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

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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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michael angelo (1 day ago)
Fuck yeah Jacob!
MrAsap2000as (4 days ago)
Ugh, god u people are euro-centric. Magic might possibly be the most played in the West but Yugioh is the most played in the world. The world is a big place.
luca g.lisickza (4 days ago)
mtg become a pay to win game. im lucky to have stopped buying booster boxes at ice age and hold my beta and arabian nights plus i love playing old school cards
CCTV9 (6 days ago)
I got into magic when a old friend gave me some of his trash commons from Ice Age. Fell in love with the art then the game.
Marcos Mendoza (7 days ago)
People would steal whatever he had in his binder and if they know him or recognize him and can mug him or follow him home to steal from his house. It would be the same as winning the lottery, you don’t want anyone to know you won because you can get robbed because someone recognized you on tv.
Santa Claus (8 days ago)
Who else likes the old cards the best
No Fun Intended (8 days ago)
Guys come on. The vintage cards shown here are most likely proxies. Though admittedly I wouldn’t put it past vice to be a bunch of idiots and damage some precious antiques for a video.
neonicon (9 days ago)
the card Greg fenton couldn't show you in the back of his book was his missing mancard.
Aaron G (10 days ago)
no mention of commander, typical
Chris Winslow (12 days ago)
Almost 2019! EDH squad hit it!
Joel Quarenta (12 days ago)
Those two kids at the end of the video represent what mtg is all about. It's all about fun and discovery.
Teagan Bloom (12 days ago)
Used to play this when I was younger, great game. Now if I could only convince my partner to play. hahaha .... pretty sure I have some of those pentagram cards. :D
joey flores (16 days ago)
Been playing since I was 7 (1994) and haven't stopped since. No shame.
Kneegrow Lols (16 days ago)
Never heard of it
E.T. (20 days ago)
What is the card at 9:41? Also 9:43
Ozuu (20 days ago)
Yu Gi Oh > Magic Change my mind
Flynn Ryan (20 days ago)
I’ve watched this like 10 times
Mike Dobs (21 days ago)
i hate vice but i love magic
Dua C (23 days ago)
Bet that convention smelled like axe and hoagies
bear suo (23 days ago)
I've gone to four different Magic the gathering clubs in the past 6 years, in attempt to casually get back into this game, each visit was however the exact same regardless where I went. My deck versions was different then the others there, or if we could play it wasn't the strongest deck they owned, so they didn't want to play me. My goal was to casually go up to 10 people over the night and ask to play, and after that I would go home, I still have yet to play a game with someone, which to me feels insane. My time spent at the clubs besides asking people to play was merely observing, There is usually one single girl in the entire club, which generates a circle of guys around her, in one club I witnessed a girl who would just look at cards she thought were pretty, and the guys would just give her the card. The people playing the game were really into it, the competition seemed fierce, so much so that the losses often got heated and someone usually always storms out. The most normal thing was the few people just talking about the game lore or about rare cards. Could not find my place, and as much as it is entertaining to watch the drama sometimes, it tends to be the awkward people in high school who played Magic that just grew up but the social skills didn't quite make the leap, I say this having played magic in middle school. Still on the fence on trying a fifth time.
Fennec Besixdouze (24 days ago)
@10:30 wait, why was Kenny Powers proselytizing against Magic in the 90s?
Joe Coo (24 days ago)
Intriguing Haven't played M.T.G in twenty years picked up some packs today and be great to pick up the game again. Its a shame I don't have my old Green White damn thing went walk about years ago. Thinking of playing a number of different options. Not spending fortune though just gonna pick up boosters again. Playing a few friends Fair play to anyone taking it pro. That's pretty damn cool.
Danny Cartagena (25 days ago)
Please...do one with "Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards" Please!! I will die happy if that happens??
Jonny Croxville (28 days ago)
When "pros" pull a Yugi and get just what they need right when they need it...9 times out of 10 they cheated to do it. Because people forget about being fair when money is on the line. Totally ruins the game.
Microphunktv (28 days ago)
adderall.. so basicly magic tournaments allow consumption of dextroamphetamines? even e-sports in 2004 didnt allow that... and some latvian team got banned when i was playing counter-strike in baltic regional finals... :P just saying, magic is in the same category as e-sports.. pseudosports by now.. Im pretty sure Poker players aren't alllowed performance enhancing drugs as well... I guess unless you have dr prescription that you actually need adderall or smt like that... adhd is a made-up condition tho...
