As the title suggests, I tried Magic The Gathering again. This time I was playing with an enthusiastic, patient and experienced player.
In doing this I’ve discovered that Magic is actually quite similar to Yugioh. A lot of similar effects appear in both games so I had some ideas of possible combos to play. My opponent made one of my creatures pointless by permanently tapping it so I used a card that sacrificed my creature and destroyed one of his, then summoned another of my own.
We were playing during our break time at work so it didn’t last long enough for a full game. However I did have fun, even if I was slightly bewildered by the game.
The game did make me realise what I don’t like about MTG and that’s Mana. I used a play based on what I knew from Yugioh, it made the game simpler to use what another game has taught me but then there’s a resource management game on top. In my game against my dad I had too much Mana, in my game at work my opponent didn’t have enough. It’s an extra level to the game but playing the cards is the fun bit to me. I can even see how MTGs tapping, blocking and direct attacks makes an interesting game but Mana or Lands get in the way of playing the fun bit.
It did make a difference playing with his properly constructed decks that utilised his knowledge of the game. I find that in trading card games knowing your cards and building your deck to then use it – even when you lose – is one of the best bits for pure satisfaction.
I understand that long term fans find the Mana to be just as interesting as the effects and I’m willing to play again if my friend wants to but overall it isn’t really for me and I probably won’t invest much more into it moneywise than I already have.