History YMMV / MagicTheGathering

16th Nov '16 9:09:45 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DesignatedHero: With ''Magic'' spanning over at least three decades worth of media and many writers, it's bound to happen. Here's some special examples:

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* DesignatedHero: With ''Magic'' [[LongRunners spanning over at least three decades decades' worth of media media]] and many writers, it's bound to happen. Here's some special examples:
13th Nov '16 1:04:44 PM Korval
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** "Bands with other." [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/feature/21 Editor Mark Gottlieb explains why.]][[note]]The rules for the "Bands With Other" mechanic have since been changed to be more intuitive.[[/note]]

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** "Bands with other." [[http://www.[[http://magic.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/feature/21 com/en/articles/archive/absurd-or-ridiculous-you-decide-2002-03-06 Editor Mark Gottlieb explains why.]][[note]]The rules for the "Bands With Other" mechanic have since been changed to be more intuitive.[[/note]]



** "Affinity for artifacts," although often acknowledged as a fair mechanic in a vacuum, gained infamy through its association with the "Ravager Affinity" deck that dominated the format at the time, so much so that its key cards were banned from tournament play. The backlash was strong enough that when ''Scars of Mirrodin'' revisited Mirrodin, the designers chose not to bring it back in fear that its new incarnation would inherit the Scrappy legacy of the mechanic.[[note]][[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/108 Source.]][[/note]]

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** "Affinity for artifacts," although often acknowledged as a fair mechanic in a vacuum, gained infamy through its association with the "Ravager Affinity" deck that dominated the format at the time, so much so that its key cards were banned from tournament play. The backlash was strong enough that when ''Scars of Mirrodin'' revisited Mirrodin, the designers chose not to bring it back in fear that its new incarnation would inherit the Scrappy legacy of the mechanic.[[note]][[http://www.[[note]][[http://magic.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/108 com/en/articles/archive/feature/something-wicked-way-comes-part-2-2010-09-13 Source.]][[/note]]
10th Nov '16 4:24:30 PM SCPIhpkmn
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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]]''.
5th Oct '16 10:38:05 AM SCPIhpkmn
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** Halana and Alena, a pair of characters who don't even appear on cards, swept the lore-loving Magic community by storm when they appeared in the story for the Shadows Over Innistrad block, because they're pair of lovers who are resourceful, clever and strong enough to survive the entire block, which is no small feat, considering the amount of NightmareFuel present. [[spoiler: ''Avacyn'' didn't even survive it!]] People have been asking for a card featuring them since.
28th Sep '16 1:52:44 PM Willbyr
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* VindicatedByHistory: The ''Kamigawa'' block was much maligned at launch for being underpowered compared to ''Mirrodin'', as mentioned above. However, it has more legendary creatures than literally any block in Magic history, and with the rise in popularity of the Commander/EDH format (which requires a legendary creature to be your deck's commander), its legends are being looked towards as viable in this format. The Japanese folklore- and mythology- inspired flavor has also gotten praise.
** ''Odyssey'' block: When it first came out, many players complained that it was underpowered and too focused on the graveyard. Since then, several of its cards have become staples in Legacy, and it's appreciated for introducing the idea of the graveyard as a resource.

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* VindicatedByHistory: VindicatedByHistory:
** When the ''Odyssey'' block first came out, many players complained that it was underpowered and too focused on the graveyard. Since then, several of its cards have become staples in Legacy, and it's appreciated for introducing the idea of the graveyard as a resource.
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The ''Kamigawa'' block was much maligned at launch for being underpowered compared to ''Mirrodin'', as mentioned above. However, it has more legendary creatures than literally any block in Magic history, and with the rise in popularity of the Commander/EDH format (which requires a legendary creature to be your deck's commander), its legends are being looked towards as viable in this format. The Japanese folklore- and mythology- inspired flavor has also gotten praise.
** ''Odyssey'' block: When it first came out, many players complained that it was underpowered and too focused on the graveyard. Since then, several of its cards have become staples in Legacy, and it's appreciated for introducing the idea of the graveyard as a resource.
3rd Sep '16 9:05:10 AM billybobfred
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** Ante is the worst one by far. It was removed a ''long'' time ago for running afoul of gambling law, but even without the legal troubles, the single most common HouseRule was "no ante", so it would have been scrapped for the hate alone anyway. Searching Blogatog for "ante" shows pages of posts like [[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/143772080833/which-is-more-likely-in-a-supplemental-product this one]]:
-->'''Q''': which is more likely in a supplemental product: ante or bands with other?
-->'''A''': Neither, but if I have to pick one, bands with others.
3rd Aug '16 6:29:53 PM AtmosBlitzer
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The universe represented in ''Theros'' is based on Greek mythology and history, filled with hydras, gorgons, and centaurs. With that in mind, players might be forgiven for thinking that Vulpine Goliath ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an enormous fox]]) was an AssPull, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teumessian_fox it's not]].
27th Jul '16 2:08:30 PM TheMartianGeek1
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* DoubleStandard: Counterspells are a very divisive aspect of Magic because they can take down large spells at a comparatively low cost, but direct damage & creature kill have the same practical effect & get none of the hate. To be fair, more cards exist to defend against the latter while the former can only be defended against by other counterspells or very specific and rare cards who are explicitly immune to counterspells, but the hate primarily comes from the psychological perception that they prevent a card from being played at all more than the actual gameplay.

