Wes Kalbus is creating Magic: The Gathering content
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Hello there! I am Wes, an 8-year veteran of Magic and a lifelong competitive gamer.

I have taken up streaming Magic: The Gathering since April of 2016 over at Twitch.tv/Joarthus. My stream is very focused on the betterment of myself and my viewers as Magic players, and as such I talk very in-depth about my thought processes and decision making in games as I believe that not only is this type of content lacking at the moment, it is also the best way to learn high level Magic in a way that sticks. I feel that current Magic coverage is far too "PC" in their approach, being very afraid to suggest that a player has made a mistake or done something suboptimally. It is incredibly difficult to learn from commentary like that, as many new competitive players may not even be aware that the games they are watching are filled with mistakes and potentially emulate these bad habits.

(I WILL APOLOGIZE OFF THE BAT FOR MY POTENTIALLY OFF-PUTTING SINUS ISSUES. I HAVE HAD THESE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE AND AM WORKING ON MAKING IT BETTER).

I largely structure my ideas and thinking around what I consider to be the BIG FIVE of competitive Magic theory: TEMPO, CARD ADVANTAGE, ROLE ASSESSMENT (Who's the beatdown?), LIFE TOTAL AS A RESOURCE, SEQUENCING.

These ideas are barely discussed in Magic commentary and analysis anymore, and are absolutely paramount to success at a high level.

As such, not only do I stream my own games of Magic, but I have one day a week of streaming dedicated to helping viewers improve, called, very cleverly, "Viewer Improvement Day". The idea of Viewer Improvement Day is that you guys can submit me anything that you want for helping you all get better at Magic. You can submit me a Magic Online replay for analysis that you feel could have been played better, a game video that you were not a part of but want to understand more, a decklist that you would like me to tune and discuss, or even just spend an hour playing some matches of any format against you, focusing on bettering one aspect of competitive Magic, or even just offering my thoughts overall. It will always be free to submit to Viewer Improvement Day, although my Patrons will receive priority in their submissions, depending on their level of Patron...ness. One week a month of Viewer Improvement day will be a pre-structured lesson or analysis based on something that I think is important for playing better competitive Magic.

If you support my stream via Patreon, you will get access to various fun and educational things related to Magic, so if that is something you are interested in, or you just want to help me not die, then your support is very appreciated!

Support will also help me be able to stream for longer each day, and add more new, cool content for you guys. For exact details about what you will receive, please view the Patron tiers and rewards on the right sidebar.

I stream 4 days a week, Monday-Thursday from 1pm Pacific time until at least 5pm Pacific time, frequently longer.
Tiers
Casual
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Priority in Viewer Improvement Day, but not higher than other tiers.
  • I will answer any Magic-related emails you send me, as long as it is for brief advice.
FNMer
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to a once-a-month Patron Only stream on Saturday or Sunday once a month that will either be something fun or something educational.
  • Access to Patron Only deckbuilding streams
  • My Overwatch username if you want to group up.
  • Plus all previous rewards
PPTQ Grinder
$20 or more per month 1 patron
  • I will answer any and all Magic-related questions you might have at any time, this can be via Skype, email, or what have you.
  • Access to Patron-Only Cube drafts that I will run and stream.
  • 2 free MODO chests per month.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Grand Prix Top 8 Competitor
$35 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
  · I will work with you 1-on-1 twice a month for 2 hours (on or off stream) on something specific that you would like to improve on in Magic.


· 5 free MODO chests per month


· Plus all previous reward tiers!

 



Pro Tour Champion
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
  • I will work with you intensely until you have achieved whatever your next goal is in Magic; PPTQ top 8, Grand Prix Day 2/top 64, RPTQ top 4, etc. This can be done up to 3 days a week with a 2 1/2 hour limit per day, and I will structure each session to maximize your improvement as quickly as possible.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Hall-of-Fame Member
$75 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
We can hang out as much as you want at any live event we're both at, even if you're the most annoying person in the world. How can I turn you down? You're too generous!


You will also get access to any testing sessions I put together via skype or in person, and will be considered for any testing team I put together.

