events, which I think was a good move on their part.
You will no doubt find your own favourites, but whether your preference is for Limited or Constructed, there are plenty of streamers and video-makers out there for you.