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Magic: The Gathering - Inside the World's Most Played Trading Card Game | American Obsessions

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Wizards, demons and goblins collide in the world’s first trading card game Magic: The Gathering, affectionately dubbed “cardboard crack” by its 10+ million diehard obsessives. From dank, wood-paneled basements to international big money pro tournaments, Magic continues to flourish since its phenomenal debut in 1993. VICE follows a professional Magic player who dropped out of college for a shot to be number one on the pro circuit, while two brothers wax nostalgic about the spells of old. Up Next: The Secret History of Cabbage Patch Kids - http://bit.ly/1EiaIn6 Watch MMA Fighter Josh "The Warmaster" Barnett play Magic: The Gathering - https://youtu.be/7YadkXp7cac Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag
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PAZ GAMES (14 hours ago)
I'm so happy to learn Jacob got his own card. Way to go!
Daniel Taylor (18 hours ago)
I'm just watching those people play the game at the beginning and I feel like I'm chewing on tin foil. Please, for the love of god, put some sleeves on your cards, and straighten up your deck.
Gravega (1 day ago)
These guys smell like shit, why won't they shower?
Kali (2 days ago)
I love M:TG!! I learned how to play when I was 14-15, and I still enjoy playing M:TG (when I get the chance) even though I'm almost 40. I've only played in 2-3 small local tournaments, way back when I was still a teenager. My big fat non-reg black/red burn deck is so much fun to use when I play against my friends during casual gaming sessions. We play using rules that are relatively relaxed as opposed to tournament rules; it allows for more unpredictable fun to be had.
Justin Sullivan (3 days ago)
Dude that was a black-bordered Terror that's expensive as shit
Darklurkr (5 days ago)
2:20 Yea no they're still not seen as the cool kids. Just now Nerds don't give a fuck about "the cool kids"
Rocha House (5 days ago)
Yugioh was better
Garry Sekelli (7 days ago)
Nerdiest all male game meets at a convention center called the Gaylord center. Coincidence?
Garry Sekelli (7 days ago)
I wonder if this would be more exciting if I understood the rules?
Channel Twenty One (7 days ago)
I watched this in 144p in honor of the Ferrino Brothers
Sign of The Wind (7 days ago)
You should have talked more about EDH / focused on the variety of formats
Joseph Dy (8 days ago)
Back in the days i remember my deck. A 5 color deck, library burner. Dual lands was cheap, i use to use beta and unlimited duals.
Skylyn Hazeline (8 days ago)
YuGiOh is better and more popular ftw
my cheeto is burmt33 (18 hours ago)
No it’s not weeb look it up do your fucking research
Ouija ZaZa Gaming (8 days ago)
4:26 WOW I DIDNT KNOW THEY HAD SCHOOLS TO BECOME A AIDS INFESTED FAGGOT.... BIGLY SAD!
Dad Man (9 days ago)
Was into this in middle school until I dropped it for Yu gi oh. May come back to it now
Rodrigo Muxica (10 days ago)
I learned, that professional MTG community is exactly like diablo 2 lod community, they are arrogant stupid bad people
Mr. Q (10 days ago)
Bitch plz, Yu-gi-oh for me XD
Cassiopeia (10 days ago)
dude this guy isnt 19 he fucking looks like hes 40 years old the fuck.
jopar h (10 days ago)
so this is what its like to be a virgin
friedzombie4 (10 days ago)
Vice! The fuck are you doing! If you're gonna showcase a card tell us its effects at least.
Uchechukwu Nnadi (11 days ago)
Magic is the most perfect, well thought out game that I have ever played and also the most addictive. If you are not willing to be completely consumed by a game, do not start playing.
Martin Larsen (11 days ago)
21:50 Ehh, how is this game balanced enough to have a competitive scene?
Alex Swanson (12 days ago)
Holy smokes! i grew up playing magic. This video is very nostalgic. I'm from Long Island as well. Thought it was cool that these Italian bros were representing. But then at 14:59 I see the god damn dunkin' donuts I used to work at!?? No way!!
Werner Beroux (12 days ago)
A Vice without even a A-roll... oh this feels lazy.
Mister Fister (12 days ago)
2:02 Ash Ketchum over here
Sami Sosa (12 days ago)
i love magic. but these nerds are all so unhealthy and unfit.
ROTORHEADPR (12 days ago)
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaay . . .lord finals
Joshua Ryan (13 days ago)
was that Kenny Fucking Powers ?