Goals
$0 of $50 per month
I will Vlog all of the Grand Prix/Pro Tours that I attend.
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Hello there! I am Wes, an 8-year veteran of Magic and a lifelong competitive gamer.

I have taken up streaming Magic: The Gathering since April of 2016 over at Twitch.tv/Joarthus. My stream is very focused on the betterment of myself and my viewers as Magic players, and as such I talk very in-depth about my thought processes and decision making in games as I believe that not only is this type of content lacking at the moment, it is also the best way to learn high level Magic in a way that sticks. I feel that current Magic coverage is far too "PC" in their approach, being very afraid to suggest that a player has made a mistake or done something suboptimally. It is incredibly difficult to learn from commentary like that, as many new competitive players may not even be aware that the games they are watching are filled with mistakes and potentially emulate these bad habits.

(I WILL APOLOGIZE OFF THE BAT FOR MY POTENTIALLY OFF-PUTTING SINUS ISSUES. I HAVE HAD THESE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE AND AM WORKING ON MAKING IT BETTER).

I largely structure my ideas and thinking around what I consider to be the BIG FIVE of competitive Magic theory: TEMPO, CARD ADVANTAGE, ROLE ASSESSMENT (Who's the beatdown?), LIFE TOTAL AS A RESOURCE, SEQUENCING.

These ideas are barely discussed in Magic commentary and analysis anymore, and are absolutely paramount to success at a high level.

As such, not only do I stream my own games of Magic, but I have one day a week of streaming dedicated to helping viewers improve, called, very cleverly, "Viewer Improvement Day". The idea of Viewer Improvement Day is that you guys can submit me anything that you want for helping you all get better at Magic. You can submit me a Magic Online replay for analysis that you feel could have been played better, a game video that you were not a part of but want to understand more, a decklist that you would like me to tune and discuss, or even just spend an hour playing some matches of any format against you, focusing on bettering one aspect of competitive Magic, or even just offering my thoughts overall. It will always be free to submit to Viewer Improvement Day, although my Patrons will receive priority in their submissions, depending on their level of Patron...ness. One week a month of Viewer Improvement day will be a pre-structured lesson or analysis based on something that I think is important for playing better competitive Magic.

If you support my stream via Patreon, you will get access to various fun and educational things related to Magic, so if that is something you are interested in, or you just want to help me not die, then your support is very appreciated!

Support will also help me be able to stream for longer each day, and add more new, cool content for you guys. For exact details about what you will receive, please view the Patron tiers and rewards on the right sidebar.

I stream 4 days a week, Monday-Thursday from 1pm Pacific time until at least 5pm Pacific time, frequently longer.

Recent posts by Wes Kalbus

Tiers
Casual
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Priority in Viewer Improvement Day, but not higher than other tiers.
  • I will answer any Magic-related emails you send me, as long as it is for brief advice.
FNMer
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to a once-a-month Patron Only stream on Saturday or Sunday once a month that will either be something fun or something educational.
  • Access to Patron Only deckbuilding streams
  • My Overwatch username if you want to group up.
  • Plus all previous rewards
PPTQ Grinder
$20 or more per month 1 patron
  • I will answer any and all Magic-related questions you might have at any time, this can be via Skype, email, or what have you.
  • Access to Patron-Only Cube drafts that I will run and stream.
  • 2 free MODO chests per month.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Grand Prix Top 8 Competitor
$35 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
  · I will work with you 1-on-1 twice a month for 2 hours (on or off stream) on something specific that you would like to improve on in Magic.


· 5 free MODO chests per month


· Plus all previous reward tiers!

 



Pro Tour Champion
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
  • I will work with you intensely until you have achieved whatever your next goal is in Magic; PPTQ top 8, Grand Prix Day 2/top 64, RPTQ top 4, etc. This can be done up to 3 days a week with a 2 1/2 hour limit per day, and I will structure each session to maximize your improvement as quickly as possible.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Hall-of-Fame Member
$75 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
We can hang out as much as you want at any live event we're both at, even if you're the most annoying person in the world. How can I turn you down? You're too generous!


You will also get access to any testing sessions I put together via skype or in person, and will be considered for any testing team I put together.