• James Clarke

Magic: the Gathering for Player Who Just Don’t Get the Magic

This post is for those gamers who haven’t quite embraced the magnificence of Magic: the Gathering (including my co-hosts). So this is my humble attempt to explain why I love Magic.

I get it. Buying random packs can be frustrating. Magic is expensive. Playing competitively can take all the fun out of the game. The number of rules and cards is staggering. I get how it may not seem worth it to give Magic a shot. I understand all of those concerns. I do.

But I’m just going to put it this out there: Magic: the Gathering is the greatest game in the world! I’m going to tell you why.

It’s simple: Wizards of the Coast has been redesigning the game and tweaking the rules, systems, art, formats, and releases over and over for the last 20 years. Let me stress that again. Magic has 20 YEARS of design and development! What other game has that kind of research and development packed into the game?

Millions of people have been playing Chess and Go for thousands of years, and both games haven’t changed at all. The games are finite. The sandbox is too small. Don’t get me wrong, I love those game and appreciate their perfection. But you rarely get a new experience out of those games.

With Magic, the experience changes with each new set released, by format played, by each new opponent and the deck that person chooses to play. Magic is a game that you can put your own personality into. You get to choose largely what play experience you want to have.

I’m going to illustrate what I’m talking about in my next post. If I’ve tweaked your interest at all, read that one too. It’s about my experience at the last Magic expansion prerelease tournament. The Prereleases are my favorite Magic event, and generally the only ones I attend.

I know it costs money, but for the last 5 or so years, my friend, Thomas, and I have been selling off cards to buy into the next set. It’s not a perfect system, but we’ve been playing Magic extremely cheap for a long time now.

One last thing: that art!

OK. I’m done. If you don’t want to like Magic, I’m cool with that. Let’s play some board games.

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