Awesome: Magic: The Gathering

  • When Nicol Bolas fights Leshrac in Future Sight.

    Let's expand. This is a fight between two of the most evil and ancient entities in the Multiverse. The prototypical Black planeswalker versus the Elder Dragon. Anyone who is touched by Nicol Bolas has their mind destroyed. At this point, Leshrac has obtained the power of Phage, the Untouchable, whose touch reduces mortals and planeswalkers to black goo. Leshrac also has Night's Mask, an artifact that traps the soul of the one who wears it. The two fight as Kaiju near the site of the time rift created by Bolas becoming the most powerful being in existence 25,000 years ago.

    A lot of the fight is Bolas and Leshrac exchanging spells, but then Bolas slips up and Leshrac stabs a hand into Bolas. As Phage's corruption begins to eat away at Bolas, the Elder Dragon planeswalks away, and the Walker of the Night gives chase across the multiverse. Cue one of the most awesome, fanservice-filled chase scenes ever. The two walkers visit the City-Plane of Ravnica, the oceans of Mercadia, The mountains of the Sengir domain, and Leshrac attempts to enter Kamigawa, and is barred entrance by two female guardians.

    The two walkers end up back on Dominaria, with Phage's corruption having consumed most of Bolas's body. As Leshrac closes in for the killing blow, suddenly Nicol Bolas's body seemingly regenerates, he plucks the Mask of Night from Leshrac, and places it on his head, trapping him in it. Bolas explains that he was never actually hit by Leshrac. He twisted himself out of the way at the last second, and cast an illusion that he was being corrupted as he fled from plane to plane. With Leshrac trapped in the mask, Bolas uses the Walker of the Night's spark to mend the rift at Leviathan's Gate, and return to this machinations.
  • The end of the milennia-old original Magic arc, where Gerrard and Urza sacrificing themselves to finally kill Yawgmoth, Considering Urza spent millenia preparing for his world for an invasion only to get seduced by Yawgmoth after coming so close to destroying his world and having it all be for nothing. Then having to fight Gerrard to the death 'several' times to please Yawgmoth before realising he was wrong..
    • For awesome quotes,
    Volrath: I stepped out. I did not step down.
  • Urza Planeswalking K'rikk to death. One could refer to that moment as "Urza getting rid of a nasty K'rikk in his neck."
  • One simple line from Gideon Jura, concerning the near-unstoppable Eldrazi:
    • Gideon and the Eldrazi are a really sweet conflict. Near Death Experience depicts him at the Battle of Fort Keff, where he tears apart the absolute sea of Eldrazi shown in the card single-handed, deliberately using his magic to have them all try to kill him. Mind you, Emrakul then shows up, and Gideon promptly rethinks his defiance, fleeing Zendikar for help as fast as his magic can carry him. The brood lineages are one thing, the Titans themselves quite another.
  • Magic: The Gathering tournaments, especially the Pro Tour, are a source of many epic events.
    • Among all the players to have ever played on the Pro Tour, two of them stand head and shoulders above all the rest: Jon Finkel, and Kai Budde.
    • On December 7, 2014, Israeli pro Shahar Shenhar accomplished what no other player, not even Finkel or Budde, had pulled off: a successful title defense and becoming the first back-to-back World Champion, defeating Patrick Chapin 3-0 in the finals.
    • There is a card, called Chaos Orb, where you flip it into the air and it destroys whatever it lands on. According to popular rumor, a player ripped a copy of the card into pieces and spread it around the board during a tournament game, destroying pretty much everything. As a result of this tale, the joke set Unglued featured a card called Chaos Confetti, a version of Chaos Orb where you have to rip it up in order to play it.
      • One version of the legend has the opponent getting a judge to disqualify him for this because his deck is one card short.
    • 2006 Pro Tour-Honolulu. Craig Jones vs. Olivier Ruel, game 5 of a best-of-5 match. Jones has to draw something that deals 3 damage to Ruel while not dealing him any (no Char). He does. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Topped in 2009 at Pro Tour: Kyoto, when Gabriel Nassif calls his shot.
    • To celebrate 20th anniversary of the game, Wizards have released ''Magic's Greatest Moments'' list, which includes both topdecks mentioned above... and much more.
  • Any time that a player pulls off a good combo deck, it can be this. With the Grab For Power pre-con deck, one can pull off the ultimate combo in the deck, deploying the Crown Of Empires, Scepter Of Empires, and Throne Of Empires. Within three turns, it's possible to have fifteen soldiers on the field, throw nine unblockable damage at your opponent, and take an enemy creature generator and the beast that boosted said generated creatures.
  • Just about any victory against Faeries back in Lorwyn/Morningtide mini-block which didn't involve Faeries of its own.
