So Magic the Gathering is a game, the collectible card game but I think most of you reading this know that already. I played way back when the Revised Edition was the main set. I was probably a senior in high school at the time. When they started changing rules and taking certain cards out of print I stopped playing and eventually I needed a large chunk of cash for a new car and I cashed in my collection and never looked back.
23 years later my son and I were looking for a hobby to share. Something that we could do and enjoy together. That is when I found the game again. We bought a Duel Deck and had a ton of fun with that for two weeks and then found a local game shop and are enjoying not only playing but building up a collection of cards.
As a way to commemorate my return to the game and his beginning in the game I found a 30 day MTG blogging challenge and I want to share that with you all here.
With that being said:
Day Three: Favorite Format
I have not had the chance to play all the formats in the modern game yet. Mostly I play modern and/or what I suppose is considered casual. That was how I learned to play this game 20 years ago. However there are some fun formats out there that seem to be a very good challenge for deck building skills.
I do a have a Commander deck, but that format is not among my favorites. I just don’t find it very fun to play and at the end of the day this is supposed to be fun. I have a few ideas to build other Commander decks and I think once i get one that really works I will like it a lot more. After years of having playsets to build around the challenge of building a 100 card deck without any repeating spells is immense.
I like Modern because it gives me the biggest pool of cards to pool from. While I was away from the game for 20 plus years sometimes that challenge can seem a little overwhelming. However, I like finding neat cards putting them in a deck and just see what they can do alone or paired up with others. For me that is the fun of MTG.
I really wanna try Pauper. However, I cannot find anyone to play this format with me. It has always been the same in MTG, once you build a really good deck for say modern you are going to have leftover commons and uncommons often by the fistful why not try building a deck out of them and just test your skill of deck building. I see this format almost as a anti-commander format and for some reason no one at my local game store feels like challenging their skill set this way.
In the end I guess the format I like best is whatever game I can get into at my LGS. Or whatever my kid feels like playing that day. Sit down tell me the rules and I will build a deck for it…
Check out the rest of my 30 MTG blogging challenge here