Video Coverage Through March

Posted in Competitive Gaming on February 16, 2017

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

Since Grand Prix Prague at the end of January, we've had three straight weekends of live video coverage from Magic tournaments all around the world. We're not close to done with Q1 of 2017, either, because we've got another seven weekends in a row where we're bringing you the latest from premier events all over the globe.

The Next Seven Weeks of Coverage

I won't waste any time; instead I'll just jump straight into what you can expect from the next seven weekends of live video.

February 17–19: Grand Prix Brisbane and Vancouver
Live Video from: Grand Prix Vancouver (
Start Times: Saturday, February 18 (9 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC), and Sunday, February 19 (9 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC)
Video Producer: Rich Hagon
Video Director: Rashad Miller
Camera and Graphics: Garth Avery
Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe
Color Commentators: Paul Cheon
Writer-Reporters: Ray Walkinshaw (Brisbane), Hallie Santo (Vancouver)

Beginning at Grand Prix Vancouver and continuing at a few Grand Prix for the next couple of weeks, we'll be trying a new approach with our coverage. Live matches will be commentated by Marshall and Paul, while Rich Hagon will be in the booth for Time Walk with select special guests from the Grand Prix who will come in to provide analysis with him on recorded matches.

These guests can range from pro players to deck specialists to the winners of the Time Walk match, and they'll break down their thought process play by play. We'll be trying a mixture of different guests and look forward to bringing some new faces into the booth!

February 24–26: Grand Prix Utrecht (
Start Times: Saturday, February 25 (12 a.m. PT/9 a.m. UTC), and Sunday, February 26 (12 a.m. PT/9 a.m. UTC)
Video Producer: Rich Hagon
Video Director: Rashad Miller
Camera and Graphics: Steven Leeming
Play-by-Play Commentators: Tim Willoughby
Color Commentators: Matej Zatlkaj
Writer-Reporters: Frank Karsten

Grand Prix Utrecht continues our experiment with this different approach, as we'll again have our primary commentators discussing the live action while Rich and select guests bring you Time Walk matches.

In addition to that, this Grand Prix will also be streamed to our Chinese audience on Magic's BiliBili channel.

March 3–5: Magic Online Championship (
Start Times: Friday through Sunday, March 3-5 (10 a.m. PT/10 a.m. UTC)
Video Producer: Randy Buehler
Video Director: Athena Froehlich
Camera and Graphics: Athena Froehlich and Geoffrey Palmer
Commentators (Remote): David Williams, Marshall Sutcliffe, Patrick Chapin, Patrick Sullivan, Reid Duke, and Chris Pikula
Commentators (On-Site): Maria Bartholdi

The Magic Online Championship features a different approach to coverage, as Randy Buehler and Athena Froehlich take the reins and bring their Super League model to the biggest event of the year for Magic Online! Featuring sixteen fierce competitors and a stacked commentator crew—many of whom will be able to contribute to the coverage remotely—this is one event you won't want to miss!

And if that's not enough to get you hyped up for what's coming in a few weeks, check out this little teaser of what's to come!

March 10–12: Grand Prix Barcelona and New Jersey
Live Video from: Starts with Barcelona, transitions into New Jersey (
Start Times: Saturday, March 11 (12 a.m. PT/9 a.m. UTC), and Sunday, March 12 (12 a.m. PT/9 a.m. UTC)
Video Producer: Rich Hagon (Barcelona)
Video Director: Rashad Miller (Barcelona)
Camera and Graphics: Steven Leeming (Barcelona)
Play-by-Play Commentators: Riley Knight (Barcelona)
Color Commentators: Matej Zatlkaj (Barcelona)
Writer-Reporters: Tobi Henke (Barcelona), Meghan Wolff (New Jersey)

New Jersey coverage will be managed by the ChannelFireball production crew.

This Grand Prix weekend highlights the return to double-GP shows, as we're bringing you the full two days of Grand Prix Barcelona along with the very best of Grand Prix New Jersey once coverage has concluded in Europe. While our regular coverage crew works out of Barcelona, ChannelFireball will be sending its production crew to New Jersey to keep the show going once Barcelona has wrapped up for each day. It's two GPs at one home—our Magic Twitch Channel—as we bring you action that starts early and ends late!

March 17-19: Grand Prix Shizuoka and Porto Alegre
Live Video from: Grand Prix Porto Alegre (
Start Times: Saturday, March 18 (3:15 a.m. PT/11:15 a.m. UTC), and Sunday, March 19 (3:15 a.m. PT/11:15 a.m. UTC)
Video Production Provided by: Nerdz and Bazar de Bagda
Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe
Color Commentators: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Writer-Reporters: Frank Karsten (Shizuoka), Chapman Sim (Porto Alegre)

Get ready for a momentous weekend, as Grand Prix Porto Alegre marks the very first Brazilian Grand Prix to get the live video coverage treatment. Bazar de Bagda and Nerdz have teamed up and are working with a regional production crew to bring you Grand Prix Porto Alegre live! And who better to bring you insights on the Brazilian Magic scene than Hall of Famer and eleven-time Pro Tour Top 8 competitor Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa as he joins Marshall Sutcliffe in the booth to bring you all the action from Porto Alegre!

March 24–26: Grand Prix Orlando (
Start Times: Saturday, March 26 (6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC, and Sunday, March 26 (6 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC)

Grand Prix Orlando's coverage team is being finalized in the coming days, so we'll have an update on the exact team very soon.

March 31–April 2: Grand Prix San Antonio (
Start Times: Saturday, April 1 (7:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. UTC), and Sunday, April 2 (7:15 a.m. PT/2:15 p.m. UTC)
Production Crew and Talent: ChannelFireball
Writer-Reporters: Marc Calderaro

San Antonio concludes the seven-week chain of video coverage, with live video being provided by the ChannelFireball production crew. It's sure to be an exciting weekend to watch, especially as it features the Team Unified Modern format for the very first time at a Grand Prix!

Mark your calendars for the next seven weeks, and we look forward to seeing you on Twitch very soon!

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