From Console to Card Shop: A Journey through the World of Magic: The Gathering


Part 1: “A Primer”

Magic: The Gathering. There are so many things I could say about this one simple phrase. I’ve found when it comes to the game of Magic, trying to explain it often brings up more questions than answers. One of my goals for this piece is to keep things as simple as I possibly can. So, let’s start small and from the beginning.

– What is Magic: The Gathering?

For those of you who may not know, Magic: The Gathering is a strategic trading card game. You collect cards and assembly an army of creatures and spells and go to battle with other players. The beauty of Magic is that it is deceptively easy to learn. In fact, you could probably learn the basics and be playing your first match in minutes. While it may take minutes to learn, it could take years to master. I will go into greater detail about the game itself in a future installment.

– What is the purpose of this series?

I want to start out by saying that this series of articles is not meant to be a “how-to guide” for Magic in any way. I am in no position to be giving any kind of advice on how you should play this game. This is simply designed to be a candid look at whatever trials and tribulations may be involved when you first make the jump from casual to competitive play. I’m doing this all real-time and honestly don’t know what to expect, but I plan to share everything that happens during the process.

When I think about what I want to accomplish in writing this, there are a couple of things that come to mind. First off, I know it can be a little overwhelming making that leap from casual to competitive play and I want anyone on the fence to know exactly what it is like to make the switch. Second, if I can introduce this game to anyone for the first time and get them playing, that alone will be worth writing this.

– Going Forward

As time goes on, I will take you through the deck building process, play testing, finding a place to play and many other aspects of the game. For now, I just wanted to give an idea of what this series will hold. Hopefully this is will find an audience and be helpful and entertaining to any aspiring Planeswalkers who read it. In the next installment I will give you a little background on me and how I got into Magic: The Gathering. Until then, go play some games!

From Console to Card Shop: A Journey through the World of Magic: The Gathering – Part 2

From Console to Card Shop: A Journey through the World of Magic: The Gathering – Part 3: The End?

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