Magic Mechanics in Real Life

Somethings best stay in the fantasy world

This all started with @Mulldrifting‘s tweet:

Re: blog on MTG stories/chars @mananation I want a blog on how game mechanics translate to books/real life. B/c some of its hilarious.

Some of my other posts are still in the works and this seemed like something fun and light to do. Yes, it’s a shorter post, but that’s alright. Let’s do this.


Kicker [Cost]: [Effect]

Magic: Conqueror’s Pledge

Real Life: “For an extra $50, I’ll throw in HBO and Cinamax free of charge,” said the cable guy during installation.

“Flicker” Effects

Magic: Flicker

Real Life:

Notes: Also works for Phasing effects, but no one talks about those cards.


Convoke (Each creature you tap while casting this spell reduces its cost by {1} or by one mana of that creature’s color.)

Magic: Chord of Calling

Real Life:

“Hey Ricky, come draft with us.”

“Dude, I’ve only got like five bucks.”

“Hey, who will chip in to get Ricky to draft?”

“I’ll throw in a dollar.”

“Sure, me too!”

“I’ll do it if it means I get some of his cards.”


Morph [Cost] (You may cast this face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Magic: Exalted Angel

Real Life:


Ninjutsu [Cost] ([Cost], return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)

Magic: Ninja of the Deep Hours

Real Life: Gene Parmesan from Arrested Development (Sorry, it’s a Hulu video, couldn’t get it to embed here).


Suspend X-[Cost] (Rather then cast this card from your hand, pay [Cost] and exile it with X time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost. (It has haste))

Magic: Ancestral Vision

Real Life: Advent Calender

+1/+1 Counters

Magic: Battlegrowth

Real life:

See you soon with “real” content.

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