Mirror Match

What is a mirror match?

A match in which players use the same fighters

In gaming, a mirror match is a match in which players use the same character, faction, deck, etc. to fight each other. For example, a Super Smash Bros. mirror match might consist of two players fighting each other as Fox. Or, a Magic: The Gathering (MTG) mirror match might consist of two players battling each other with identical (or nearly identical) Blue-White Control decks.

The term mirror match comes from the original Mortal Kombat. In the game's single-player mode, players eventually had to fight against the character as whom they were playing. The game called this match the Mirror Match.

In most fighting games, a slight color variation allows players to differentiate between the otherwise identical combatants during mirror matches. However, most players who have fought a mirror match know the sting of mistaking which character they're controlling ...

Example

I love playing as the Terrans, but I really hate the mirror match.
An MTG player asking about the best mirror matches of the past

An MTG player asking about the best mirror matches of the past

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Updated October 28, 2022

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