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Legion Supplies & Ultra-Pro Make MAJOR Contributions!

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The rumors and rumblings you have heard over the past few weeks are very true! Thanks to some amazing people at both Legion Premium Supplies and Ultra-Pro Supplies every person who enters the Saturday Modern Main Event will receive a “Goodie Bag” with at least the following:

1 Ultra-Pro Drawstring Bag
100 Legion Card Sleeves
1 Ultra-Pro Life Pad
1 Legion Deck Box
1 Ultra-Pro Relic Tokens Pack
1 Ultra-Pro Divider Pack

This is HUGE news! For the first time ever, every person who enters the Hunter Burton Memorial Open Main Event will receive something just for showing up!

This is an amazing value for everyone that participates in the main event, but that’s not all! There will be announcements in the near future about giveaways for other events including the Sunday Standard Main Event.

“We are so thankful for the support from both Ultra-Pro and Legion. Their contributions help take our annual event to the next level and in doing so assist us in furthering our goal of spreading awareness and education about suicide in the gaming communities.”
– Erin Giddings
HBMI – Director of Operations 

These two industry giants have made an amazing contribution to the HBMO, but they are not the last! We have major announcements coming in the future that will only add to the magnitude of our sixth annual event!

Thank you Ultra-Pro. Thank you Legion. Please visit their websites for more information about their product lines and to show your support for our sponsors:


You can also visit any fine hobby gaming retailer where gaming supplies are sold!

Sponsorship Announcement: Retro 51

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We are excited to announce the addition of Retro 51 as the first official sponsor of the 2019 Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Just like last year, Retro 51 will be donating 8 of it’s iconic Tornado fine writing pens to the top 8 players of the Modern main event. In addition we are working close with the reps at Retro 51 to do something very special for this year’s players! Look forward to their sponsor spotlight early next year with all the information!

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The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open Recap!

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After a full year of preparation, the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open has now come and gone. This year’s event far surpassed the numbers of previous years hitting almost 600 unique attendees across the day! Between event entries, donations, and silent auctions, thousands of dollars were raised to help spread the awareness of suicide in the gaming community.

Let’s take a quick look back at our 2018 event!

As Sunday, February 25th drew near, registration across all of the HBMO events began to grow beyond initial expectations. Some of the larger side events even capped out prior to the morning of. The 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open was shaping up to be a very special and very important event!

By the time on-site registration closed Sunday morning, 427 players were entered into the Modern Format Main Event. Another 64 (capped number) were ready to play in the Standard PPTQ $1k event, and over 40 players signed up to battle in Legacy Format for a Beta Savannah and Gaea’s Cradle! It was shaping up to be a great day of gaming and a solid effort of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

The opening ceremonies started at 9:15am and included a quick speech from our event coordinator, Erin Giddings about the importance of reaching out to let people know if you are suffering. With an inspirational start, head judge Joseph Klopchic followed it up with a brief yet precise players meeting to get round 1 of the main event underway.

Over the course of ten main event rounds the new banned list changes for Modern Format started to play out. It quickly became apparent that the hype surrounding Jace, the Mindsculptor and Bloodbraid Elf may have been overplayed just a little going into the first Modern event since their unbanning. As rounds went on a clear favorite emerged between the two, but not nearly as much as players may have expected.

Here are the top 8 decklists from the Modern Main Event!

