Tournament-level Magic can be a very expensive hobby, with some decks costing hundreds of dollars to build. However, deck building doesn’t have to put you into financial ruin! Here are a few quick tips to help you build a cheap, effective Magic The Gathering deck.
When you’re playing Magic, few things can be more frustrating than “mana screw”. Drawing too few lands, or even too many, can slow your deck to a screeching halt! Once you’ve finished building your Magic deck, here’s how to estimate the right amount of land to include in your deck:
Burn decks are extremely effective at what they do: fast damage and lots of it. Dueling against a mono-red Magic deck full of direct damage spells can be a nightmare, especially if you’re playing a much slower deck. Like any other deck, though, burn decks have their weakness. If you’re frustrated because you keep getting cheesed by burn spells, read on!
Once you’ve picked your deck theme and colors, you’re ready to put your Magic deck together! Your deck will contain land, creatures, enchantments, artifacts, instant and/or sorcery spells. A good starting point is to gather up all the Magic cards you think would be good candidates for your deck, and narrow it down to 60 cards as you focus your theme.
Once you’ve picked out a theme for your deck, it’s time to choose which colors of magic you’ll be using. Each color has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Using a mono-color deck will help prevent mana problems, but adding a second (or third) color can often help make up for the first color’s weakness.
Whether you are a competitive tournament player or a casual gamer, it’s important to find the right type of Magic The Gathering deck to suit your play style. Some decks thrive off heavy offense (lots of creatures or direct damage spells) and others from their defense (counter-magic and removal spells). Depending on what Magic cards are available to you, you can also build a “combo deck” that combines a a few different cards together to provide an instant win condition.