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Magic: The Gathering Will No Longer Use “Tribal” As A Game Term

The term tribal will be discontinued in Magic: The Gathering (MTG) products going forward. The game’s publishers have decided, instead, to settle on the word typal.

The change was made in response to advice from cultural consultants, who were concerned that perpetuating the concept of “tribes” has harmful connotations. Merriam-Webster defines typal as “serving as a type,” or, “of or relating to a type.”

The change will take some time, as the change is, for now, only for “internal vocabular words” at the company and seems mostly focused on rules text for now.

As with the term tribal, typal refers to cards which take creature type into account for game effects. It can also refer to decks that are built around certain creature types.

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