Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game created by Richard Garfield and published by Wizards of the Coast. The game was first released in 1993. It popularized the collectible card game format which took off in the late 1990s.

Magic: The Gathering can be played by two or more players with various rule formats using a minimum of 40 cards. Each game of Magic represents a battle between powerful wizards known as Planeswalkers who cast spells, use artifacts, and summon creatures. These actions are represented by individual cards that the player can use against their opponent.

New cards are released on a regular basis through expansion sets.


"Serra the Benevolent" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Serra the Benevolent” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

(Or, “Get In Nerds: The Party Bus Cometh!”) Today in Oathbreaker deck techs, we have a Serra the Benevolent deck prepared especially for any Angel fans who wish to get into this illustrious format (created by the WeirdCards Charitable Club). This deck tech is based on a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Commander deck created by […]

Wizards of the Coast Retracts Censorship Decision - "Magic: The Gathering"

Aftermath of the Autumn Burchett Fiasco – “Magic: The Gathering”

Well, this is one Magic: The Gathering article I didn’t want to write, but I totally expected it would come up. It was an inevitability as early as this past Friday evening (November 8th), and now we at Bleeding Cool are here to make sense of the wreckage. Here we go. After nonbinary Magic professional player Autumn Burchett‘s cards […]

Opinion: It's Been a Tough Week for LGBTQ+ "Magic" Players

Opinion: It’s Been a Tough Week for LGBTQ+ “Magic” Players

A recent book covering the latest plots in the storyline of Magic: The Gathering entitled “War of the Spark: Forsaken” has come under scrutiny by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Magic players (among many others) for its content. Greg Weisman, the author, seems to have done a lot of people in the community dirty, according […]

Improving "Merciless Rage" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Commander May Be Most Played Format – “Magic: The Gathering”

In news which may absolutely floor a ton of Magic: The Gathering players while being completely predictable to a good many others, Commander may be the most played Magic format. According to Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater in an answer to a question posed on his Tumblr blog Blogatog, data suggests that save for extremely […]

"God-Eternal Kefnet" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“God-Eternal Kefnet” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Of all of the innovations in Magic: The Gathering, there is none so insidious as the ones which force other players to sit and do nothing while you get to play and win. These sorts of cards are tough to deal with and frustrate many a player on a regular basis. The very worst offenders among […]

"Kefnet the Mindful" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Kefnet the Mindful” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Hello friends! It’s time again for another set of two Magic: The Gathering Commander deck techs. Sometimes, I find it’s best to step away from the battlefield when writing up techs for my readers and take a moment to be mindful of things like burnout, writer’s block, and other similar worries. But then I think […]

Wizards of the Coast Retracts Censorship Decision - "Magic: The Gathering"

Wizards of the Coast Revises Censor Ruling – “Magic: The Gathering”

As we covered on the site on Saturday, Autumn Burchett, a Magic: The Gathering pro player who openly identifies as nonbinary, had been instructed by a Wizards of the Coast official to remove the basic land cards from their deck before playing in the main event in MagicFest Richmond. I was instructed by tournament officials to […]

"Chainer, Dementia Master" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Recap: Commander Tournament for Charity – “Magic: The Gathering”

I attended a Commander-format Magic: The Gathering tournament benefitting the ExtraLife charity on Saturday, November 9th. The event, while fun as it could be, raises some concerns about what exactly constitutes a competitive Commander deck and what doesn’t quite cut it. I had gone with using my Chainer, Dementia Master deck in this tournament – the […]

"Magic: The Gathering" Pro Player Censored

“Magic: The Gathering” Pro Player Censored

Last night (Friday night, November 8th) at MagicFest Richmond, professional Magic: The Gathering player Autumn Burchett purportedly was instructed to remove two cards from their deck after the cards were found to have potentially divisive messages written on them. The messages included “No TERFs[…]” and “Trans Rights are Human Rights”, which, while to some are […]

"Chainer, Dementia Master" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Chainer, Dementia Master” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

