How To Play Magic

A series of articles on how to play the trading card game Magic: the Gathering.  These articles are not designed as a strategy guide, but as a tutorial for new players to learn the game.

How to Play Magic – Part 1

Magic is a hard game to pick up on. As a friend of mine that doesn't play said, most of my posts look like they're written in ancient Hebrew or Sanskrit to him. Explaining to a non-player why Tarmogoyf is one of the best creatures ever printed is like taking someone who's never seen any of the […]

How to Play Magic – Part 2 – Colors and Costs

This is part two in a series of articles designed to teach you how to play Magic: the Gathering. This article will go over the five colors you'll find in the game and the basics behind mana costs for spells.
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How to Play Magic – Part 3 – Card Types

This is part three in a series of articles designed to teach you how to play Magic: the Gathering. In this article, we will be going over the seven other types of cards you'll find in the game of Magic. (more…)

How to Play Magic – Part 4 – Rules and Turns

Now that you've gotten to see the different types of cards in the game of Magic, let's take a look at the rules of a turn and show you a few sample turns to get a feel for the flow and pace of the game.
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How to Play Magic – Part 5 – The Stack

So we've played a few turns of Magic and covered the very basics of the game – drawing a card, playing a land, casting creatures. If that's all there was to the game, however, it wouldn't be the most popular trading card game in the world. The skill and draw of Magic is found in the interactions […]

How to Play Magic – Part 6 – Combat

Combat – the core of the game of Magic.  Most games of Magic are won and lost in the combat step, and almost every game of Magic you play will involve combat.  Most creature keywords and abilities affect combat as well, and we'll go over the most common abilities here as well.
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