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Today Is a Great Day to Start Playing Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering feels like a scary game to start, but it doesn't have to be.

James Bricknell Senior Editor
James has been writing about technology for years but has loved it since the early 90s. While his main areas of expertise are maker tools -- 3D printers, vinyl cutters, paper printers, and laser cutters -- he also loves to play board games and tabletop RPGs.
Expertise 3D printers, maker tools such as Cricut style vinyl cutters and laser cutters, traditional paper printers Credentials
  • 6 years working professionally in the 3D printing space / 4 years testing consumer electronics for large websites.
James Bricknell
Magic: The Gathering cards and box on a red background
Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering, or MtG as it is known, can often feel like a daunting game to start. There are a lot of rules, a lot of different ways to play and an enormous number of cards. It can sometimes feel that investing the money to play may not be worth it if the game is hard to get into. Where to even start?

One of the most popular game variants, Commander, offers a way to play with more than the standard two players. It comes complete in a box with a prebuilt deck that is perfectly balanced. This gives you an opportunity to learn the game with a deck that isn't under- or overpowered.

Right now, Wizards of the Coast is offering some of its latest Commander decks at reduced prices for Amazon Prime Day, some as low as $18. That's a big saving and makes deciding whether you should start playing much easier. For the cost of a round of coffees, you can start playing a fantastic game that may, or may not become your next obsession. 

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