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£150 for that lot... Hmmmm probably a good price

But all those cards are now rotated out of Standard and even Extended play.

So then you're in that terrible "no-man's land" that MTG cards go to. They certainly aren't good enough to be used in Vintage, and even Legacy would be a push.

Gahahhh! look you fuckers have got me looking at MTG prices and talking about the game. Bastards.

DANGER! DANGER!

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Gahahhh! look you fuckers have got me looking at MTG prices and talking about the game. Bastards.

DANGER! DANGER!

It'll be fun if/when the online version of the World of Warcraft TCG launches, and Blizzard send Donk and Moosey to mug us all for our money.

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It'll be fun if/when the online version of the World of Warcraft TCG launches, and Blizzard send Donk and Moosey to mug us all for our money.

I wish they would do this, it would be grand

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Blimey, it's not the most user friendly experience is it? Managed to get a game going using the planewalkers deck, and duly got spanked.

Now I guess I need to dive into deck building, which is the scary bit

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Mine is strawdonkey. £7 got me about 400 cards, largely tat but there's a great selection of pre-constructed decks for casual play too.

Got any spares Daz? ;)

I've got shit loads of commons etc. I think it's down for maintenance today, but can sort you out when it's back up.

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Also it's worth noting that you can redeem complete sets of digital cards for the real thing. This is actually far cheaper than buying the physical product.

I have lots of M11 and Scars of Mirrordin spares, so I'll happily dish out uncommons and commons to those who need them.

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Well I built my first deck last night, which effectively all the black cards I got at the start. So a rubbish deck, but I survived until turn 13. I've added Daz and strawdonkey as buddies, and will be on over the weekend if anyone wants a few games

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How exactly does that work? I have boxes of cards from around 4th ed/Ice Age times. I wouldn't mind playing a bit but I REALLY don't want to be spending much cash.

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How exactly does that work? I have boxes of cards from around 4th ed/Ice Age times. I wouldn't mind playing a bit but I REALLY don't want to be spending much cash.

Right then, you have a few options.

It costs $10 (i think) and you get 300 cards. 2 event tickets and a M11 booster pack.

Booster packs cost $3.99.

You should NEVER buy boosters to open, as this is a massive waste of money. Instead, buy 3 boosters and then take part in one of the sealed drafts that are available.

A sealed draft sees you opening your pack, choosing one of the cards and passing the rest along. Each pass you pick a card until you eventually end up with a deck of 45 cards of your choice. You then make the best possible deck you can.

I advise you take part in swiss drafts first. These consist of 3 rounds and you win a booster back for every round you win. It's a great way of getting to learn the game and because rounds last for up to an hour you can get good value for money.

Alternatively you can enter 8/4/0/0 rounds or 4/3/2/2 rounds. The numbers denote the amount of cards you win for each of the top 4 places.

There are other events to take part in, many with substantial prices, but I'd recommend the above areas first.

Also when you start playing it's worth setting everything to mega noob mode. Right click on the game screen and sellect game controls. On the right hand side is 2 columns showing all the stages of the game. Tick all these and you will then be prompted to continue. It's admittedly a little slow at first, but it will allow you to get used to playing the game properly (especially if you've only played the live arcade version.

Magic is all about giving your opponent no time to react to what you're doing. So you should always do the following. Always attack first and then lay cards in the second main phase. You should also always try to play instants during your opponent's turn, or right at the end of their turn for maximum effect.

For more advice on drafting visit

www.draftbetter.com and

www.raredraft.com

These feature people's drafts that you can examine. It's a really useful tool.

Magic's economy is tickets. These can be bought from the magic store, or traded directly with bots for cards. Obviously bots don't always give you a good deal, but they will usually take anything you put up for trade.

One of the good things about magic is that it caters to all types of players.

If you've no interest in spending money, then your initial starter pack is usually enough. Granted your deck will be shit ;) but it will enable you to play at least. Another option is to spend $5 on one of the store packs that emulate the cards from the live game. you can't trade these cards, but it's a great way of bridging the gap between the two games.

