How I Magic: The Gathering


Now that I’ve branched out and provided some D&D 5e + M:TG crunch, I’d like to revisit my Magic background.

WARNING! TV Tropes link ahead!

History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the Ring passed out of all knowledge. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.

In 1993 I was enlisted in the US Army. Stationed in scenic Baumholder, Germany. One of the members of my D&D group had just came back from leave stateside. He came back with this wonderful new card game. He knew the group would love the game, and had brought us all Revised starter decks. I hesitate to call them decks. I think they were just a mix of cards of all 5 colors.

We all added some booster packs after we discovered them at the PX. Not aware of “deck building” at the time, we just added new cards to our 5 color decks. It was just this small group in the barracks that played together on the side of a Rock in Germany. Huge stack of 100, 200, however many you had cards, never knowing what you were going to draw, playing for ante mess of games that we still loved, even if we were playing it wrong.

I kept playing after my enlistment ended and went back home.  I fell in love with deck building, but was always on a budget. I filled my collection with $0.10 commons from my local game store and buying booster packs. Kept playing with friends, through several moves, up through Urza’s Block/Classic Sixth Edition. After a move the cards stayed in a box that didn’t get unpacked for years. Even then, the cards were seen more as a reminder of fun times than something I wanted to play.

I got my children into playing D&D just before the D&D 5e play test. Shorty after, in 2016, my one son “discovered” Magic reading about D&D online. He asked me if we could get him some cards. To his surprise, I dug into the back of my closet and pulled out a large shoe box, full of Magic decks and singles. Seventeen years since I had played. I gathered my children and we learned all about Magic. …and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

We all have a certain passion for the game, though I think I am the most obsessed with it. Eldritch Moon and Khaladesh cards were added to my collection.

I have followed in my previous MO of deck building on a budget. I know that the best way to get the cards you want is to buy singles, but I love the anticipation before opening a booster pack. I still hit up my local gaming store for commons, though. Occasionally I buy more expensive singles there or online.

I play Kitchen Table Magic. My work schedule is at odds with New Dimension’s game nights so I miss organized play. Kitchen Table Magic in my head is somewhere between Pauper and Legacy. Pauper Plus if you will. We play that everything is legal, but our budgets aren’t the largest, so playsets of commons and a hopeful mix of rare and mythic singles and doubles form these decks.

I will be posting Deck Techs in the future, though. These won’t be designed decks, with the best play sets in every spot. These will be the actual decks that I play, warts and all. Decks built with the cards that I acquire. When I do post these, I welcome advise on what could make the decks better, but I also hope to educate you on deck building with my insights as well.

WARNING! Disclaimers ahead!

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