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The Best Gaming Cases: http://youtu.be/2Aw3j3Mj5Ls A Guide To Playmats: http://youtu.be/0HOjmAB4WaA What Are The Best Binders: http://youtu.be/H5IauASYWjk The Best Card Sleeves: http://youtu.be/w-aAeIZSNWw How To Start Playing Magic: The Gathering - A Beginner's Guide The following is a 6 step guide to starting Magic: The Gathering from absolute scratch. This is not a video that teaches you how to play the game, but rather guides you in your purchases and decision making so that you can go from having never played Magic: The Gathering before, to being able to attend store events and regularly play games. Please note: As always, this video is only meant as guidance, not absolute rules. it is one path, one method of many, but it only a suggestion. It is designed with the goal of being able to play regularly at store events, but that may not be your own personal goal when it comes to Magic. Still, even if you are looking to achieve different things from this game, perhaps by seeing one path people can take, you might discover new ideas that help you meet your needs. The importance of friend or partner: If you'll allow me one more preamble, I'd like to stress the importance of having a friend or partner to play with. The most important thing you can do as a new player is...to play. Practice, practice, practice, and in order to do this, it helps to have a practice partner. Going into this game with a friend or lover is a huge advantage, as you'll always have someone to play with and learn with. I'm a major advocate of couples getting into Magic together, as it gives you both a fun and engaging activity that you can share with one another. If you don't know anyone who is interested in learning with you, or who already plays, don't despair. Magic is a highly social game. Hanging out at your local game store isn't just how you get in games, it is also how you meet people and make friends. So where do you begin from absolute scratch? Step 1: Buy Duels of the PlanesWalkers 2014 Step 2: Get 2 Quick Start Decks. Step 3: Join your store's league Step 4: Play a Draft Step 5: If a prerelease or launch is upcoming, attend. Step 6: Put your first standard deck together. Music Courtesy Of: "Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Deliberate Thought" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Be sure to watch An Introduction to Sealed Deck Construction: https://youtu.be/1wyncg5Xhmg Is it Worth It To Attend Prerelease: https://youtu.be/tQH6MI-46P0 What's it like at an MTG prerelease: https://youtu.be/zG39FZgc0ik Prepare For Prerelease: https://youtu.be/fnaBOlE8ico
Ixi Varela (1 year ago)
Tolarian Community College have You made a vid were you teach to play magic
MasterfulPaladin (1 year ago)
Have you ever thought about making a 'History of Magic' series? I don't mean Magic the card game per-say, but rather the History of Magic's story lines and what not. It'd be a legitimate history lesson from the Professor lol You could make a video for each set as they come out, and then in the time between sets, you could work up from the start to catch up with present day. I'd be super excited and enthusiastic for this.
Amy Juninah (1 year ago)
Been there just ask ur friends to get into magic
Amy Juninah (1 year ago)
Michael Montalto (9 hours ago)
You should re-create / update this video Prof. It's a great concept and with the changes in Arena it's very relevant. -mM
Hans Delbruck (4 days ago)
Average Player3 (6 days ago)
Also, think you could do a remake of this video? It's be really neat to hear how to begin again 4 years later. Haha
Average Player3 (6 days ago)
Literally just THOUGHT of this. Didn't say it out loud, didn't mention to anyone, and I'm at work. Wtf Google.
C Me (7 days ago)
Is there an update to step 1?
Oso (14 days ago)
1000th comment
Dao Xiong (16 days ago)
Is this game good for new players??? Is magic 2014 better for new people getting into magic? Also it good pr as active for people who wants to play the modern format?
Kenan Muhamedagić (18 days ago)
Very informative and welcoming towards beginners. 5/5 would watch again!
Kapitein_Valk (28 days ago)
Started playing 2 days ago with my roommate, girlfriend asked me to teach her to play just a couple of hours ago.
Lazy Otter (29 days ago)
here i am playing magic arena
Hapi Joel (1 month ago)
As someone who just brought Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2014 on PS3, I'd advise against this now - The boss of the tutorial is so hard I can't even start the actual campaign. Apparently this is due to them ramping up the difficulty to get you to buy the DLC card packs. Instead theres a free Trial version which runs you through the 5 initial tutorials, I found this vey goo to learn the absolute basics.
