Now that you know what Magic the Gathering is, it is time to get started! The first thin you are going to need to do is buy magic cards. You have a few options here depending how much money you want to spend.
For those who do not want spend a lot of money you can just buy 2 starter decks. The newest starter decks you can purchase are: Swift Justice, Relentless Dead, Dark Sacrifice, Monstrous Surprise and Grave Power from the new Dark Ascension set. You can see those decks in their entirity from the wizards of the coast website, I have the link for you here http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/productarticle.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/darkascension/intropacks#deck1. There are some quotes below from that link. Each deck retails for $14.99 but you can get this as cheap as $11.99 on Amazon.com at time of article creation. I have created links below that take you www.amazon.com to purchase them.
“With the “Swift Justice” deck, your plan is to come roaring out of the gates, keep your opponent off balance, and end the game as quickly as possible”
“Embrace your inner necromancer with the “Relentless Dead” deck. Whether you prefer raising zombies out of fresh graves or stitching them together in your dank, dark lab, your mindless minions will soon conquer all who oppose you!”
“The “Dark Sacrifice” deck rewards you for cleverly and mercilessly sacrificing your own Human creatures to advance your evil agenda. It’s got three main parts: cards that like to sacrifice Humans, cards that reward you for sacrificing Humans, and Humans that like to be sacrificed.”
“The scariest thing a monster can do is not stay dead. That’s exactly how the creatures in the “Monstrous Surprise” deck behave. When any creature with the undying ability dies, if it didn’t have a +1/+1 counter on it, it returns from the graveyard to the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. If it dies now, it’ll stay down . . . but how many extra lives can your opponent afford to deal with?”
“The “Grave Power” deck harnesses the power of lost souls, refracting them into gigantic entities and overwhelming advantages. The dead may be gone, but they’re definitely not forgotten.”
Once you have a starter deck, it is a good idea to get some booster packs.
I would suggest only buying cards for the following sets since they are permitted in Standard Tournaments:
- Scars of Mirrodin
- Mirrodin Besieged
- New Phyrexia
- Magic2012, keep in mind many cards are remade in this core set and become legal again in standard.
- Dark Ascension
- Avacyn Restored(effective May 4, 2012)
Current deck beck rules:
- Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain exactly fifteen cards.
- With the exception of basic land cards, a player’s combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent. All cards named Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest are basic.
If you are going to buy many booster packs or have some friends that would like to go in on a booster box with, you can save a good amount of money.
Next stop is finding a place to play! If you already have friends that is great but local comic shops almost always offer Friday Night Magic, you can get more info on thathere. You can also test your might at a local tournament for prizes. You can win special foil promo cards from either the Friday Night Magic or a tournament.