How to Play Magic: The Gathering | The Basics

Becca is joined by first time Magic players Hector Navarro and Gina DeVivo as she covers the basics of the classic collectible card game.

Want to try out Magic: The Gathering’s new set? Head over to your local game stores to check out the new Core Set 2019 on July 13! Take a look here:

Tabletop games are super fun, but learning the complicated directions and rules can be a challenge. Becca Scott is your game tutor, explaining the game mechanics in an easy to follow way, so you can get to playing the games faster.

Visit us on
Subscribe to Geek and Sundry:
Join our community at:


Michael Lahaderne says:

More Magic Content!

07sudz says:

Please dont have that guy on again. Super Annoying

james evarts says:


Hugh Mungus says:

Would eat Becca’s butthole

Spencer Key says:

57:41 That reaction was priceless!

Bullied PacificJames says:

Been collecting for a few years now, still not sure how to play

TheForsakenCornflake says:

You should also mention all the steps of a turn, the simplification is relevant for beginners yes but you should’ve mentioned it so new players doesn’t get confused when someone mentions “upkeep” etc. (Edit: just fixed misspellings)

Sellinga coerwa says:


Sam Peskie says:

This video is amazing! What a great way to pull new players in with great in depth mechanics!!!

Eric Hansen says:

Why are they at ten life did I miss that.

LoneSoldier29 says:

Wizards must be pumping dollars into Geek & Sundry.  And a free deck?  What the hell?  I want a free deck. I haven’t played in over a year or so.  Forgot how painful it was to teach someone the game.

Yuchen Zhou says:

Keeps a five land hand, draw gas for four turns straight.
God is dead, there is no justice.

Alexandre Boutaud Valarini says:

For the record, that is the appropriate reaction to getting a Nicol Bolas.

Jean Marais says:

Happy to see some sensible marketing by WoC regarding MTG. I discovered it 2 years ago at the age of 36 and it is the best game i have ever played.

Firecold2000 says:

great! Now only if I had some friends to play with…

Lordith Rushfelt says:

I literally Googled “Magic the gathering starter set” 10hrs ago! Great timing!

josh davis says:

Friends dont let friends play Magic

Sam Verleye says:

Go ahead, try to explain how the stack works…
Playing magic for 1 year and it still is unclear to me….

Fredrik Dunge says:

Three boosters and two mythic rares? Seems unlikely.

Phillip Ramos says:

Great video! I think it would be cool to watch Hector and Gina play more magic it would be cool to see them grow in the game. It could be a cool series.

John Shoemaker says:

Takes me way back to the first time I played mtg..on a prerelease alpha deck. We had 4 player games with just 50 cards. Everyone drew from the same deck…we shuffled the discard pile after running out .. when someone died their mana went into the discard pile. After we could buy cards we played multiplayer.with full base decks(no booster yet). One guy bought a palate of legends and held them for 6 months.. he sold them and bought a house.

David Loria says:

1. Begin Phase
A. Untap Step
B. Upkeep Step
C. Draw Step
2. Pre-Combat Main Phase
3. Combat Phase
A. Declare Attackers Step
B. Declare Defenders Step
C. First Strike Attack Step
D. Main Attack Step
4. Post Combat Main Phase
5. End Phase
A. End Of Turn Abilities/Effects take place Step
B. Damaged creatures toughness is restored Step
C. Turn is passed to oponnant.

Anyone feel free to comment If I missed anything.

Eklypze.Z30 says:

Rifle shuffling 7 times is minimum for a sufficiently randomized deck

iokcs says:


Josh Estes says:

They needed day [9]!

TheForsakenCornflake says:

4:45 you’ve made a mistake. The Exile zone can also be manipulated. You should instead just mention that there exist cards that manipulate them etc.

Lukos0036 says:

I have a black/blue rat deck I’m fond of. Might not be the most effective but rats are cheap to summon and I have a lot of them. I can out number white and goblin decks. O_o

Jesse Lamoni says:

I gotta say, with a show like Spellslingers, this seems like it would have been better suited there, i.e. learn by playing. Probably just me though.

Jarrik73 says:

Just have to point out something, Ixalan was not the core set before M19. That designation goes to Dominaria.

Malachi Welch says:

I’ve been looking for adversary of tyrants ever since I started playing Magic Hector is so lucky

Fl43cH3 says:

The beautiful becca and magic the gathering ?! Is this heaven?

Chantit Simma says:

great series! I’ve been wanting to learn how to play. I’m eager to watch more!

Carol McKenzie says:

Just started becoming interested in Magic: The Gathering (spelled out as per someone commenting previously, and with punctuation) and was happy to see this in my feed. As much as I like this, I could do with a little less silliness and chit-chat and a little more focus on the cards. It wasn’t until like 18:00 that I started wanting to pay attention.

And I miss Sean.

superluke1 says:

I love this. Only one compliant, I could never see the creature power and toughness because of your logos on the video.

Spencer Key says:

51:56 It finally ends.

Trophy Guide 101 says:

More MtG

ryan rhino says:

do they talk about hot to cheat if not i’ll pass

 Write a comment


Do you like our videos?
Do you want to see more like that?

Please click below to support us on Facebook!