I just started getting into Magic and I don’t know what I should play for my first deck. Is there a deck strategy that is good for new players?
Welcome to Magic. This is a fun and exciting game to play with your friends around your table or to compete against other Magic players at a FNM. When I started Magic, my boyfriend built a deck for me. I wanted it to be easy but still be good. A good deck strategy to go with when you are a new player is “white weenie”. Basically you small low casting cost efficient creatures and hopefully kill your opponent in the first few turns. An important aspect to remember is when you are first investing in cards make sure they are from the current set. You can get over a thousand cards on ebay for ten dollars but they won’t be legal to play with at a FNM since only the most recent sets will be legal. Be sure to check the Magic: the Gathering site for the legal sets.
Once you feel comfortable with mono-white you can either move to white and green or just mono-green. What green has to offer is large creatures and some with efficient casting costs. If you go white green you can good white creatures early in the game then larger green creatures later in the game. If you go mono-green there are mana acceleraters that will allow you to play your big creatures in early turns.
If neither of these options seems right for you then there is red. Red is pretty straight forward and with M10 coming out it gets better. With red you can play lots of burn and haste creatures which becomes trouble some to deal with for your opponent. You hope to play haste creatures and burn them for the win. What is hard with red is when your opponent has some sort of life gain effect because it makes you use more burn which you may run out of. Also, red can empty it’s hand fairly quickly so you are in top deck mode early on.
If you like red, you can also add it black to the red for removal and discard. Black can usually be splashed in a deck for the removal but in my opinion isn’t the best as a monocolor deck. It can be done if you want to but is best paired with green or red.
Now, you’ve noticed that I haven’t even touched the color blue. Blue requires a higher level of strategy since it doesn’t want to turn creatures sideways to win. Blue wants to control your opponents plays by countering spells and disrupting your opponents plans. But as a new player, it’s hard to know what to counter and when to play your spells. I would suggest one of the other deck strategies above and let blue be a color that you start playing after you know the cards that are out there, you are comfortable with the rules and tricks that are out there, and you feel you are ready to take on a challenge.
I hope this has helped. Remember Magic is a game and is very fun. There are a lot of strategies out there and each should be explored before you decide what deck you want to play consistently. A good idea for your deck is to build around what you initially like about the game, whethers it’s angels, or big creatures, or burning your opponent. Play a few games with your deck, see what you like or don’t like and switch it with different cards. If your deck is losing to big creatures put some black in your deck for removal. What you can do if you run out of cards quick is splash blue for card draw. Whatever you want to do with your deck is great. Just make it fun!