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Well there is the whole MtG novel series for the (relatively) newer blocks and sets. I wouldn't be surprised if some flavor texts are direct quotes.





That definitely wasn't the case in the heyday of MTG novels, though they might have gotten better at it more recently. Wizards is very open about its design process: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/116841

The novels have existed basically since the beginning, though tying them to a set may not have been there at the start. But if not, it was still very, very near the beginning, with the Weatherlight saga.

I both played and read Invasion through Fifth Dawn, and while the quotes never appeared verbatim, some of them could be pinned down to specific events. One of my favorite easter eggs was learning that the Blind Seer from Invasion [0] was actually Urza in disguise... which fits that flavor text perfectly.

[0] https://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/details.aspx?name=Bl...




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