Magic: The Gathering And Yu-Gi-Oh! Face Off In YouTube Crossover Match

Magic: The Gathering And Yu-Gi-Oh! Face Off In YouTube Crossover Match

Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering are incredibly different trading card games, with their own rules, mechanics, and even win conditions. That hasn’t stopped one YouTube channel from pitting an MTG deck against a Yu-Gi-Oh! deck, though.

Both sides played by their own game’s rules, including hand size, life total, and even Magic’s summoning sickness are all the same in their respective games, which on paper would put Yu-Gi-Oh! at a massive advantage. Despite Yu-Gi-Oh!’s 7980 life point lead, it wasn’t quite the washout you might have expected.

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The YouTube channel for the German TCG marketplace Cardmarket challenged its resident MTG and Yu-Gi-Oh! experts to go head-to-head. While the Yu-Gi-Oh! player, Adam Murphy, brought a lightly modified take on the Kaiba Reloaded Structure Deck – one full of normal monsters and infamously weak spells, MTG player Carl Perks brought a custom-made blue deck full of counter spells and theft effects.


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The problem facing Perks was that practically any monster in Yu-Gi-Oh! could deal enough damage in a single turn to one-hit kill him, thanks to Magic’s starting life total of just 20. To make matters worse, monsters in Magic do not have ‘summoning sickness’ as in Magic, and, bar the first turn, can attack the turn they enter the field.

With so many monsters able to attack, Perks was forced into playing a mono-blue control deck. ‘Bounce’ effects in Magic proved to be particularly powerful too, as Yu-Gi-Oh! only allows you to normal summon once monster per turn. When a monster got bounced back to Murphy’s hand, he was effectively shut down as he couldn’t play any more that turn.

A girl fading away in MTG
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However, Perks’ real strategy was around using Yu-Gi-Oh!’s lack of mana value (casting cost, which does not exist in YGO) to his advantage with cards like Lullmage’s Dominion, Venarian Glimmer, and Entrancing Melody for much cheaper than you’d normally be able to in Magic. By stealing Murphy’s monsters, he was able to actually win the first round.

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The second round was even harsher for Murphy, as Perks added four copies of the Magic card Chalice of the Void into his deck, which counters every spell cast equal to the number of charge counters on it.

As Yu-Gi-Oh! cards have no mana value, and by paying no mana to put any charge counters on the Chalice, the Chalice simply prevented Murphy from playing any cards of any kind and forced him to lose to drawing every card in his deck.

Three warriors in glowing armour in Yu-Gi-Oh

Of course, for anything other than a pure control deck, Yu-Gi-Oh! would have utterly trounced Magic. Just by going second, Murphy could have played a normal monster, swung out, and dealt thousands of damage straight away. As Magic creatures often have power stats in the single digits, there was no way at all MTG was going to win through ‘fair’, combat-heavy strategies.

The surprising thing is just how well the two games fit together. Each player managed to follow their own game’s rules with minimal tweaks needed to make the two compatible – the only difference was agreeing that Yu-Gi-Oh! cards have zero mana value, and that any mention of ‘creatures’ on a Magic card would also apply to Yu-Gi-Oh!’s monsters.

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Who knows, maybe this will inspire Konami and Wizards of the Coast to collaborate and give us a Blue Eyes White Dragon Commander deck?

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