How to Play Magic: The Gathering | A General Overview

If I missed anything in this video or just glazed over something, do know that I’ll be hitting them again in the near future. This is just a primer on how to get started and basic understandings.

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Island is the most powerful card, just so you newbs know.

William Simkulet says:

This is a pretty bad introduction to magic. It fails to introduce players to card types (coherently), the example cards are all needlessly complex, it doesn’t talk about the color wheel… or pretty much the significance of anything in the game, doesn’t make it clear how to win, etc. Worse still, you’re plugging Challenger decks… something very difficult to find most places… as an introductory product. Now, I admit, WOTC doesn’t have an introductory product, but this isn’t an excuse for you.

Also, I’m getting sick and tired of seeing the abstract “5 colors” symbol… it is just bizarre that WOTC uses this symbol to symbolize the game (over, say, the 5 mana symbols themselves…), as it is generic and boring.

Hey, kids, wanna play this cool game? Look here; an upside down comb! Isn’t that fantastic? I bet it has all sorts of hair-inspired gameplay.

Emil Berbakov says:

I’m glad that you’re doing these videos; it’s hard to teach people how to play without many resources.
I have a few comments, however. Firstly, I don’t think it was a good idea to simplify the untap and upkeep steps into one step. This may confuse new players because some cards say that you need to pay a Mana cost at the beginning of your upkeep. If new players are led to believe that you untap during your upkeep, they will think they can only pay costs with Mana sources that were already untapped before the turn began.
Another thing is that I think you’re talking really fast; you may want to slow down a tad.
Other than those things, I think the video was really great! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series turns out!

Schemes of 40K says:

You made you made mistakes. Please learn the rules before making a Vid on rules ! !@%^&*

Nivek Modo says:

Would have been nice to have something like this in the 90s when everyone was trying to learn from the tiny rule book they used to put in starter decks

MTGOTraders says:

Hey guys! hope you like the video. First things first. New animations will be coming to flesh out the character. I’m having to do that alongside everything else I do so it’s a slow go of things.

Second! The battlefield situation is completely opinion, but if I ever teach someone to play, that’s how I tell it. You can do it however you like, but since most players are coming over from Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh it’s easier for them to have a more strict field.

Third! If I mess anything up in the video let me know! I’m no judge I’m just a player, and this is a general overview. If there’s something specific you want me to cover in a future video just let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to cover it. 🙂

John Tiffee says:

Great video.

BoomBoomBatty says:

2 white mana and 1 white mana of any color. will remember!

Redshift 2k5 says:

Seen a lot of people asking for beginner videos- not deck techs, not gameplay, just teaching. Good to have something to point people at other than only the wotc site’s introduction

Twistedlittlesmile says:

Actually you are supposed to announce the spell, put it on the stack, then pay costs. But tapping land first is fine.

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