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Magic: The Gathering: New Players

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This guide is to help readers who are interested in learning more about Magic: The Gathering and how to play the game. It collects useful resources and information for players.

This guide is intended to introduce prospective or new players to Magic: The Gathering resources and information. There are many different ways to play M:tG and many useful tools to help you improve your decks and strategies!

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Q: What is Magic: The Gathering(M:tG)?

A: Magic: the Gathering is a collectable card game (CCG) that came out in 1993. It was published by Wizards of the Coast, who is now owned by Hasbro. As a player, you become a Planeswalker, a wizard capable of traveling between worlds, in a duel with other Planeswalkers where you cast spells to do battle.

Q: What do you need to play M:tG?

A: In order to play M:tG you need two (or more) decks that follow the rules of a particular format, and at least one other player depending on the format.

Q: How much does it cost to play?

A: There are many different options for ways to purchase M:tG cards. If you want more information, you can find it on the Magic: the Gathering website or by calling one of the game stores listed on the How To Play tab.

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