View Full Version : what do i need to start?
04-18-2004, 05:26 AM
for a long time ive been thinking about starting.
but firstly i need to know: i love playing dm and yugioh so will i like this?
also what will i need to start out?
(i bought a starter box with a video 5 years ago when i was little but did not understand how to play. i got rid of the cards and have regreted it ever since!)
04-18-2004, 05:53 AM
DM is very similar to Magic. Magic is slightly more complex IMO, but if you know how to play DM, you shouldn't have that much trouble learning Magic.
The starter set isn't that bad, but the problem is, once you've learned the basics, it's a little hard to transfer content wise in the "advanced" level. My advice is that after you know the basics, just look up some of the good cards from the latest sets, see what decks are good, get a feel for the metagame.
It's a pretty big pool of stradegy though, so don't jump right in. It might be wise for you to attend a local FNM (Friday Night Magic) and just see how people play.
It's really hard for me to give advice, because everyone picks up this kind of thing quickly. Look at the popular decks, see why they're good. If you don't understand why they are, you may have to check how well you know the rules, or do more reading. Good luck!
04-18-2004, 07:52 AM
I would suggest gettin a Starter thing first and have u and a couple of ur friends who r interested learn how to play through that. Then maybe u all buy a Pre-Constructed deck (but not 8th ones, they won't help u learn anything new), and play eachother with it. that's how i started at least.
Going to tourneys r big helps. Although u'll prolly get killed (less ur a spoiled kid who can get many good cards really fast), u learn important stratagies. Maybe try to organize tourneys just with your friends so that you can all encourage eachother's growth as aposed to being flamed by a local yokel at a tourney.
I've been playing magic for a year or two but i'm still kinda a n00b. I still can't do well in draft, but i read-up online (like here at pojo) to get better and i learn a lil more everytime i enter a tourney
hope u enjoy magic!
(PS: I was a committed Pokemon player and then a commited Yugioh player, but Magic is much more interesting, harder, and more stratagy oriented, and most importantly, more fun! ur makin the right choice to begin playin)
04-18-2004, 07:57 AM
which starter? there is tons. also is it like dm in the way u build decks on civilisations? also what is the best and most expensive card in the game and what does it do?
04-18-2004, 08:30 AM
Most $$$ card:
Black Lotus: Alpha/Beta/Unlimited
cc: 0 mana
tap, sac: add 3 mana of any one color to your mana pool.
A good condition one goes for well over $400.
I'd buy the 8th edition starter set. It's a box that comes with a CD, 2 40 card decks, and a walkthrough. It has the picture of Elvish Champion on it I think.
04-18-2004, 09:32 AM
There is no best card. Every card has possibilities and such. Also, there is no best deck either. Again, so many possibilties makes MTG endlessly fun.
04-18-2004, 10:28 AM
most played card is masticore... pretty much anybody that has one has a deck with him in it
Type: Artifact Creature
Wording: At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore. (2): Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature. (2): Regenerate Masticore.
Edition: UD - Urza's Destiny
x0x shadowspell x0x
04-18-2004, 10:49 AM
And it looks like Masticore is going to cement that title in Fifth Dawn... *sigh*
Anyway, my advice to you is to start with either Goblins or Affinity, since they're the easiest to pick up on, with Goblins being the favorite of the two.
I guess the new players just love the dumb little critters... :cool:
When you pick one and start understanding things more, go online and find decklists for Goblin Bidding (if you pick goblins) or Raffinity (if you pick affinity) and try to get the cards to build those decks.
But I do warn you, be prepared to get a little flack from other players if you build affinity...it's one of the stongest decks, and therefore lots of players dont like it. Just roll with the punches.
Good luck, and dont be afraid to ask questions along the way.
04-18-2004, 11:34 PM
if you do start playing magic which I highly recommend, if you liked thos other two than magic will definitely get you hooked...
first realize that magic operates off a color wheel and philosophy around it, there is also so many choices as to what you want your deck to be like, I would say play casual first and then you are not having to make decisions based on your current metagame (what everyone elses decks use) right when you start off, make a deck that appeals to you, have a theme in mind and go for it.
next realize that you will lose games so don't let it discourage you when you first start playing, get to be friends with the more experienced MTG players and they will make the gauntlet (hell week pretty much) less frustrating get advise from them on trades and such...
Advise here is free so anything you need can be answered pretty quickly,
04-20-2004, 12:41 AM
Try to download the demo from the MTG site and play around with it for awhile. You will know how to play in a short period of time.
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