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Magic the Gathering FAQ June 30, 2009

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Find out the answers to important questions, such as: How can I play Magic on the internet for free? How can I get free Magic Cards? What is the best budget deck I can make? How can I make my own cards?

After answering some questions on Yahoo Answers!, I noticed that some questions are more popular than others. Here are the answers to some of these questions.

How do I learn how to play Magic?

There is a webpage that has a lot of resources to teach you the basics about how to play including youtube videos and a free video game.

I would recommend learning the game from playing real human beings, but you can also learn to play on Magic Online. Magic Online is free to use except you have to buy cards for it. Many stores will be willing to teach you how to play. Especially if they run tournaments.

What are the rules?

You can get a free beginner or expert rulebook here.

There are many forums that answer specific rules questions. The official forum is here.

Where should I sell my cards?

You can sell your cards to a store, including mine. This is one of the quickest ways to get rid of your cards, and sometimes stores offer a great price for your cards.

You can also try to sell your cards on ebay or cardshark. This can require quite a bit of work, and these websites charge a fee (up to 20%) but it is usually the best way to get the most money out of your cards.

How can I play Magic on the Internet for free?

Apprentice and Magic Workstation can be used. magic-league.com has downloads that will make these programs capable of playing magic the gathering.

How can I create my own cards?

You can use Magic Set Editor. For more information, go here.

How can I get free Magic Cards?

If you go to a Magic Prerelease, a lot of people will throw their cards away or leave them behind to be thrown away. You can offer to take cards that people will throw away anyway. Hundreds of dollars of cards have been thrown away, even when people know that I want them.

Best Budget Magic Deck

The most powerful and least expensive Magic Deck is for legacy touranments, which is the closest thing to being vintage (type 1) without allowing Moxes or Black Lotus. You will probably want a red deck with cards, such as the following: Lightning Bolt, Rift Bolt, Lava Spike, Shard Volley, Fireblast, Flame Javelin, Flames of the Blood Hand, Spark Elemental, Keldon Marauders, Incinerate, and Tattermunge Maniac. That’s 11 cards to choose from. You can choose 9 or 10 of these cards and play 4 of each of them, and use 20 to 24 lands. Jackal Pup and Grim Lavamancer are also great cards for a mono-red burn deck, but they are a little more expensive.

To find out how to build a red budged deck for standard tournaments, go here.
My next article will be posted on Friday July 3, 2009.


1. michael - June 30, 2009

Just do not try to learn anything from Mike Lopez. He teaches the opposite of Magic. It is hard to tell if he is actually that clueless or trying to be funny. So internet videos are not always the best way.

Internet Forums like MtgSalvation are good and also have many useful links.

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