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Hey fellow Magic players, I am wondering how all of you go about getting cards. Do you typically buy booster packs? Or fat packs? Or do you only buy singles? I ask because I recently bought singles and while it was beneficial it also was very time consuming and it is hard for me to know what my deck is going to be like so many times I ended up not using the singles I got for the deck I was making. I also love buying booster packs because who doesn't like cracking open a couple every now and again. But I see many people frown at this as you don't know what you could get and you can many times get a lot of cards you don't need. So as I said how do you get your cards?
Learn how to play Magic: The Gathering and find everything you'll need to get started as an MTG beginner, including what to buy first, an explanation of the different card types (including the legendary planeswalkers) and how many cards you'll need to conquer your foes.
Players can customise their deck before each battle, choosing cards from their library and - depending on the format - the current legal pool of sets and expansions. More than 20,000 different cards have been released for Magic: The Gathering since it first released more than 25 years ago, with over 20 billion cards printed between 2008 and 2016 alone.
Since 1993, Magic: The Gathering has spawned literally thousands of cards and countless playing methods. An estimated 20 million people play MTG around the world, making it one of the most widely-played trading card games of all time.
In its simplest iteration, MTG cards are split into three types: lands, spells and creatures. Just to emphasise, these are the most basic cards. More advanced decks include things like planeswalkers - mighty wizards with special abilities and their own health pool.
Absolutely, anyone can get to grips with the basic rules after a few matches - not just strategy gamers! MTG has a range of starter sets both online and off that guide you through the game - starting with simple creatures and spells, before moving onto planeswalkers and more complex cards. It's very easy to learn how to play Magic: The Gathering, as you can start with simple pre-made card sets before advancing onto making your own deck. In addition, you can find places to play Magic: The Gathering via the official Wizards of the Coast locator, which tells you what shops are running events. Every week, Friday Night Magic is run in stores and other locations across the world.
The standard rule of thumb is 60 cards, with a limit of four of any one particular card - which covers all types of card. In events and in Magic: The Gathering Arena, you'll need a minimum of 60, plus an optional sideboard of 15 cards which you can switch out and in between matches. However, if you are playing a limited event, such as a booster draft, you'll only need 40 cards. Lastly, the Magic: The Gathering Commander sets - slightly more advanced decks based around one big card - feature 100 cards.
Planeswalkers come in sets of one and two, depending on which ones you get. Like MTG's starter packs, they tend to correspond to one element - meaning all the other cards in the deck operate off of the same mana.
Now, you're ready to learn how build a Magic: the Gathering deckYou can use card booster packs to try out the latest Magic: The Gathering sets, and expand a starter set at minimal cost. Alternatively, you can pool together with other players and set up a sealed draft event - a very competitive way to play. For that, you'll need three booster packs per person and ideally eight players, but you can essentially draft with as few as two. You open the packs, shuffle them together, and pass the cards to each other until you each have a 40-card deck. You can also add any number of lands to this deck as you go.
Booster packs typically contain 15 randomly selected cards and are based in one of the many Magic: The Gathering expansion themes. Typically, they are split into four types: one rare, ten commons, three uncommons, and one basic land.
Current popular Magic: the Gathering themes include the greek mythology inspired Theros: Beyond Death, the Grimm fairy-tale themed Throne of Eldraine and cards from the 2020 Core Set. In addition, expansion Guilds of Ravnica draws from a world that has also been adapted into a sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons 5E.
Buying collections is an essential part of mtgfinance. While speculation is far more exciting, buying collections is really the bread and butter of making money with Magic cards. Just look at all the major vendors. They don't buy and sell Magic cards like stocks; instead, they buy them like they were running a pawn shop or second-hand store. If we use Magic players as an example, speculating is sort of like Justin Cohen, they guy who wins a PTQ and Top 8's his very first Pro Tour. It's awesome when it happens, but it's not something that you can really expect or count on. Collection buying, on the other hand, is Christian Calcano, a grinder who grinds prize money week after week, tournament after tournament. Sure, maybe he didn't take home $20,000 in his first Pro Tour, but over time, the profits are just as great. So today I'd like to talk about where to find collections, and begin a discussion on some of the basic rules of collection buying.
