Is This the Only Time This Play Has Been Made or What?

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I'm fascinated by the idea of something happening only once in Magic. Given that millions of people play the game in countless different formats and languages and countries, is it possible that there are unique plays in Magic's history?



I'm not talking about  extremely rare plays. I'm talking about things that have happened only one, single, solitary time. The player base is large enough that every possible interaction has probably happened at least once, but I like the idea that we can still witness an interaction for the very first time. It keeps the magic in Magic.

I've expressed my admiration for Channel Fireball's Jacob Wilson's "troll" deck series before, and since then, he has published a couple more of these highly entertaining videos. In match two of game three of a Vintage event (embedded below), at 4:37, we see Wilson's opponent play what I propose is the very first Abrupt Decay cast on a Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded in Magic history.

But you know, that's just what I want to be true. I'm sure someone out there will be all too happy to deflate my balloon and tell me about how they've seen this play many times before. I mean, in my heart of hearts, I know that it's probably at least happened in kitchen-table Magic, where a much wider range of cards is playable.

But come on. Just let me have this one, guys. This is definitely the first Abrupt Decay ever cast on a Tibalt.


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Danny Brown

Danny is a Cube enthusiast and the former Director of Content for Quiet Speculation.

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