Tolarian Winds: “Global Series Brazil” – A Magic: The Gathering Vlog

Tolarian Winds: “Global Series Brazil” – A Magic: The Gathering Vlog


no one must know my secret oh hello you know my very first tellurian wins was about popper but more specifically it was about how Magic the Gathering as a whole is like a garden and that like any garden each individual plant needs tending and needs care in order to properly flourish well this video isn’t about popper but it is still about that garden of Magic the Gathering the way Wizards of the coast doesn’t seem to ever want to invest into what it has but is focused only on everything that it does not I recently reviewed this the Chinese global series decks I covered the extreme amount of time effort and care that went into developing these cards and this product consultants were hired each card in here has brand new artwork in all that’s a pretty penny by itself and all because Wizards doesn’t have a very strong presence in China and would like to make an investment in changing that or at least hoping that they can change that they want to have a presence they want to have sales and that’s a good thing meanwhile in the largest country in South America the magic the gathering community the magic the gathering marketplace there is largely ignored in fact one might even argue Brazil is just one country in an entire continent that is already aware of Magic the Gathering already playing Magic the Gathering just ready and ripe to grow in Magic the Gathering except as I’m about to show the company that makes Magic the Gathering seems indifferent or disinterested in that market but having just returned from there I feel the real global series Wizards of the coast should be turning to is not China but Brazil and South America this is a part of the magic gathering garden that needs to be cultivated and that is ripe to grow [Music] bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla a few weeks ago I attended GP Sao Paulo in Brazil which set the record by the way for the largest GP not just in that country but in the entire continent what I saw at GP Sao Paulo was nothing short of amazing the convention hall was packed from start to finish unbelievably packed players from all over the continent had travelled to South Paulo and we’re playing in events from the main to casual commander and everything in between there were a total of not one not two not three not four not five not six but seven Daley popper events as well as fire on demand popper and each of these events had a couple hundred players in them at all times but this was also a 25th anniversary birthday event so in addition to the usual GP offerings Wizards of the coast held an unlimited booster draft not a unlimited booster pack is in you get all the booster packs you wanted and we’re drafting the booster packs of the unlimited the pre revised you know what I mean and this was diminished only by the fact that they forgot to ask open boosters for a pair of his blue gloves with this pestilence where their boats incredibly high toughness creatures Wow here’s our first big collection card they’re in volcanic island volcanic island one of the premium dual lands the original dual lands it’s just an island and a mountain all in one go comes into play on tap no cost in terms of life no cost in terms of anything else someone will be very happy to be snapping that one up while I was there I learned a lot about the Brazilian Magic the Gathering community but I also learned a lot about the way Wizards of the coast treats the Brazilian player base and marketplace behavior that travelers from other parts of South America told me is consistent throughout the rest of the continent to describe the corporate attitude towards Brazil and South America as an under investment would be generous in fact one recurring phrase and feeling that I was told by the player base by player after player that I met is that Wizards of the coast just doesn’t care about any porch or spanish-speaking market and while I know that’s not true that was how they were feeling and I can’t help but see why magic players in Brazil and South America felt that way after all GP Sal Paulo was literally one of only two GPS held in the entire continent of South America let that sink in compared to the United States where in 2000 1827 Grand Prix’s are to be held and the USA by the way is just one country for all of South America which consists of 12 count them 12 countries there are only two GPS that are going to be held in 2018 – for an entire continent Brazil itself has the largest population of all South America 207 million people not quite as big as the United States but nothing to sneeze at and magic is big in Brazil despite numerous problems numerous shortcomings and numerous obstacles from Wizards of the coast and I’m going to get to those in just a minute and yet Magic the Gathering is still thriving in Brazil and that’s due in no small part to the Magic the Gathering content creator community which is huge in Brazil overwhelmingly so as it is home to an amazing number of Magic the Gathering youtubers podcasters cosplayers and card all turists I even got to meet the big fish himself Andre of who motivo the number-one Brazilian Magic the Gathering Channel Andre does deck Tex a lot of popper videos openings and more I even got to sit down and be interviewed by him and I will link to that video in the description of this video for you to go check out and I hope that you will do understand that this takes time of course we don’t want like next month all the format’s all the cards no we understand that it takes time to to do this but you know we want this as a content creator I think it is pretty important that I can do gameplays and any format in my channel not needing to use like magic your line that is pretty ugly and not streamable friendlier yes no I mean but there were so many more creators Brazil was teeming with them from other youtubers my name is Kumar I am from my channel is about pauper and legacy and maybe sometimes in love juice and a little coffee any vision for tea for your day agita what should you forgive me bridge it pop it in like do you swear on your chin all right you know yes yes you do two talented artists who alter cards I do all three cards here in Brazil system tokens when I go to a fans the grant winner obvious team I could either to each lives everything Tuesday so yeah cosplay was everywhere at the GP call is kanoa angel Sarah hi guys welcome to the Sarah angels show come down this video is not entirely in English okay it’s just the starts because I would like to say thanks for the artists hold on speaking Portuguese and x technically well thank you thank you for all the things thank for the experience thanks for the gift thing for the jokes thanks for the conversation thanks for – of course podcasters so we had a Brazilian podcast in Portuguese and we are called hot discuss because we are BR let’s make sales right we are on that for three years now and we talk about everything from prices from tournament results from interviews we had a weirdo we had previous a burrito market value better communities and so many more someone said to me in Brazil magic the gathering is not about Wizards of the coast they forget us down here so in Brazil Magic the Gathering is about the players we play without the company helping us we play because of friendship and family and indeed I began to learn why