Salty Tattie (1 month ago)
This is just what I am looking for, I have done a few games of draft with friends so I know HOW to play I just need to know where to get started for my own collection
Salty Tattie (1 month ago)
by draft I mean as in one of my friends with a huge collection hosted the draft rather than us getting packs.
dil The pickle (1 month ago)
I have some friends and intro packs that cost way to much Lol
baldbookgeek (2 months ago)
i wish where i lived had mtg players no shops nothing here and i know no one that plays it
Kagetsu 13 (2 months ago)
Sucks to be in a country where there aren't any Card Stores and not many people play TCG... T^T They don't even sell real cards... The only way I can get them is buy them online...
Nicholas Green (2 months ago)
Great video, but I'm glad Youtube had an option to speed it up to 1.25
MinokawaTV (2 months ago)
Too bad i only play STANDARD
BrewNCode (3 months ago)
where do I get those 'free' inrto packs?
JingerPi (4 months ago)
what is considered a card store? the only thing i can think of around where i live is gamestop do they have cards there?
Saint Michael (4 months ago)
Also before I got a chance to see this, I bought a "Starter Set" from the Walmart express line yesterday. It caught my eye because it had 2 decks and 2 Dice. For $10, so I got it. The video makes no mention of "Starter Set" but it seems very similar to the Quick Start decks you describe (except mine was not free and came with die, each deck had 1 rare card and an instruction manual/preshuffled game for you to read/play/walkthrough). Have you heard of the Starter Sets and are they worth buying for a new player?
Mat 11 (4 months ago)
i can tell you're wearing a fedora while narrating this
Hynotama (4 months ago)
Too bad there's no store or any sort of event or GATHERING in my city (see what I did there?). And it's too expensive to go to the capital city for play. I hate my country.
Jace ,the mind mage (4 months ago)
So I watched this video when I first started and my local game store has a mini league that lasts one month and first prize gets a whole booster box and I just got first and won yay
Ultimate Pawner (5 months ago)
Thanks for the advice. I’m starting with the green deck.
Madoka Kaname (5 months ago)
i dont want have friends nor money to buy the cards , so rip Kappa
Chris Morgan (5 months ago)
It would be great if you could do an updated version of this since the product lines have changed. Thanks for your help professor.
Lazar Zivkovic (6 months ago)
wait how is this video published in 2014 when he mentions duels of the planeswalkers 2015 in it????!!!?!?!
Jonathan Wuong (6 months ago)
If you want to learn how to play get the set with the Dragon and lien on the front chicken with two decks two days a card that says do not shuffle and flip over for instructions that will teach you how to play 😆
Tuttle Tutorials (6 months ago)
If I go to a Friday night magic and use a cheap infect deck will I be shunned?
SnowblindOtter (6 months ago)
I don't have any game stores nearby, I have no experience at all even holding these cards until now, and the ONLY card game I've ever played is _Yu-Gi-Oh!_ from like 10 years ago or something. I'm already pissed that I bought a 50 bucks of cards and there's no booklet to explain the game, meaning I have to go on YouTube to watch videos, but now I'm being told that in order to properly learn to play I have to go to a function that are out of range for me to attend talk to people at shops that don't exist where I live, pay for a video game, play with friends that are scattered around the globe, AND that the card kits I got are probably useless as well? I bought 400 cards because everyone who plays it says it's great to get into, and the community is great, but I've been searching for literally _hours_ on the internet and I haven't found *ANYTHING* about how to shut up, sit down, and play the damn game. Not like I can exactly return these cards either... what a waste of money and time.
Scubaxguy92 twitch.tv. (6 months ago)
ive bought a good $300 in packs mats etc and still haven't built a deck lol
Maui Millen (6 months ago)
Loved one + me HA YA RIGHT
Johny Andrew (7 months ago)
The first thing I purchase was a commander deck . The feline ferocity . Then I purchased an intro pack Oath of the gatewatch . Then I purchased Ixalan deck builders toolkit . I don’t think I started out too good :/ . I barely got into magic this week .
Amy Juninah (7 months ago)
I live in a place in where there are no local game stores only big name game store
Twin Tides (7 months ago)
Thank goodness I needed a video like this to help me
Benjamin K. (8 months ago)
I only just started playing magic 2 weeks ago, and i love it. However watching these videos and hearing over and over about going to your local gaming shop is very depressing to me. There is no such shop where i live, and there are only two that i know of in the whole country. Its not the same in every country, so not all these tips are as valid. There are no way for me to get a free welcome deck for example.
