The Top 5 Magic: The Gathering Twitch Streamers by Joseph Dunlap
Not too long ago, I went to the Magic: The Gathering community with the question: Who is your favourite MTG Twitch streamer?
I received an overwhelming response, and have compiled for you the cream of the crop. Based on the results, below is a list of the Top 5 Magic: The Gathering Twitch Streamers. (Well, Top 7, or 8, depending on your criteria.) Please let us know what did you think of the list, for example would you have voted differently? Was there someone else you were hoping to see in the list? Let us know in the comments below!
5. Paul Cheon, Gaby Spartz, TheManaSource (tie)
I kid you not, the following three Twitch streamers received an equal amount of votes. Yes, that makes this more of a “Top 7 Magic: The Gathering Twitch Streamers”, but technically it’s a three-way tie for fifth place so just go with it…
Paul Cheon began streaming on Twitch in 2013 right before joining ChannelFireball. His streams are fun to watch and full of interaction with viewers. Paul, or HAUMPH as he is known as online (named after the word he associates with eating delicious foods) plays a variety of formats on his stream. In paper Magic, Paul has three Grand Prix wins in three different formats, and he has had a total of nine Grand Prix Top 8 showings.
Paul’s CFB teammate Luis Scott-Vargas has made appearances on his stream. Paul’s son Kyle also regularly shows up during his streams. One of the most memorable moments on Paul’s stream was the “headset punt” of December 2015. Paul topdecked the winning card in a match, but in his celebrations he took off his headset and it accidentally hit F4, ending his turn. In the minutes following the punt, Kyle’s diaper leaked onto Paul’s pants while the stream was still running.
A highlight of this turn of events was posted to YouTube and can be watched below.
Paul Cheon’s Twitch has over 22,000 followers.
Gaby Spartz streams Limited, Standard, and Modern. Gaby is a registered yoga instructor and co-founder of Dose, a successful online media company. Gaby is now also a part of the Wizards of the Coast coverage team.
A memorable moment in Gaby’s stream was in August 2015 in the final match of an 8-man Modern daily. Her opponent, playing Affinity, had removed her only win condition in Game 3, Wurmcoil Engine, with Stain the Mind (the other win conditions had been taken out during sideboarding). Her only hope was to ultimate Karn Liberated, but with her clock down to mere seconds she had to fight to win without time running out.
A highlight of this game can be found below (timestamped at the Karn ultimate).
Gaby Spartz’s Twitch channel has over 10,000 followers.
In case you haven’t heard of it, TheManaSource is a popular YouTube channel full of Magic: The Gathering news. Wedge of TheManaSource started a regular live streaming schedule on Twitch last year, where he plays MTGO, Hearthstone, and other games.
TheManaSource‘s Twitch channel has over 6,000 followers.
Best known for their web series Friday Nights, LoadingReadyRun is an online video production studio. They produce shows for The Escapist, Wizards of the Coast, Cards Against Humanity, and their own YouTube channel.
Their Twitch stream has a loyal following and appeals to viewers of all ranges of experience. They bring humour and variety to their stream audience. LoadingReadyRun also boasts having the best Twitch chat on the internet.
LoadingReadyRun’s Twitch channel has over 27,000 followers.
3. Kenji Egashira aka NumotTheNummy
Kenji Egashira, possibly better known as NumotTheNummy, is a regular Magic Twitch streamer and member of the U.S. Grand Prix coverage team. He is a frequent guest on Limited Resources – a podcast hosted by Luis Scott-Vargas and Marshall Sutcliffe – and has also appeared on ReadyLoadingRun’s Friday Nights series.
In 2013, Kenji completed a challenge in which he hosted a Twitch stream on all 365 days of the year. A memorable moment on Kenji’s stream occurred in July 2015 when he faced a Brain Freeze deck in cube draft. Before Game 3, Kenji sideboarded in over 1,000 basic lands to make it impossible for his opponent to win. His Twitch chat will filled with his viewers’ laughter. His opponent’s Twitch chat was far less amused.
A highlight of this game can be found below (timestamped to when sideboarding begins).
Kenji Egashira’s Twitch channel has over 35,000 followers.
2. Tolarian Community College
Tolarian Community College is an incredibly popular YouTube channel that specializes in instructional videos and reviews of Magic: The Gathering products, such as Is it worth it to play Magic: The Gathering Online? and How to Mail Your Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and other TCG and CCG Cards (a video which is linked to new Pucatrade users).
Described by fans as “casually hardcore”, The Professor of Tolarian Community College occasionally streams MTGO on Twitch. The Professor does not stream regularly, but received an outpouring of support in the polls.
Tolarian Community College’s Twitch channel has over 14,000 followers.
1. Luis Scott-Vargas
Magic Hall of Famer Luis Scott-Vargas is a writer for ChannelFireball and former Vice President of the company. He is also a game designer for Dire Wolf Digital. In 2010 LSV organized Team ChannelFireball, which has consisted of 25 different Magic players over the years. LSV won Pro Tour Berlin in 2008 and has one U.S. Nationals win, five Grand Prix wins, and a total of 23 Top 8 finishes between Pro Tour, Worlds, U.S. Nationals, and Grand Prix tournaments. LSV was inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame in 2013.
LSV and Marshall Sutcliffe, both popular Magic commentators, are co-hosts of the Limited Resources podcast which focuses on the limited formats Sealed and Draft. LSV began streaming on Twitch in 2013, and his streams are very popular because of his upbeat personality and sense of humour. He is a great at communicating the intricacies of Magic, which is why he is also a sought-after Magic commentator. LSV’s favourite format is Vintage, but he streams a variety of formats.
LSV’s Twitch channel has over 21,000 followers.
Honourable Mention: Tommy Hayward
Tommy Hayward is somewhat of a local hero in the UK. In fact, he received so much support from the UK Magic Community (one of the groups polled) that he deserves mention here. Sometimes known as “Tommy T”, Tommy’s stream appeals to viewers who enjoy banter and interaction with the chat. Tommy has streamed mostly Legacy in the past, but has moved to Modern and the increasingly popular Pauper format.
Tommy Hayward’s Twitch channel has 186 subscribers.
So, what did you think of this list? Would you have voted differently? Was there someone else you were hoping to see in the list? Let us know in the comments!
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