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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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Jonny Croxville (14 hours 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 (19 hours 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 (3 days 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 (4 days ago)
Omg the unsleeved beta cards at the beginning. It hurts
Brandon Whitaker (7 days ago)
Magic the Gathering is the best/worst game ever.
Leon Lefebvre (8 days ago)
A beautiful game. Don’t knock it till you try it
Jess Grimes (9 days ago)
this warmed my heart so god damn much ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Max (9 days ago)
The magic mafia!
Nox1234567891011 (11 days ago)
As this game is not nerdy enough thay are playing at the gaylord center xD
Grim Daddy Dog (14 days ago)
''I felt for sure it was a win'' Well that would be why you flopped the last games.
death x (15 days ago)
yugioh is better :D
Ronov (16 days ago)
Only 1 female amidst all the sausages..hmmmm.
xylophone (16 days ago)
22:55 and only then they banned Splinter Twin
xylophone (16 days ago)
Where are their sleeves?
Alpha MemeKing (17 days ago)
Because of this video I’ve switched from yugioh to Magic and don’t regret it so far
S D (17 days ago)
lol 17:35 virginity card
Ahmad Andi (18 days ago)
Nah, yugioh is better
James Faragoza (19 days 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 (20 days ago)
10:10 Is that Kenny Powers?
nymersic (20 days 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 (21 days 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 (21 days ago)
This shit is why white males are a punchline
jackcullen69 (22 days ago)
It can get expensive but it's fun. Also those Italians seem cool
autofigure (23 days 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 (23 days ago)
The pain when you see there is no sleeve is used on the cards
Bongo (23 days ago)
6:25 Before you win a pro tour you should learn to speak
koila maoh (24 days ago)
I still have a lot of originals, never really had a chance to play :(
LetsGoFive5 (24 days ago)
Some of that old school art work was metal as fuck.
AnlamK (25 days ago)
I wish there was more on the financially exploitive aspect of Magic.
Connor Smutny (25 days 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 (26 days ago)
When I stopped playing this game and played sports instead... I got a lot pussy. Never looked back since...
Jerry Ernst (26 days 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. (28 days ago)
what is the song at 25:41?
Chris Fassano (28 days ago)
These scrubs done sleave their cards?! unsubbing
ZMBY Minds (28 days ago)
Magic finals at The Gaylord National, sounds about right.
powertortoise (28 days ago)
I quite fancied this game but i hear its only for women and gays now?
powertortoise (24 days 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 (24 days ago)
No. That's just people complaining about nothing.
Domexpo (28 days ago)
I wish Vice still made videos like this, that’s not just on Vineland
Jeremy Hodges (28 days 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I love my Demon/Devil deck.
pigglet and pooh bear (1 month ago)
So glad they let a female say the prayer without a headcovering
Nick Fury (1 month ago)
white border are alpha cards they are no longer played
Rosica Miller (1 month ago)
the pro players are so fukkin creepy and awkward..
F22_Pilot (1 month ago)
19:49 He trusted in the heart of the cards.
adam painchaud (1 month ago)
"some people take Adderall to focus" lol when nerds don't realize they're tweakin
Anyone else say magic gathering to annoy others?
Adrian (1 month ago)
Is that Hotel really called Gaylord?
Yendor the Grand (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Don't touch Your sweat, and then right after that, a card. *Cries*
David Reiter (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Anyone knows what is he talking about in 17:20? Im freekkin curious!
Virgilio Ebajo (1 month ago)
dual lands outside of sleeves!?
dj johnson (1 month ago)
Magic is awesome but no limit texas hold'em is still and will always be the greatest card game ever created.
Delicious_Lunch (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
So this is what virgins do.
Zoophilia Consultant (1 month ago)
what a joke!! Life I mean
Filou Tarmin (1 month ago)
i have 1 demonic tutor whitout pentagramme
Giubob420 (1 month ago)
7:40 where going to put pene in the puttanesca
Keaton The Cretin (1 month ago)
Even vintage players know that vintage can be crazy OP at times.
broox johnston (1 month ago)
how do you have siege rhino in your pro deck? its a $2 card...like wow
asdernr (1 month ago)
american obsession. like there are no players from outside the us...
Lumpy718 (1 month ago)
Excellent Video,... Thanks for sharing it,...
Morolan (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Dude got his own card. Hell yeah
Marlo York Rodriguez (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
12:11 Gaylord national wut?
Deathrider (1 month 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.
Danny Cartagena (1 month ago)
Please...do one with "Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards" Please!! I will die happy if that happens??
Daniel K (1 month ago)
12:00 f**king child abuse!
Nya Stclair (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Black cards are always the demonic and evil ones. If you're a bible thumper then just play a white deck....
Deez Nizzles (1 month ago)
Kenny Fuckin Powers! 10:31
R L (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
Terror on a Shivan... it's not that devastating
Kyle Sumner (2 months ago)
2:46 He says it like there's any question about it. 😇
Edud (2 months ago)
So what did that guy show off in private?
Josh Blaho (2 months ago)
10:35 "How many know the mind is a very fragile thing?" Me because my mind exploded seeing the awesomeness of that permed mullet and goatee combo.
g ferg (2 months ago)
wait why is this vice though?.... chilling with cannibal warlords to card games lmao big leap
The Manman (2 months ago)
If I could get all the money that I’ve spent on Pokémon cards I would use it to buy Magic cards
Not wise, considering Wizard of the Coast is dying faster with each piece of news that comes out. This company doesn't care about quality or consumers.
burdickd2 (2 months ago)
The game of rejected virgins. Play Magic or commit suicide? Hmmmmm.
Palpatine VEVO (2 months ago)
+burdickd2 you have shares in Hasbro, they own this game for virgins
burdickd2 (2 months ago)
+Palpatine VEVO Uhhhhhh, no. Your mom and dad can testify to that.
Palpatine VEVO (2 months ago)
+burdickd2 then you are a part of the rejected virgin game
burdickd2 (2 months ago)
+poopynuggeteer extraordinaire : Hahaha, more money than me? Idiot, I own stock in Hasbro, twit.
And they're making more money than you and slaying demons for that sweet princess gash.
Michal Kiegiel (2 months ago)
I feel sick seeing those unsleeved cards! Ahhhh how could you!
Steve (2 months ago)
Stupid video
Seth Reynolds (2 months ago)
Oh how the once great TCG King has fallen.
plasma_shot_45 (2 months ago)
Yuigioh is better
telepathy90 (2 months ago)
So good
Gary Thompson (2 months ago)
Love watching people scoop
Justus Grundmann (2 months ago)
This video made me start playing magic
sasuke22dante (2 months ago)
Under Bridge (2 months ago)
This is the first Vice video I've seen that wasn't pure left wing propaganda.
Under Bridge (2 months ago)
A hobby that involves being in actual proximity and socializing with real people? Gay. And want to read some truly evil anti-Christian shit? Try the Jewish Talmud. (Well, anti-everyone but Jews.)
Arturo Cabral (2 months ago)
Fuck off prophecy club!!!!! 10:11
Jacob Taylor (2 months ago)
Jacob is legit. I like it. who would've thought my favorite vice was when the spoke the least and let the people do the talkingwow can u guys at vice stick to stuff like this food and drugs and leave the socialists ideals for MSNBC to shove down our throats.
jay olson (2 months ago)
makes me feel old knowing i bought those revised cards they used in the video and know them by heart. has it really been over 20 years? wow
Koua Vang (2 months ago)
How do you cheat I would cheat hhh
VenomFrogPwned (2 months ago)
Why couldn’t 17:30 show us the cards
jcsmooth70 (2 months ago)
Something you can't show on camera? Lol yeah okay buddy it's not that deep. Prob because he stole it haha!

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