If you want to start playing competively then I advise to start playing block (the latest block consists of Scars of Mirrorden, and the recently released Mirrordin Beseiged) most of the decks are relatively cheap (£40 is enough to make a fair few of the good ones)and then you can enter competitions (usual cost $6) to compete for decent prizes. Keep playing block and drafting block and you can continue to build your deck and collection. In October 4 big sets rotate out (zendikar, worldwake, rise of the eldrazi and m11)putting you in a good position for standard (which consists of all cards released in a 2 year period).

Good block decks are here

http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/forumdisplay.php?f=118

Hopefully that's most of the real basics. I'll keep adding to this though as I think og new things.

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You can all piss off, I'm not going down this route.

Don't even think about it man.

Or I'll jump in my car, drive up to your place and personally uninstall it and delete your account.

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Don't even think about it man.

Or I'll jump in my car, drive up to your place and personally uninstall it and delete your account.

Joyrex is leaving his house, everybody! Break in while he's gone and raid his epic card stash!

(Please don't do this. Please, please don't do this.)

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Cheers Strider, great post. I want to try some tournaments at the weekend, I'll go for the Swiss drafts. Am away tonight and have not brought my gaming laptop :(

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For those of you who want to play but don't want to spend much money, there is a format called Pauper - commons only. I played a bit last night and there are some excellent decks doing the rounds, which you can buy in their entirety fir about $2.

Many people sell 1-200 commons for $1 - a fiver spent wisely could keep even the tightest player going for ages.

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For those of you who want to play but don't want to spend much money, there is a format called Pauper - commons only. I played a bit last night and there are some excellent decks doing the rounds, which you can buy in their entirety fir about $2.

Many people sell 1-200 commons for $1 - a fiver spent wisely could keep even the tightest player going for ages.

Yeah this is the beauty of Magic online. There are enough different styles of play to ensure that it caters for all sorts of budgets.

Another type of tournament I forgot to mention is sealed deck.

This is more expensive (around $30) but it gives you 6 packs of cards in total. Rather than pass around, you simply try to make the best possible deck out of your limited resources.It's also usually 4 rounds (3 points awarded for each match win, prizes given out for 6 points and higher) so it's another good way of ensuring you get value for money.

Oh and I had some fun games with Straw Donkey last night where we simply played with some of the decks from the Live Arcade game.

I've also got plenty of spare cards, so don't be afraid to ask for some.

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For those of you who want to play but don't want to spend much money, there is a format called Pauper - commons only. I played a bit last night and there are some excellent decks doing the rounds, which you can buy in their entirety fir about $2.

Many people sell 1-200 commons for $1 - a fiver spent wisely could keep even the tightest player going for ages.

When you say there are good decks doing the rounds, where do you mean? Is there somewhere that gives decent advice on pauper decks? (though I have just noticed the link from Strider)

Also, when you play a tournament, do you play more than one opponent at a time? Such a noob I know, but there you go

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For those of you who want to play but don't want to spend much money, there is a format called Pauper - commons only. I played a bit last night and there are some excellent decks doing the rounds, which you can buy in their entirety fir about $2.

Many people sell 1-200 commons for $1 - a fiver spent wisely could keep even the tightest player going for ages.

This isn't helping.

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I got about 80% of the way to a Standard rotation Pauper deck for about 70c.

Getting hold of older cards can be a bit of a nuisance by the look of it though, so for Vintage rotation you may be spending a bit more.

Going to hoover up the remainder later on.

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When you sign up for MTGO you get a starter pack. Contained inside are a load of decks from Duels of the Planeswalkers, some other random cards from M11, an M11 booster pack, and two 'Event Tickets' which function as currency, as well as your entry to tournaments.

Each Event Ticket costs $1 to buy, though you get two free with your welcome pack. With my $4 worth of tickets, I have put together six entire decks and still have roughly $1 in credit available, split over two traders.

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