Magic the Gatherings Reddit Community
There are at least 20 million people in the world who play Magic: the Gathering, according to Hasbros estimates. The wider Magic community is of course a sub-set of the larger gaming community, but 20 million is still a very impressive number. Within our small slice of the gaming community there are countless smaller groups that emerge. Whether its the half-dozen folks who play at your kitchen table, the dozens who play at your local shop or your college gaming club, or the hundreds who regularly attend regional events like Grand Prix and SCG tournaments, youre probably a member of many Magic sub-communities.
Today were going to look at the ,+ person-strong community known as the Magic subreddit, better-known perhaps as /r/magicTCG. Obviously theres plenty of ground to cover when it comes to Reddit, but were going to focus on an analysis that was done last week by a statistics/news website known as FiveThirtyEight. In their analysis, which focused on a Donald Trump communitys relationship to other racist and misogynist communities on Reddit, the author produced a lovely website allowing us to take a look at the Magic community and how it relates to other parts of Reddit.
This analysis may or may not provide us with any great insights into who we are as a community, or at the very least who the Reddit Magic community represents. After all, there are millions of Magic players and millions of folks on Reddit. The intersection of those two communities is just under , people, roughly 1% of the entire Magic community. Still, the analysis will give us some meaningful data about what its like to be a part of the Magic subreddit community, and thats a good start at understanding who we are.
Before we begin, lets talk about what this is and what this isnt. I could try to explain it but Trevor Martin, the author of the FiveThirtyEight piece linked above, does a much better job:
We’ve adapted a technique that’s used in machine learning research — called latent semantic analysis — to characterize 50, active subreddits based on billion comments posted from Jan. 1, , to Dec. 31, , in a way that allows us to quantify how similar in essence one subreddit is to another. At its heart, the analysis is based on commenter overlap: Two subreddits are deemed more similar if many commenters have posted often to both. This also makes it possible to do what we call “subreddit algebra”: adding one subreddit to another and seeing if the result resembles some third subreddit, or subtracting out a component of one subreddit’s character and seeing what’s left.
To begin well use a simple gaming example to illustrate the algebra at work. For example, take /r/gaming which is the largest subreddit for the gaming community at-large. Well remove /r/pcmasterrace which is a community of over half a million members who tout the value of PC gaming over console gaming. Heres what were left with:
Thats a list of games that are more-or-less exclusively available on consoles and not available on PC, so the members of the PC Master Race community arent found in these communities. So lets dive right in and get an understanding of which subreddits are most similar to /r/magicTCG.
- /r/EDH Commander Format Subreddit
- /r/spikes Competitive MTG Subreddit
- /r/ModernMagic Modern Format Subreddit
- /r/CompetitiveEDH Competitive Commander Subreddit
- /r/MagicLegacy Legacy Format Subreddit
Just missing the cut and rounding out the top ten are /r/custommagic, /r/Pauper, /r/hearthstone, /r/FoWtcg, and/r/CompetitiveHS. So its pretty plain to see that the Magic subreddit is very similar to the rest of the Magic subreddits. In fact, if you check the sidebar on /r/magicTCG youll see dozens of related subreddits that all cover a small facet of the Magic community. Because of this, it might be more difficult to figure out who the Magic community is, outside of really enjoying Magic.
So what if we want to get at the Magic community that also participates in the wider gaming community? If we add /r/gaming to /r/magicTCG where are the similarities?
Just rounding out this list are /r/hearthstone, /r/darksouls, /r/Warframe, /r/wow, and /r/Games. You might think that this is just the same as the general gaming community, right? Well, not exactly. If you look at the similarities for /r/gaming you get a different set of games:
So what makes games like Overwatch, Dark Souls, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone more attractive to the Magic community than games like Fallout, No Mans Sky, and the Witcher? Competition. We already know that /r/spikes and /r/CompetitiveEDH are among the most similar communities to /r/magicTCG. Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone have healthy competition and in fact require other people to play. Dark Souls is a bit of an outlier here, but for the most part theres a clear correlation.