Stacey Schnider (8 months ago)
Thank you for teaching me about Magic The Gathering Game Cards. I always see them at stores where they sell Trading Cards and I never knew what these cards were about so I never bought them. All I did was look at them and said I don't know how to play this kind of card game I am not going to buy the cards. So after watching your videos and seeing you talk about these cards I think that the card game might be fun to play and learn how to play. This type of card game almost looks similar to yugioh Card game.
Gaming Casualties (8 months ago)
what is a “friend”?
Paxton Keskitalo (9 months ago)
My first time playing magic was a draft and now i have a stater deck and extra cards from the draft then bought 400 land 1000 commons and 25 rares/mythicals
Steven Tyson (9 months ago)
Lol my first experience was Rivals of Ixalan Pre-Release. Oops.
Craig Smith (9 months ago)
So i started mtg 3 months ago following this guide. Nothing more, nothing less. Today i put my first standard deck together from everything i picked up along the way. Had a blast doing this and found it more fun and rewarding than buying individual cards or cracking additional packs. Saved a bunch of cash too. Cheers prof this is by far your best video.
card969 (10 months ago)
I asked my wife if she would like to play magic with me and she looked at me like I was retarded.
Om Nom (10 months ago)
This requires a gamestore rip
Jeff Au (11 months ago)
3:38-3:54 are they all start/welcome decks?
Jeff Au (11 months ago)
3:38-3:38 are they all start/welcome decks?
Jeff Au (11 months ago)
i am a collector of start decks. where can i find them?
Volrosk U. (11 months ago)
I prefer starting with starter decks with a friend or letting a friend you trust the knows the game make you a readable deck. Second league/draft third start constructing yourself forth go multi format fifth FNM and keep going
I choose you sponge (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video
don mangrubang (1 year ago)
Do you think make new deck for cards???
Board Game Sanctuary (1 year ago)
I Love Magic The Gathering. This guide really helped!
Heather Casey (1 year ago)
This video was very helpful to me for suggestions I highly reccomend watching if you are trying to learn about magic
I am so glad you found it useful!
Regirex (1 year ago)
I just got a fat pack from 2012 and two intro packs in Innestrad. I pulled Akroma's Memorial and Tibalt, still have Akroma's memorial
Lewis Leng (1 year ago)
Your vids are getting me hyped for my first ever prerelease of ixalan
Don Mangrubang (1 year ago)
Thank you for helping buying right cards.
L3OPARD (1 year ago)
step 7: buy a pack of dragons maze. it's a right of passage for begginners (extra points if you do it with a friend and have a pack war).
LopGamer (1 year ago)
-i dont have a girlfriend -i dont have Friends -i dont have Money -i dont have a local store in my Town How can i start to play Magic?
LopGamer (1 year ago)
CaitSeith its not the same thing, playing the physical game is way more fun.
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
Play Magic Duels. It's free, available on Steam, iPhone and XB1, has a good step-by-step tutorial and even individual tutorials for each specific mechanic.
Arthur K (1 year ago)
Is it not better to buy a duel deck if you do not have such a stores ?
Rishi Pania (1 year ago)
where can u get free starter decks
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
Rishi Pania At your local game store.
Dhark Specter (1 year ago)
The closest shop to me is 27.5 MILES away.
MIMIKYUX (1 year ago)
i bought two quickstart decks. :P
lazerbeam134 (1 year ago)
How soon after teaching someone the basic game is it a good idea to introduce them to Commander?
Eric Lecarde (1 year ago)
Quick start decks aren't free where i live, but they're 2 or 3 bucks, so it's still rather inexpensive.
River Summers (1 year ago)
My, if I had started my mtg career like this, I would have been way better off. When I started, me and my brother bought intro packs and played against each other, after being introduced by a friend who was experienced in magic.
Bryan Hamilton (1 year ago)
I have been playing MTG for about 3 weeks now and know enough to play it fairly well. Many of my friends play and got me into and one even gave me one of his decks since he doesn't use it anymore. I play with them atleast twice a week and know a fairly good amount about the game now but not everything. What would you suggest I do now?
— StarKyle — (1 year ago)
What if your a kid
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
Kerdsri game Why not play? The age is just a suggestion, not a requirement. Magic is complicated, though, so I stand by WoTC's recommendation of 13+. I got into Magic at the age of 12.
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
I would replace Duels of the Planewalkers 2014, with Magic: Duels, just because the later is free and it has practice tutorials for pretty much every mechanic.
Perfectdoll (1 year ago)
My nearest FNM is about and hour and a halfs driving away sadness
Dmitry Letunov (1 year ago)
I have no store near my town how i can get Starter packs otherwise ? Sorry if i wrote somthing wrong i don't speak english a lot.
