budgeting.Our beloved game, Magic, may just be a hobby for many - while for others, it may be a way to make some money (be it by playing the game, selling cards or creating content for it), and because of the high demand for some cards, this game can be a little expensive. If you are just a kitchen table player, you can set up several decks without spending much. With less than $20 you can already play the game just fine. However, if you're looking to get off the kitchen table and moving into the slightly more competitive scene (whether it's a FNM, a weekend tournament, or even a Grand Prix), it gets more serious, and, depending on the format, the amount you need to invest can (and probably will) exceed $1,000.
Chain Lightning, so you end with 5 cards in your hand. 2nd turn: You draw a card, play one more mountain, then play a
Lightning Boltand a
Rift Bolt, so you have 4 cards in your hand. 3rd turn: You draw another card, play one more land, and then play a
Lava Spike, a
Skewer the Critics, and another
Chain Lightning, dealing a total of 18 damage. On your 4th turn you draw yet another card and play a
Lightning Boltfor a total 21 damage, winning the match. Let's go to the analysis now. Regardless of the cards you play, the game will end in only four turns (there is a chance that the second or third draw is a
Thunderous Wrath, so you can deal 5 damage and sum 21 in your third turn, but it is a very slim chance). So if I don't have enough money to buy the most expensive cards on the deck (like
Lightning Bolt) I can replace them with
Lightning Strikeor a
Shockand my number of turns should still be the same. Although
Lightning Strikecosts more, if I wait to play it in the 4th turn I will have enough mana for it. And as that leaves me in need of dealing 2 more damage, I can use a
Shockinstead. Given these considerations, I can use the following list without losing much:
budgetingyour decks is a perfect choice for kitchen table players as well as an option for those entering the competitive scene. I hope you enjoyed this article and see you soon!