  Guo Quan Lim – 1st Place     Joshua Willis – 2nd Place
4 Snapcaster Mage 4 Monastery Swiftspear
1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion 4 Goblin Guide
2 Gideon of the Trials 4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt 4 Rift Bolt
3 Lightning Helix 4 Lightning Helix
4 Path to Exile 4 Lava Spike
4 Spreading Seas 3 Skullcrack
2 Logic Knot 4 Boros Charm
3 Cryptic Command 3 Searing Blaze
2 Supreme Verdict 2 Shrine of Burning Rage
2 Search for Azcanta 3 Wooded Foothills
1 Secure the Wastes 3 Arid Mesa
1 Negate 3 Bloodstained Mire
4 Celestial Colonnade 1 Scalding Tarn
4 Scalding Tarn 2 Sacred Foundry
4 Flooded Strand 1 Stomping Ground
2 Steam Vents 4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Hallowed Fountain 3 Mountain
1 Sacred Foundry SIDEBOARD
3 Island 2 Path to Exile
1 Plains 3 Relic of Progenitus
2 Glacial Fortress 4 Destructive Revelry
2 Sulfur Falls 2 Kor Firewalker
SIDEBOARD 1 Searing Blaze
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric 2 Searing Blood
1 Celestial Purge 1 Skullcrack
1 Wear//Tear
1 Negate
2 Dispel
3 Spell Queller
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Detention Sphere
1 Wrath of God
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Archangel Avacyn
  Gabriel Nicholas – 3rd Place
James Teeple – 4th Place
4 Ancient Ziggurat 4 Monstrous Carabid
4 Cavern of Souls 4 Street Wraith
4 Unclaimed Territory 4 Desert Cerodon
4 Horizon Canopy 4 Horror of the Broken Lands
1 Island 2 Archfiend of Ifnir
1 Plains 3 Beast Within
1 Seachrome Coast 3 Faerie Macabre
4 Aether Vial 4 Fulminator Mage
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant 3 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Kitesail Freebooter 3 Living End
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben 4 Violent Outburst
4 Meddling Mage 3 Demonic Dread
4 Noble Hierarch 1 Kari Zev’s Expertise
4 Phantasmal Image 1 Stomping Ground
4 Mantis Rider 1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Champion of the Parish 1 Blood Crypt
4 Reflector Mage 1 Forest
1 Kessig Malcontents 2 Swamp
SIDEBOARD 4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Mirran Crusader 4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Auriok Champion 3 Grove of the Burnwillows
1 Gaddock Teeg 1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Xathrid Necromancer SIDEBOARD
2 Izzet Staticaster 3 Ricochet Trap
1 Kataki, War’s Wage 3 Shriekmaw
2 Sin Collector 3 Ingot Chewer
1 Vithian Renegades 3 Brindle Boar
2 Grafdigger’s Cage 2 Avalanche Riders
2 Dismember 1 Jund Charm
  Thomas Matchett – 5th Place   Bobby Deaton – 6th Place
2 Forest 4 Ethereal Armor
4 Urza’s Mine 4 Gladecover Scout
4 Urza’s Power Plant 4 Hyena Umbra
4 Urza’s Tower 4 Daybreak Coronet
4 Grove of the Burnwillows 4 Kor Spiritdancer
4 Ancient Stirrings 4 Slippery Bogle
4 Chromatic Sphere 4 Rancor
4 Chromatic Star 3 Gryff’s Boon
4 Relic of Progenitus 2 Spider Umbra
4 Expedition Map 3 Leyline of Sanctity
4 Sylvan Scrying 2 Spirit Mantle
3 Kozilek’s Return 2 Path to Exile
3 Blood Sun 1 Misty Rainforest
2 World Breaker 1 Dryad Arbor
3 Wurmcoil Engine 1 Forest
4 Karn Liberated 1 Plains
2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon 1 Arid Mesa
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 3 Razorverge Thicket
SIDEBOARD 4 Horizon Canopy
1 Kozilek’s Return 4 Temple Garden
1 Dismember 4 Windswept Heath
1 Crumble to Dust SIDEBOARD
2 Nature’s Claim 2 Gaddock Teeg
2 Oblivion Stone 2 Rest in Peace
3 Thragtusk 1 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Abrade 3 Stony Silence
3 Thought-Knot Seer 2 Seal of Primordium
2 Dromoka’s Command
1 Spirit Link
2 Path to Exile
Brock Mosley – 7th Place
  Minh Tran – 8th Place
1 Reclamation Sage 4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Primeval Titan 2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 4 Lightning Bolt
2 Anger of the Gods 4 Path to Exile
2 Khalni Heart Expedition 3 Cryptic Command
4 Lightning Bolt 3 Lightning Helix
1 Summoner’s Pact 3 Logic Knot
2 Explore 1 Negate
1 Primal Command 4 Serum Visions
2 Farseek 1 Secure the Wastes
4 Scapeshift 2 Search for Azcanta
4 Search for Tomorrow 2 Electrolyze
2 Courser of Kruphix 2 Supreme Verdict
3 Forest 1 Spell Snare
7 Mountain 4 Flooded Strand
2 Cinder Glade 4 Scalding Tarn
4 Stomping Ground 3 Celestial Colonnade
4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle 1 Field of Ruin
3 Windswept Heath 1 Glacial Fortress
4 Wooded Foothills 2 Hallowed Fountain
SIDEBOARD 1 Sacred Foundry
1 Grafdigger’s Cage 2 Steam Vents
2 Chameleon Colossus 2 Sulfur Falls
2 Obstinate Baloth 3 Island
2 Tireless Tracker 1 Plains
1 Beast Within SIDEBOARD
1 Anger of the Gods 2 Engineered Explosives
1 Shatterstorm 1 Wear/Tear
1 Ancient Grudge 1 Settle the Wreckage
2 Relic of Progenitus 1 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
1 Crumble to Dust 1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Nature’s Claim 1 Negate
2 Dispel
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Celestial Purge
2018 Winner – Guo Quan Lim – Jeskai

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Congratulations to all of the top competitors from the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open! We look forward to seeing them back to defend their top spots next year.