So now we know that /r/magicTCG is a competitive community. Add any other competitive community and the strongest correlations are still there. Add /r/fantasyfootball to /r/magicTCG and you get /r/spikes. Add /r/poker to /r/magicTCG and you get /r/spikes. Competition runs in the veins of the Magic subreddit.
So what else makes the Magic subreddit tick? Movies? Television? Comic Books? News? Politics? Here are some quick hits from the Reddit Subreddit Algebra calculation:
/r/magicTCG + /r/comics
/r/magicTCG + /r/movies
/r/magicTCG + /r/television
Two trends appear immediately. The first is that the Magic community is the Magic community and thats why we see /r/EDH and /r/spikes keep showing up. The strong similarities between those communities and /r/magicTCG is too powerful to separate. The second trend is that Magic players are into pretty geeky things, like Star Wars and A Game of Thrones. This doesnt tell us anything new.
I probably went through a few hundred more algebraic equations but the only consistent trend is the homogeneity of the Magic community on Reddit. You can add or subtract any number of political, religious, athletic, and other varieties of subreddits to and from the magic subreddit and you still come up, for the most part, with other magic communities.
There are occasional controversies such as Crackgate and Zach Jesse that cause the Magic subreddit to become a cesspool of the sort of misogynist and racist garbage you often find in other corners of Reddit. Theres no denying that fact. The Magic community has plenty of amazing folks and some horrible folks. However, for the most part the Magic community on Reddit is about two key things: playing Magic and winning at Magic.
What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast written by former amateur Magic Player Rich Stein, who came really close to making day two of a Grand Prix on several occasions. Each week we will take a look at the past seven days of major events, big news items, and community happenings so that you can keep up-to-date on all the latest and greatest Magic: the Gathering community news.
This module is used to show top level reddit info for Magic Mirror2.
It is highly configurable and primarily allows users to choose between two display types, the number of posts pull from reddit, how many of those posts to display, how often to cycle through the set of posts, and how frequently to refresh posts from reddit.
Currently working on a large refactor that will allow multiple instances of the module to run simultaneously. Please submit feature requests as issues tagged as an enchancement and please list the title as "v2: [your suggestion]".
Project ETA completion: holiday
End User Dependencies
Just an installation of Magic Mirror2 and a working internet connection.
- Run in the directory
- Add MMM-Reddit to your config file
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Please enter to get content from the frontpage.
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Note: defaults to true. Also accepts regular expressions for advanced find and replace, but do not include preceding and trailing forward slashes. For those not familiar with regular expressions, see here.
|When set to , as soon as posts are received from reddit according to the updateInterval, posts are immediately rendered, regardless of what is currently on screen. When set to , the module will allow the existing set to finish and the new #1 post will be from the updated set of posts.|
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There is no timeline or guarantee than any of these will be accomplished. Will throughly review and test pull requests if anyone else wants to take any of these on.
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- Allow widths other than pixels
- Add option as display type
- Not sure if there's going to be a way to do this to ensure that the rotate doesn't fire before the gif is finished playing
- Add feature to display portion of text posts for subs such as r/dadjokes
- Add ability to allow user defined post ids for curated slideshow
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We all want community. We’re social creatures, it’s part of being a human and yes I am starting this article off with a fake deep cliché. Get on board and let’s kick off it’s only gonna get worse from here.
If you’re new to MTG Arena or even just Magic in general, you’ve probably spent some time lurking online and checking out forums, blogs, podcasts, or various social media. MTG has a huge online community, so it’s pretty easy to stumble onto a subreddit or two. Which, coincidentally, is exactly what we’ll be rating today!
Because that is a super important, super useful thing to spend all our time on. Hey, don’t blame me, you’re the one that’s reading this.
Anywho. I won’t exposition anymore, let’s just get straight to it.
