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 Uncategorized

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 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 …

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 …