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How to Play Magic: The Gathering | The Basics

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Becca is joined by first time Magic players Hector Navarro and Gina DeVivo as she covers the basics of the classic collectible card game. Want to try out Magic: The Gathering’s new set? Head over to your local game stores to check out the new Core Set 2019 on July 13! Take a look here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/core-2019 Tabletop games are super fun, but learning the complicated directions and rules can be a challenge. Becca Scott is your game tutor, explaining the game mechanics in an easy to follow way, so you can get to playing the games faster. Visit us on http://geekandsundry.com Subscribe to Geek and Sundry: http://goo.gl/B62jl Join our community at: http://geekandsundry.com/community Twitter: http://twitter.com/geekandsundry Facebook: http://facebook.com/geekandsundry Instagram: http://instagram.com/geekandsundry Google+: https://plus.google.com/+GeekandSundry/
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Text Comments (398)
L M (4 hours ago)
I wish I had magic cards
Putthapone Chanthavong (15 hours ago)
I wanna start playing but im well in my early 30s, and I know nobody that would be interested. I dont really know if I can just go to a lgs and start playing with strangers. I also dont know if they are willing to play with a noob.
Shadow Moon19 (3 days ago)
I know of Hector from his time on hyper rpgs star wars d&d campaign pencils and parsecs so all I can picture is his charcters Huuurgh playing magic the gethering
Cody Schuppert (5 days ago)
So cringeworthy
Young Yeama (9 days ago)
yall play too much.. get to the game please!!!! still love yall nerd asses
Donald Woolstenhulme (14 days ago)
You should fix the 60 card library that is a minimum size you could have more
Andy Moua (15 days ago)
That guy is annoying
Steve D. (16 days ago)
is this the same girl from warhammer tv ?
Chapperz 994 (16 days ago)
Strip poker next please
Jack Stuart (26 days ago)
What does upkeep mean I am new
herbie silcock (1 month ago)
I am new to magic the gathering is there any specific element or colour I should start using
Nicole Villegas (1 month ago)
Khosbayar Batbayar (1 month ago)
what if i live in mongolia
Laurie Bohannon (1 month ago)
il tell you whats wrong you have 1 fake card lol
TheChef PO (1 month ago)
I'm hot
Vito Harliyanto (1 month ago)
anyone noticed at "6:41" the ogre blocks a flying vampire >.<
Trev Davies (1 month ago)
She speaks so fast. As a complete beginner, the basic rules are rushed through and makes it a litteral blur....
Joshua Bourne (1 month ago)
I need to find a woman like this. Gorgeous but a total nerd like me 😂
RNG WINTER (1 month ago)
Yeah pretty much lost me at “HEY EVERYBODY”
youre so cool (1 month ago)
jesus christ these people are so cringy
Jayden Wong (1 month ago)
dose anyone have polyrapter well I have it
Kagetsu 13 (2 months ago)
That guy was being so dramatic and annoying
Untitled-1 (2 months ago)
it bothers me that their hands are so visible to eachother
Orlando Maldonado (2 months ago)
Is the dude autistic?
guess of bombs (2 months ago)
William Winder (2 months ago)
"Read in the card explains the card" - The Professor
DragonmasterSK (2 months ago)
Pulling Nikki was epic
Anarchon D (2 months ago)
So wtf all LGS are supposed to carry free introductory 30 card decks??? Since when???
John Silver (2 months ago)
MSRLE63 (2 months ago)
Hector, for crying out loud, try to remember to behave like an adult instead of a "sugared up" 10yr old!. good grief!
Pragith Prakash (2 months ago)
So. Much. Overacting.
Brendan Redler (2 months ago)
The scores and 'How to Play' badge covered up the attack/toughness values almost every time. Womp womp.
onebadwestie (2 months ago)
Only reason I can continue watching is Becca!
Nikke DosE (2 months ago)
I cant watch this i wanna so learn but this is messy everyone speak same time and so cringe... Im going other channel bye...
