main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Tabletop Game: Magic: The Gathering
The standard Magic card back. Its design is meant to represent the cover of a Spell Book.

You are a planeswalker...

Magic: The Gathering is a Collectible Card Game, produced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (eventually the owners of that other great geek game, Dungeons & Dragons). It was the first true Collectible Card Gamenote , the Genre Popularizer, and even today it is one of the most popular card games in the world.

At the core of each deck is a duel between god-like wizards - the players themselves, who are described in game parlance as "planeswalkers." These planeswalkers deploy a wide array of spells, creatures, artifacts, and enchantments (all represented by cards) as they vie to dominate entire realms ("planes")—or, if you prefer, to reduce the opponent's life total to zero. Notable gameplay elements include:

For a more complete analysis of gameplay (which is, of course, the heart of any game), we wrote a Useful Notes page for your enjoyment.

The game spawned several Video Game adaptations. Some of the more prominent ones:

The official Magic website can be found here.

Due to length, the trope list for this work has been split across several pages:

    ArtEvolution/Tabletop GamesYu-Gi-Oh!
Legend of the Five RingsCard GamesMitos Y Leyendas
MAGUSFantasy Tabletop GamesMalifaux
Legend of the Five RingsCollectible Card GameNet Runner
Puella Magi Madoka MagicaCard Battle GameWizards of the Coast
LocoCycleXbox LIVE ArcadeMark Of The Ninja
Arab Oil SheikhImageSource/Tabletop GamesAlways Lawful Good
Littlest Pet Shop (2012)Creator/IDW PublishingMars Attacks!
Super Dimension Fortress MacrossTrope OverdosedMarvel vs. Capcom
AlternityThe NinetiesVampire: The Masquerade
Mage KnightTabletop GamesMAGUS

alternative title(s): Magic The Gathering; Ptitleavm2017y; Duels Of The Planeswalkers; Magic The Gathering Online; Duels Of The Planeswalkers; Magic The Gathering
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy