Hello everyone, today I am doing the first part of a two-part blog. This post is going to be about how to play magic the gathering. Here is how…

Magic the gathering is one of the first card games ever made. Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and other childish card games were based off of this. Magic is an easy game to learn but a hard game to master. It requires a little luck, a lot of strategy, and a good game plan. There are many different ways to play this game. I am going to explain the basic way to play Magic the Gathering.

The first step in playing Magic is finding a deck to play with. There are plenty of stores that sell decks for under 20$. I would check Target, or buy the decks off amazon. There are 5 different colors to choose from. Black decks are used for destroying your opponent at the cost of your creatures or your life. Blue decks are used to counter spells and control your opponent. Red decks are used to deal a lot of direct damage to an opponent. White decks are used for defending. Green decks are used to get a lot of monsters out at once. The color is all personal preference.http://tinyurl.com/7j4zgm4     Back of any Magic the Gathering card.

The next step is to separate all your cards into different categories.  You should put your creatures, sorcery spells, enchantments, lands, and artifacts in different piles. You can tell the difference between the cards by the center of the card. If it is a sorcery, artifact, or enchantment spell then it will say sorcery in the middle of the card, and under it will be spell description. If it is a creature card then it will have 2 digits at the bottom right of the card. It will be in the form 2/2. Land cards will have land written in the middle of the card. A third of your deck or more should be lands.

Basic lands used for mana in Magic the Gathering.

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The next step is to learn how to play the game. The game starts off with you shuffling your deck and drawing 7 cards. Then you pick up half of your deck and flip over that card. The player with the highest mana costing card goes first. The mana cost of the card is on the top right of the card. Colorless mana is a gray circle with a number of how much mana you need. Example: I draw “Guard Gomazoa” which has a mana cost of one blue mana and two colorless mana. That is a total mana cost of three. My opponent draws a card that has a total mana cost of two. I get to choose who goes first. I choose him because the player who goes first can’t draw a card at the beginning of his first turn.

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Guard Gomozoa in Magic the Gathering.

When it is your turn there are certain things you have to do in order. The first thing is you untap any of your cards that got tapped from last turn. You tap a card to use its special ability or to attack. When you use a sorcery card it goes to your graveyard which is right next to your deck. You have to put it facing up. After untapping all of your cards you then draw a card. During your turn you can play a mana, and then use as many spells as you want as long as you have mana for them. Then you attack with your creatures if you choose to. You can only attack once when it is your turn. After you attack you can either play more cards if you have the mana for them or end your turn. Whenever you play a spell, its mana cost at the top right is how much mana you tap. If you tap your creatures to attack then you can no longer defend with those creatures until it is your turn again. Only flying creatures can block flying creatures unless your card says otherwise.

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A creature with Reach, which means it does not have flying but can block flying creatures.

Now that you know how to play the game, the next step is to try your deck against your friends. You play against them to see what is working well in your deck and what you need to change in your deck. To change your deck you are going to go out and buy new cards and test them until you get a deck that works well with the deck you have. Eventually you will have a collection where you can make multiple decks to use and have fun with. In time you can make a really good deck and compete in magic the gathering tournaments to get even better cards for your deck.

The End.

Next post I am going to be talking about my personal deck and how it works. Stay tuned!

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