New Magic: The Gathering Manga Chapter Shows Off The Power of Combo Winter

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November 28, 2019  12:01 PM

 

Chapter 12 of the Magic: The Gathering manga, Destroy All Humankind. They Can’t Be Regenerated, has been released in Japan (you can read it here), and it features Combo Winter, the term used to definte the general metagame after the release of Urza's Saga in 1998. During this time, players believed too many overpowered cards and combos filled all the MTG tournament formats, and this made the DCI ban a large amount of cards in December 1998, and when that was not effective, more cards were banned in March 1999. The card from Urza's Legacy, "Memory Jar", which threatened to prolong Combo Winter, was also banned shortly after it was released. 

The latest chapter features the protagonist Kanou Hajime going up against his rival, known as the One-Winged Angel (Yes, just like Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII), Hajime's opponent was able to pull off an infinite turns combo with a bunch of artifacts and "Time Spiral" and the battle looks epic. This scene kind of reminds me of the Sleifer combo in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. The illustrations when the One-Winged Angel pulled off the insane combo look fantastic, and seeing this combo brings back the nostalgia of how broken the Urza's Saga block was. 

For those who are not familiar, the Destroy All Humankind  manga series by Yokota Takuma and Ise Katsura features  old school Magic cards from the 90's. The "youth graffiti" MTG-themed manga centers on two Magic: The Gathering players in the 1990s. 

The manga launched in the January issue of Monthly Sh┼Źnen Ace magazine on November 26, 2018. Ise is credited with the original work, and Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro publisher of Magic, is credited with cooperation.

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