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Let's talk about Magic: The Gathering

Back in the early days of the Pandemic, I was introduced to Magic by a friend of mine. He too was trying the game out for the first time and had bought a few pre-made decks. One lunch he asked me if I wanted to play. Now when I was growing up, both Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering was gaining popularity and I feel like at that time you either chose one or the other, but not both. I went with Pokémon. Falling hard, playing Pokémon Red, collecting the cards, and of course seeing Pokémon: The First Movie in theaters. It was amazing. But little did I know I was missing out on one of the best games(card, video, and computer) I have ever played.

Grabbing one of the decks my friend had bought, I think it was a mono-black deathtouch deck, we quickly read a cliff notes version of the rules before giving it a try. I was immediately hooked. I loved the interplay of battling creatures while throwing spells and counterspells as you try and outmaneuver your opponent.

While researching cards I quickly learned there was almost an infinite number of play styles and strategies, It’s amazing. With each game, I played, I quickly learned what play styles and tribes called to me. I was soon spending numerous hours researching cards and building different creature heavy decks. I loved going through set after set to see the interplay of creatures and spells.

Not long after becoming addicted to the card game, I learned that there was also a companion story. With many of the characters in those stories getting their own unique cards. I went back to the very beginning, reading or listened to every Magic: The Gather story I could find. Knowing the amazing backstories of the cards I play with enhanced the game 10 fold. And now I not only look forward to each new set because of the cards but also the new magical adventures I get to read.

If you are interested in learning the backstory behind each set. All you have to do is google it. There are numerous websites devoted to the story. For me, I found an amazing Podcast called: Voice Of All. The podcast does a dramatic reading, with music and a great cast of voice actors. I highly recommend it. Here is the link to their website for any who are interested in starting the amazing Magic: The Gathering story -

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