In my experience, there are three places to find collections. There may be others out there, but these are the big ones: classified ads (of which Craiglist is likely the most popular), Ebay, and your Magic social circle (this includes Facebook groups, friends, local gaming stores, and players in your local area). I guess it is also possible to find cards at the Salvation Army or some other second-hand store, but I've never had any luck at those places myself. Each of these sources have some positives and negatives, so let's break these avenues down one by one.
The downside of Craigslist is you often have to drive all over the place. I've definitely driven two hours only to turn back and go home with nothing. You also never know who you are going to run into on the other end of the connection, and while most of my experiences have been positive, you still need to be careful walking into a stranger's house with a bunch of cash. There are quite a few people who create very ambitious (or ambiguous) posts on Craigslist, either asking for far more than the cards are really worth, or just not giving enough information, so you need to learn to dig through the slag to find the gold. Finally, the amount of competition for collections (at least in my area) seems to have increased in the past two years.
A final note on Craiglist: make sure to try alternative search terms. I generally use not only "Magic Cards," but "Magic the Gathering," "Magic: the Gathering", and "MTG" as well. You will be surprised how many people don't have the word "magic" and sometimes even "cards" in their listing for an "MTG Collection." Leave no stone unturned in the search bar.
A very small percentage of the cards I buy come from Ebay, and for collections in specific, the ratio is even less. The only upside I see to Ebay is that you can bid from the comfort of your own home which eliminates the driving problem from Craiglist. Apart from this, buying collections on Ebay has the potential to be a nightmare. There are numerous scams and semi-scams which seller can (and do) run, ranging from slipping a couple expensive forgeries into an otherwise legitimate collection, to "stacking" the pictures of their collection.
The competition is also fierce on Ebay. Unlike Craiglist where you are competing with a handful of local buyers, you are competing with every Magic player/collector on Ebay. They range from people just getting back into the game to people who buy cards for a living for ChannelFireball or StarCityGames. This makes it very difficult for a worthwhile collection to slip through the cracks, which means the main (only?) way to make money with Ebay collections is to take more risk than the other buyers (like the guy in the story I just told). Needless to say, this is dangerous. Even when you think you find a good deal, you have to ask yourself, "Am I really smarter than everyone else, or am I missing something?"
75% of my collections come from Craigslist, 0% come from Ebay, so that means the other 25% come from my Magic social circle. While I'm not a Facebook guy, I know people who have very good luck buying collections from either friends or various Facebook groups. Another is to just put the word out in your playgroup, at your local gaming stores (with their blessings of course), and to your friends in general. Just getting people to know that you have cash and are looking for collections is half the battle. This method can score some pretty sweet deals. I recently bought a collection from my sister's boyfriend who had fond memories of opening 60-card boosters with his parents when he was 8 years old. I've also bought several collections from friends or playgroup members who decided it was time to move on from the game. Since they knew that I had the cash and am a fair dude, they came to me first when they wanted to sell their cards.
A few years back, one of the local stores decided they were going to get out of the Magic singles business. I had been buying booster boxes at this store for years and the owner gave me the first chance at buying out his leftover inventory as just-above-bulk rates, which I did happily. One of his problems was that people kept coming in to sell him their collections. Even though he was out of the singles business, it pained him to see those cards walk out the door. So we ended up coming to an agreement where he would call me whenever a collection came in, and I would give him a finder's fee for the referral. I'm not saying this is possible in all locations, as many places obviously want to buy the collections themselves, but it is worth looking into. If there is a store in your area that isn't buying collections or isn't in the singles business, see if you can help fill that role. It helps the store and it will also benefit you. 781b155fdc