Dunpeal 192 (13 days ago)
Thay talk so much about about the point that vintage magic is so much fun and nostalgia and stuff. They forgot to Mention the important fact that you can either buy a new house or one vintage magic deck. The prices on vintage cards are absolutly absurde.
Dunpeal 192 (13 days ago)
Gaylord National Resort? Gay Lord? Realy? They have to be kidding.
Morellio Benoir (13 days ago)
Holy shit those Forino brothers have the best food in the universe. Did you see that? Holy shit.
Morellio Benoir (13 days ago)
When you play those original cards, you have to give props to the artists. Always.
Enigma MK (13 days ago)
I wonder how many virgins are gathered there in one place?
Enigma MK (13 days ago)
The moral panic and crying about pentagrams is so American. A country of religious nutcases that pretend to be advocates of free speech but clutch their pearls and cry "Think of the children" whenever the slightest thing offends their religious leanings.
Stay Strapped (13 days ago)
Best game ever made? Yeah if your gay
Kinky Bartender (13 days ago)
I thought it was gay then, I think it's gay now. I've never played one hand. What a bunch of geeks.
MayHeem (13 days ago)
birth control
jewboy (13 days ago)
Wait so these douchebags just made dinner for themselves AND THEN went to play cards with their "community" I thought they were making food for people? Nah it was just a 10 min scene of mom showing off her food and them eating it while praising to jesus.
Benny Blanco (13 days ago)
21:03 sweet baby Jesus I feel good about my struggling hairline right about now
Caleb Owens (13 days ago)
not one female.. not one.
William (14 days ago)
I am no magic player, but I do know people. Jacob Wilson lacks conviction and humility, thus he wouldn't win until he addressed that. It's been 4 years, hopefully he has. "Yea I'll put this with my other ones" what a douchebag......
Desiderio Parroquiano (14 days ago)
Gaylord? Really?
Rigoberto Vides (14 days ago)
Great documentary about Jacob Wilson.
Michael Taylor (15 days ago)
Anyone else see the Mox in that box unsleeved , like wtf dude
Izar Schärf (15 days ago)
found a guy selling 140kg of cards on ebay xD
Jeroen Smook (15 days ago)
Thought this was Yugi oh! ? "i had too manyy
Ben J (15 days ago)
I just watched this whole video and still have no idea how the card game actually works.
The Concrete Shaman (11 days ago)
Its not really "inside" anything other than Jacob's professional life.
LowLying (15 days ago)
you goota be so lame to find an interest in these you are not even worth insulting bye
prod. rvvs (15 days ago)
2:20 your still not consider a cool kid
Matthew Connolly (15 days ago)
Magic the Gathering = Real World Loot boxes
Jalen (16 days ago)
KIBLER
Michael 732 (16 days ago)
I understand the words but when you put them together, they don't make any since to me.
fudgedragon1 (16 days ago)
2:16 look at all those cool kids now wow they are so cool man pause it on 3:08 and tell me that is not a cool guy XD would any one be suprised if jacob is gay? i wouldnt be i love the nerdyness makes u cringe
MetalDoraemon6 (17 days ago)
are they weird or gay?
MetalDoraemon6 (17 days ago)
number one in MTG and number one virgin in Canada as well
HalfBlu3 (17 days ago)
The valuable cards... no... sleeves... *brain shuts down* *passes out* *vitals flatline*
Erock Christian (17 days ago)
You mean "phases out" ;)
Cómo así, sin micas!!!! :)
collie (17 days ago)
yeah we dutchies fucking rule. never heard of this game
Wade Wilson (17 days ago)
Why does Kenny Powers hate MTG so Much?
Dogged Black (18 days ago)
hes always a candidate for the "younger than MTG, champion"...
Natural Born Master (19 days ago)
Magic sucks
MrGbere777 (20 days ago)
Jacob has not entered a Pro Tour since 2015
sguguda (20 days ago)
Is that a Pikachu 10:13?
Lucy Murphy (21 days ago)
Damn they really portrayed us like the mafia
Jakov Musafija (21 days ago)
20:15 the nerdiest man i've ever seen
Jesus Ceren (22 days ago)
I'm watching this on 2019 <3 Thanks to Prof. Garfield for creating such a great game.
Stanislaw Ch (22 days ago)
oh fuck seeing this gameplay without sleeves ruined it all
Heart of the cards!
Thomas Smith (24 days ago)
Junk company, look forward to the end of their product and their company. SJWs!!!
