Hi I am new I onluly know the basics of the hame but I was wanting to build a competitive deck I bought the 2013 mob rule intro deck can I build a pretty competitive deck out of that like I said I am new so I plan to play at our local hobby shop but still once I learn the game id like to start out with a good deck
Unfortunately, as far as actually competitive decks go, the steps for transforming an intro pack into a competitive deck go as follows:
Step 1: Remove everything
Step 2: Put in actually good cards.
Intro packs are almost entirely jank. Your best bet is to go into your local hobby shop and talk to the players there. They can get you started on the right foot and help you find what you need to purchase an actually good deck. They should also be able to give you pointers on how to do so without spending tons of money.
A quick couple note: If they tell you to buy boosters to get started, ignore them. If your goal is to get a good deck in a reasonable length of time, boosters are the worst option.
If you just want to get started RIGHT NOW I recommend buying the GreenWhite Magic 2013 Event Deck. It's about $25 and will contain a deck that should serve you well until you know enough to construct your own decks. Do NOT buy the Red one. It's not very good.
Welcome to the most awesome game ever created - I've been playing since I was 7 (I'm almost 22 now) and I never get tired of it.
As for competitive decks, that can be a tricky term in this game because there are very different levels of competition. A lot of it depends on your attitude toward the game and how your local store matches up with your attitude.
Let me explain that last statement since it could be a little confusing to a new player. There are a bunch of different "types" of players...
Some people just like to win (we call them Spikes), these are the players who will be playing the "best" deck that is legal for the given format. These decks are expensive and they take time to learn to pilot optimally. You need to have the drive to win as well as the will to research the Meta and understand principle philosophies of Magic (Tempo, Card Advantage, Philosophy of Fire - stuff you're probably not quite ready for yet).
Other players want to win, but they want to do it their own way and with style. We call these players "Timmys". These are the guys who just see a cool card (for example a massive creature) and decide they want to win with a deck built around that card. You can be a great Magic player and still be a Timmy, it's all about how you enjoy the game.
Finally there are the Johnnys. Johnny is all about creativity; he wants to build that sweet combo deck that might be totally impractical but is awesome when it goes off. Johnnys generally aren't interested in tournmanet level Magic where they are constricted to a certain format and can't play any card they want.
If you wanna read more about it here's a good article:
Now obviously you don't have to be just one of these types of players, but it's a good starting point to understand what you want out of the game and what your store offers. My store has several events a week: FNM (Friday Night Magic) is Booster draft, and then there is 3 tournaments per week for Standard Format, and 1 per week for Legacy. This is great for me because I am a Spike - I want to win the big tournaments, and Draft, Standard and Legacy are all formats I need to constantly practice with. If I was a Johnny this store wouldn't be that great for me because there are no "casual" events where you can show up with any deck and try crazy stuff.
So here's my opinon: If you're a Spike (brand new players rarely are) you're going to want to ditch that intro deck and drop $200-300 on top of the line cards and read articles about the current "best decks" and then read even more articles/books about Magic theory and strategy (I'd recommend "Next Level Magic" by Patrick Chapin).
If you're a Timmy player you're probably off to a good start. Buy a couple M13 boosters or maybe a Fat Pack and start deck building something you enjoy playing.
If you're a Johnny maybe you wanna just start browsing every card every printed and try to find some cool combos you can pull off with the cards you already have.
All of this also depends on what your store offers on a weekly basis and how "hardcore" the local players are.
Hope some of this helped. Magic has been around for awhile now and it can be a little overwhelming to get started and understand all the nuances and mechanics of the game. I would advise meeting as many players are possible and try to learn from them and trade with them to build up your collection.
Well I havnt opened the intro pack yet so I can take it back to walmart and get my money back I dont know anyone around me that plays magic but I was into pokemon when I was younger and want a bigger challenge plus im 21 and dont want to play with a bunch of 10 year olds does walmart sell any event packs
I would recommend you buy a Fat Pack + an Event Deck.
You can probably buy an Event Deck at Walmart, but the Fat Packs might need to be found at an actual card/hobby shop. You're gonna want to find one of those shops anyway if you don't know anyone who plays, since that will be the best place to meet people and start playing.
Well personally I am a spike then I am very competitive at what ever I do and want to win. Now obviously before I drop 200 bucks in cards I want to learn the game I dont care to spend that cash but to do it before I know all the fundamentals seems a little senselss to me so let me rephrase my question a little and ive had some awsome answers so far so thanks for that. But here we go I want to win but a game srore just opened in my area called games and comics from the toads and trolls people. They just have game night from what I understand every thursday I want a deck were im not going to go out in the first little bit of the game I want something that willgwillgIve
Me a fighting chance a good starter deck is what im after
If you want to have a fighting chance as soon as possible, the Event Deck is your best bet. It's a good combination of power and price and depending on how competitive your local gaming store is should be fairly effective.
Ok sweet ill get an event pack since im new to this game im a little lost still I played pokemon in my younger days so im wondering is it like pokemon in the since that there are a type of card that has a weakness like fire pokemon have a weakness against water pokemon im asking because I need to learn about this as much as I can online the hobby shop is 45 miles from me and last time I was there they were to busy to educate me ive read online basics of the game but nothing to in depth and I hate to buy a book until I get my foot in the door as of now ive never played before im just trying to learn
Drafting is by FAR the best way to build up your collection and get a handle on deck building. But you may wanna get down the basic game mechanics before you start drafting since it's a lot to take in.
Yeah I plan to build my own decks once I get started but for now just to learn on ill get an event deck since there better and take it from there im glad I didnt open the intro deck yet also had another question what about the builders toolkit with 285 cards are they anygood for building a decent deck
Ahh really ill prolly just get an event deck the reason I asked about the toolbtoolbuilders kit was bc my hobby shop said it was competitive but idk if he just wanted to sell it or was being honest figured id ask the people that play it most
edit: googled the wrong thing.
Turns out the Toolkit is probably worth it for a brand new player. The fact that it comes with boosters and a new player guide helps it's cause a lot. The other cards appear to be "semi-random" so you probably get 185 random cards from say a 500 card pool.
edit2: although it is still certainly not competitive, in that regard he's totally trying to sell to you. It's a good product to learnt to play, but it's certainly not a competitive card pool.
So in your opinion what would u all doin my spot get the toolkit or the event packs
Personally, I feel like if you're still at the point where you're learning to play the game, you shouldn't focus a ton on having the most competitive deck right out of the gate. I recommend the deckbuilder's toolkit for new players because it lets them see more facets of the game. With an event deck, you get the fun of playing a strong deck, but you don't get the fun of putting a deck together in the first place.
Really, it depends on what aspects of the game are most appealing to you. Everyone sees Magic from a different perspective. If you're playing a racing game, do you like building your car from scratch and customizing it all yourself (even if that means you car's not as competitive at first), or do you prefer just jumping in with a pre-tuned automobile that you know will be competitive? That's basically the decision you're making here.
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