When I decided that I wanted to learn how to play Magic: The Gathering back in February, one of my first major purchases was a Deckbuilder’s Toolkit for the 2013 Core set. As I began to read the cards and learn what they did, I also realized that if I wanted to keep my cards organized in the box that came with the kit, I would have to find some way of separating my creatures from my Instant and Sorcery spells, my Enchantments from my Artifacts and so on. And, as I got more proficient in building decks, I would need some way of being able to go straight to the category of card I wanted without flipping past cards I didn’t need to see right away. [Read more…]
To crib from a “Friday Nights” video, last night I was welcomed to “Milltown, population: All of Your Cards.”
Rather than the Red/White/Black deck I’d drafted during my first booster draft or the Green/Black deck I’d built in the interim, I came to Friday Night Magic with the same Blue/White Control deck I’d brought last time, with some minor additions. [Read more…]
Yesterday, I participated in my very first-ever Friday Night Magic tournament. I got there not long after 5 pm and the room was already comfortably full of people who had already paid their tournament fees and were playing against each other for fun. The ages ranged from “middle-school kid” to “first-generation, first-edition player” (although I would find out later that he was the father of the store manager and only started playing recently).
While signing up, I talked to the store manager about the changes I’d made to my Standard-format deck in the face finding out that four entire sets of cards would no longer be legal to play with after the end of September. He reviewed my deck and thought that it still seemed decent enough to play with; I was rather pleased with this because it was really tough finding equivalents to the outgoing cards using only the cards I’d previously bought and not buying any additional single cards. [Read more…]