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Just looking for some advice as to what I should get if I'm just starting to get into Magic the Gathering. I saw on Amazon the 2015 Core Set Deck Builders toolkit and thought that might be good.

Anybody have recommendations for me?
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Build an awesome type II Land attack deck,.. multi color supper aggro turn all your lands into 2/2 saps until eot give em trample,. turn 4 victory,.
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Thanks for the reply! Literally everything you said made no sense tho! lol. I'll do some research into what you said. What boosters, decks or starter packs should I go with?
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I'm no hardcore fan, but I do play quite a bit of magic with friends. Go for the core set so that you can get a fair amount of land cards so that you can actually start making decks.

What I tend to do is buy massive packs of cards for cheap. It mainly means that all I'm going to get are commons and uncommons, but it allows me a wide variety of choices and focuses to make decks with. I also got three different starter sets, which I wouldn't say is a good idea but it gave me a bunch more land and a bunch more cards, many of which were very good.

Oh also the guy above you is just fucking with you.

In Magic, all 5 colours have different strengths and weaknesses. In my experience, White is very good at life gain, Green has very strong monsters with high mana costs, red is all about spells that attack the player directly, blue is all about control of the battlefield, and black uses the graveyard to manipulate the game.

Of course, that doesn't mean that those colours are attached to those descriptions. You can find any type of card anywhere.

If you have any more questions, ask away.
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Just goes to show how much of a noob I am at this. Thank you very much for the input!

What do you think about the 2015 core set, or should i go with something else like the 2014?


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As a ... VERY long time magic player, those are very simple explanations. Each color has a variety of things they can do, many of which end up overlapping with other colors. as for 2015, I'd say its a starting point? It won't be a tournament competitive deck right out of that box but its ok if all your friends play casually. I think that if you want a nice simple way to learn the game, I'd pick up one of the Duel of the Planeswalker games. Its a simple way to learn and gives you all the basics on what to do to play not exceptionally terribly.

As for making a competitive deck, I'd recommend building a list of what you want to do with the deck and then buy the cards individually. Its cheaper in the long run than gambling on what you'll get, which is more likely than not something you'll want (unless you are the luckiest prick ever, I've known a few of those so it DOES occasionally happen). Of course, if you enjoy the social aspect of trading and bartering with other players, than by all means, buy boxes on boxes, though you won't need more than one 'deck builder' box probably ever. You'll get more than enough land and other miscellaneous cards from booster packs. Traditionally, only a handful of cards from the core sets (M15, M14, etc), are worth any sort of value (and to be honest, by proxy, any good), so I msotly stick away from heavily buying into them. This new set called Khans of Tarkir is exceptionally good, however, so I'd recommend buying it if you can. As a heads up in that department as well, the rare quality lands from the set will be worth a pretty penny so if trading occurs, don't let yourself get swindled.
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BUT MAAAN THIS SHOULDNT GO ON GENERAL DISCUSSION BECAUSE ITS NOT GENERAL
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Cool bro! Thanks!
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Thank you very much man, I appreciate all of your input. This helps so much.
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If you're new, I suggest some of those random tourney packs if they still sell them. You get to experiment with all the colors if you get enough packs (and basic lands are cheap).

I don't suggest devoting yourself to one color from the get-go until you've experimented a bit with everything. I started MTG when I was about 12 or so, not long before the Prophecy block release.

I initially played with friends' cards and build a horrible blue/red deck. I thought I was a red player.

But a few months into the game, after a lot of experimentation with other colors and spells, I decided black fit my personality and preferences much better. I've been a Black player ever since, and most of my decks include at least a splash of black if they aren't mono-black of a two-color combo of black and something else. I enjoy mass removal and the ability to sacrifice extra life for card advantage. Discard is pretty nice, too, and black has the coolest creatures.

I no longer play but my main colors were black and white. Just fool around and see what suits you. Rarely have I seen players who master all the colors equally well, and nobody ever chooses one color from the start and stays with it forever. I can't play blue to save my life, and red is actually my second worst color.

I STRONGLY advise against combo decks. A combo deck is a machine that only works when all the pieces are in their proper place. Throw something to muss up one of the cards and victory is like 200% harder. I suggest decks with multiple cards that synergize well with each other, but I am not a fan of combo engine decks.

White: Represents order and good. Life gain, protection, vigilance, and some surprisingly nasty and untouchable creatures with powerful mechanics characterize this color. Many creatures have more toughness than power.

Blue: Flowing yet unpredictable, like water, blue is not usually particularly destructive but it is the color that is made for mindgaming your opponents and confusing them. Instant spells (counters and bounces) and flying/unblockable creatures galore. Most blue creatures aren't very strong but they can be extremely annoying. Blue is all about controlling the tempo of the match and gaining a card advantage over your opponent.

Red: Lots of raw firepower, very destructive. Characterized by burn spells and creatures with haste.that tend to have more power than toughness. Favors a swift and direct approach in dealing with enemies.

Green: Color of life and vitality. Big, powerful creatures and rapid fielding of mana generators are specialties of this color. Win by overwhelming your opponent with an endless ream of creatures and accessing a huge mana pool.

Black: Achieve victory through any means necessary. Life does not matter until someone has 0. Characterized by spells and creatures that have negative effects for their caster but possess great power or deadly abilities for their cost. Black is also good at killing creatures and reviving the ones in the graveyard.
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Posted 10/7/14

Beardmaster wrote:

Just looking for some advice as to what I should get if I'm just starting to get into Magic the Gathering. I saw on Amazon the 2015 Core Set Deck Builders toolkit and thought that might be good.

Anybody have recommendations for me?


Looks like you got a lot of great advice, so should be all set for now.

In the future though, please dont't start a new thread for personal help/advice--it's against CR 's site rules

Instead please use the existing The General Help/Advice Thread ("stickied" near the top of the General Discussion forum) to post such requests.
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