The first thing you need to know is that MTG (Magic the Gathering) is a multiplayer collectible card game owned by Wizards of the Coast. It is an incredibly addictive game, I am not even how many countless hours I have spent creating, researching, and most importantly playing Magic.
The Colors of Magic
The game is played using either a pre-constructed deck, really only used in sealed tournaments, or your own creations. There is no rule that restricts what colors you can use, but there is a strategy to it. Which I will explain in my next deck building article.
Mana is the energy that is required to cast you spells and each spell has a specified mana cost.
White: The color of Justice
Righteous, holy, and overall good is what white is known for. This is where you would find angelic creatures to fight on your side. Plains produce white mana.
Blue: The color of Wisdom
This color is best know for its control. Blue can counter spells or take control of your spells. Islands produce blue mana.
Black: The color of Ambition
Black is most known for it’s connection to death. With many cards that manipulate death like bringing creatures back from the dead. Swamps produce black mana.
Red: The color of Chaos
This color is all about BOOM! It is most notable know for its direct damage cards or spells that hurt your opponent directly. Mountains produce red mana.
Green: the color of Nature
This color is about the raw power of nature. It is creature focuses and the most common creature type is elves. Forests produce green mana.
Colorless: I include this as a color, because you can build a deck entirely out of artifact or colorless cards. Any color of mana can be used to pay for colorless mana costs.
As the player or planes walker you have many choices and options in terms of colors and how you wish to mix them. It will be important as some colors compliment each other well by making up for weaknesses typically found in one color. Which I will go in depth with this in my deck building article that is coming soon.
What are spells?
Spells is everything in the game but land. So any creatures, enchantments, instants, sorceries, or artifacts that you play are all spells. This is a game of spell casting, hence the name Magic the Gathering and as the player or planes walker your fate is decided on the battlefield by the selection of spells you have available in your deck or library.
Where to buy and play:
Where to find more information:
A-1 Comics is one of the few local stores you can visit to buy and play this game. The offer weekly tournaments and events.