Thorin Peterson (1 month ago)
Players that dont talk during the match suck the fun out of the game for me. I'm not a fan of the dude they chose to follow around for this documentary, just puts me off. Fantastic doc though.
Rainbow Myr (1 month ago)
Omg the unsleeved beta cards at the beginning. It hurts
Brandon Whitaker (1 month ago)
Magic the Gathering is the best/worst game ever.
Leon Lefebvre (1 month ago)
A beautiful game. Don’t knock it till you try it
Jess Grimes (1 month ago)
this warmed my heart so god damn much ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Max (1 month ago)
The magic mafia!
Nox1234567891011 (1 month ago)
As this game is not nerdy enough thay are playing at the gaylord center xD
Grim Daddy Dog (1 month ago)
''I felt for sure it was a win'' Well that would be why you flopped the last games.
death x (1 month ago)
yugioh is better :D
Ronov (1 month ago)
Only 1 female amidst all the sausages..hmmmm.
xylophone (1 month ago)
22:55 and only then they banned Splinter Twin
xylophone (1 month ago)
Where are their sleeves?
Alpha MemeKing (1 month ago)
Because of this video I’ve switched from yugioh to Magic and don’t regret it so far
S D (1 month ago)
lol 17:35 virginity card
Ahmad Andi (1 month ago)
Nah, yugioh is better
James Faragoza (1 month ago)
I cast my virgin eterna spell on you and all your army. Well played sir.
The greatest card game of all time is poker U mad tho? lol 💯🥇🤦‍♂️🚙🛩🚁🚵‍♀️🤸‍♀️💥🚾4️⃣7️⃣0️⃣8️⃣
ErraticCsaw (1 month ago)
10:10 Is that Kenny Powers?
nymersic (1 month ago)
Fuck these kids. I won tourneys 20 years ago, and to hear them say "well I thought this tourney was guaranteed" oh eat shit kid MtG is as much luck as anything else YOU DRAW YOUR CARDS FFS
Kattywagon29 (1 month ago)
There was a link to this video from a commenter from a video I was watching on the MTG youtube channel Tolarian Community College. He said it made him want to learn to play. I must say that If I didn't already play magic, this video would have gotten me interested.
Harrison Klebold (1 month ago)
This shit is why white males are a punchline
jackcullen69 (1 month ago)
It can get expensive but it's fun. Also those Italians seem cool
autofigure (1 month ago)
Jesus, they were playing with alpha and beta cards without sleeves. That's hundreds of dollars in damaged cards.
2:47 nah man no game can ever be more legendary than chess.
Hazardly ace (1 month ago)
The pain when you see there is no sleeve is used on the cards
Bongo (1 month ago)
6:25 Before you win a pro tour you should learn to speak
koila maoh (1 month ago)
I still have a lot of originals, never really had a chance to play :(
LetsGoFive5 (1 month ago)
Some of that old school art work was metal as fuck.
AnlamK (1 month ago)
I wish there was more on the financially exploitive aspect of Magic.
Connor Smutny (1 month ago)
This video really failed to properly cover the costs of playing the game at the various levels. A mention that those decks in standard can run $200 to $500, and those vintage decks can push $20k would have been powerful.
The Proverbial Hater (1 month ago)
When I stopped playing this game and played sports instead... I got a lot pussy. Never looked back since...
Jerry Ernst (1 month ago)
Honestly, with that much money shouldn't adderall be a DQ offense? Nothing against adderall, I've taken it myself, but if you dont need it, it's literally a performance enhancing drug.
Mike O. (1 month ago)
what is the song at 25:41?
Chris Fassano (1 month ago)
These scrubs done sleave their cards?! unsubbing
ZMBY Minds (1 month ago)
Magic finals at The Gaylord National, sounds about right.
powertortoise (1 month ago)
I quite fancied this game but i hear its only for women and gays now?
powertortoise (1 month ago)
I see. I had a quick search. Do you know how politics battle started? or just a vague idea? is it 'tolarian' and 'quartering' that started it or?? I mean is it like another comic-gate ?? but with cards??
Drake the troll (1 month ago)
No. That's just people complaining about nothing.
