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Magickal Gatherings[1] is the EGS universe equivalent of Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game. It was first referred as something Salty Crackers Comics sells in New and Old Friends[1]. Later there was a game in Duel of the Discs[2], and finally a whole tournament in Squirrel Prophet 2[3].


Name Edit

Originally, it was called just Magical Gatherings.[1] Later, Dan Shive changed the name to MagicKal[4] Gatherings, as visible in the new comment under that old strip.

StoryEdit

Early referencesEdit

The game is first referred as something Salty Crackers Comics sells in New and Old Friends,[1] along with other card games like Yu-gi-oh.

Later Nanase mentioned that Justin shouldn't concern himself with the paradox of desiring to get to a state without desire before he frees himself from lesser desires like the desire for rare magical gathering cards.[5]

Duel of the DiscsEdit

In Duel of the Discs, Justin plays against Tensaided in a single game of the "Olde school" format.[6] The purpose of the game was to allow Grace to see Star Wars first time in the original version. Grace imagines the duel as a real wizard fight, roleplaying so well that Tensaided was impressed.[7]

For most of the game, Justin is losing; Tensaided used series of sacrifices to get Gargantuan Cannon[8] and hits Justin heavily, but at last moment - with only a single card and a single life - he is able to win using a combination of Stompalope he got on third turn[9] and Unstompable Stompede.[10]

Squirrel Prophet TournamentEdit

The tournament in Squirrel Prophet is of the Sealed format, where each player opens six packs to build a deck with.[11] Justin managed the tournament, and Grace was also working at the store at the time. Players included Tedd, Sarah, Tensaided, and George, who was also playing Pokemon at the same time. Several other characters were introduced or named in this arc, including Luke, Larry, Rich, and Sam. Pandora was also hanging around in the spirit plane.

Sarah initially wanted to build a werewolf-themed deck, but she opened an extremely powerful vampire card, O.P. Aludrakrala.[12] She ultimately decided to build the werewolf deck, but included O.P. Aludrakrala anyway.

The tournament took place over four rounds, where each round consisted of a best two of three match. In round one, Tedd played Larry, Luke played Rich, Sarah played George, and Tensaided played some guy.[13] Larry, believing Tedd was a woman, made multiple inappropriate comments to him and effectively threw the match. Luke initially intended to quickly lose so he could speak to Justin, but Rich made a homophobic comment, prompting Luke to win the match. Sarah lost to George, however he gave her some advice to improve her play.

In round two, Luke received a bye, giving him a free win due to the odd number of players. Tedd played against Sam, causing Larry and Rich much confusion. Tedd ultimately won his match despite Sam's pockets. Sarah played against Tensaided and won, prompting Tensaided to declare her a true geek.[14] In round three, Rich was paired against Tedd, who had accidentally turned herself into a girl between rounds. Meanwhile, Sarah played against Larry, and explained to him why he should not hit on other players. Tedd and Sarah both won their matches.[15] Luke also won his match, despite being distracted by magical things and Justin.[16]

In the final round, Tedd played Luke, Larry played Rich, Sarah played Sam, and George played some guy.[17] Tedd and Luke's decks were both slow and controlling,[18] causing them to run out of time and draw their match.[19] Sarah and Sam bonded over roleplaying, but got into standstill with "who attacks first loses" Alucard against Angelsting[20] and neither could win before they ran out of cards. However Sarah put forty-two cards in her deck, causing Sam to run out first.[21]

Ultimately, Sarah won fourth place, winning one pack of cards. Tedd and Luke shared third place, winning three packs each. George won second place, and also became Indigo League Pokemon champion. The grand prize was won by some guy.[22]

Known Cards Edit

Magickal cards with known names are listed here, along with their Magic: The Gathering equivalent, if any.

Card First Seen Description Played by MTG Equivalent
Energy Bird EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-07 0/1 flier, activates to gain 1 energy. Justin Birds of Paradise
Power Growth EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-10 Allows you to play an additional land Justin Explore
Elvish Gardener EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-10 1/1, activates to gain 1 energy. Justin Llanowar Elves
Fiery Sacrifice EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-11 Sacrifice a monster to gain 3 energy. Tensaided Infernal Plunge
Gnomish Inventor EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-11 Activate and Sacrifice to gain 4 energy. Tensaided
Library of Schematics EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-11 Activate and Sacrifice to search your deck and play any equal or lesser value device Tensaided
Gargantuan Cannon EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-11 Pay one energy, activate: attack with a monster from your hand. That monster then dies because, well, cannon. Tensaided Sneak Attack
Literary Dragon EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-13 7/7 flier. When it dies it deals 3 damage to everu monster. Tensaided Visually similar to Nicol Bolas.
Mechanically similar to Magma Phoenix.
Scurry EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-13 Until end of turn, prevents all damage to monsters who are not attacking or blocking Justin
Stompalope EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-18 8/8 stomper for 6 energy. The summoning of the Stompalope cannot be stopped. Justin Terra Stomper
Skreevos EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-21 10/10 flier. When it damages a player, that player discards their hand. Tensaided Inspired by Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.
Mechanically similar to Nicol Bolas.
Unstompable Stompede EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-28 Until end of turn, all of your monsters get an attack bonus equal to the attack of your strongest monster. Justin Overwhelming Stampede
O.P. Aludrakrala EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-05-16 5/5 Vampire. Flies, cannot be the target of spells. When he kills a monster, he gets a permanent +1 bonus to attack and health. Each other vampire gets +X to their attack and health, where X is the number of bonuses on him. Sarah
Diminutive Fairy EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-06-02 Luke
Grizzly Bear EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-06-05 Tedd Grizzly Bears
Beefy Lycanthrope EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-06-24 Sarah
Cancel Spell EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-06-24 Target spell does nothing and is discarded Tensaided, Luke, Tedd Cancel
Big Pointy Teeth Drake EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-06-02 3/1, flies. Luke, Tensaided Skywinder Drake
Extra Pointy Fangs EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-07-03 Sarah
Beef Up Defense EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-20 Sarah
Shrink EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-23 Target has 0 Attack / 1 Health until end of turn. Luke, Tedd Humble
Van Angelsting EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-27 3/3 Angel. Flies, cannot be the target of spells. Reduce all damage to him from Vampires to 0. He gets +1 to attack for each Vampire your opponent controls. Angels you control get +2 Health. Sam
Overpartymus EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-31 Return target monster to their owner's hand. Tedd Unsummon
Unbalanced EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-31 Enchanted monster cannot fly. Luke Grounded
Snorified EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-31 Enchanted monster has -3 Attack, +3 Health, and cannot attack. Tedd Guard Duty
Ditzified EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-31 Flip a coin whenever enchanted monster attacks, blocks, or uses an ability. It tails, they do nothing instead. Luke
Penguinimus EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-31 Target monster is a penguin. Tedd Pongify

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-03-03 ("Ah, Memories...")
  2. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-06
  3. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-05-14
  4. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-08-07
  5. EGS Main Story Comic for 2003-04-30 ("Confusion Over This Is Why I'll Always Be Reincarnated")
  6. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-04
  7. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-10-03
  8. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-11
  9. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-18
  10. EGS Main Story Comic for 2012-09-28
  11. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-05-14
  12. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-05-16
  13. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-05-28
  14. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-07-04
  15. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-08-15
  16. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-09-18
  17. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-13
  18. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-31
  19. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-11-18
  20. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-10-29
  21. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-11-13
  22. EGS Main Story Comic for 2014-12-03