Not a beach deck, this time we’re talking about decks of cards. And not any normal type of cards; today, we’re discussing magic the gathering cards. Yes, I’ve discussed this topic before, and I’ve also made posts about collectible card games such as Hearthstone, but recently Alex and I decided to get into this particular card game again. We’ve had a lot of fun slinging spells at each other and moving through main phase to combat phase, playing planeswalkers and destroying each other’s graveyards. It’s been a blast so far.
Magic the Gathering is pretty complicated at first, and the amount of new information and words you need to be familiar with in order to play the game is pretty stressful and intimidating. I give props to Alex for sticking through that initial beginner’s phase and persevering despite the stress and complications. For example, in order to play the game correctly, you need to be familiar with the movement from phase to phase. Untap, upkeep, draw, main, combat, main 2, end phase. The progression from phase to phase is difficult to grasp at first, especially given all the complex triggers you need to be aware of for each of your cards.
In Boston, Alex and I went to a hobby shop in Quincy just to walk around. After looking at board games and other collectibles, I asked her if she wanted to maybe try to learn how to play magic. We both agreed that it would be fun, so we bought some starter decks with planeswalkers from the recent Ravnica set and played on the hotel bed when we got back home. It was a small guilty pleasure. It’s much better now that we’ve decided to play in our apartment, where there’s a solid surface to play on instead of playing it on the bed.