I am a Magic the Gathering tournament player. What that means is that I put in a lot of effort when I hear of an upcoming large tournament. I will spend hour’s play testing the deck I want to play. I will pine over which sideboard cards will be the most effective. I will try to anticipate what other people will play and change my deck accordingly. I put in a lot of time testing online and when I meet new people I always find it strange that they will put in a lot of hours playtesting or even goldfishing their decks for hours to see what starting hands they’ll get but they don’t ever use MTG online as a tool. I always here the same excuses. Why should I play Magic the Gathering Online when I already own the cards? Playing online is too expensive. With this article I would like to show you how easy and effective it is to play MTG Online.
I know what your thinking. Why does this guy want me to play online so bad? No, I don’t work for Wizards of the Coast. I don’t have stock in the company Hasbro. I just know for me, that I would not have the play skill that I have now, without the opportunity for me to play Magic the 888bola. I think it’s a very beneficial tool to use for any fan of the game and especially the tournament player. One of the reasons I created this web site is so that everyone has as much fun playing Magic as possible because I love this game so much. I know I have the most fun when I’m winning so in order to win more I need to get better. Magic Online offers another avenue for you to get better.
For the rest of the article I will talk about some of the advantages to playing online and what it can offer magic players.
For my entire adult life I have had a job, and while I was always fortunate to be able to work at a hobby store, it did eat into my Magic playing time. I worked Friday night and Saturday afternoon, because that was when the store was most busy. If you’re a tournament player you know these are the two times that magic tournaments generally happen. FNM is Friday night and a lot of bigger tournaments like PTQs and Opens happen on Saturdays. More recently, I also work a 9-5 job that almost always becomes a 9-7 job depending on what projects are going. No I’m not telling you this so you feel bad for me, I’m saying this because I want to illustrate that not all of us can go to tournaments all the time. Magic online gives us a way to keep playing even when our schedules don’t match that of our local game store’s.
Now I try to make it out to RIW Hobbies to play FNM whenever I can, but I also love to come home, at 7:30pm, pull out my laptop, fire up my standard deck, and just play a few rounds with it. This keeps me up to date on the current decks in the format while strengthening my skill with the deck I’m playing. It also lets me eat a bowl of cereal all while attacking you with 5/5 wurms and populating. (Currently I’m a big fan of a G/W aggro deck featuring Advent of the Wurm and Scion of Vitu-Ghazi).
Another issue is you don’t always have the ability to go to every PTQ or other large in your area. Maybe you went last week and you don’t want to drive another two hours to get out top decked by that Jund player, in the last round, knocking you out of top eight contention. Just me? Maybe cost is an issue. Driving to events not only takes time to get there and entry fee costs, but gas is expensive and wear and tear on your vehicle adds up. With magic online there is a daily event every few hours for each format. PTQs are also online, and now right in your basement. If you lose, you don’t need to drive another two hours home. You can even start another game right there.
Another awesome reason why you should play Magic the Gathering Online is because you love to draft. I know you love to draft, you know you love to draft, so lets stop kidding ourselves. Where in the world can you get a draft going in less than a minute? If you go to your local game store they probably have a draft going, “A” draft going. You want to play two drafts maybe even three, because you love to draft. Lets not forget that we can enjoy our cereal, in our pajamas, while drafting, from our comfortable couch.
So now you spent all this money drafting, now what? You earned nothing, or maybe some packs, I can’t assume how good you are. That’s not true. You have a great collection to start playing standard or block. You also learned a lot about magic and hopefully got better at it. Drafting is one of the most skill intensive formats out there. You have to build your deck on the fly, using an unknown card pool. You need to learn to evaluate cards that you wouldn’t normally. You have to play around lots of obscure cards and combat tricks. All these things make you an overall better magic player.
A lot of people always use cost as an excuse to not play online. Cost is definitely a factor but you should understand that playing online is not as expensive as you think. Sure there are the expensive cards online. Yes, Sphinx’s Revelation and Voice of Resurgence are going to cost a lot, just like they do in real life. My point is you already spend a lot of money on Magic so why not spend a little more and play online. The cards online hold their value generally as well as cards in real life do. And offen times you can use your knowledge of magic card pricing and your card evaluation skills, that you got from drafting, to pick when a cards price will go up. Buy low and sell high and you can make a lot of money online just like everywhere else.