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* DoubleStandard: Counterspells are a very divisive aspect of Magic because they can take down large spells at a comparatively low cost, but direct damage & and creature kill have the same practical effect & and get none of the much less hate. To be fair, more cards exist to defend against the latter while the former can only be defended against by other counterspells or very specific and rare cards who are explicitly immune to counterspells, but the hate primarily comes from the psychological perception that they prevent a card from being played at all more than the actual gameplay.
24th Jul '16 2:24:17 AM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: Lots. Examples include "non-interactive" mechanics (cards that limit how other players can react to them). The "Hexproof" keyword ("this card can't be targeted by your opponents") in particular draws a lot of contention from both sides, as satirized in [[http://cardboard-crack.com/post/56935087272/bant-hexproof this comic strip]].



* BrokenBase: Different people like and hate different things about Magic. They argue endlessly about it on the Internet.

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* BrokenBase: Different people like and hate different things about Magic. They argue endlessly about it on the Internet.Examples include "non-interactive" mechanics (cards that limit how other players can react to them). The "Hexproof" keyword ("this card can't be targeted by your opponents") in particular draws a lot of contention from both sides, as satirized in [[http://cardboard-crack.com/post/56935087272/bant-hexproof this comic strip]].
16th Jul '16 11:35:46 AM ACW
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** [[MultiversalConqueror Ob Nixilis]] is a human Planeswalker who was a cruel, despotic tyrant in his mortal life bent on conquering his home plane. Eventually defeated by his enemies, Nixilis [[BadBoss sacrifices his last loyal soldiers]] to summons demons who fulfilled his heart's greatest desire: the death of all life in his plane. Despondent over having no one left to rule, his Spark ignited and he began wandering the Multiverse and [[OmnicidalManiac scouring the life from every plane]] he came across. After turning into a demon from using the Chain Veil, Nixilis fled to Zendikar to use its mana to remove the curse but lost his Spark instead. Nixilis was willing to destroy Zendikar itself to regain his power and tried to devour Zendikar's soul, and, failing that, finally regained his Spark by absorbing the hedron network keeping [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] titan Ulamog imprisoned. As a final [[EvilIsPetty act of spite]] toward the world he hated, he awakened the titan Kozilek to ensure Zendikar's doom. Driven by his lust for power and conquest, Ob Nixilis was willing to raze the Multiverse to regain the humanity he never had.

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** [[MultiversalConqueror **[[MultiversalConqueror Ob Nixilis]] is a human Planeswalker who in his mortal life was a cruel, despotic tyrant in his mortal life tyrant, bent on conquering his home plane. Eventually defeated by his enemies, Nixilis [[BadBoss sacrifices his last loyal soldiers]] to summons demons who fulfilled his heart's greatest desire: the death of all life in his plane. Despondent over having no one left to rule, his Spark ignited and he began wandering the Multiverse and [[OmnicidalManiac scouring the life from every plane]] he came across. After turning into a demon from using the Chain Veil, Nixilis fled to Zendikar to use its mana to remove the curse but lost his Spark instead. Nixilis was willing to destroy Zendikar itself to regain his power and tried to devour Zendikar's soul, and, failing that, finally regained his Spark by absorbing the hedron network keeping [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] titan Ulamog imprisoned. As a final [[EvilIsPetty act of spite]] toward the world he hated, he awakened the titan Kozilek to ensure Zendikar's doom. Driven by his lust for power and conquest, Ob Nixilis was willing to raze the Multiverse to regain the humanity he never had.
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