Easy Steps to Learn Magic the Gathering

Magic The Gathering is the world’s premier trading card game. It combines fantasy and strategy with collectible cards.

It is adored by millions of fans from across the world. It also the world’s oldest and longest-running trading card game. Without Magic: The Gathering, games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! would probably never have existed.

It’s also a very complex game. In this article, you will find all of the information that you need to get a basic understanding of Magic The Gathering.  

Getting Started

The first thing that you need to do is to buy a deck. Before you learn how to play Magic: The Gathering, you need cards. You can buy booster decks, intro decks, clash decks, fat decks, and booster boxes.

Buying Your First Deck

Booster decks hold 10 common cards, three uncommon cards, and one rare or mythically rare card. Intro decks hold 60 cards and two booster decks. Clash decks hold two 60 card decks. Fat decks hold nine booster decks, 80 land cards, and two deck boxes. Booster boxes hold 36 booster decks.

If you’re on a budget and cannot afford any of these, then you might be able to pick up a complimentary welcome deck. Most trading card shops offer these. A welcome deck will typically hold 60 cards.

Magic The Gathering is a great alternative to PC and console gaming. Instead of staring at a screen, you immerse yourself in a gaming community and get out into the real world to play in an engaging and creative game verse.  

Card Coloring and Mana

In Magic: The Gathering, there are five different mana colors. Mana is, in a way, energy. There is red, black, white, blue, and green. Cards in Magic The Gathering are used to cast enchantments, spells, and summon creatures. Each card requires mana to cast. You obtain mana by casting land cards.

There are five different types of land cards, one for each mana color:

  • are blue-colored cards, typically associated with knowledge and foresight.
  • are red-colored cards; they are associated with aggressive spells and creatures.
  • are white-colored cards, used for soldiers and knights.
  • are green-colored cards and are used for elves, beasts, and druids.
  • are black-colored cards and are most often used by necromancers to summon the undead.

Different Types of Playing Cards

Every Magic: The Gathering card has a name. According to the official Magic: The Gathering website, no two cards with the same name will ever function differently, even if on.

There are many different categories of cards in Magic The Gathering. It’s important that you learn all of them (and their functions). Here they are:

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·       Creatures

Creatures are the foundations of your playing deck. They are what you will use to attack and defeat your opponents.

Each creature has a mana cost that you use land cards to pay for. On the bottom right of a creature card, you will find two numbers divided by a slash. The first number is the creature’s power, while the second is the creature’s power.

·       Artifacts

Artifact cards are permanent. They typically act as equipment. You usually attach an artifact card to a create. If the creature is destroyed, the artifact still stays in play. When you attach an artifact to a creature, it gives the creature a boost.

·       Enchantment

Enchantment cards can only be used once. Unlike artifact cards, they don’t have a mana cost. Enchantments can be attached to creatures much like artifacts can.

·       Planeswalker

Planeswalker cards are unquestionably some of the most powerful cards in the entire game. They represent an ally that you can call upon to fight alongside you. They can be played whenever you play a sorcery card.

·       Sorcery

Sorcery cards are, essentially, magic spells. You can cast them against an opponent or an opponent’s creatures. You can only use sorcery cards on your turn, and after you have, they have to go straight into your graveyard.

·       Instants

Instants are cards, like sorcery cards, that have to go into your graveyard once they have been cast. They can be used at any time during the game. You can even activate them on your opponent’s turn. They are great cards to hold and can help you to win the game.

Playing Magic The Gathering

Once you have your cards and have a basic understanding of how they work, you can get outside and get involved in tournaments and real-world games.

Tournaments have, for the most part, been taking place online since the pandemic began. However, lockdown restrictions are being eased across the United States, and so, you will be able to get out and play with friends very soon. 

To play, you sit facing your opponent. You both shuffle your decks and decide who goes first; you can do this by flipping a coin.

Set your deck to your right and pick seven cards from the top. These seven cards are your hand. When you use a card, discard a card, or your creature dies, you place it into your graveyard with its face up. You cannot draw cards from your graveyard.


When a game begins, players have 20 life points each. These life points can fluctuate. A player dies when their health reaches zero.


The rules of Magic: The Gathering are very complex. They change all of the time. It’s important that, instead of buying a written rulebook, that you use the online rulebook.

This will save you a lot of time and money. The online rules will be updated regularly. Some people do prefer to buy the written rulebooks to hold onto as momentous. 

Further Research

Magic: The Gathering is an incredibly complex game. It is not easy to learn. It’s important that you continue to research and study the game beyond this page.

Experts say that it takes roughly 2 to 3 hours to master MTG. Others say that it can take up to a week. There is a huge MTG community online.

If you have access to YouTube or Reddit, you can immerse yourself in the communities there. Experienced players should be more than happy to answer any queries or questions that you have regarding the more confusing elements of the game.

The information contained within this article should be enough for you to go out and play your first game. When playing games like MTG, it’s important to remember to always have fun. Don’t take it too seriously. Good luck.