Gideon’s Guilt: Trauma in Magic

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Content Warning: This article contains references to child abuse, death, and suicide. One of Magic’s most powerful qualities is its ability to encompass the entirety of human experience and philosophy within the color pie. While that includes the sweet taste of victory and passionate anger, it also contains the heartbreaking pain of trauma and loss. As a survivor of abuse, …

The Women of Magic Lore

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

One of the best aspects of Magic is its worldbuilding, creating universes and characters that feel both wonderous and relatable. Part of what makes so many of Magic’s most memorable characters familiar isn’t just their power level or abilities, but also who they are as characters. Nowhere is this more clear than with Magic’s portrayal of women over the past …

The Far Side of the Self: Huatli Explores Ixalan

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

In our previous Magic Story recap, we took a look at how Ixalan’s themes of discovery and exploration helped develop Vraska from a young, unjustly imprisoned convict to a confident pirate captain. This week, we’ll examine at how these same themes propel Ixalan’s native Planeswalker, Huatli, into a place of introspection and character growth. Huatli’s search for the Immortal Sun …

The Far Side of the Self: Vraska’s Journey

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

While Ixalan seems a lot like someone’s ultimate fantasy showdown (“Pirates vs Vampires vs Dinosaurs…also Merfolk!”), the story’s characters and plot have been thoughtfully grounded in reality. While the larger story is centered around the tribes’ search to find and claim Orazca, the Golden City, the main characters of Ixalan have each gone through a process of personal discovery, change …

A Deeper Blue: Jace, Vulnerability, and Masculinity

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Since his first appearance, Jace Beleren has become the nearest thing to a mascot for Magic: The Gathering, meant to represent the average player in all his geeky, cerebral glory. With his signature hooded blue cloak and mental magic, Jace has shown himself to be a character driven by curiosity and the need for knowledge, both traits that have led …

There Be Pirates on Ixalan!

Frank Chafe Magic Story

The world of Magic: the Gathering is finally getting its full share of pirates and piracy on the high seas, with the introduction of Ixalan. It will finally possible to play a tribal Pirates deck in Standard, Commander, or the format of your choice. Before we set sail for this new plane, let’s go on a voyage of discovery and …

A Reader’s Guide to Magic Story

Simon Irving Magic Story

The release of Commander 2017 is nearly here, and with these four decks will come a whole slew of new legendary creature cards. While many will rejoice over the new mechanics and color combinations, those of us who have followed the Magic storyline for years will be overjoyed to finally see certain characters on a card for the first time. …

Nicol Bolas: A History

Simon Irving Magic Story

The shadow of Nicol Bolas looms large over the history of the Magic storyline. The elder dragon planeswalker has been part of the game’s rich lore since Legends in 1994. Alongside the Eldrazi and the Phyrexians, he’s considered one of the three greatest threats to the multiverse. In Hour of Devastation, we see Bolas making a rare center stage appearance, …