MTG Arena Reddit: The Best, Most Complete, Most Totally-Serious-Absolutely-Not-Jokey Guide
WotC—our benevolent, all-seeing, all-knowing, totally-not-greedy overlords—aren’t really on the ball when it comes to helping new Arena-ers in figuring out how to do things. The number of posts on reddit of people asking why they can’t see all the events is baffling. That stupid event switch doesn’t even make any sense but they’re so bad at communicating how to use MTG Arena that people don’t even know it exists. A+ job, Wizards. Really, it’s an accomplishment to fail so hard at something so trivial. You really have to try, and it really shows.
And then there’s… this. Look, nothing against the people who use the forum, ya’ll are fine for the most part. And I mean… aesthetically, the forum isn’t horrible, but it’s not exactly the most informative. The Status Page is helpful, and there’s patch notes there (our piece is better, though), but that’s about all they’ve got for them.
Their troubleshooting help pretty much starts and ends at “submit a ticket,” if they say anything at all. Thanks, Wizards, that’s exactly why we have a player support forum. To be told to go somewhere else.
Arena hasn’t been out of a beta that long, so there’s still plenty of changes to be thrown around. Hell, just take a look at the fluctuating events and how we still apparently don’t understand that players want to draft the current set. Oh, and need we remind you of the whole Friends List debacle? Best not.
The point is, people need something a little bit more reliable. So, they head on over to one of the many MTG Arena subreddits to ask questions, get answers, bond with the community, and—inevitably—shitpost.
Top MTGA Subreddits Ranked by the Smartest Person in the Room (I Mean Me)
Why are you looking at me like that? There is absolutely no one who is better qualified to rate subreddits that I am. I’ve had a dormant account for like, three years, hello. I know what I’m talking about. Quiet down and get some popcorn, it’ll be fine.
I’m going to be rating these based on a few factors. First, their aesthetic appeal because really that is the most important thing, always. Yes, I am % basing this off the screenshots I took when I was first writing this and no, that’s not a misrepresentation at all.
Second, how useful their MTG Arena-related topics are to me in particular. I am the smartest person in the room, after all, so my opinion is the only one that matters. Obviously.
And third, how much MTG Arena-related topics pop up on the subreddit. This is, of course, the least important of the three factors and will have the least amount of weight.
Seventh Place: r/draftsim
I need colors! Excitement! Shiny! I’m sorry but this just isn’t doing it for me. I’m also offended that none of my articles are pinned by the moderators. This is totally not why I rated r/draftsim so low—I am an impartial judge, thank you very much—it’s just something I noticed. Do with that info what you will. It absolutely won’t affect my rating what. So. Ever.
This sub, as you can image, covers all things Draftsim. You can find our articles and strategy guides as well as discussions on our draft/sealed simulator or Arena Tutor. It’s also the perfect place to head if you notice any bugs or run into some kind of issue on our site or just want to suggest a feature to improve us. It can get pretty quiet there but when people do pop in they’re pretty chill. Oh, and also did we mention that we’ve got a Discord? That’s the best segue you’re gonna get, sorry.
There’s also not really much going on here other than our articles, so the content lags behind a bit. While almost all of our articles are MTG Arena-specific and we post quite a bit, there’s just not enough for me to bump this up in good conscience. Sorry, Dan.
And now we’re gonna move on ‘cause it’s really weird writing about our sub as if I’m reviewing it.
Sixth Place: r/spikes
All right, so there aren’t any pictures on the top of the page, but they’ve got a face as their face! They get style points for that. This is also the only sub that did away with that obnoxious blue color scheme and went with cool, clean grey and black. I, for one, approve.
Spikes is focused on “play-to-win” MTG as their About puts it, and the posts reflect the more “serious” nature of the sub. There’s a lot more detail and the community centers around the technical side of things. You’ll find lots of threads surrounding builds with discussion on card choice, sideboarding, and how it fits in the current meta, as per the rules of this topic. Users also discuss their experiences in competitive Magic including what deck they used, how they played, and how their matches went.
There isn’t really much that’s specific to Arena. Modern and Pioneer pop up quite a bit, but to be fair so do Standard and Historic so it’s still got it’s uses for Arena-ers. For the most part, though, it’s just general competitive or play-to-win MTG. Which isn’t my thing as I’ll never be good enough to be a competitive MTG player so I’m not bitter at all.
