Ways to Play Magic: The Gathering

Ways to Play Magic: The Gathering


Hey everybody, Jimmy here. Let’s talk about some of the different ways to play Magic: The Gathering and the places you can play them. If you started playing Magic with friends at home around the kitchen table well, that’s how most people start playing Magic. And the rules can be whatever your playgroup decides. Want everyone to start at 100 life instead of 20? Go for it. Want everyone to have to wear clothes that match their deck’s colors? That’s… weird. But you do you. But, if you want to go outside your playgroup you’re going to want to build your deck to one of Magic’s many Formats. A Format refers to a way to play Magic and each format has its own set of rules for building your deck. The most played formats are Standard, Sealed, and Draft. Standard is the, well, Standard. It’s the most popular format in Magic. You just need a 60 card deck, no more than 4 copies of each card Except basic lands, you can have as many of those as you like from any card sets that have been released in the past 2 years. If you want to know which card sets are legal in Standard right now Visit magic.wizards.com/standard Standard falls into one group of formats called Constructed, because you are constructing your deck in advance. The other side of the coin is Limited where you build a deck from a limited pool of cards usually just before you play. One Limited format is Sealed Deck. This is the foramt you’ll play if you attend a Prerelease. You’ll get 6 packs of Magic and you’ll have a set amount of time to build a 40 card deck from just the cards you opened (plus basic lands). So, in contrast to a Constructed format like Standard you can’t use cards from your personal selection. Only what you have in front of you. Draft is the other Limited format. In this format you sit down with a number of other players each with 3 packs of cards. Everyone opens one pack and selects, or drafts, one card from that pack. Then passes the rest of the cards to the next player. The packs go around the table, until all the cards are gone and then you do the same with the other 2 packs. You have to be thinknig about what kind of deck you’re building as you draft. Because afterwards you need to build a 40 card deck with the cards you drafted. There are even more ways to enjoy the game, both Constructed and Limited. So head on over to magic.wizards.com/formats for all of the different ways to play. So, where are you going to play all of this Magic? The great place to play Magic is your local game store. There’s probably always someone around who’s up for a game. But more importantly, most stores host FNM, or Friday Night Magic. FNM is a weekly gathering of your local Magic players To hang out and to play Magic. Every store runs its FNM a little differently. But most FNMs tend to be Standard or Draft. Even if that night’s main tournament isn’t a format you’re interested in, there’s probably other players who still want to play with you. You can win prizes for doing well in the tournament and even get special promo cards. If you aspire to greatness, there are ways to play Magic at the highest levels. Including local tournaments, a Grand Prix Circuit, and a Pro Tour that pits the best players and teams against one another. Of course, if you’re not playing on the Pro Tour you can still watch it on the Magic: The Gathering Twitch channel. That’s all there if you want it. But no matter how you want to play Magic or where you want to play Magic the most important takeaway from all of this is that you should have fun playing Magic.