Friendship is Magic!

Not quite anime today, but anyone who knows me will know that I thoroughly enjoy My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I’ve watched up to season 4, though I’ll admit that I have fallen off the horse recently (so to speak); I think the show is up to season 9 now and I haven’t kept up to date. So, I wouldn’t consider myself a “brony”, but I can sympathize, because it is genuinely a good show. It’s got, you know, friendship. And magic. And the voice of the incomparable Tara Strong. At some point, I even knew the opening song by heart, and I am ashamed to admit that I have forgotten most of it.

Why am I bringing this up? Well, I just remembered that a couple of months ago I stumbled across something amazing, namely:

That’s right, a cross-over between MLP and Magic: The Gathering. It’s Frienship is Magic with a capital M. Apparently it’s for some charity event, which is nice.

But anyway, let’s have a look at the card mechanics. You can follow the link above to see the card images, I won’t bother reposting them here.

  • Rarity can be very useful if you own Rainbow Dash toy. A cheap activated ability would give a target creature protection from green, red, white and blue. If you need protection from black, though, you’ll probably need a Princess Luna toy - not a lot of black in the MLP universe.
  • Nightmare Moon seems pretty mediocre at first glance, with 4BB giving you a 6/6 with flying. That’s pretty expensive, though if you’re playing at night, it becomes a 8/8 with flying and menace, which is pretty handy. Then you need another 6 mana to transform to Princess Luna, and then some more mana to pay the costs of the exiled spells. However, if you’re in a team match (define “friends”), this card could be pretty awesome - you basically have a battery of spells floating around that any of your mates can cast with your permission. And you might snag a gift depending on how appreciative they are.
  • Princess Twilight Sparkle is certainly good value for mana, especially if you have some other ponies on the board. However, the win condition seems pretty hard to get - I need to get all of the Mane Six into play - and besides, does it really count as a win if everyone wins? Isn’t MTG a zero-sum game? Have I misunderstood all along?

For the record, my favorite pony is Rainbow Dash. You might find this strange - shouldn’t my favorite be the more scholarly Twilight? - but I empathize deeply with Rainbow Dash. I speculate that this is because we share the same neuroses and the tendency to make vague statements like “this needs to be 20% cooler”.

Written on November 3, 2019