Still, this sub is a good spot to get some feedback or find advice if you’re looking to get into the Esports side of competitive Magic or just want the glory of climbing to Mythic. So, I mean, there’s that I guess.
Fifth Place: r/mtglimited
This was a tough one, because r/mtglimited has got one nice, big, colorful image right at the top there. Ultimately they got the shorter end of the stick because I just don’t like limited all that much. There, I said it! I’ll play it, and I don’t hate it, but I’d much prefer any constructed format. Sue me!
If you’re not familiar, this sub is focused on limited formats in MTG like draft and sealed. Posts tend to focus on feedback for draft picks, help with picks, or suggestions to improve draft or things the community wants to see happen. People are straightforward and honest which might come off as rude but really if you’re looking to improve your draft skills you need that honest, no-filter feedback so it works. Plus, sugar coating what someone did or didn’t do wrong with their draft doesn’t help anyone.
This is a mixed bag with some MTG Arena popping up, but you’ll see just as much paper Magic or even MTG Online. Still a good spot to discuss your Arena drafting if that’s what you’re after, though.
Fourth Place: r/MagicTCG
This is what I’m talking about! An awesome banner, Magic’s logo for a face, colorful flairs, red post titles, teal box headers… Ah, it’s magnificent! Now this is a shiny subreddit. They’ve also got a whole list of the other MTG subreddits. There’s no hogging the spotlight over here, this sub is ready to share! I love it.
Even though this is the general MTG sub, Arena pops up here a lot. There’s plenty of generic posts about everything under the sun like MTG art, paper products, all types of articles, and questions about just about anything you could think of. There’s some complaining here as well, but less so than r/MagicArena. Maybe that says something about Arena, now that I’m thinking about it… Let’s not dwell on that.
You’ll see just as much paper Magic as Arena, and Magic Online comes up every once in a while as well. Lots of fluff here but also a wide variety of content so your asking-for-advice post won’t be out of the ordinary. It’s a decent sub with its fair share of nonsense but, again, that’s the internet for ya.
Third Place: r/MTG
There’s a new sub in town! Visually, the MTG subreddit is mostly identical to most of the others. They do use Magic’s icon as their face, which I like.
This sub was locked for a while and was reopened for a new community in late There’s a bit of a story here, as the sub was born from a… disagreement between r/MagicTCG’s mod team and the general community. The new sub’s mission statement and comments on that post shed a bit of light on the situation, but I’ve got the lowdown for you.
Basically, a decent chunk of the community disagreed with the policies and moderation over on the MagicTCG sub. There are stories of unfair bannings and mods being overbearing and abusing their power.
When it comes to Arena, there’s a decent number of posts that pop up about it. Similar to some of the other subreddits, this one isn’t focused on MTGA, but the posts that do pop up about it are pretty useful and informative. Overall, I’d say this sub has a great community vibe and some really great resources if that’s what you’re looking for.
Second Place: r/lrcast
Next up we’ve got the Limited Resources podcast’s subreddit! They also got extra points ‘cause their podcast kinda rocks, even though they’ve got two pinned posts with no pictures taking up space at the top there. Their rules also made me giggle a bit.
Just like r/mtglimited, this sub focuses on drafting since the LRcast is about… um, well, limited. A lot of help with picks and asks for feedback on drafts here again. The community is comparable to the last sub, as well. Raw honesty that can be taken as a bit abrasive but it’s all in good spirit.
There’s quite a bit of Arena in here as most posts asking about picks or drafting advice come from there, so Arena draft-ers will be right at home. If you’re into drafting (especially BO3), this is your nirvana.
First Place: r/MagicArena
When I first took the screenshot for this sub someone has posted this awesome comic at the top and so it got mad points because that’s super cute and also hilarious. Then the post got removed and it wasn’t even the poster’s comic anyway. So now I feel bad for this poor sub and I’ve decided to keep its original first-place ranking out of pity.