As amazing as the event was, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some amazing sponsors! The Burton family and our entire staff would like to say thank you to the people who made this year possible:

Courtney Trotter     Tiffany Franzoni     Caroline Koch    Christina Cruz     Keaton Watson  Willa Zandi    Garrett Wilkinson   Jim Shuman    Jeff Zandi   Brian Valdez    Erin Giddings    Brian Augustine   Joe Klopchic   Emily Klopchic   Jeff Higgins   John White   John Trout  Johnathan Dean   Sydney Townley   Jarred Feight   Mitchell Nitz   Brian Leonard      Mikey Elwell    Josh McCurley   Matthew Hoskins   Sara Anderson   Emma Bareis   Tim Hardick

Ani Alters – Custom Altered Cards
AKON 29 – America’s Longest Running Anime Convention
Common Ground Games (Dallas, TX)
Darkhound Studios – Custom Gaming Supplies
Design Realm – Custom T-shirts, Decals & More
Doc’s Comics & Games (Frisco, TX)
Funimation Entertainment
Generation X Comics & Games (Bedford, TX)
Haus of Magic
Madness Comics & Games (Plano, TX) – One of America’s largest game stores!
Madness Comics & Games (Denton, TX)
Miniature Exchange LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Recycled Entertainment (Amarillo, TX)
Retro 1951 – Life’s too short to carry an ugly pen!
Star City
Ultra Pro – The best known brand in gaming supplies!
Wilkinson Rhodes Events
Wizards of the Coast
Cole Kirkman – In loving memory of Kelci Lawrence from her loving family
Emily Klopchic
Erin Giddings – In memory of William Brandon Mills
Joe Klopchic
Keaton Watson
Murdock Belt
Vickie Giddings
Warren Moody
… and a number of others who preferred to remain anonymous but whos contributions made a great difference in our event!

Last and certainly not least, a very special THANK YOU to the Burton family. Without the generous contribution of Greg, Dona, and Casey there would be no HBMO. This team is so grateful to be a part of this event and to help make a difference in the community that we love. Thank you for making the Hunter Burton Memorial Open a reality this year and for future years!

We appreciate all who attended this event and everyone who watched our live stream from around the world. The Hunter Burton Memorial Open will return in March of 2019 for an even bigger and better event! We look forward to seeing you there.

The 2018 HBMO held a large Legacy format event sponsored by Common Ground Games. Here are the top 4 decklists from that tournament!

Huang, Albert – 1st Place Lakhamni, Sherwin – 2nd Place
4 Omniscience 3 Mother of Runes
3 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn 1 Spirit of the Labyrynth
4 Force of Will 1 Sanctum Prelate
4 Cunning Wish 2 Mirran Crusaders
4 Show and Tell 2 Recruiter of the Guard
4 Lim-Dul’s Vault 2 Serra Avengers
4 Brainstorm 3 Phyrexian Revokers
4 Ponder 4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Preordain 4 Stoneforge Mystics
4 Thoughtseize 4 Flickerwisp
1 Flusterstorm 4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Polluted Delta 4 Aether Vial
4 Scalding Tarn 1 Umezawa’s Jitte
2 Underground Sea 1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Volcanic Island 1 Batterskull
4 Island 9 Plains
1 Swamp 4 Rishadan Port
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All 4 Wasteland
3 City of Traitors 3 Karakas
SIDEBOARD 3 Cavern of Souls
3 Leyline of Sanctity SIDEBOARD
1 Echoing Truth 2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Firemind’s Foresight 2 Containment Priest
1 Flusterstorm 2 Path to Exile
1 Hurkyl’s Recall 2 Council’s Judgement
1 Noxious Revival 2 Rest in Peace
1 Pyroblast 2 Surgical Extraction
1 Release the Ants 1 Palace Jailer
1 Rushing River 1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Surgical Extraction 1 Manriki-gusari
1 Through the Breach
1 Wipe Away
1 Eldamri’s Call
Williams, Keith – 3/4th Place Lupa, Micah – 3/4th Place
9 Plains 4 Dark Ritual
4 Wasteland 4 Cabal Ritual
4 Rishadan Port 4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
3 Karakas 4 Lotus Petal
1 Cavern of Souls 4 Brainstorm
1 Flagstones of Trokair 4 Ponder
1 Mishra’s Factory 4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Mother of Runes 2 Preordain
4 Thalia, Gurardian of Thraben 4 Infernal Tutor
4 Stoneforge Mystics 1 Past in flames
4 Flickerwisp 1 Tendrils of Agony
3 Phyrexian Revokers 1 Ad Naeseum
2 Recruiter of the Guard 1 Dark Petition
2 Mirran Crusaders 4 Cabal Therapy
1 Serra Avengers 3 Duress
1 Palace Jailer 1 Island
1 Sanctum Prelate 1 Swamp
4 Aether Vial 2 Underground Sea
1 Batterskull 1 Volcanic Island
1 Sword of Fire and Ice 1 Bayou
1 Umezawa’s Jitte 1 Tropical Island
4 Swords to Plowshares 4 Poluted Delta
SIDEBOARD 2 Bloodstained Mire
2 Cataclysm 2 Misty Rainforest
2 Council’s Judgement SIDEBOARD
2 Containment Priest 2 Xantid Storm
2 Rest in Peace 2 Ground Seal
1 Path to Exile 3 Abrupt Decay
1 Manriki-gusari 1 Empty the Warrens
1 Ethersworn Canonist 1 Toxic Deluge
1 Recruiter of the Guard 2 Fatal Push
1 Sword of the Light and Shadow 1 Echo’s Truth
1 Grafdigger’s Cage 2 Chain of Vapor
1 Surgical Extraction 1 Duress


