"Game Grumps" Play "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

Recently, the Game Grumps YouTube channel uploaded a video wherein one of their hosts, Arin Hanson, played Magic: The Gathering: Arena (the online interface for Wizards of the Coast's wonderfully-popular game Magic: The Gathering), while co-host Danny Avidan watched intently, bringing his own nostalgia into the mix.

"Game Grumps" Play "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"
Source: The Grumps (YouTube)

A few months back, the Grumps tried their hand at playing tabletop Magic, albeit without a tabletop. Arin admits in the new video that he hadn't really had much experience with Magic prior to this, but that the experience, which was sponsored by Wizards of the Coast, got his motor running, so to speak.

"Game Grumps" Play "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"
It's probably not best to run a motor underwater. Source: The Grumps (YouTube)

Speaking of getting wet, Arin in the video below played a Ranked Draft match in Arena using a blue-black Mill-archetype deck which utilized a few key cards from the current-newest set, Throne of Eldraine. How did he actually do, though? Observe.

I'll admit, I have not played as much Magic: The Gathering: Arena as I have wanted to this month. But seeing the Game Grumps hosts play Arena in a Ranked environment kind of made me want to go back to it. We will see how that pans out soon.

But enough about my experiences; let's talk for a second about how well Arin actually does drafting.

"Game Grumps" Play "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"
Tell us your secrets! Source: Wizards of the Coast

First off, he did a good job researching the best ways to engage in Draft. Clearly he knows how to work the Eldraine Limited format. Secondly, he is quite adept with a Mill deck (so named after the card Millstone, which does exactly what Mill aims to do – move cards from the top of the deck into the graveyard – so hence the nod). Third, while he is pretty new to the game overall, he is learning quite fast – he's already Silver rank for the season! Well, that, or he plays a whole lot more than I do. Go figure. But also, go watch and learn how to do the same for yourself!

"Game Grumps" Play "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"
Who knew this card was so strong? Source: Wizards of the Coast

Regardless, Arin made one fatal mistake in his gameplay video: With the newly-added friends-list feature, Arin ought to have censored out his full handle. "GeorgeWilson" is one thing… "GeorgeWilson#56448" is another thing entirely.

Oops. Hopefully, Arin can manage to get that sorted out somehow; or, alternatively, "GeorgeWilson#56448" is a throwaway account for him. He likely can afford that, no?

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.

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