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Learn to play MTG: Part 6 May 1, 2008

Posted by Norm in Learn to Play Magic: the Gathering.
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Part 6 brings it home with deck building.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the game its time to start building your own decks. The video covers a few different deck styles so you can take their lead or try your hand at your own creation.

Card ratios that are safe 22 land, 20-25 creatures, and the rest sorcery, enchantments, or instants.

Here are a few sites to check out different decklist ideas. I find these helpful if I have a few cards I want to build around and I want to see what other people are doing. Or just check out decks with cards I like. 
Essential Magic
Starcity games – you might need to register to use this service, it is free.

To hear about competitive decks in the format:
I’ve linked to this YouTube show before – Carthwolf’s Deck Builders 
Mtg salvation – has a ton of resources including podcasts. You’ll have to dig around for them because the design of the site kind of sucks. 

Where should you pickup some cards? If you are in Pittsburgh then there are two local shops I go to. First is CCGs on liberty ave in Bloomfield (my local store).  Or Mr Nice Guy Games in Oakmont. Both stores have a nice selection of singles and unopened product. Each store also hosts weekly events for when you are ready to get competitive.

Keeping it casual
The best way to learn is find a group of friends who you can learn to play with. If you don’t have a group check out your local card shop and hangout on a Friday night or other event night, and ask if someone can help you out. Chances are pretty good a few people will be willing to show you the ropes.

Well this ends my biginning series on learning to play Magic: The Gathering. Keep checking back for other posts in the learn to play category.

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