This one… I almost took points away for some of the posts I’ve seen, but then I reminded myself that it’s the internet and awful behavior is in no way confined or unique to this sub and I let it go. For the most part the posts here are about anything and everything Arena, from shitposts and jokes to tales of good and bad experiences and “feedback” on the client.
There’s lots of complaining. Some of it is warranted, some of it not. I’d say most of it is pretty much just venting frustrations or complaining about something that’s actually a problem (connectivity issues, for example), while others just complain about specific decks or archetypes that they don’t like playing against. Listen, I hate playing against red aggro as much as the next person when their deck works, but can we tone it down just a little bit? Make a counter deck, get some revenge wins, and move on like the rest of us. Please.
People are generally pretty chill, here, but sometimes it gets weird. I’ve seen honest questions from what I’m pretty sure are really new players get downvoted to oblivion out of nowhere. Approach with caution.
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Let’s give a big round of applause for all our contestants! They did so great, didn’t they?
No seriously these are gold
Except for that first one… I don’t know what we’re gonna do with them.
All right, all right, I’m done with the sarcastic nonsense, promise. I hope I made you crack a smile or forcefully blow air our of your nose at least once.
In all seriousness, though, each subreddit has their own redeeming qualities and their own bad eggs. But, well, that’s the internet. You gotta take the good with the bad and understand that sometimes people suck, especially when they don’t really have to take accountability for what they say. Don’t let the trolls or bullies bother you, though, most of the Magic community is great and they’ll welcome you with open arms and a couple upvotes.
If you’re not sure which subreddit is your style from my totally relevant, important reviews of them (sorry, now I’m done with the sarcasm) there’s nothing stopping you from following all of them. Maybe you spend some time lurking, checking out the posts and comments, up or downvoting some stuff, and figure out which community seems more like your tribe. Whatever tickles your fancy, it’s up to you!
With all of that said, if you’re still reading at this point, wow. I’m… kind of impressed that you read through all that sarcastic, kinda-trying-too-hard mumbo-jumbo. I’d give you a gold star but… you know what, yeah, gold star for you!
If you didn’t actually read through it all and just skipped to the conclusion for some weird reason, that star is not for you please put it down.
I’m not being sarcastic give it back.
Well, that about does it. I’m sure you know the drill if you’re a frequent reader of ours, but your support is always appreciated. No matter what form it comes in—whether you drop us a comment below, share your favorite article, check out our reddit sub (winkwink), or become a Patron—it’s a big deal and we’re grateful.
Speaking of comments, what do you think of the various MTG Arena-related subreddits? Which ones do you spend the most time in and what are your thoughts on those you avoid?
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Reddit MTG Price Bot (EchoBot)
EchoMTG created a reddit bot (EchoBot) for the magic community. EchoBot listens to comments by users and will respond to a comment when summoned by a price call. EchoBot price calls are completed between 20 seconds and 2 minutes, longer times are due to Reddit API limiting. EchoBot is driven by our server processing pool and loads TCGplayer pricing that is stored daily in our database.
How Price Calls Work
In your reddit comment, you summon the EchoBot like this:
If a card has multiple printings, and you know its set code or expansion, use a bar character | to separate the card name and the set code or expansion name
Using 3-letter set abbreviation:
or, name part of its expansion name
You can use it in a sentence like this
Cards with multiple editions and promos. With the set field you can have part of the set, the full name, or the set code.
What doesn't work
Multiple calls in a single comment. Only one price call is available per comment.
$(sddgzsdfh) non recognizable cards return nothing.
$(Bob) $(FoW) nick names or common abbreviations return nothing
$(Melira) short names return nothing.
$(Vedalken Æthermage) Æ character not supported, use AE.
$(Dark confidant|MM) You have to spell the expansion name out: modern masters or use the set short code MM2. Hybrids will not work.
$(Lotus Bloom|foil) foil price will auto post, you do not need to ask for it. Asking for it will make the bot not recognize what you are asking for.
$(Elspeth, Knight Errant | Duel Deck) missing the dash in name will fail
$(Snapcaster Mage | Innistred) Misspelling the set name will fail
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