Prophets of Istvan

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  1. Today I bring you some more thoughts to expand on my previous video and some some of the responses to it: Special thanks to @Geek4AllYT for raising some valuable points in that comment section. Check them out at: Shout out also to @TastySnackies for posting his response to my "A Price of Glory" video and sharing his thoughts on the matter. You can check out that video at: For the Alpha Investments video I reference, you can check that out here: Also be sure to check out the Aether Hub at: For all you aspiring collaborators out there, be sure to read the post by The Magic Man Sam. That article can be found here: You can find my network of fellow content creators at: Special plug for my LGS: Look for them on TCG Player under Black Moon Games Tweet at me: @istvanprophet1 Hope you enjoyed it and have a great day
  2. A little social commentary on MTG content creation looking at the fork in the road between the "Corporate Sponsored" MTG channels and the emerging horizon or "Micro-Brew" grass root MTG channels. Shout-outs go to @MTGAssist and @SeibenLore for inspiration on todays topics. Tweet at me: @istvanprophet1
  3. I crack a pack of Oath. FNM Promo card........really Wizards? Some EDH rambling. Hope you like the build
  4. I crack a pack of BFZ. I spend a minute on the Hype Bubble topic. I spend half hour on my new Kambal, Consul of Allocation EDH. Hope you like the build
  5. Today I bring you the following: We crack on pack of Magic Origins in the first 5 minutes for those of you just looking for a Crack-a-Pack fix. A correction on a card interaction from my last video. I share my thoughts on the new Magic Arena online program as well as which card I'm excited to see in #MTGIMA (I am trying to rebuild my Commander 2011 set ) Finally we get to some after action review of my first 6 player game with my Arcane Minds EDH deck and my first booster draft since MM17 Hope you enjoy. Tweet at me: @istvanprophet1
  6. Agreed, though this can be challenging when the crappy place is the only place. At that point you just need to start your own pick up games at a favorite coffee shop or bar. That's what I was doing with my friends before a proper LGS set up shop in my town.
  7. Challenged myself to upgrade Arcane Wizardry exclusively with Mind Seize. Hope you enjoy ***Edit: My apologies. I believe I got the Inalla/Jeleva card interaction wrong.
  8. There was an LGS I where I played in a 2HG tourny. One of the teams named themselves "Big Dicks Only" or something to that effect. I was teamed up with one of my female friends and as they boasted about their name after getting paired with us, I playfully agreed that they were in fact the biggest dicks in the room. Just an amusing heckle moment on my part. Truthfully I agree with the sentiment that you need to know your audience and gauge your language accordingly. That's not censorship, that's just being aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Also, it's not enough that you meant one thing when someone interpreted it differently. Message meaning received by someone is never something you have actual control over. This is one of those academic kinds of communication concepts that the general public is simply not going to be considering all the time. Add to that the use of open forum technologies like twitter and you have a recipe for the bickering and drama we find on social media. There's more to all this but that's my 2 cents for now.
  9. Today I bring you some Show and Tell with a piece of #mtg memorabilia. We crack a pack of Aether Revolt Lastly I talk about my survey where I ask the question: Would you be willing to play eternal formats that ban the Reserve List? Big thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and I hope you enjoy the commentary.
  10. This week I share and old tournament story as a contribution for a monthly project by our friend Mark over at Life Begins at 20. I always had a soft spot for Keeper of the Flame and she actually got me to 2nd place in a legacy 1997. It was an interesting line of play that won me an important game. Also I recap the cousins of the famed Rancor and give my 2 cents on the future of up and coming MTG content creators. (Hint: the secret lies within ) Hope you enjoy the ramble
  11. Hello everyone, My name's John and I've been a Magic-the-Gathering-aholic since 1994 (No, I have no power or duals.) Some of you here on the forum may know me from Twitter as Johnny Slivers @istvanprophet1. My life is such that I don't get to play as much as I used to, but I still want to stay connected to the game. Not long ago i started Prophets of Istvan on Youtube. It is essentially me as a weekly talking head discussing my life in the world of Magic the Gathering and other games from time to time. You will likely find me talking about Pauper....A LOT. I love playing a legacy format that goes past turn 0. While the content I share is nothing that hasn't been done in the past, I have made a very deliberate choice in my production method. Over and over, I hear content creators at all levels preaching that we need more content creators for Magic. I agree. However I feel like there is a mental road block for many would-be creators when they hear this call bigger names in the community. If someone goes in thinking they need to be the next TCC or Mana-Screwed to be legit, that can ground a creator before they even get out of the hangar. It is with this in mind and some inspiration from Planeswalker Project that I'm keeping my production basic and easy to recreate. The equipment and goal is simple: Laptop w. camera, USB Mic, basic movie editing program, free compression program, - Record, Edit, Compress and Upload in 60 minutes or less. Big emphasis on Goal with the 60 minutes part, but I really do want to make that a regular thing. Now if my audience only ever ends up being a few dozen of my online friends I will be fine with that. Lord knows I talk to myself enough as it is. Might as well aim some of that talking at the inter-webs. I sincerely want my channel to serve as one of many base lines for new creators to reference as a starting point. I mean, you don't start climbing a mountain at the peak. No reason to change that logic here. So there I am. Hope it was a good read for you and maybe we'll banter some Magic in the near future. Laters, John
  12. Sounds like Life Begins at 20 needs to make an Un-cube. You know, a proper and eternal home for the best drinking game in the Multiverse. Of course I could just a crazy person talkin' tin-foil hat nonsense