2018 SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Common Ground Games

All of us on the HBMO staff are pleased to announced our sponsor spotlight series. Each week we will bring light to one or more of the incredible sponsors that helps make our event so successful. These companies have graciously donated money, products, time, and advertising to our event and to the cause of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

This week we highlight Common Ground Games.

Common Ground Games Staff

Having only opened in May of 2013, Common Ground Games has fast become one of the top gaming stores in the Dallas Texas area. The owner, Jamison Sacks has years of game store knowledge that he has cultivated into a store well known for trading card game tournaments and board game events. Jamison has also pioneered a game store that is accepting of gamers from all walks of life. Common Ground Games prides itself in having a strong community and being a safe environment to enjoy your hobbies.

If it’s consistency and organization you are looking for, Common Ground is your store! Jamison was recently featured in a short video by Wizards of the Coast offering information and advice to other store owners about how to maintain consistent and positive events.

The Common Ground storefront offers a large dedicated gaming area that hosts daily events and includes a game library for demos of the most popular titles. Open seven days a week, it makes sure it has a day for a game you enjoy.

Common Ground Games

The Hunter Burton Memorial staff would like to thank Jamison Sacks and Common Ground Games for their continued contribution to our annual event and assisting in spreading awareness for the prevention of suicide. You can visit their website at the link below to check out the Common Ground Games event schedule and all the products they have to offer.


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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Madness Games & Comics Plano

2018 SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Madness Comics & Games Plano

All of us on the HBMO staff are pleased to announced our sponsor spotlight series. Each week we will bring light to one or more of the incredible sponsors that helps make our event so successful. These companies have graciously donated money, products, time, and advertising to our event and to the cause of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

This week we highlight Madness Comics & Games in Plano, Texas.

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Madness is not only one of the largest pop-culture and gaming stores in the area, but rather one of the largest in the United States. For years Madness has been a mainstay of Dallas area gaming and in its current location can hold 300+ card payers for a single event. If there is a gaming component you need, this more than 20,000 square foot store is sure to have what you need.

For our 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open, the owners of Madness have generously dedicated nearly an entire weekend to helping out. They will be flying in Magic the Gathering pro player Gerry Thompson to their store where any player can donate money to the HBMO and in return either play at game of Magic against Gerry himself or sit down and do a deck tech session where Gerry will discuss the ins-and-outs of the deck you may be playing at the event. Finally, Gerry himself will be participating in the Hunter Burton Memorial Open as a competitor in the Modern Main Event!

If you are interested in participating in any of the special events happening at Madness in Plano, here is a brief rundown of the Gerry T. schedule:

Gerry Thompson, Pro Tour Amonkhet Champion, Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Finalist, and number six ranked player in the
world, will be joining Madness Games and Comics on February 23rd and 24th to help raise funds for Hunter Burton Memorial Inc., a non-profit dedicated to spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

Gerry Thompson Challenge
Friday February 23 rd 5PM-11PM
Want to face off with one of the premier players in the world and see how you do? Gerry will be taking on challengers Friday evening!
Participants who donate will be able to challenge Gerry in their format of choice including Standard, Modern, or Legacy.
Participants who donate at level two will also receive a special thank you gift!
Level 1 – $5.00 cash donation
Challenge Gerry to a game of Standard, Modern, or Legacy!
Level 2 – $10.00 cash donation
Challenge Gerry to TWO games of Standard, Modern, or Legacy and receive a special thank you gift!

