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Author - Matt Stewart, Draft, New Players -

The Matt Guide to Drafting Part One: Card Evaluation Going from casual play to drafting is a startling transition for any aspiring Magic player. Gone are your premade decks, with their time-honoured strategies and lovingly dented sleeves. Instead, you are placed on a table with seven other people, told to open boosters for a set you may know nothing about, and construct a deck with a stack of cards you barely even understand. But take my word for it; if you want to become a better player drafting is the best place to start. It creates a level playing field...

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Author - Max Cummins, Commander, New Players -

  Hi, and welcome to Word of Command, a series where we talk about Commander until the stack resolves. Commander can be daunting to get stuck into, with a potential card pool numbering well into the thousands it’s tough to know just where to begin. Commander is an incredible game. It’s social, relaxed and incredibly varied; you’ll never have two games alike. In no other format could you begin to replicate some of the insane board states I’ve seen over the years, everything from billions of squid tokens to lethal damage dealt by a Flame Jab.   Fear me. However,...

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Author - Tom Charles, New Players, Standard -

  Now that Amonkhet has been released and has had a little time to settle, you might be thinking about building your own deck. You might well have played some standard before, either with a pre-existing deck you found online or with a deck borrowed from a friend, but you’re itching to try it with something you’ve made yourself. You want to be a trendsetter – after all, those online lists were someone’s original creation once. So where do you start? How exactly do you go about making your own deck? Well there’s a lot to it, but it’s a...

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For the new player, deck building can be very daunting. There are a lot of explicit rules to abide by, but also a lot of unwritten rules that you'll need to keep in mind if you want your deck to actually work. While I recommend new players start with one of the prebuilt Planeswalker decks, at some point you're going to want to build your own! I'm going to briefly outline some common pitfalls in this article, there will be links to some more articles at the bottom if you want to really understand deck building.   Number of Cards...

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