Miimie x (1 year ago)
My boyfriend and I started learning magic a month ago. Him: you're going to hate me. *as I'm about to attack. Me: what is it? Him: please don't break up with me.
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
Miimie x haha.
iDragonKeeper (1 year ago)
His voice is so hard to listen to.
Tolemus (1 year ago)
How do I find a store to play at
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
Tolemus Card shops that sell MTG products.
TheRealReqzy (1 year ago)
Y WAS THUS PUBLISHED IN 2014 but talks about 2015 DECKS
Axon (1 year ago)
1000e commend
shane lard (1 year ago)
I love your channel but i found my local card store to be filled with jerks when i asked about these sample decks they accused me of being a ebay scalper just wanting free hand outs also the store made me feel a bit unease i understand being a weeb and liking anime but there was some AO rated stuff just sitting on the counter i guess i will just stick with PTCGO
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
shane lard bummer. Try finding another card shop.
Macho Taco (1 year ago)
I went to my local card shop and they had the starter decks... for 5 dollars each, not cool
Brittney B (1 year ago)
Is Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 still the best first step? What about Magic Duels?
Abhiram Srivastava (1 year ago)
I have a question: if I get a rookie deck, where would that fit into the plan?
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
Abhiram Srivastava It would basically replace the sample deck.
Clegomanrun (1 year ago)
Got me interested as just a fun and casual thing. Thx proffeser!
Afro (1 year ago)
Buying an Origins Fat Pack. Any objections? If so, why?
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
Besides that buying what it's included separately is cheaper; you won't be able to use those cards to play standard now (they are too old). I would had bought the most recent fat pack contents separately for the most recent sets instead (10 Amonkhet/Hours of Devastation boosters, 80 basic lands, 1 spindown life counter, 1 card box) or at least an Amonkhet/Hours of Devastation fat pack.
General Potato (1 year ago)
u suck @$$
Ari DJ (1 year ago)
But I don't have a store near me its like 20 km away
React. Gaming (11 months ago)
Ari DJ That's very sad.
Ari DJ (1 year ago)
I also have no friends
LegoBoyFilms (1 year ago)
What if your store doesn't have sample decks?
Bee Keeper (1 year ago)
what if my store is wall Mart... im in the middle of bum fucked Egypt
Nyibango Costa (1 year ago)
Are you iDubbbz?
Liam Davis (1 year ago)
Just saying 2014 is also better because garuuk in not cursed yet.
Pokè Potter Muffin (1 year ago)
my card shop never has them they give them out to people that played for years
Jessica (1 year ago)
I literally force my friend to play this with me! xD
MikePlaysJazz (1 year ago)
Im so happy i was able to buy a 2012 core set deck at a flea for 5 bucks to use as my starter deck, it works like a beauty!
Justin Harris (1 year ago)
Absolutely garbage video. My best friend explained the game to me in half of the time and corrected the narrator on numerous times. Start more basic and correct your grammer, kid.
Matt Nivison (1 year ago)
And I'm working on getting my girl to play this with me!
Matt Nivison (1 year ago)
I do wish I saw this video before I started but still great advice!!
Dan (1 year ago)
Helped alot!
Otto Von Bismarck (1 year ago)
I always laugh when people mention Draft. where I live it costs $51.36 just to play a six player game....
Nathan Gedamke (1 year ago)
You should consider updating this to change "Duels of the Plainswalkers 2014", to "Magic Duels"
Kurama363 (1 year ago)
1:30 guys that play magic dont have gfs :v
James Gilchrist (1 year ago)
hi there just asking where could I get a prerelease box?
Jay (1 year ago)
Thanks for the awesome video Professor! I took your advice I downloaded Magic Duels(since its free) on steam, gave it a try and ended up really enjoying my time playing it. From there I started my hunt to locate my local gaming store and got to attend a MTG open house event. Acquired my 2 quick start decks, while I was there I got to participate in my first standard draft with 3 other people. At the end of the night I walked out with a stack of lands, tokens, commons and uncommons, 13 boosters packs, and a spin-down dice. All I spent that night was $10 on the draft and was able to walk way with more than a good start, definitely going to try to attend MTG Friday nights from now on.
kota buskirk (1 year ago)
magic is now free on steam
TheMountainWulf (1 year ago)
I can't get the quick start decks. Very sad. I really do want them. But the only place I can find them is ebay and they go for about 20 bucks.

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