Navigating the Politics of Commander

Michelle Rapp Commander

For many players (myself included), Magic is a hobby that helps folks relax in their off time. Whether you’re at an FNM, a side event at MagicFest, or on Arena, Magic can be an escape from the boring, banal realities of our 9 to 5 jobs. However, when it comes to multi-player formats (especially Commander), it can be super beneficial …

Serra in Modern Horizons

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

With the dawn of Modern Horizons, the Magic community is looking forward to not just seeing a boost of new cards in the format, but also revisiting old worlds and seeing familiar characters. Wizards of the Coast chose to announce the set with a planeswalker that any Vorthos or older player would be excited to see: Serra. Rendered beautifully by …

Ravnica and Film Noir

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

In the words of L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy: “[Film Noir] is a generically American film movement that went from 1945 to 1958 and exposited one great theme. And that theme is: ‘You’re @#$ked.’” It’s a simple phrase, but what it and Film Noir succeed in conveying is the struggle to find meaning in a world that cares less about …

Orzhov Art and Representation

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

The plane of Ravnica has captured our imaginations for almost fifteen years. Ravnica is covered in urban life, and it reflects the glorious and grotesque realities of city living, from abject poverty to opulence and power. Cities change over time, and Ravnica is no exception. Despite the rapid evolution of the Simic or the ingenious inventions of the Izzet, it’s …

Top 5 Magic Story Moments of 2018

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

This year has been a momentous one in the history of Magic Story. We saw some intense shifts in characters we’ve known for decades. We met new, exciting characters and received insights into the most and least powerful denizens of the Multiverse. Given the many stories we’ve seen this year, it’s hard to pick just a few that are memorable. …

The Compassionate Liliana Vess

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Liliana Vess is one of the most complex characters in the Multiverse. She’s a deathless Planeswalker who controls the dead; eternally youthful, but centuries old. And while she may be powerful and self-possessed, she owes a debt to the darkest demons in the Multiverse – and to one particular dragon. The Gatewatch arc marks a transformation for Liliana: she’s no …

Teaching with Color Theory

Michelle Rapp Strategy

The release of Core Set 2019 has been the cause of widespread celebration throughout the Magic community. Core Sets are a great time for Magic players, since they supplement other sets throughout the year and also help get back to the basics of the game. They’re also a great entry point for many players, since Core Sets rarely introduce new …

Queer Representation in Magic: A Community Perspective

Michelle Rapp Community, Magic Story

Throughout Magic’s history, Wizards of the Coast has done an admirable job responding to and incorporating representation of its player base within the story and art of the game. In a Multiverse that features baloths, elves, orcs and dragons, it’s great to see diverse human characters that also span color, gender identity and sexual orientation. While Magic’s efforts to showcase …

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 …