History YMMV / MagicTheGathering

29th Apr '17 11:32:45 PM Theriocephalus
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* CrackIsCheaper: Magic: the Gathering is infamous for this trope. Many very strong cards are also very, very rare, and can be worth between 10-40 dollars for an average 'Standard-tournament worthy' Mythic Rare, or even more for the exceptional ones. Tournament decks typically consist of many very valuable cards, and consequently it can cost many hundreds of dollars to make a Standard tournament deck, and Standard is one of the ''cheaper'' formats, though not the cheapest. The most expensive format, '''by far''', is Vintage, which is a format that allows all cards from all genres, and doesn't ban cards that are too strong. One single card in Vintage, such as [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Force%20of%20Will Force of Will]] or [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Underground%20Sea&sn=Unlimited%20Edition Underground Sea]], can cost hundreds of dollars, and the most expensive Magic card of all time, [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Black%20Lotus&sn=Unlimited%20Edition Black Lotus]], costs several thousand dollars, though some cards (such as Black Lotus) are restricted to one copy in Vintage (to keep the format from getting too ridiculous). The expense of Vintage cards can make a powerful Vintage deck cost many thousands of dollars. As of January 2015, only 41 cards have been restricted in Vintage (the restricted list can be found [[http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Resources.aspx?x=judge/resources/sfrvintage here]]).

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* CrackIsCheaper: Magic: ''Magic: the Gathering Gathering'' is infamous for this trope. Many very strong cards are also very, very rare, and can be worth between 10-40 dollars for an average 'Standard-tournament worthy' Mythic Rare, or even more for the exceptional ones. Tournament decks typically consist of many very valuable cards, and consequently it can cost many hundreds of dollars to make a Standard tournament deck, and Standard is one of the ''cheaper'' formats, though not the cheapest. The most expensive format, '''by far''', is Vintage, which is a format that allows all cards from all genres, and doesn't ban cards that are too strong. One single card in Vintage, such as [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Force%20of%20Will Force of Will]] or [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Underground%20Sea&sn=Unlimited%20Edition Underground Sea]], can cost hundreds of dollars, and the most expensive Magic card of all time, [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Black%20Lotus&sn=Unlimited%20Edition Black Lotus]], costs several thousand dollars, though some cards (such as Black Lotus) are restricted to one copy in Vintage (to keep the format from getting too ridiculous). The expense of Vintage cards can make a powerful Vintage deck cost many thousands of dollars. As of January 2015, only 41 cards have been restricted in Vintage (the restricted list can be found [[http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Resources.aspx?x=judge/resources/sfrvintage here]]).



** [[FieryRedhead Chandra]] and [[KnightTemplar Gideon Jura]] had even more build up, including a implied romantic subplot in the novel, The Purifying Fire. It makes for an interesting relationship, as they seem to like each other, but openly despise what the other one stands for; Chandra being all about personal freedom, and Gideon about the importance of law and serving the greater good.

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** [[FieryRedhead Chandra]] and [[KnightTemplar Gideon Jura]] had even more build up, including a an implied romantic subplot in the novel, The novel ''The Purifying Fire. Fire''. It makes for an interesting relationship, as they seem to like each other, other but openly despise what the other one stands for; Chandra being all about personal freedom, and Gideon about the importance of law and serving the greater good.
26th Apr '17 9:47:48 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Ajani Goldmane has gained quite a following since the publication of a story from his point of view in the Kaladesh block, [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/release-2016-10-05 Release]]. People are arguing that, despite the fact that he's going to most likely be the TokenNonHuman member of the Gatewatch (Nissa notwithstanding), this story made him seem more human than any of the current Gatewach members. Helping this is the fact that Ajani has a fair bit of {{Badass}} cred from essentially becoming the {{ComicBook/Batman}} of Kaladesh since his last appearance in Theros, complete with his own sidekick, who has taken the name ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Shadowblayde]]''.

