How to Play Magic the Gathering
A Beginners Guide

What is magic the gathering?

Magic The Gathering is one of the most popular collectible trading card games in the world. The concept is simple: two players try to defeat their opponents by spending mana. Mana is a currency to buy spells, creatures, and powers which are described on trading cards. The cards are then grouped into a deck. Each deck will have a select number of cards. You can customize your deck before going into battle. It is important to choose cards according to the type of your opponent.

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Magic The Gathering was created by Richard Garfield and released in 1993 and is still a favorite game among millennials. According to the game’s creator, this trading game is easy to learn but difficult to master. There are tons of cool stuff that you can explore with the help of your cards. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a deeper look into how you can play the game as a beginner.

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knowing the colors

You and your friend will play the role of Planeswalkers. Planeswalkers are powerful beings who can travel to different planes. Magic The Gathering planes are universes in the multiverse known as Dominia. As you walk through these planes, you will take part in battles by summoning unique spells based on your cards. You get 20 hit points on attacking your opponent. Your goal in this game is to draw powerful creature spells and magical spells to lower your opponent’s life. The first player to reach zero losses on life total wins the game.

You need mana or land cards to summon the spells. Different colors in mana represent different things. Here are some of the mana cards or land cards you will get:

1. Mountains: Red represents mountains. It can cast aggressive spells where unique creatures can come and defeat your opponent. Try using red spells like lightning bolt and fireball combined with creatures like warriors or goblins to win faster.

2. Islands: Blue represents islands. It is the color of knowledge and foresight. This type of card can summon creatures like merfolk, spirits, or wizards. They help draw cards faster and interrupt your opponent.

3. Swamps: Black represents swamps. It is the most sinister card in the game. This color can draw demons and zombies that can leech away your opponent’s health.

4. Plains: White represents plains, indicating civilization. These cards can cast spells that summons clerics, knights, and soldiers that not only improve the attack of your minions but also increase your health.

5. Forests: Green represents forests. It exudes natural energy and relies on creatures like elves, druids, and beasts to bring you victory.

You may also get multi-colored cards that combine two colors. A vampire cleric, for example, is a combination of white and black cards. Colorless cards, on the other hand, give you the freedom to use them as any type of land card you want.

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knowing the actions

Just like different color cards, you will find various action cards with different mechanics and rules:

1. Sorcery: A sorcery card casts a spell directly from your hand and has a one-time effect on your opponent. You need to discard the sorcery card after using it.

2. Creature: A creature card is your basic attacker and defender. You can use it to summon a pious angel or even a demonic imp. You can check the attack and defense rating of each creature from the bottom right corner of the card. These numbers help to use the cards depending on the type of opponent or the purpose you are using the card for.

3. Instant: Like Sorcery, your Instant card has a one-time effect. The main difference is you can use this card either on your turn or on your opponent’s turn. It gives you additional power because you can attack when your opponent is playing.

4. Enchantment: Your enchantment card works like a sorcery card. But it stays in the game until your opponent comes up with a card to dispel it. You can use creature enchantments to boost the attack on your opponent.

5. Artifact: An artifact card represents a physical object but works more like an enchantment instead of a magical spell. Using equipment in artifact cards can improve the health and power of your creatures, thus making them stronger for the battles to come.

6. Planeswalker: Planeswalker cards mean you need to take help from your friend. Like you, your friend would also want to win the battle. These cards have tokens that you can use as magic cards.

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Consider yourself as the battle commander. Your creatures would act as the first line of defense. You can also use monsters to defend you. In addition to the creatures, you should also use cards to summon spells, enchantments, and artifacts.

This game has a simple aim: kill other players before they kill you. Every player starts with 20 health points. These will decrease if someone attacks you successfully. Each player starts with a 60-card deck and will draw seven cards in each round. If you think you have a terrible hand of cards, you can take a Mulligan. It gives you the power to discard your hand immediately and draw new cards from your deck. But this time you will only be able to draw 6 cards instead of 7.

Both players can draw cards after each round. You should split your cards into three types: spells, creatures, and lands. It is best to add advanced decks including Planeswalker cards later.

Before every turn, you need to lay down your land cards to summon any spell you need during the battle. Remember, the more powerful spell you summon, the more mana you will need to run it. It is wise to start the game with fire kitties or goblins and then progress to more powerful creatures like mythical horrors or gigantic dragons.

A beginner’s deck usually has one type of mana. But you can combine different mana cards as you progress. The secret here is to figure out what your opponent is trying to do by focusing on the type of powers they summon through their spells. Accordingly, you can strategize your move to defeat the other player.

Make sure you remember what the color cards and action cards represent by heart. This helps to summon spells that can reduce your opponent’s health in no time. Now that you know the rules of the game, good luck playing Magic The Gathering.

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