A Guide to Full-Art Lands

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As Zendikar rises, the land falls. That’s right, we’re back on the plane where lands matter. And I’m not just talking about how many times you can trigger landfall. The very lands we put in our decks also matter, including the basic Plains, Islands, Swamps, Mountains, and/or Forests we choose to express ourselves with. While there are many choices for …

MTG Keywords Explained: Haste

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One of the first things new Magic: The Gathering players learn is that creatures can’t attack the turn they come into play. This rule is commonly referred to as “summoning sickness,” and it afflicts all creatures, from the tiniest insects to the mightiest beasts. Well, almost all creatures, that is! There’s one keyword ability in Magic that will allow your …

MTG Keywords Explained: Flying and Reach

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Most of the time, a game of Magic: The Gathering is a race to see who can deal 20 damage to another player the fastest. You add creatures to your board and attack with them as often as you can, hoping that you’ll be the one to deal the final blow. Sometimes, your plan works out, and you overwhelm your …

MTG Keywords Explained: Vigilance

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One of the most challenging questions facing new Magic: The Gathering players is when to attack with their creatures. Sure, you may be able to deal heaps of damage to your opponent this turn, but how far will their counter-attack set you back? Get too aggressive and you could easily throw away a game you would have won otherwise. Of …

MTG Keywords Explained: Lifelink

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New Magic: The Gathering players often gravitate to life-gain strategies. When you and your opponent are racing to deal damage as quickly as possible, getting ahead on life points just might give you the upper hand. But not all life-gain spells are created equal: spells that purely gain life – which don’t have any other effect on the board – …

MTG Keywords Explained: First Strike and Double Strike

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With Double Masters coming this week, we wanted to give you a double-dose of Magic: The Gathering knowledge. Today, we’re covering two related keywords in Magic: first strike and double strike. What is First Strike? In order to understand how double strike damage works, you’ll have to understand how first strike damage works… first (heh). When you learned to play …

MTG Keywords Explained: Indestructible

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In our last article on hexproof, we talked about the importance of using board wipes to clear away troublesome creatures. But what if you’re the one playing creatures and you want to ensure they stick around? Your creatures just might need a new keyword: indestructible. What is Indestructible? Creatures with indestructible are impervious to any effects that normally destroy creatures, …

MTG Keywords Explained: Hexproof

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Of all the evergreen mechanics in Magic: The Gathering, hexproof is perhaps the most polarizing. The keyword has only been around since 2011, but it’s spawned some incredibly powerful cards and archetypes. If you’d like to learn more about hexproof, we’re here to break it all down. What is Hexproof? A creature with hexproof can’t be the target of spells …

Building Decks with Jumpstart

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By now, you’ve probably played with Jumpstart, and maybe you’ve found a few cards or packs in particular that resonated with you. Maybe you want to build a deck with cards you opened, but you’re not sure where to begin. If you’re looking for some tips on how to transform your Jumpstart pack into a full-fledged deck, this article is …

MTG Keywords Explained: Deathtouch

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Games of Limited Magic are all about creature combat. The player with the biggest creature on the board – or the player who can beef up their creatures with combat tricks – will often gain advantages as their creatures survive combat with much smaller ones. But what if there were a way for small creatures to overpower even the biggest …