D&D General The Venn Diagram of D&D and Magic: the Gathering Players

Which statement best describes your Wizards of the Coast relationship?

  • I only play D&D.

    Votes: 81 53.3%
  • I play D&D mostly, but I play a bit of M:tG also.

    Votes: 24 15.8%
  • I play both D&D and M:tG regularly.

    Votes: 10 6.6%
  • I mostly play M:tG, but I play a bit of D&D also.

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • I only play M:tG.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't regularly play either of these games.

    Votes: 5 3.3%
  • I play D&D now, but I used to play a lot of M:tG

    Votes: 30 19.7%
  • I play M:tG now, but I used to play a lot of D&D

    Votes: 1 0.7%


I know the basics of play and own some cards (as much Battlebond and Kaldheim as I could get my hands on…), but don’t really like to play. For the longest time, I blamed the MtG game for “killing” D&D, though in reflection TSR seemed to pretty much have actually done that themselves. You can imagine that I got real upset for a while when Wizards bought TSR, though 3E pretty much soothed my attitude towards them. Funnily enough, I bought the Theros, Ravnica & Strixhaven D&D books - good lore, just no desire to play the card game version.

My brother is pretty deep into the game; he’s made Top 8 in the past. My eldest son plays it a bit, but just casually - if I ever got roped into playing, it was with him, hence my large Battlebond and Kaldheim collection.

As for my wife, she has a complete set of Portal…and all the Unhinged sets. But she doesn’t play MtG, just collects.

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Morkus from Orkus
I used to play a ton of Magic and D&D way back in the day. Now I participate in the occasional draft with friends, but overwhelmingly it's D&D that gets my time.


Played MtG 1995-1998, 2000-2002, and a bit in 2013. D&D 3.5 a bit around 2006, 2007 or so, 4e off and on 2008-2015, 4e and 5e online since... I dunno, late 2021, early this year?


I play D&D. I used to play MtG decades ago, but the treadmill got to be too much.
Exactly why I stopped playing regularly. Now I mostly play spellslingers, which is based on MtG rather than being a direct port. I've thought of looking back at MtG arena, I had a MtG online account as well, not even sure if that one is still going.

I had a "friend" who was my introduction to both MtG and D&D. Both went horribly and it would've been real easy to never pick up either again. Fortunately, I got back into D&D because the idea of world building, adventuring, and DMing are awesome. Instead of going back to MtG I just bought tons of board games and have never looked back.

I don't play either anymore. While I did play D&D a lot way back in the day, I tried MtG once... and just didn't see the appeal of it. For that matter, I just generally don't care for any collectible card game. That's just me though, and I get that a lot of people are passionate about them. And of course, I'm grateful that WOTC was able to rescue D&D....


A friend tried to get me into it, and my brother and other friends have played it, but it just never clicked with me. Couldn't tell you why; I've played other CCGs over the years, and what I know of the lore isn't unappealing.


I played Magic 2 or 3 times over the years, every time I thought it was extremely boring (as in what do you mean it was only 30 minutes? it felt like 2 excruciating hours). I really don’t get the appeal.

the Jester

I only play D&D now. Went through a period of heavy Magic between about the Dark and about Ice Age, but it took too much time away from my D&D game and prep time.


Passionate player of both. Started playing Magic pretty close to the beginning, and took a multi-decade break from both.

When I started teaching my children D&D back during the Next playtest, one of them mentioned Magic and I pulled my dusty box of cards from out of the closet. Been in the deep end of both ever since.

I like "crossing the streams" and use a lot of Magic lore in my D&D games.


I played Magic 2 or 3 times over the years, every time I thought it was extremely boring (as in what do you mean it was only 30 minutes? it felt like 2 excruciating hours). I really don’t get the appeal.
I mean, if it took you a whole half hour to play a game of Magic, I can see why the appeal wasn’t clear: a match of Magic is usually more like 10 minutes. The appeal is that it is complex enough to stimulate similar centers as Chess or Poker, but also really quick and easy to play.


I primarily play D&D, amd have done so for about 17 years now. I have intermittently played Magic, have enough cards to have some fun hands anytime the mood strikes us, got way into Arena for a while at the height of the pandemic.


MtG suffered from the opposite of what happened to D&D: Card flopping was really hurt by not being able to do it in person. Arena is just not the same.
Theoretically, that is plausible...however, in fact Magic sales and play exploded during the pandemic to all time heights. Turns out the primary way people play Magic is at home at the kitchen table, sceapptogether cards bought as impulse purchases at Target, WalMart or CVS Pharmacy. And people had a lot of time to spend at their kitchen table, and still had to go to Target, WalMart, and CVS Pharmacy...

Also, Arena literally doubled WotC's income overnight when it hit mobile. It does very well for itself.

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