Fans of Magic: The Gathering podcasts should be familiar with the name, Erin Campbell. Along with her three co-hosts, Erin runs the popular podcast, The Girlfriend Bracket. She can also be seen playing and doing coverage on the Community Super League on twitch.tv Erin can also be found on Magic Mics which she co-hosts with Evan Erwin and Reuben Bresler. Erin has graciously agreed to be the subject of our third installment of Five Questions.
- The Girlfriend Bracket has been “on the air” for a while now. What was the inspiration for the creation of this podcast?
There has always been a shortage of content created by women. It had been a dream of mine to create a show that would be a female counterpoint to shows like ‘Brainstorm Brewery’ or ‘The Eh Team.’ ‘Magic the Amateuring’ was certainly killing it as a duo, and I was making strides as a solo act on ‘The Deck Tease.’ But there had been never been a round table type show about Magic with four women, every week. I wanted to be the first one to do that, and I was.
- You have mentioned you used to play World of Warcraft. What was your preferred class and why?
I was a resto druid in Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King. I became a holy priest in Cataclysm, and then stopped raiding in Mists of Pandaria. I just loved to heal! It didn’t really matter what class I did it with.
- As someone who puts themselves out there, how do you deal with the haters and trolls that seem to live all over the internet?
I simply don’t go to places where I know huge amounts of negativity exist. I don’t read YouTube comments. I don’t go on Reddit much. I try to stay focused on the love that I receive from people that I meet in person, and let that be the fuel that keeps me going.
- You have claimed Ad Nauseam is your favorite deck in Modern (mine, too!). What drew you to this deck?
Frankly, I just didn’t want to play fair anymore! Why settle for casting a Delver of Secrets, or a Tarmogoyf, when you can do something truly broken? You can cast Karn, Liberated, on turn three, or gain a million life with Abzan Company. I wanted to go really big, and there’s nothing bigger than drawing your entire deck, going to negative 50 or so life, and hurling a huge Lightning Storm at your opponent.
- If you had to pick one game and it was the only game you were allowed to play for a month, what would that game be?
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