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Learn the origins of Magic: The Gathering in upcoming documentary Igniting The Spark

It’s a kind of magic.

The world’s most popular collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering is getting its own documentary, titled Igniting The Spark, The Story of Magic: The Gathering.

The game’s “history, explosive growth and enduring popularity” will be convered, according to a press release from one of the three production firms working on it.

It will be directed by producer Brian Stillman, who has previously made documentaries The Toys That Made Us and Plastic Galaxy: The Story of The Star Wars Toys, along with co-director Kelly Slagle, who helmed Dungeons & Dragons film Of Dice and Men and documentary Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons.

Magic: The Gathering also has an upcoming animated Netflix TV series on the way, which will be produced by Marvel: End Game directors the Russo brothers.

First created by mathematician Richard Garfield in 1993, Magic: The Gathering has gone on to both acquire millions of fans since. Available both as a physical card game and on PC through Magic: The Gathering Arena, it has seen over 50 card sets (and beyond 15,000 different individual cards) over the decades and is currently overseen by Dungeons & Dragons 5E publisher Wizards of the Coast.

Magic: The Gathering is currently in its Theros: Beyond Death expansion, which takes players into a world inspired by Greek mythology and the underworld.

No release date or platform for Igniting the Spark, the story of Magic: The Gathering has been revealed as of yet.

If this has piqued your interest in the MTG card game, be sure to take a look at our beginner’s guide to Magic: The Gathering.

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Sara has been writing since 2017, contributing news, features and more to outlets including Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, Variety, The Guardian, BBC and Tabletop Gaming magazine. An expert in Dungeons & Dragons, they’re also a fan of all things horror and psychedelia both on and off the table. They are happiest rolling big dice, raising mobs and rocking out with their Bard-Lock.