Mike Ledger (25 days ago)
The two nerds at the end.....awesome :)
The Right Angle (26 days ago)
them playing the alpha beta and unlimited cards unsleeved
Alexander F (1 month ago)
are these people reproducing ?
WTF0ME (1 month ago)
I can't be the only one who thought this was about GTA
Ivan Sansores (1 month ago)
The italian guys are so cool haha
Ash Ashless (1 month ago)
No-one talking about Kenny Powers running The Prophecy Club..
Joseph Booker (9 days ago)
That's what I was trawling comments for... consider yourself saluted.
Nas Djoev (28 days ago)
I don't f**k with the devil and I never do tag-teams with blood relatives.
Donald Chesser (1 month ago)
Why did they choose the Gaylord national though
Donald Chesser (1 month ago)
I respect the Fuck out of the way Brian David-Marshall said "It just might be the best game ever made" he had mad confidence yo.
kuko6 (1 month ago)
That screams DISSAPOINTMENT so much
West texas Wills (1 month ago)
Knew alot if magic players in high school , i could never get into it but they were always really nice and they took alot a of hallucinogens as did I but they were always cool and inclusive towards anybody
Jimmy Thompson (1 month ago)
those italian guys are hilarious
Cheapskate (1 month ago)
Do those Italian dudes live with they're mom?
Luke Dominick (1 month ago)
Those italian dudes were great
danrage the last (1 month ago)
Pharaoh vs yugi
Marco Leblanc (1 month ago)
10:30 your mullet alone is a scandal worse than the card game fatty sit your god worshipped ass down
Destroyaj (1 month ago)
the beginning of this is so cliche and contrived that i can't stomach it. It seems like they have no idea what the heart of a trading card game is, and are appealing to the mystical - chess like allure that is complete fantasy
Daniel Perry (1 month ago)
So its top trumps, but with wizards and shit
MisterTripleESS (1 month ago)
I like the artwork and collector idea but I have no clue if I would enjoy playing this game
Valcy0n (1 month ago)
You can try out duels of the planeswalkers or MTG Arena on PC, both give you an idea of what the game is like
MisterTripleESS (1 month ago)
Gaylord National lmao 😂😂😂😂😂 the irony
William Mercurio (1 month ago)
I used to call it Type 1... and I never understood why WOTC switched to only current card tournaments, I guess because it forces the player base to buy new cards. it's too bad, cause Type 1 had some really good cards and was fun.
DopeySo (1 month ago)
oh this isnt COCK MAGIC?!?!?!?!? ok.............
West texas Wills (1 month ago)
Hahaha thats hilarious
Dante alighieri (1 month ago)
Nerds
Randy Marsh (1 month ago)
Obvious grips of Masons there at the beginning . Proud ain't they?
Arvaniz (1 month ago)
I've watched this documentary six times, thus far. And mainly because of the Forino brothers parts (the Jacob Wilson segments are boring). Old time, sociable guys with Mishra's Workshop, Black Lotus, and Alpha/Beta Sol Rings? Yes, please!
Colm Kilduff (1 month ago)
N E R D S
TheReinholz (1 month ago)
Now go find you some pussy ;)
THEARMAGAMER (1 month ago)
Is it just me or I can't stop hearing Jimmy from GTA V: at 5:26
Michael Breslow (1 month ago)
What ever happened with Greg saying he couldn't talk about the misprints? Anyone know what the deal is behind it?
Evan Dempsey (1 month ago)
You haven't ever been truly entertained until you hear a beefy Italian guy use a boa constrictor's hunting behavior as an analogy for his Magic: The Gathering strategy.
External power (1 month ago)
Is that Kenny Powers? When we were teens my friend stole some of his little brothers Magic cards and we sold them to a comic book store for like $40. He then took us all to Burger king. Great times.
Jake Jeffery (1 month ago)
Pokemon is the most played
Jake Jeffery (1 month ago)
+Ralph Piper good point if mtg interface didn't look so bad i would probs give it a go too
Ralph Piper (1 month ago)
Ok, too easy, hook me up with some sources. I find it hard to believe more people play pokemon online, when MTG has MTGO with a gigantic following, followed my MTG area, another huge following. This is not taking into account other methods to play for free. You can "LOL" me all you want but since you have a point to argue, you should probably provide sources.
Jake Jeffery (1 month ago)
+Ralph Piper lol what about online wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more people play Pokemon bro its a fact
Ralph Piper (1 month ago)
I haven't seen the data, but I would assume that Pokémon is sold more, but actually played. most kids do not know how to play or care to learn. But MTG is played everywhere.

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