I wrote an article around this time a year ago about how Chainer, Dementia Master, is among the best of the best when it comes to reanimator commanders within Magic: The Gathering. This was written on a website called “Commander Fight Club”, where players could make content about the Commander format (the website has yet to […]

"God-Eternal Oketra" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“God-Eternal Oketra” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

In continuation of our pair of white Magic: The Gathering deck techs for today (having kicked it off with Oketra the True), I now present the second Commander deck tech. We are preparing for the arrival of Theros, Beyond Death through these techs, and as such we are giving special focus to the Gods in Magic. White […]

"Oketra the True" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Oketra the True” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Today, we at Bleeding Cool have a special set of two Commander Magic: The Gathering deck tech articles for you! This is the first of them. But first,  before I reveal which Commander I’ll be writing for you, a bit of background information. Theros: Beyond Death, Magic: The Gathering‘s 83rd expansion set, is coming out in January. […]

"Mystery Booster" Bonanza at MagicFest Richmond - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Mystery Boosters” at MagicFest Richmond – “Magic: The Gathering”

Nearly a month ago, Wizards of the Coast unveiled plans to release a “Mystery Booster” product for Magic: The Gathering. The details – any and all of them, save for the packaging and its existence at MagicFest Richmond onwards – were completely hidden from anyone. Today, MagicFest Richmond’s high point occurred when the mysterious booster pack […]

"Magic: The Gathering" Inducted into Toy Hall of Fame!

“Magic: The Gathering” Inducted into Toy Hall of Fame!

Today,  the Strong Museum of Play, located in Rochester, NY, and home to the Toy Hall of Fame, inducted three new toys and games into their ranks. Among them, coloring books, Matchbox cars, and – as the title of my article suggests – Magic: The Gathering. Head of Tabletop Gaming for Magic, Bill Rose, spoke a bit […]

"Gadwick, the Wizened" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Gadwick, the Wizened” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Throughout the ages, there have been reports of magically-inclined human beings practicing their craft to the shock, awe, and also the rage of other less-magical people. These wizards, witches, warlocks, and so forth all purportedly existed in the medieval environment and had woven themselves into the very fabric of legend. The greatest legendary medieval wizard, […]

"Gideon of the Trials" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Gideon of the Trials” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering is full of characters each with different story arcs. Often times, we as players and consumers of the Magic storyline will see characters with multiple different cards meant to represent their continuing character development. It’s quite a sight to see someone petulant like Chandra Nalaar become responsible and focused on her goals and […]

"Chandra, Torch of Defiance" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Chandra, Torch of Defiance” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

I have always had a certain fondness for Guy Fawkes Day. Being an American and a millennial, I’m pretty sure the closest I’m going to get to fathoming its importance is either through remembering September 11th, 2001 (something I witnessed as a young New Yorker), or through reading Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta (or […]

Pioneer Format Ban List Updated - "Magic: The Gathering"

Pioneer Format Ban List Updated – “Magic: The Gathering”

This past weekend, it was revealed that Pioneer, the newest format to grace the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game, would be receiving updates to its ban list every Monday. Yesterday, November 4th, was the first day that the updates started rolling out. This update took a bit of time for Wizards of the Coast to […]

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! - "Magic: The Gathering"

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! – “Magic: The Gathering”

The winner of MagicFest Lyon has been decided! In news that should surprise absolutely nobody, MagicFest Lyon, lasting from November 1st to November 3rd, was dominated by players who used “Food”-based decks. Five of the decks in the Top Eight were based on Food, to be precise. There were other deck archetypes representing the Top […]

"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Why We Should Support “Magic: The Gathering”

Yesterday, an article was posted on Bleeding Cool‘s “Comics” hub about how Magic: The Gathering is becoming an institution that isn’t supporting its player base. In this article, I intend to rebuke this as well as I can, because I feel strongly that Wizards of the Coast is doing their sincere best in accommodating their players. On […]