  • The new Dragon's Maze trailer. It's narrated by Ral Zarek, the Izzet Planeswalker. He describes how Niv-Mizzet is "inviting" the other guilds to join in the Izzet's grand experiment. A hidden ancient maze has been found, and each guild can send a single champion through it to claim the prize. The entire time the other guilds (And Zarek) will be trying to interfere with eachother's champion. Whoever reaches the Maze's End will rule Ravnica, forever. The entire time this is explained, we pan across amazing artwork, showing the dangers ahead of the champions. Oh, and did I mention Zarek is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal? This is gonna rock.
    • And again with the Theros trailer, this time narrated by Heliod, God of the Sun, who describes the gods, the heroes, then the monsters, finally leading up to him describing his plan to call for Elspeth's help. The introduction of Elspeth is accompanied by a brilliant crescendo in the already epic music.
    • And, of course, the Born Of The Gods trailer, which features smooth and beautiful animation (aside perhaps from Xenagos' apotheosis) and one hell of an awesome voice acting for Xenagos.
    • To top all of them, there's something of the classically-awesome in the Journey Into Nyx trailer, with Erebos almost lovingly musing on the path of a hero and plainly regarding Elspeth with the respect and compassion she deserved.
    • And just to show that Wizards has fallen in love with one-upping themselves, we have the Dragons of Tarkir trailer, which ups the animation quality to an absurd degree and shows off the glory of the Dragon-filled new world of Tarkir, complete with Sarkhan narrating to a revived Ugin.
  • "Your attack has been rendered harmless. It is, however, quite pretty."
  • In the digital novel "Godsend", Elspeth fights Polukranos, a monstrously big Hydra that is called The World Eater for a good reason. Elspeth, being a badass and armed with the Godsend, quickly runs into the Hydra problem; every chopped off head results in two more. So what does she do? Chop the heads off halfway, so they still die, but can't be replaced.
    • Elspeth goes through hell and back, sees herself denounced despite saving Akros, receives the ire of Heliod and still journeys to the edge of the world. In the end, she ends up killing Xenagos with the Godsend..
      • After that, Heliod decides that the existence of Planeswalkers, and thus world beyond his control, is an affront, and moves to kill Elspeth. He does so, but in death, Elspeth trades her life with Erebos for that of her friend Daxos in one final act of defiance.
  • After Elspeth's death, Ajani is left in Oreskos, unsure of himself and what to do. After he is challenged by Brimaz, he travels to Meletis, walks into Heliod's temple and tells the truth about Heliod and the gods. Here he is in Heliod's greatest temple, actively insulting the god and challenging his authority. He's pretty much asking for a Bolt of Divine Retribution. Not only does he walk away untouched, but his arguments encourage the people of Theros to begin questioning their cruel pantheon. It's at this point that Ajani decides what battle he wants to fight: a Rage Against the Heavens to topple the gods.
  • The story of how Sorin, Ugin and Nahiri seal away the Eldrazi in The Lithomancer. Nahiri slaves away for forty years to make the hedrons which can seal the titans, and their plan succeeds despite the odds.
    • Before Ugin arrives, Nahiri and Sorin are protecting a camp of refugees, and Sorin suggests leaving them in order to focus on the Eldrazi. Nahiri not only refuses, but she uses her magic to make a sword for one of the refugees. In the bigger picture, these people are meaningless, but Nahriri refuses to abandon them even though they're not even from her home plane. In spite of Sorin's scorn, she's determined to do what she can to help them.
    • A villainous one ensues as we finally get to see what the Eldrazi are fully capable of. We've been told they can obliterate planes, but here we see it, and it's just as terrifying as it sounds.
  • An out of universe example, but Guardians of Meletis are Magic's first LGBT couple, breaking the Hide Your Gays that has happened for 20 years (though Rakish Heir is meant to be fanservice to gay males). Previously, Xantcha was a well written, sympathetic "trans" character, but she is unfortunately only present in one book, and the only two characters with hints of non-heterosexual orientation, a random warlord and a Viashino prostitute, are both one scene wonders, and the former a severe case of Depraved Bisexual.
  • And finally, The Truth Of Names.
  • Kiora gets into a fight with Thassa. Although she can't match the God of the Sea in raw power or command over the beasts of the ocean, she can do one thing Thassa can't: Planeswalk. So with her sea creatures turned against her, and held helpless at the mercy of an angry, vengeful God, she cuts her losses and departs, but not before she steals Thassa's bident.

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