Domexpo (1 month ago)
I wish Vice still made videos like this, that’s not just on Vineland
Jeremy Hodges (1 month ago)
Notice niethernof those brothers have wedding rings. Dorks
Matthew Sawczyn (1 month ago)
"No one's bigger than the game. The game has to be about community." Amen!
Brad Malone (2 months ago)
What was the whole thing about the guy not being able to show or talk about his missprinted card? Was he worried about getting robbed? Or did he steal the card and didnt wanna out himself?
Dylan De Jong (2 months ago)
I love my Demon/Devil deck.
pigglet and pooh bear (2 months ago)
So glad they let a female say the prayer without a headcovering
Nick Fury (2 months ago)
white border are alpha cards they are no longer played
Rosica Miller (2 months ago)
the pro players are so fukkin creepy and awkward..
F22_Pilot (2 months ago)
19:49 He trusted in the heart of the cards.
adam painchaud (2 months ago)
"some people take Adderall to focus" lol when nerds don't realize they're tweakin
don't subscribe to me (2 months ago)
Anyone else say magic gathering to annoy others?
Adrian (2 months ago)
Is that Hotel really called Gaylord?
Yendor the Grand (2 months ago)
The Shivan Dragon was still able to block the Sengir Vampire in the beginning of the video. Terror wasn't played until after blockers were declared.
Ragnar Wolfeng (2 months ago)
Don't touch Your sweat, and then right after that, a card. *Cries*
David Reiter (2 months ago)
Pros don’t think of the game as a game of fun, but a game of strategy that they need to win at all cost.
MTU (2 months ago)
Anyone knows what is he talking about in 17:20? Im freekkin curious!
Virgilio Ebajo (2 months ago)
dual lands outside of sleeves!?
dj johnson (2 months ago)
Magic is awesome but no limit texas hold'em is still and will always be the greatest card game ever created.
Delicious_Lunch (2 months ago)
They're keeping a beta Black Lotus in a sleeve, and not hard plastic? That's a $17k card! Buy a case dude!
Michael Taylor (2 months ago)
So this is what virgins do.
Zoophilia Consultant (2 months ago)
what a joke!! Life I mean
Filou Tarmin (2 months ago)
i have 1 demonic tutor whitout pentagramme
Giubob420 (2 months ago)
7:40 where going to put pene in the puttanesca
Keaton The Cretin (2 months ago)
Even vintage players know that vintage can be crazy OP at times.
broox johnston (2 months ago)
how do you have siege rhino in your pro deck? its a $2 card...like wow
asdernr (2 months ago)
american obsession. like there are no players from outside the us...
Lumpy718 (2 months ago)
Excellent Video,... Thanks for sharing it,...
Morolan (2 months ago)
I was without a job for a bit and started selling off some belongings. My Magic cards were the most valuable thing I owned and I had to pay rent so off they went. Only newer stuff so it was about $500 worth of cards when sold. Most of that came from 3 or 4 cards and the rest were about $100 for several thousand cards. It took a long time to organize and then sell them to an online store. I want to get back in to it but my friends and I live far away and don't play as much as we used to...Shame.
Eric White (2 months ago)
Dude got his own card. Hell yeah
Marlo York Rodriguez (2 months ago)
Its a pity magic is not that popular here in the Philippines, me and my bro were players ourselves although we often play with some of our neighbors but those neighbors never seem to hold on to their collection, so sad T_T
Thoma Hawk (2 months ago)
12:11 Gaylord national wut?
Deathrider (2 months ago)
"The mind is a very fragile thing." So, apparently, is your faith, you witless turd. Seriously, if you look at a fucking game and think it's got something to do with the Devil, you are an utter imbecile.
Daniel K (2 months ago)
12:00 f**king child abuse!
Nya Stclair (2 months ago)
I played magic for like 20 years up until a few years ago. One thing you learn if you've played about 50,000+ games of magic. Winning the ability to play first on the first round has too much weight on then outcome of the game. I can't tell you how many series i've lost because I had to draw instead of play in round 1.
Nya Stclair (2 months ago)
Black cards are always the demonic and evil ones. If you're a bible thumper then just play a white deck....
Deez Nizzles (2 months ago)
Kenny Fuckin Powers! 10:31
R L (2 months ago)
7:52 "High-level vintage Magic, and great pasta." Sign me the f**** up!
madison davis (2 months ago)
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elnubnub (3 months ago)
Terror on a Shivan... it's not that devastating

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