Hector Navarro (2 months ago)
is this the end of it? i really like the show host. she needs to make more of these vids and maybe even play magic on one of these shows.
Connor Christopher (2 months ago)
Doesn’t she kinda look like Corrine from threadbanger
Brit Pattenden (2 months ago)
What set comes with the dice and matt?
Ben Sting (2 months ago)
Ill never understand that game
Ben Sting (2 months ago)
Why they always say how many health the player has, but never tells how many mana the player has?
Dream Weaver (2 months ago)
I've read that the ideal amount of times you need to shuffle a deck of fifty-two cards is seven times. MTG decks usually are composed out of sixty cards so I would shuffle eight times just to be sure.
Turner Wilcox (2 months ago)
The girl that plays as blue is cute
watbenikgoed (2 months ago)
planeswalker deck is the worsed idea i think. It really is, they just suck. a deckbuilders toolkit is waaaaaaaay better if you and your friend get one.
M Balazs (3 months ago)
was fun
Mr.Wallice (3 months ago)
Girlfriend got me back into magic so went out and got a deck builder's toolkit :)
Fur Queue (3 months ago)
Why does everyone seem fake and plastic? This seems like it's targeted at very young and immature young men.
cln vd brg (3 months ago)
Hector Navarro (3 months ago)
Hey! thats my name get your own name Hector!!! also why you taking my last name? lol
Rocky Losco (3 months ago)
I usually shuffle til I feel like stopping
Rocky Losco (3 months ago)
The comedy on here is so on purpose,the cutie flirting and all
Rocky Losco (3 months ago)
These two women are so hot
Jay (3 months ago)
Where do you get your Magic: The Gathering products?
Stephen Wolfe (3 months ago)
the necklace you are wearing? is that a stargate necklace???
rocksrahul (3 months ago)
This is very boring compared to Day9
Ruben Lino (3 months ago)
Wtf, can we talk about their pulls! Nicol and fucken aslan the lion!
Andrew Marklowitz (3 months ago)
If its brand new so lands and spells divided do like 20 mash shuffles for your first couple gamea , and like 6 bridges that usually helps alot after those like 4 and 1 bridge is enough. Also upkeep isnt a hold over on older days lots of cards have an effect on it even currently
T Locke (3 months ago)
Doesn’t goblin motivator have haste. Therefore no summon sickness
Alan Morales (3 months ago)
I don’t know what to make of this video ?are they pretending to be 8 years old? I feel like 🤢🤢🤮
Sergio Ruiz (3 months ago)
Where can I find that playmat??
Brett Davis (3 months ago)
Thanks for the tutorial. I watched this as prep for my first game of MTG the other day. Now working on building a deck to play some more.
Murrrr! (3 months ago)
@numberphile actually made video about how many times you need to shuffle the deck for it to be random with each suffling method. It was pretty big number for that kind of shuffle method :)
tubefan90000 (3 months ago)
A huge footnote on all of these rules, coming from someone who's been playing for years: These are the rules, UNLESS A CARD EFFECT SAYS OTHERWISE. Card effects, within their own rulings, very often nullify or just overrule nearly every normal rule, to some very ridiculous extents Most famous examples: "you cannot win and your opponent cannot lose" and the exact opposite "you cannot lose and your opponent cannot win". Or my personal favourite "If you would draw a card with no remaining cards in your library, you win instead of lose"
Dan (3 months ago)
The girl in the middle has SUCH a high pitched voice!!!
Isaac Myers (3 months ago)
Onakke ogre can’t block vampire sovereign
Steven Stark (3 months ago)
I've been playing this game for over 20 years. The rules are intricate and complex. But the one rule you must never forget, the #1 thing... Have fun. That's why you play to begin with. If you are having fun, you're going it right.
Dr. Rumplin (3 months ago)
More zoom, more sound! We are old here...