a little bit of why it can’t be about Wizards of the coast support and cultivation in Brazil and South America the podcasters rack dos cast for example I heard about how they were just one of numerous Portuguese language podcasters all of whom prepared media kits which they sent into Wizards going over their numbers their viewers which are quite huge rack dos casts in particular is pretty darn popular and they were completely ignored not even an email response these are people making free ads for magic product spreading and growing people’s interest in magic in this ripe market all for free and the company that makes the game can’t even be bothered to give an email reply Andrei has surpassed 40,000 subscribers he’s the biggest MTG youtuber not just in Brazil but in South and Latin America and even so he gets next to no support from Wizards of the coast it’s almost as if they don’t want their non-english market to grow great example is last year at GP South Paulo they had a content creators corner featuring all of these creators I’ve mentioned and more it had an insane amount of interaction it was a huge and popular success something everybody was talking about afterwards and the result of this great success by the content creators zero support or even thanks from Wizards of the coast to the point of not even bothering to add any content creators to this year’s spell slinging at GP Sao Paulo but it’s not just Brazilian content creators that are being ignored on the player and I heard so many stories for example people after people told me that there is literally no one at Wizards of coast that they can find who can fix issues that they have with things like their wattsy player accounts and went on and on about numerous wpn issues and not just like all the systems messing up again but rather having no one to connect with no one that they can contact so much so that both players and store owners were telling me what they do to resolve these issues is just wait until the one GP they get a year to find a Portuguese speaking judge who can maybe try and log on to the system log on to the site and attempt to resolve some of the lower end errors that they’re having furthermore translation of cards and articles into Portuguese seems to be a low priority often riddled with errors and most of the time not even happening at all I learned that in Brazil it is impossible to get a booster box sealed with Wizards of the coast shrink-wrap that’s because customs there insists on opening all boxes in order to stamp each individual booster pack and then they reseal the booster box and plain basic shrink wrap as you can imagine this causes major problems and concerns among the playerbase about the authenticity of magic booster boxes in Brazil people feeling like they have no way to know that they’re getting of a sealed one and while that is not a wizards of the coast act that’s a customs issue shipping times and turnaround are completely ignored so much so that Wizards of the coast just will not allow for the longer time in customs that it takes for products to go through so that well for example when I was at GP Sao Paolo battle bond still hadn’t arrived to the country even though it had been released over a month ago and I heard so many stories about pre-release after pre-release being jam-packed full of players who then are told sorry the product never arrived we can’t have pre-release this is a common occurrence and all it would take is some effort from the company to say oh we need to start shipping out product sooner we need to have some kind of a system in place to be sure that it’s gonna get there on time yeah it stinks that you’re dealing with a tough customs system but maybe start trying to work with them talk to them about what’s going on something you know I’ve never been able to get streaming working for me as a content creator it’s a smart thing for me to keep trying as twitch is a huge market place for us creators and if I could ever figure out how to do it right how to establish myself as a streamer in addition to being a youtuber it could mean a greater success for me as a content creator so yes I do turn my attention and I do expend efforts towards this area that I am not established in but one day would like to be but to ignore my youtube channel as I keep trying to become a successful streamer would be a huge mistake maybe I am just not cut out for that type of content creation maybe it just won’t take off I can’t just say yeah whatever the videos on my youtube channel will get views or maybe they won’t but what I really want to switch what I really really want to do is be on Twitch and then ignore YouTube entirely why that would be a huge mistake for me as a creator and it is akin to what Wizards is doing not only in Brazil ignoring what they have to focus on what they don’t have but in other areas as well magic online is a great example of this this is a huge moneymaker for Wizards of the coast and yet how much effort do they put into making this a better player experience it is left to linger and stagnate as extreme amounts of money and energy are put into new digital products like arena to create a fantastic player experience I hope arena does well but what about all those people playing magic online they too are ignored and on and on you’ve heard my many rants about the popper format and getting popper support I’ll spare you that one but why is popper ignored when a new and underplayed format like brawl is given an insane amount of attention despite all the numbers indicating customer interest is the opposite I think it’s because Wizards of the coast just is obsessed with what they don’t have and oftentimes indifferent to what they do have but I believe I would argue for greater success for greater community for greater profits and for a greater game to invest in Brazil not just Brazil but places like Brazil all of South America places where we are already playing Magic the Gathering but want to play more even in the United States where we have those huge number of GPS where are the areas that do not often see a GP within a day’s Drive maybe we should make efforts to hold GPS there as well we need to invest in that which we already have as well as look towards those new markets and those new products and I feel more than anything Brazil is one of the biggest examples of a part of the magic gathering garden that needs some watering what things you you think that Wizards of the coast could do to help the creators to support the creators that they don’t do yeah I don’t have to guess so to have you have you ever been you have you get preview cards you get preview cards right once so we are maybe that’s it just once not once per set no ok one thing they could do is they could make sure they give you a preview card once per set every set when they give you as a creator a preview card you as a creator are making a free ad for them yeah you are making an advertisement for them and and it is for free and it is reaching people people who watch your channel are not watching them stream on Twitch and when the people who make the game are giving away preview cards and session and this video is brought to you by my and many other people’s local games store card Kingdom a brick-and-mortar pillar of this community as well as the patreon support of viewers such as you these are the people that keep tellurian community college going and growing strong so thank you you [Music]