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Diversity in Magic: the Gathering

It's interesting to see how diverse characters in Magic: the Gathering have become recently.

MtG has been decently diverse for a long time. For a long time they've been consistent about having equal representation for male and female characters, including leaders, protagonists, villains, and miscellaneous cool characters of many kinds. Way back in 1996 they had a bunch of sympathetic dark-skinned characters, including Teferi.

But in the past two years, in addition to that, we've had:

The introductory articles for Alesha and Narset are well done, introducing us to the character as a whole, with all their circumstances and traits, not making a big deal of the "representative diversity" in a tokenistic tickybox way, but rather letting it be present as one of many characteristics that make up each character.


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Mar. 12th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's surprisingly positive. IIRC DnD 5ed was surprisingly positive as well, so I wonder if (hope?) there's a decision higher-up in Wizards of the Coast to support progressive choices in their products.

I'm cautious of being too positive because magic isn't perfect and has been criticised before (both correctly and knee-jerk-ly) for gender portrayal. So I don't want to say "look here, an example of inclusivity done right". But OTOH, there's a lot to be pleased about, positive portrayals of characters who happen to be trans or non-neurotypical are really rare even in circles you'd hope they're not, and magic has had a lot of this recently, and I want to support more!

I'm also curious where this level of thing is decided. I assume there's meetings between various teams deciding the general outline of each planeswalker. But who decided being trans was a possibility, was it part of the concept, or did Doug Beyer just make it up and then it became canonical?
Mar. 13th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC)
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