Michael Miguel (3 months ago)
what store is this? mine only has 300lb fatties and autists.
zxkredo (3 months ago)
8:20 Whaaat now i need a local store :D
Visionless (3 months ago)
Hold on! You said the beginning phase wrong! As Nicol bolas once said, "UNTAP! UPKEEP! DRAAAAW!!!"
michael jeacock (3 months ago)
Why no day9?
TheSciFiWasabi (3 months ago)
No second main phase?
xcver (3 months ago)
If you riffle shuffle 7-8 shuffles is considered sufficient randomization
007nikster2 (3 months ago)
I have the biggest crush on Becca
Bart Van Wunsel (3 months ago)
It seems like they overlooked an important piece of tactical information though. A 1/1 creature can fully block a 4/2 creature's damage to the player's health. She could've blocked the Onakke Ogre with the Merfolk and the Dragon Rider with the Snapping Drake. The Drake would've survived, she could've attacked with it the next turn and stopped his Onakke Ogre from attacking the next turn (with the enchantment). It might be useful to know.
Bart Van Wunsel (3 months ago)
Becca is a great hostess. She's goodlooking, she has a great, happy energy. She's clear when she talks, she divides the attention quite well. Just great to watch. The video was great and the contestants... well, let's just say the video wouldn't have been as great as it was, without them. I just hope that this isn't a face and that the optimism and the energy are there when there isn't a camera on her/them.
Magnus Holmgren (3 months ago)
How to shuffle enough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJubaijQbI
yannick wellens (3 months ago)
Five seconds in and I'm in love 😂
shourt round (3 months ago)
jesus doesnt anybody know how to bridge shuffle anymore?? that shuffling was pathetic. :(
shourt round (3 months ago)
Back in 1994 when i played and was a teen, I would say .00005% of the people were girls...same for video games....It's good to see that in 2018 alot more girls play magic and video games.
shourt round (1 month ago)
Frosty Kirkland (1 month ago)
*slowly raises hand* I am of the girl gender anD I LIKE MTG AND LIKE- I'VE BEEN RAISED ON RPGS,MMOS,MMORPGS,JRPGS, DUNGEON CRAWLERS, AND COLLECTING GAMES AND A LOT MORE MKAY, also Memes They're great There's like no one here who plays mtg or fire emblem though
shourt round (2 months ago)
seems about right.
EternalDensity (2 months ago)
That's one in two million.
thehumangerm (3 months ago)
I really wish she would talk slower when describing a games rules. Speaksing so quickly with virtually no pause between sentences makes it next to impossible to process the information. It is like listening to the legal speel on a prescription drug commercial.
thehumangerm (2 months ago)
To be fair after making this comment whether by chance or not it seems she has improved on this in her newer videos. Her pacing feels easier to follow. If this was in any way due to my feedback I would like to honestly say thank you and give proper credit for what I feel is an improvement. Thank you. Your videos are now more enjoyable.
Dave Douds (3 months ago)
Oh man, the M19 symbol is on the 20 spot, next to the 19 spot? Might've been better to put it in the 19 spot. :)
Daves GoldenDuck (3 months ago)
Curious why you all waited this long to play?
David Willett (3 months ago)
I wish the guy would STFU. He isn't funny and is pretty disrespectful to the host that is trying to explain the game.
JMUtube (3 months ago)
How to play Yu-gi-oh! OCG, Pokemon card game, Digimon card game, Bakugan, and Duel Masters? I've been looking for these.
omar suarez (3 months ago)
This so fucking cringe lool magic players are gay af lmao
Mordalon (3 months ago)
What's really cringe is calling someone "gay af lmao".
Kruppt808 (3 months ago)
New favorite game lol, been playing since the mid 90s around when Ice Age came out.
baisus13 (3 months ago)
looks like a cheap shot to spellslingers hype. so don't
Mordalon (3 months ago)
What do you mean? The Core set is more focused on introducing new players than other sets are, so this is filling a different niche as spellslingers.
