MTG – The New Player’s Guide To Planeswalker Decks for Magic: The Gathering

MTG – The New Player’s Guide To Planeswalker Decks for Magic: The Gathering


[Music] the new players guide to planeswalker decks for Magic the Gathering planeswalker decks are claimed by Wizards of the coast as the best first purchase for a new player once such a player has learned the game through either magic duels or a welcome deck purchasing a planeswalker deck is intended as a potential first step towards becoming an established magic player but is this the case this video will examine what planeswalker decks are what they contain what purpose they serve and who they are for although this video will use its examples and illustrations The Allman Tet planeswalker decks unless significant changes are made to the product it can be applied to future decks as well please note this video is intended as an introductory guide to the product for brand new players to Magic the Gathering for a more advanced and critical analysis of the product from the perspective of an established MTG player please be sure to see my is it worth it video for planeswalker decks which I have linked in the description below what is a planeswalker deck planeswalker decks are a product intended to teach brand-new players the basic strategy of Magic the Gathering the game settings its characters and to simply provide that very first 60 card deck to begin their magic journey with that’s the intent but what are these decks really before I get into what they are it might be helpful to begin by defining what they are not flames Walker decks are not for Friday night magic this includes upgrading the deck to be reasonably competitive at FM and similar in-store events planeswalker decks are not competitive planeswalker decks are not for playing against non planeswalker decks the power level on these is low as is their consistency using them to play against friends with anything other than other planeswalker deck will result in overwhelmingly unbalanced and unfun gameplay planeswalker decks are not forgetting cards to start a Magic the Gathering collection now this is the most likely of these knots to one-day chain as planeswalker decks do contain a selection of cards not available anywhere else these cards are intentionally designed to be non competitive however there is always the potential of an unintended usefulness from one of these exclusive cards were this to ever happen such as a planeswalker from the decks unexpectedly being a key piece in standard then the decks would indeed contain collectible cards of value to established players and likely no longer even be found on shelves except at an extremely marked up price due to everyone buying them up just to get that hypothetically useful exclusive card also some players have expressed fondness for these underpowered Planeswalkers in the casual format of commander so what are planeswalker decks for first and foremost this is the very first purchase for brand new players a player should begin learning Magic the Gathering ideally from a patient friend or on their own via magic duels and then as a very first purchase by one planeswalker deck so as to have a complete 60 card constructed deck to continue practicing with planeswalker decks are like training wheels on a child’s first bike they are introductory temporary not needed by everyone and a quickly discarded thing what else are these decks for well this is highly subjective many more casual players may find them fun weather just as an item to open up and enjoy an exclusive planeswalker however intentionally poorly designed or to just get a few fun games against a friend however I really must stress the incredible simplicity of these decks and establish players looking for fun would probably have a much more successful time with something such as a dual deck but we are focusing on new players here a planeswalker deck contains the following [Music] – booster packs from the current set a 60 card beginners deck comprised largely of Commons and uncommons as well as a selection of exclusive cards a strategy insert and a magic learn to play guide are also included let’s look at those exclusive cards within each planeswalker deck are five exclusive cards designed to be fun and flavorful but also designed to not I repeat not be competitive for Friday night magic and other in-store events despite this these exclusive cards are still legal in all formats including standard [Music] these exclusive cards are one foil planeswalker two copies of a rare spell that tutors for the specific planeswalker three copies of an uncommon permanent that is enhanced by having the planeswalker in play four copies of a common with the basic effect and finally four copies of a non-color common dual and in other words a basic cap land the decks themselves highlight and sample mechanical themes of the block from which they are from utilizing the new keywords and mechanics the decks are also two-color even if the corresponding Planeswalkers mono colored [Music] trades and upgrades since planeswalker decks come with two booster packs there is the possibility of both upgrading the decks and trading for upgrades this is luck dependent of course and an intended means of getting players hooked on cracking Zack’s but on color cards can be added to the planeswalker deck and others can be traded with friends the issue here is that you need other players on the exact same level as you as you’re going to be looking to mostly trade Commons and uncommons to improve this deck and that’s not something most established players look to trade in fact most established players are more likely just to leave piles of those Commons and uncommons at the end of a table after draft [Music] so who is this deck for these decks are for one person and one person only a brand new player to the game who has no or almost no Magic the Gathering cards whatsoever they are a first purchase and after that first purchase something that you will never need to purchase again I think that analogy of training wheels for your bike is very apt in conclusion planeswalker decks are an acceptable first purchase for a brand new player however they are far from a vital one they can make a great gift for younger players just getting into the game and they can serve as a beginners deck for fun and practice there’s a lot of other options out there including deck builders toolkits rookie and battle decks and one of my favorites simply attending a pre-release and then a draft speaking critically once a brand new player has purchased one planeswalker deck they have no need to ever do so again established players do not ever need to purchase a planeswalker deck and as a reminder for a more detailed critical analysis from the perspective of an active player please be sure to watch my is it worth of video for planeswalker decks linked to in this video’s description I hope very much this video has been of some help to you you can help me out by remembering to like share subscribe or just by leaving a comment what was your first purchase when you started playing Magic the Gathering and is it something that you would recommend to prospective new players who might be reading the comments below let us know and this program was made possible thanks to a sponsorship from card Kingdom as well as the patreon support of viewers such as you so thank you you [Music] you [Music]