State of the Coverage Address

Written by Weedmonkey on February 13, 2010

Howdy there boys and girls. It's been two months since I've taken the coverage helm, and we've seen big leaps and bounds in terms of coverage. This article will take a look at where the coverage department is, and where we'll be going in the future.

Of the Now

Coverage has taken a big step forward in the last couple of months. We've had a coverage site for the first time. We've brought back tournament coverage. We've had been approached by several people interested in writing. We've got plans for where we want to go.

When I first took on the Directorship, my vision for coverage was the domain of public ideas, compared to the expert's perspective of places such as StarCityGames and ChannelFireball.  Magic-League has somewhat of a reputation for being a step ahead of the metagame, most recently demonstrated by KeySam's Elves deck storming Pro Tour - Berlin. There have been many good ideas that haven't quite caught traction because they haven't enjoyed widespread success. Why not share ideas? We're the last standing free online league, we have the tools and the skills to do big things, all we need is a catalyst.

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The issue we currently have with moving forward is a lack of manpower. Although we've had several columnists express interest in writing a column, the only person who has managed to pull out any articles for their column is EarthPunk. The admins have all had their own issues to attend to, and the writers have yet to turn anything in.

For tournament coverage, it depends entirely on manpower. There have been many people who have asked when tournament coverage is coming back, and the answer is whenever we have the people. During the last master (which I was also TCing), we had nobody show up before round 3. I can't run the show by myself - I need to wake up anywhere from midnight to 2am to be there to lead coverage. It just isn't possible to do. I've been waiting for someone to show the skills necessary to lead coverage so you guys don't have to go without. Nobody's managed to step up yet.

For other coverage, again this comes down to people. We can only do so much without outside help.

The Plan

For the short-term, we're waiting on people power to implement our plans.

Articles: If anyone's interested in writing, have a go! Deck primers, tournament reports, casual fun...we'll take anything and everything. If you're unsure of your writing skills, don't fret. Look at it as a way of processing and organizing your thoughts in a new way.

Columns: If you want to write a regular column (be it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly), then by all means do it! It may be daunting, but if you have a particular passion for an element of the great game, then why not share your thoughts with everyone else?

Tournament Coverage: This is entirely based on people power. If you want to write a feature match or some other piece of coverage, congregate in #coverage during the tournament. The coverage lead will handle the rest.

Tournament Radio: An internet radio station is one new idea that the coverage department is keen on implementing. The plan is to provide music, interviews and general banter during tournaments. At this stage we are pretty much ready to go. What we need to do is to set up ShoutCAST on the coverage server and acquire permissions for music from the necessary artists. Due to telecommunications laws we can only play music from artists that aren't signed to a major record label. If you know of any Myspace bands or similar that you'd enjoy listening to, give us a heads up.

Live Top 8 Coverage: This is a feature that we're still working on. The premise is simple; provide live coverage a la SCG and Pro Tour tournaments. Our attempts to successfully stream it have thus been flawed unfortunately, with the quality being less than desirable. The streaming has been more or less successful though. So, what we need is a piece of software that allows you to essentially stream the contents of your screen.

That's All She Wrote

That's all for now boys and girls. Keep tuned to the coverage site for news updates pertaining to league coverage. If you've got any comments, feedback, or are interested in writing coverage, please give an admin a heads up in #coverage or email


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by Lynolf on 2010-02-13 15:49 CET

Well, I can help you with the matches for tomorrow's master. I don't know if I'll be here tomorrow, but you can send me the logs after and I will make the report of the matches you've sent. I'm also thinking of making the metagame analysis of the master. But I'll talk to you later about any of those issues. ;)

Another thing: you should post the link to the coverage site somewhere in the main page, instead of people searching for articles (like I do) trying to find it.

by Weedmonkey on 2010-02-13 19:14 CET

It's on the main page...

by Lynolf on 2010-02-13 19:31 CET

Have I mentioned that I fail?

by Steveman on 2010-02-13 19:57 CET

I'll try to do a (bi) monthly legacy column?

by derflippi on 2010-02-14 00:55 CET

Try not. Do or not do. If try you, you not do.

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