Some notes about this list:
- I try to keep as much things canon as possible. The older novels have some problems with their depiction of planeswalkers, and there have been times when the editors appear to have been asleep considering the number of continuity errors (Scourge, Test of Metal), but in my opinion everything that was supposed to be canon should be considered canon if it is at all possible. I will deal note continuity errors and suggest explanations in my reviews.
- What I do not consider canon are the following things: prerevisionist comics that have been replaced by revisionist novels (Antiquities War, Jedit Ojanen), third party remakes of Wizard of the Coast novels (The manga versions of The Brothers' War and The Purifying Fire) and stuff where the creators clearly didn't care about matching the story to established canon (Usually videogames, like Magic the Gathering - Battlegrounds or Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012.) I will still review the now out of continuity comics though, for the sake of completion. They were canon before their replacements came out after all.
- In addition to stories you will also find a number of articles on this list. I do not intend to review every single article ever produced on MTG lore. I'll stick to just the stories and actually published sources, unless a the backstory of a set or a important event was only covered in an online source. This is the case with Mirage, Innistrad for example.
- Any entry with a X behind it is a source I do not own (yet). The novels I will buy when the time comes to review them. Stuff like old magazines and calendars will probably be left out for now. I'll hunt them down and add them eventually, but since they can be tricky to get a hold off I can't promise I'll get them any time soon.
Now, to the list proper
- Whispering Woods
- Shattered Chains
- Final Sacrifice
- The Cursed Land
- The Prodigal Sorcerer
- Ashes of the Sun
- Song of Time
- And Peace Shall Sleep
- Dark Legacy
- Distant Planes
The Weatherlight Saga
- Rath & Storm
- The Brothers' War
- Time Streams
- Mercadian Masques
- The Thran
Older Expansion Cycles
- The Gathering Dark
- The Eternal Ice
- The Shattered Alliance
- Assassin's Blade
- Emperor's Fist
- Champion's Trial
- Chainer's Torment
Later Expansion Cycles
- The Moons of Mirrodin
- The Darksteel Eye
- The Fifth Dawn
- Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa
- Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa
- Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa
- Ravnica, City of Guilds
- Time Spiral
- Planar Chaos
- Future Sight
- The Colors of Magic
- The Myths of Magic
- The Dragons of Magic
- The Secrets of Magic
- The Monsters of Magic
- Alara Unbroken
- Zendikar: In the Teeth of Akoum
- The Quest for Karn
- The Secretist (Parts I, II and III)
- Godsend (Parts I and II)
- Agents of Artifice
- The Purifying Fire
- Test of Metal
- War of the Spark: Ravnica
- The Gathering Storm
- Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest
- War of the Spark: Forsaken
The Art of Magic: the Gathering: the Rath Cycle
Dragons: Worlds Afire
A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara
- Atiquities War #1-4 (Replaced by the Brothers' War novel)
- Arabian Nights #1-2
- Dakkon Blackblade one-shot
- Elder Dragons #1-2
- Fallen Angel #1-2
- Fallen Empires #1-2
- Homelands one-shot
- Ice Age #1-4
- Nightmare one-shot
- Serra Angel one-shot
- Shandalar #1-2
- The Legend of Jedit Ojanen #1-2 (Replaced by the Johan/Jedit/Hazezon novels)
- The Shadow Mage #1-4
- Urza-Mishra War #1-2 (Replaced by the Brothers' War novel)
- Wayfarer #1-5
- Gerrard's Quest #1-4
Wizard of the Coast
- Path of the Planeswalker
- Path of the Planeswalker 2
Note: I don't actually own these, but all of them are available online, so I'll just review those. I'm in no hurry to spend money on stuff I can also read for free.
- Magic the Gathering #1-4
- Magic the Gathering - The Spell Thief #1-4
- Magic the Gathering - The Path of Vengeance #1-4
- Magic the Gathering - Theros #1-5
- Magic the Gathering - Chandra #1-4
- Magic the Gathering - Chandra - Trials of Alara #1-4
- The Duelist, a.k.a. Duelist Magazine, #0-41. See the MTGSalvation Wiki for a more complete list of storyline related articles in those 40 issues. A number of articles have been reposted online. You can find some of them via the MTGS Wiki and some of them here. I don't own most of these, but some friendly people have allowed me to use their copies, so all of them will eventually be reviewed!
- Top Deck. I have no issues of this magazine, but the comics from it have been posted online on MTGSalvation. As they are essentially commercials for the novels, often just retelling the first chapter, I will probably not hunt the actual issues of Top Deck down anytime soon.
Note: I'm only counting official magazines published by Wizards of the Coast. Magazines like Inquest or Scrye may have contained storyline snippets, but those all came from press releases or just straight from the novels. Plus it's hard to differentiate what is official information and what is conjecture by the journalists. Therefore I'm sticking to just Duelist and Top Deck.
- Microprose: Magic the Gathering, a.k.a. Shandalar. Intro animation. Backstory from the manual posted on Phyrexia.com.
- Magic the Gathering: Battlemage, a.k.a. The Planeswalkers War. Intro animation. Intro animation to the campaign setting can be seen a few minutes into this review. The (archive of the) official website also contains a bunch of lore.
- Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014
- Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 (cutscenes found on YouTube)
- Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 - Garruk's Revenge
- Magic Duels
Two other games I don't know enough about to fully include or exclude them are the Sega Dreamcast game, and Magic the Gathering Tactics. Does anyone know if those even have a storymode? Tactics does appear to have a map of post-Ice Age Terisiare, which is quite amazing!
- Alpha Rulebook, contains the short story Introduction. Posted online here.
- Pocket Players' Guide, Revised Edition, contains the articles Dominia and its Walkers and the short story Roreca's Tale. Posted online here and here.
- Pocket Player's Guide, Fourth Edition, contains the article Nature of Dominia and a timeline. The article is posted online here.
- The Official Guide to Urza's Saga, contains the short story A Time for Remembrance. Posted online here.
- The Official Urza's Legacy Game Guide, contains the short story Scars of the Legacy. Posted online here.
- The Official Urza's Destiny Game Guide, contains the short story Phyrexian Autopsy. Posted online here.
- Coldsnap Player's Guide, contains the short story Keeping the Cold.
- The Official Guide to Portal Second Age, contains a short article explaining the setting of Caliman. Posted online here.
Obviously there are many, many more game supplements, but to review all of them would be madness. Actually, it would be trying to get my hands on them that would be madness. So I will only list the ones with actual stories in them, and the Portal Second Age one, since it has lore that never ended up anywhere else. I only own the Fourth Edition Guide but most of the others are available online and can thus also be reviewed. Now I just need to get my hands on the Coldsnap Guide. I could swear it had been posted online somewhere, but I appear to have lost the link.
- Magic the Gathering 1995 calendar
- Magic the Gathering 1996 calendar
- Magic the Gathering 1997 calendar - 365 Days in Dominia
- Magic the Gathering calendar 1997
- Magic the Gathering calendar 1998
- Magic the Gathering Urza's Saga 1999 calendar
Current WotC Website
Current WotC Website
- Magic´s Story
- Uncharted Realms archive
- General article archive
- YouTube Account (Just for the trailers)
- A Voice for Vorthos, Doug Beyer's Tumblr account
Previous WotC Website
Even Older WotC Websites
- The Magic Multiverse. Includes set stories/summaries. The Visions subsite is down, but has been archived here.
- Archived version of the Magic Multiverse site, which still contains the most complete official timeline in the MTG canon.
- Magic book archive
- Legendology (Down, and the only Magic story every posted there had already appeared in an anthology book. Only included in the list for sake of completion)
- Encyclopedia Dominia
- The Duelist Online
- Mirage: Oasis
- Visions: the Oracle
- Weatherlight: Legacy
- Tempest: Into the Storm
- Stronghold: The Darkness Within
- Exodus: Ertai's Struggle
- Magic Invasion
- Magic Odyssey
- Kamigawa block Legend Vignettes
- Dissenssion minisite (Down, short stories archives here, here and here)
- Coldsnap minisite (Down, short stories archives here, here and here)
- Planar Chaos minisite (Down, short story archived here)
- Shards of Alara minisite
- Conflux minisite
- Alara Reborn minisite
- Zendikar minisite
- Worldwake minisite
- Rise of the Eldrazi minisite
- Scars of Mirrodin minisite (Down, most of it reposted here)
- Innistrad viral campaign
- The Hanweir Chronicle
Note: Ugh, these things... they are really cool, but Wizards never pays attention to them when overhauling their sites, and thus these minisites stop working properly and lore gets lost in the interwebs-aether. The Internet Wayback Machine helps a little, and luckily with the later sources the stories have often been reposted, or at least saved by fans. Enough has been lost to warrant a (X) though. If anyone more skilled at internetting can dredge up some of this stuff I would be eternally grateful! I've only posted minisites with new story material on them.
Third Party Websites
Like with the magazines I don't really want to include third party websites in this list. It is supposed to be a list of primary storyline sources after all. But some sources have been lost and have only been saved by third party websites. For example, the Legends of Magic (Jeff Lee's old site) holds the only known information on the Elder Dragon War, at least until someone unearths the old calender that info originated from. Similarly those map collections have preserved maps from old calenders and Duelist supplements that might otherwise had been lost, or at least become very rare.
In addition to the listed sites the forums of MTGSalvation, Phyrexia.com, MTGNews.com and Magicthegathering.com/Gleemax have all been visited by the likes of Pete Venters and Brady Dommermuth and writers like Scott McGough, Cory Herndon and Will McDermott in the past, all of whom have left little storyline nuggets all over the place. One day I'll do a thrawl through the archives that are still available (I fear MTGnews and Gleemax have already been lost) and store all the interesting information in one place.
- Walker of Night
- Prelude to War
- The Planeswalkers War
- The Homelands Document
- The "Lost Archive"
The first four of these are Armada comics that never made it to print. There were a number of other comics planned, but these four were so close to being released that we actually know what their stories would have been about. Their canonical status is questionable, but they are nonetheless very interesting sources that merit a look.
The Homelands Document and the Lost Archive are documents made by Wizards for internal use. No doubt there are many more such documents, but these are the ones that have been made (partially) available to the public.