Qwardes (3 months ago)
It's not spells AND creatures. Every card except land is spell
Artic fox Gaming (4 months ago)
Sorry but The minimum deck size is 40 in limited
Craig B (4 months ago)
Wolf Fire159 (2 months ago)
Craig B rude but they do make this very silly
Shugenjya (4 months ago)
Becca when she´s leaving the studio:"My Precioussss!" :D
Tiago Gonçalves (4 months ago)
Hingle McCringleberry (4 months ago)
oh god this guy needs to shut up! he needs to shut his fucking face and play the game instead of trying to be "clever." Dude... just shut your dumb mouth.
Jay Vee (4 months ago)
Question When you attack another creature does the attacker(cteature) take damage?
Mordalon (3 months ago)
Creatures deal damage to each other simultaneously, unless one creature has the ability First Strike which allows it to deal damage first.
Andrew Kim (4 months ago)
Seven shuffles, I think.
Amanì Michael (4 months ago)
I don't think Hector understood that the intent of this video was to teach the basics, interrupting every time Becca was explaining something :P
Amanì Michael (4 months ago)
This was like watching a teacher in a kindergarten classroom trying to keep everyone focused eeeek // Becca trying so hard, no way to keep them moving without being a dick lol
OutC- Rapper (4 months ago)
Who plays this game
Wolf Fire159 (2 months ago)
OutC- Rapper I do
andres silang (3 months ago)
Mordalon Yep.
Mordalon (3 months ago)
millions of people.
Zero Requiem (4 months ago)
Seems like the first step to playing mtg these days is netdecking.
Mordalon (3 months ago)
Zero Requiem It's a game. Some people enjoy figuring out the meta and brewing accordingly while others don't. Brewing is not an essential part of competing, just a part of adapting to and influencing competitive environments. Also, as I said, it can be a starting point. As I said, just netdecking and nothing else isn't good, but I'm saying that using a deck list as a guide is fine as a jumping off point.
Zero Requiem (3 months ago)
Playing and learning any game takes time. You would see the meta for yourself wherever you play, see the cards used, gradually build your own. Netdecking to me is trying to skip steps and try to win off of someone else's hard work. I don't see how anyone can feel good about winning with a deck they didn't build themselves. Deck building is the most important aspect of the game. It wasn't so bad in the days of inquest and duelist, but now it is just.... sigh, just my point of view. I know your point of view is no less valid. To be clear, I mean netdecking in the sense it's basically a 1:1 copy, not if you saw an idea and made it your own.
Mordalon (3 months ago)
It depends on what you do in addition. If you only net-deck, then you are constantly at the whim of the meta, since you lack the skills to adapt beyond what others tell you to do. netdecking can be a useful way for someone starting to be competitive to have a jumping off point for what a competitive deck should look like, so that they can hopefully grow beyond just copying. Some people like playing Magic but for whatever reason don't enjoy the deck building/brewing aspect. It's not inherently a bad thing, it's just something that can be abused.
Zero Requiem (3 months ago)
It shouldn't be a step at all.
Mordalon (3 months ago)
only for competitive play, not casually.
UseBefore2007 (4 months ago)
Holy crap Hector, you gotta let other people speak.
Bacon Bankai (4 months ago)
As much as I love you guys for trying to teach magic. There's ALOT of things you either didn't explain or mention at all or glossed over in your tutorial clip. You should of explained how specific card types work for example instants, planeswalkers, sorceries, enchantments, sagas etc, you didn't mention that you can mulligan your starting hand or how "the stack" works or summoning sickness or the sub-phases of the combat phase. I know you mentioned a lot of things when you started playing but if you are going to include that tutorial clip in the beginning it should of been in there. If someone clicks on this video to learn and see's it's an hour long they could be put off. The tutorial and the the match should of been separate videos.
KINGBILLY616 (6 days ago)
Dude did you watch the video she literally mentions everything you have stated 😂
8stringsamurai (2 months ago)
should have* been

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