GerryT Deck Tech
Saturday February 24 th 2PM – 8PM
Here’s your chance to sit down with Gerry and discuss strategies, tourney practices or Pro Tour experiences. Gerry will be on-hand to help participants get their deck ready for the Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Get input from one of the world’s best on sideboarding, card choices, lines of play, and any other questions you may have!
15 Minute Deck Tech – $20 cash donation
Deck techs will be SCHEDULED by time slot, and scheduling will be done on a first-come first-serve basis starting at the Challenge Gerry event on Friday, February 23rd . Your donation secures your spot, and you may donate multiple times to secure a longer deck tech.

All donations must be made in cash.  100% of all donations will go to the Hunter Burton Memorial Inc.  Madness Games & Comics is passionately committed to supporting Hunter Burton Memorial Fund. We welcome Gerry in helping us raise awareness and participation.

The Hunter Burton Memorial staff would like to thank Madness in Plano for their continued contribution to our annual event and assisting in spreading awareness for the prevention of suicide. We encourage you to stop by their store and show support yet another amazing sponsor of the Hunter Burton Memorial Open.

Madness Comics & Games
3000 Custer Road
Suite 310
Plano, TX 75075

(972) 943-8135




All of us on the HBMO staff are pleased to announced our sponsor spotlight series. Each week we will bring light to one or more of the incredible sponsors that helps make our event so successful. These companies have graciously donated money, products, time, and advertising to our event and to the cause of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

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This spotlight goes to Darkhound Studios who for the second year in a row will be supplying a custom top eight playmat for the Modern Format main event. In addition, Darkhound has made the custom fifth anniversary playmat that is for sale in our web store as well as being a part of our VIP pre-registration package.

Darkhound Studios LLC is a company based in Arlington, Texas that specializes in custom card game supplies. Their products include foil tokens, playmats, dicebags, and much more. Owned and operated by Jamie Gary and William Strzelecki, both avid Magic the Gathering  players, the duo travels across the United States to set up and promote at MtG events. Competitive Magic players may also recognize their items from several Star City Games Open events they have attended as a vendor.

The Hunter Burton Memorial staff would like to thank Darkhound Studios for their continued contribution to our annual event and assisting in spreading awareness for the prevention of suicide. You can visit their website at the link below or stop by their booth at the 2018 Hunter Burton Memorial Open to check out all the products they have to offer.


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All of us on the HBMO staff are pleased to announced our sponsor spotlight series. Each week we will bring light to one or more of the incredible sponsors that helps make our event so successful. These companies have graciously donated money, products, time, and advertising to our event and to the cause of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.

Today we highlight Haus of Magic!

Haus of Magic

Haus of Magic is the creation of married Magic the Gathering couple Cassie and Erik Hauschildt. Literally speaking this couple is a “Magic the Gathering Couple” with Erik even having proposed during a game of Magic the Gathering!

The Haus of Magic YouTube channel was started in October of 2017 after Cassie and Erik found multiple people at Magic events mentioning how they wish their significant other would play games with them. The question quickly became “Why not?” Erik and Cassie now on a mission, want to share their philosophy that “Couples who Game Together Stay Together.”

With a strong focus on Magic the Gathering, the channel features a diverse variety of videos. From cracking packs, coverage of general Magic the Gathering news, and videos aimed at informing new players (and a few videos of random nerdiness thrown in) their channel has something for everyone. No matter what the theme or the audience of a video, Cassie and Erik always leave viewers laughing and strive to give everyone a passion to try Magic, at least once.

Since starting the channel, they have successfully introduced numerous couples to the game of Magic and have created quite a few new fans of the popular trading card game. Cassie’s personal goal is to be a role model and friend to young girls who are beginning their journey through the planes. Erik is an amazing supporter of this initiative, having started by teaching Cassie’s 8 year-old niece how to play.

Players of any level are encouraged to reach out to Cassie and Erik via twitter, email, or any other platform for sharing interest in Magic the Gathering, general friendship, or even just to talk.

The Hunter Burton Memorial Open is an important event for Cassie as the cause of suicide prevention and awareness hits close to home for her personally. The HBMO team is very thankful to have the Haus of Magic channel on board as a sponsor for the 2018 event and look forward to making a difference together!

You can check out their channel: