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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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Text Comments (5268)
atwaization (15 hours ago)
GAY
Gaming News HQ (3 days ago)
Shaun McLaren is just a poopy ass.
Aidenn Pearcee (5 days ago)
wow didn't even know people still played this... I have a closet full of Beta (Limited Edition) Unlimited Edition Arabian Nights Antiquities Revised Edition Ice Age I wonder if I should sell them?
Bob Howe (6 days ago)
This video brought me back to the game. I forgot that i had a box full of cards Id been lugging around for 15-20 years. Now I've been playing legacy fro 3 years and love it.
asmodeos666 (7 days ago)
No Taco Bell's Timmys ??? WTF is this shit ?
Bobby King (8 days ago)
Wow it's almost like Vice can be a decent news source when they don't send edgelords into the field who try to play up everything happening around them and act like it's all so crazy.
Bob Lam (9 days ago)
lol the dude that said the game is so well polished and so well done......... yeah i love mtg to bits but it honestly isn't always exactly polished.... like rn theres a card called nexus of fate that is just completely and utterly broken.......
Kyle Ashmore (9 days ago)
what do you mean? countering and exiling everything your opponent plays until your turn 5 teferi into turn 7 nexus infinite combo is op?
Jonathan Frakes (9 days ago)
Playing Magic The Gathering in a room full of sweaty, smelly men. Those were the days.
Chillypuwn (10 days ago)
overpriced pieces of paper!
Julian Röth (10 days ago)
what a sausage party
nublex (11 days ago)
those young ones at the end is me 20 years ago. kinda awesome.
Pea Shooter (11 days ago)
I havent played these kind of card games , but most of my friends keep YAPPING about Yu-Gi-Oh . My question is which one is better ; this one or YGH ?
With Donkey (7 days ago)
As someone who plays both, it's really a matter of opinion. YGH is a bit more fast paced, but MTG is a bit more customizable (many different types of viable decks to choose from). Yet MTG is way more expensive. I would just watch a video for each and choose one. Or find some friends who play one, and join in that game.
paul babuik (11 days ago)
Funny how no one ever made a magic movie
Harvey Chiefe (11 days ago)
Chess is the best game ever made. You can play it with rocks and lines yet have thousands of possibilities to play from opening to end game.
言程 (10 days ago)
go?
creep2300 (13 days ago)
wow, the atmosphere... you can cut the virginity with a knife in there
Daniel Willinger (17 days ago)
Jesus Christ a unsleeved Ancestral Recall
Mitchell l (18 days ago)
The more I watch this shit as an outsider the more I want to be a part of it XD
marcelgowa (18 days ago)
I still own a black lotus my un le gifted me 20years ago, it wont even hit a PSA 2 but i love this card more then i would love any psa 10.
Kareem AB (19 days ago)
17:22 misprinted Blk Lotus? He can get killed for it 😂
imPyr3x (21 days ago)
soooo we just ignoring 12:11 ?
The Big F U (22 days ago)
Yawnnnnn Don't men do man things anymore... TOTAL BETA MALES... society losers
Ryan Tyburski (22 days ago)
ohhh the feels. great video, thanks for putting this out
Jay Weatherbee jr (22 days ago)
I love seeing people playing without sleeves. The Italian brothers had some unsleeved, unboxed moxon in their deck box. For some it's about the love and tradition behind the history of the game. Not the payout or the greed. I understand valuing cards, I'm not idiot, but it's nice to see people that think "what's the point of having a play card if you dont play it". That's heart.
Tres Dollaz (29 days ago)
This is dope!!! you should do one for Yugioh
RestlessGuy232 (30 days ago)
No way they threw a mox sapphire in a box. This is literally the money shot. ( 8:15 )
Seán English (1 month ago)
"A lot of people take adderall" "Oh you mean like sleeping pills?" "Um... yea" "I take sleeping pills"
mike long (1 month ago)
Rekt!
Otmane Arkoub (1 month ago)
Yeah lets play metal the minute a pentagram shows...
D 4353 (1 month ago)
Yugioh > Magic
toinetoine (1 month ago)
Amazing documentary!
Waffle_Animates (1 month ago)
Gaylord
Daniel Jacobsson (1 month ago)
17.23 im so damn curious why he dont want to show the cards
Renz star (1 month ago)
from @4:45 on wards lol i read an article using the argument, Magic players aren't neckbeards with ass cracks playing the game as compared to Yugioh.
Sam Scholdner (1 month ago)
reverend Kenny powers, looks like he never made it back to the majors lmao @10:12
Tri Nur Syaifudin (1 month ago)
Grandfather of yugioh
Ray Ellinwood (1 month ago)
Do a video on Games Workshop and the thousands of dollars people are willing to pay for their models, and their community as a whole. The effort and creativity people put into that hobby is way more interesting then any card game. Plus it's not a super popular game so people would be exposed to it for the first time.
Benjamin Sanchez (1 month ago)
If you like MtG, you'll LOVE this new strategy-rap card game on hop culture and entrepreneurship. Legend of the Cipher: the Game of Hip Hop www.legendofthecipher.com/gallery After all, MtG won't make you a Planeswalker, but LOC will make you a real emcee. Ask me anything.
Habeev07 (1 month ago)
No big deal. Just a Sapphire chilling in that middle of that box... XD His cards so he can do whatever he wants.... 8:16
Habeev07 (1 month ago)
Just getting back into MTG. Now that Iam older and never owned a video game console after the PS2, I have an old nostalgia itch from my past. However brief it was. Antiquities, Unlimited, revised (only when Unlimited cards in NM aren't available) Alliances, and all 3 URZA's blocks are what I've been fondest of. Old cards. I wasn't around at the beginning. I quit MTG in 2000 after only playing in 6th grade bc i was too young to appreciate or really just understand the game. Plus, it was cooler to be a "skater boy" (shout out Avril Lavign) I only had like 2 friends that played it. I just turned 30 on the 21st - Mayan doomsday date ; ) I've bought strictly reserve list singles from Card Kingdom, only in NM condition (I want a complete Antiquities and Urza's block's Reserve List Set. Also been buying booster packs of Alliance's and URZA's block from only established sellers on ebay. Ive been on ebay for over a decade, so quite attune on how to choose the right sellers. So far, every pack passes the eye test after a good WIGGLE AND TIGGLE. YES , I SAID WIGGLE AND TIGGLE.... Thanks for the term Rudy of Alpha Investments ; ) If they were repacked all this time when I go to sell them in 20+ years, so be it. I got them lying flat in Ziploc bags and stored in a cool dark place. And my binders hanging so the pages dont get pinched. People want the sealed product. LONG LIVE THE RESERVE LIST!! and S.W.A.G: Silver, Wine, Art, Gold... not a wine drinker but its about tangible wealth.... cardboard canvas's (MTG cards are ART)... and a little thing called: blockchain. Large part of why 5G is being ushered in. Giggity!
The Levi Show (2 months ago)
I really need to know what that dude didn't want the camera crew to see on video.
Francesco Lazzari (2 months ago)
cringy
Nikos Nasikas (2 months ago)
another one for yugioh pls :PP
roberto gomez (2 months ago)
People still watch vice ?
Edward Davidson (2 months ago)
I wosh our town had mlre players.I been playing since 1994.
Edward Davidson (2 months ago)
Sweet video.
Keln (2 months ago)
MTG is THE card game. Endless combinations. Endless possibilities. Endless replayability.
Dimi Tsioubris16 (2 months ago)
Yeah sure, compared to Netrunner is nothing
Dominus Ghaul (2 months ago)
The ending was some of the best shit. The fact that these grown men from Long Island play the game with just as much passion as kids, and then the kids who are just now getting introduced to such a good fucking game that's more alive today than ever before. Long live MTG.
Risque (2 months ago)
So cute to see those kids getting into a game that'll probably bankrupt their parents lol. Though tbh, good luck to them!
GiggitySam Entz (2 months ago)
The editing is mastery XD
Flynn Ryan (2 months ago)
Catholic America Italians who only use religion for community and love and don’t get caught up in satanic fear, awesome.
Thor Parkour TraceUnity (2 months ago)
Casually scuffing around an unsleeved Beta Volcanic Island....... breh..
James Haig (2 months ago)
Im sorry but i can't get over that they are at "Gaylord National" lmaoo
michael angelo (2 months ago)
Fuck yeah Jacob!
MrAsap2000as (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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.
Sannvy (2 months ago)
Who else likes the old cards the best
No Fun Intended (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
the card Greg fenton couldn't show you in the back of his book was his missing mancard.
Aaron G (2 months ago)
no mention of commander, typical
Chris Winslow (2 months ago)
Almost 2019! EDH squad hit it!
Joel Quarenta (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Been playing since I was 7 (1994) and haven't stopped since. No shame.
Kneegrow Lols (2 months ago)
Never heard of it
Ozuu (2 months ago)
Yu Gi Oh > Magic Change my mind
Flynn Ryan (2 months ago)
I’ve watched this like 10 times
Mike Dobs (3 months ago)
i hate vice but i love magic
Dua C (3 months ago)
Bet that convention smelled like axe and hoagies
bear suo (3 months 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.
thekittenfreakify (2 days ago)
Might want to start from scratch.
Fennec Besixdouze (3 months ago)
@10:30 wait, why was Kenny Powers proselytizing against Magic in the 90s?
Joe Coo (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Please...do one with "Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards" Please!! I will die happy if that happens??
Jonny Croxville (3 months 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 (3 months 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 months 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 (3 months ago)
Omg the unsleeved beta cards at the beginning. It hurts
Brandon Whitaker (3 months ago)
Magic the Gathering is the best/worst game ever.
Leon Lefebvre (3 months ago)
A beautiful game. Don’t knock it till you try it
Jess Grimes (3 months ago)
this warmed my heart so god damn much ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Max (3 months ago)
The magic mafia!
Nox1234567891011 (3 months ago)
As this game is not nerdy enough thay are playing at the gaylord center xD
Grim Daddy Dog (3 months ago)
''I felt for sure it was a win'' Well that would be why you flopped the last games.
death x (3 months ago)
yugioh is better :D
Ronov (3 months ago)
Only 1 female amidst all the sausages..hmmmm.
xylophone (3 months ago)
22:55 and only then they banned Splinter Twin
xylophone (3 months ago)
Where are their sleeves?
Thomas cking (3 months ago)
Because of this video I’ve switched from yugioh to Magic and don’t regret it so far
S D (3 months ago)
lol 17:35 virginity card
Ahmad Andi (3 months ago)
Nah, yugioh is better
James Faragoza (3 months ago)
I cast my virgin eterna spell on you and all your army. Well played sir.
Labrafington Multi-Media (3 months ago)
The greatest card game of all time is poker U mad tho? lol 💯🥇🤦‍♂️🚙🛩🚁🚵‍♀️🤸‍♀️💥🚾4️⃣7️⃣0️⃣8️⃣
ErraticCsaw (3 months ago)
10:10 Is that Kenny Powers?
nymersic (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
This shit is why white males are a punchline
jackcullen69 (3 months ago)
It can get expensive but it's fun. Also those Italians seem cool
autofigure (3 months ago)
Jesus, they were playing with alpha and beta cards without sleeves. That's hundreds of dollars in damaged cards.

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