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** Ajani Goldmane has gained quite a following since the publication of a story from his point of view in the Kaladesh block, [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/release-2016-10-05 Release]]. People are arguing that, despite the fact that he's going to most likely be the TokenNonHuman member of the Gatewatch (Nissa notwithstanding), this story made him seem more human than any of the current Gatewach members. Helping this is the fact that Ajani has a fair bit of {{Badass}} badass cred from essentially becoming the {{ComicBook/Batman}} of Kaladesh since his last appearance in Theros, complete with his own sidekick, who has taken the name ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Shadowblayde]]''.
26th Apr '17 2:15:15 AM harharhar
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** Ajani Goldmane has gained quite a following since the publication of a story from his point of view in the Kaladesh block, [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/release-2016-10-05 Release]]. People are arguing that, despite the fact that he's going to most likely be the TokenNonHuman member of the Gatewatch (Nissa notwithstanding), this story made him seem more human than any of the current Gatewach members. Helping this is the fact that Ajani has a fair bit of {{Badass} cred from essentially becoming the {{ComicBook/Batman}} of Kaladesh since his last appearance in Theros, complete with his own sidekick, who has taken the name ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Shadowblayde]]''.

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** Ajani Goldmane has gained quite a following since the publication of a story from his point of view in the Kaladesh block, [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/release-2016-10-05 Release]]. People are arguing that, despite the fact that he's going to most likely be the TokenNonHuman member of the Gatewatch (Nissa notwithstanding), this story made him seem more human than any of the current Gatewach members. Helping this is the fact that Ajani has a fair bit of {{Badass} {{Badass}} cred from essentially becoming the {{ComicBook/Batman}} of Kaladesh since his last appearance in Theros, complete with his own sidekick, who has taken the name ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Shadowblayde]]''.
20th Apr '17 6:49:38 PM Giantleviathan
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: While not universal, this can occasionally happen in the backstory due to a fumbling of the MoralityKitchenSink of the factions. The idea behind each of the colours (Or colour combinations), is that they all have equal capacity for good and evil. Unfortunately, some writers forget this and put too much focus on showing that the "Good" colours (Like White) have an evil side, while forgetting to then make the "Bad" colours (Like Black) more sympathetic to compensate. Creating a setting where LightIsNotGood, and [[DarkIsEvil Dark Is STILL Evil]].
30th Mar '17 2:47:46 AM Xythos
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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Jace Beleren. Some people are fine with his multiple appearances in both card form and plot form, others remember the days where Jace the Mind Sculptor dominated every format and hate every incarnation of Jace since. It doesn't help that Jace has been a main character in the last three major storylines, causing many fans to feel like he has overstayed his welcome.

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Jace Beleren. Some people are fine with his multiple appearances in both card form and plot form, others remember the days where Jace the Mind Sculptor dominated every format and hate every incarnation of Jace since. It doesn't help that Jace has been a main character in the last three major storylines, causing many fans to feel like he has overstayed his welcome.welcome.
** Nicol Bolas. Some consider him a valid BigBad and an interesting take on "Dominaria's most ancient evil". Others consider him a VillainSue who is being shoehorned into every storyline and isn't as interesting as other villains, especially Yawgmoth or the Praetors.
22nd Mar '17 2:00:05 AM NineTailedCat
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* HoYay: Nissa and Chandra have a number of close interactions, with Nissa opening up to Chandra more than to the rest of the Gatewatch and Chandra turning to Nissa for comfort and emotional stability. Furthermore, the Kaladesh storyline ends with Chandra sleeping with her head on Nissa's lap.
17th Mar '17 6:32:46 PM SenorYee
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* DeaderThanDisco: ''Invasion'' block. The five-color theme went over well initially, and fans were thrilled to have a balanced set after the broken Urza and Rath blocks, followed by the extremely weak Masques block. In 2016, however, it's not widely remembered or used.
14th Jan '17 5:55:11 AM Gadjiltron
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** "Symmetrical effects are fair and balanced" - sarcastically implying they're not, as the GameBreaker status of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=413544 Balance]] can testify. This is largely due to how one can construct their deck to minimize the impact ''they'' feel from said symmetrical effect.
** "It dies to removal/Doom Blade/Murder" - sarcastically downplaying the strength of a very strong creature. Allegedly originated from a discussion over [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=413570 Serra Angel]] vs. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=401633 Baneslayer Angel]], where the latter is strictly better.
6th Jan '17 8:54:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Garruk and Liliana: [[FreudWasRight "I like your axe. Very manly."]]

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** Garruk and Liliana: [[FreudWasRight "I like your axe. Very manly."]]"
1st Jan '17 8:58:26 PM FateStayWho
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* AwesomeEgo: Nicol Bolas is one of the most evil characters in the setting, but there's no denying his arrogance makes his dialogue a lot fun.
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