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2 minutes ago, cavalcade said:

I would start with a simple kit, containing a couple of decks for you to start playing. The Arena starter kits are good and you may find your local GAME has them in (and at a super cheap price - usually 6-10 quid). 

 

They contain a couple of decks, a cardboard life total counter (although you'll find hundreds of free apps you can use) and will be simple to pilot and relatively balanced. They will also give you a code to get the same decks on Arena. I would recommend the latter(Arena)  as a good way of learning the basics of the game - even if you just play against the AI to practice the phases of play. You could even both download it on a tablet and play against one another a few times just to be sure you have the rules down.  

 

Then, the world is really your oyster. You could perhaps buy a couple of booster packs and start to enrich those decks you have, but I would recommend finding your local FLGS. They may even be able to give you piles of free cards, official intro decks and even help you through your first few games. 

 

Thanks for the reply.  I actually just ordered an Arena starter kit from Amazon after I posted here.  Less than £7 for two 60 card starter decks seems great value for money.

 

I downloaded Arena for Mac and iOS yesterday, but don't laugh but I'm stuck at the end of the tutorial and unable to defeat Nicol Bolas at the moment.

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MTG has a few heuristics you can use as a crutch for playing the game as efficiently as possible. Clearly it has a lot of variance, so skill isn't always going to be the deciding factor, but how you play has a far bigger impact than a lot of new players to the game often think. 

 

It's best to think of MTG in terms of resources. Your life total is a resource. You can win at 1 life or 20. Yours cards are resources. You're looking to utilise those resources better than your opponent and end up at the end of any interactions coming out better in terms of the resources you lost. Also, think about timing. Is it more efficient to use this instant removal spell now or if I wait are they going to spend resources to enchant creature with something and then if I remove it I get a two for one..... that sort of thing. It's this delicate balance that makes MTG infinitely enjoyable. Not so much about gotchas or tactical outplays of your opponent, but efficient deck piloting coming together over multiple turns. 

 

It's worth watching some of the better MTG players on Twitch to see the decisions they go through when playing. Not all are very verbose (so, for example, as a beginner I wouldn't watch Reid Duke) but some give a really great window into what they're thinking about. LSV for example. 

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1 hour ago, Stejay said:

 

Thanks for the reply.  I actually just ordered an Arena starter kit from Amazon after I posted here.  Less than £7 for two 60 card starter decks seems great value for money.

 

I downloaded Arena for Mac and iOS yesterday, but don't laugh but I'm stuck at the end of the tutorial and unable to defeat Nicol Bolas at the moment.

 

Oh that's cool it says those starter kit codes can be used twice with a friend.  I saw two different starter kits on Amazon, are you interested in trading codes?  I wouldn't mind getting back into Magic.

 

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B093CHZ62N

Is this the starter kit you got?

 

The other one is here 

 

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0881XZ49W
 

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15 minutes ago, Jimmyzilla said:

 

Oh that's cool it says those starter kit codes can be used twice with a friend.  I saw two different starter kits on Amazon, are you interested in trading codes?  I wouldn't mind getting back into Magic.

 

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B093CHZ62N

Is this the starter kit you got?

 

The other one is here 

 

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0881XZ49W
 


Yes, I’ve bought the first one, and I’m happy to trade codes with you. 🙂

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Arena does come with a set of starter decks and does have a free to play model that isn't too bad. For sure the starter decks will probably get hammered in most of the queues but you should be able to do daily quests and build up towards competitive decks fairly quickly. 

 

The starter kits give you activation codes for those decks online, but they are fairly weak in the scheme of things. 

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On 30/08/2021 at 21:25, Jimmyzilla said:

I'm a bit lost after the tutorials and the colour challenges, are there any guides for where to go from here?  I don't even know where to start with deck building these days...

Yeah I’m in the same boat. Did the ‘colour challenges’ and no real idea where to go from here. Have built up some xp to be able to buy packs but no idea which packs to buy! 

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1 minute ago, El Geet said:

Yeah I’m in the same boat. Did the ‘colour challenges’ and no real idea where to go from here. Have built up some xp to be able to buy packs but no idea which packs to buy! 

I think the longer it takes to find an opponent the worse it's going to be, there's no way for the starter decks to beat someone using any of the new mechanics like dungeons! If I haven't been matched in 10 seconds I quit to try again. 

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1 hour ago, Jimmyzilla said:

I think the longer it takes to find an opponent the worse it's going to be, there's no way for the starter decks to beat someone using any of the new mechanics like dungeons! If I haven't been matched in 10 seconds I quit to try again. 

Yeah I’ve invariably been up against much better and very different decks to the big standard ones I have. Have only managed to win 3 times out of say 10. 

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I'm a bit late to the party, but if you are going to play Arena, there are always a few good budget decks that can be put together without using a large number of rare wildcards. There was a cycling deck that was good enough to get me to Mythic rank a few times whilst I filled out my collection, but that has just rotated - however, with the dawn of a new set, there's a load of budget options available at https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/thirty-casual-decks-under-20-for-magic-the-gathering-innistrad-midnight-hunt-standard. As with any free to play game, the economy in Arena is extremely predatory, but as a game, Magic itself is hard to beat.

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Anyone got tips for playing drafts?

 

I got that draft token from the daily deals but it feels daunting to give it a try!  I don't think I ever did that well when I tried a couple times in high school and I still don't even get all of the new card mechanisms :lol:

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25 minutes ago, Jimmyzilla said:

Anyone got tips for playing drafts?

 

I got that draft token from the daily deals but it feels daunting to give it a try!  I don't think I ever did that well when I tried a couple times in high school and I still don't even get all of the new card mechanisms :lol:

Watch drafters like Numot The Nummy and Legend or Nicholbolas (all on youtube) to get an idea of the set.

Generally you'll want to focus on bombs, removal, evasion over anything else. Two drops are always a priority as well because you need to get threats down early to either beat down or trade with their creatures so you can get to your bigger spells.

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20 minutes ago, strider said:

Watch drafters like Numot The Nummy and Legend or Nicholbolas (all on youtube) to get an idea of the set.

Generally you'll want to focus on bombs, removal, evasion over anything else. Two drops are always a priority as well because you need to get threats down early to either beat down or trade with their creatures so you can get to your bigger spells.

I might be moving into the 21st century watching a streamer gaming for the first time!!

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35 minutes ago, Jimmyzilla said:

I might be moving into the 21st century watching a streamer gaming for the first time!!

Innistrad is a complicated set so it’s absolutely worth watching someone. Channel Fireball’s luis scott vargas is good value as well.

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3 hours ago, Jimmyzilla said:

https://draftsim.com/

 

Ooo I just found the draft sim, I'd only been on the site to look at the promo codes before!  I still think I'm rubbish at making decks but can at least practice drafting for free now!

Yeah it's useful. There's way to play for free as well, but Arena is so good I stick with that.

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26 minutes ago, strider said:

Yeah it's useful. There's way to play for free as well, but Arena is so good I stick with that.

Is it worth trying their Arena Tutor?  I usually just play on my phone but I do have it installed on my laptop too.

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