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Introduction to Magic: The Gathering

Introduction to Magic: the Gathering is a six week course intending to create a framework for new players to learn and enter the world of Magic: the Gathering. At the end of the six weeks, students will understand how to interpret cards, where and how to play, basic interactions, phases of a game, and proper etiquette for Magic: The Gathering.

Lectures
  1. Interpreting Cards

    FIRST THINGS FIRST: TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN!

    As I explain at the start of the video, the CPU in my good computer has, in fact, gone bad. The computer will be good for next week, but until then, I had to make due with a lesser model. This means that this video is MUCH lower quality than I am happy with, and is rather raw in delivery and editing. As such, I ask that you PLEASE email me at Kamarill@ureddit.com if you have ANY questions, as I do ramble slightly.

    UPDATE: Apparently, my encoding software has also failed, meaning that the end of this video was cut off. I will finish the lecture below.

    There is another type of creature, called Legendary Creatures. Legendary Creatures are similar to Planeswalkers in that there can only be one of each Legendary Creature on the field. So, if I controlled a Legendary Creature named "Legendary Guy", and either you or I were to play (or otherwise create) another creature named "Legendary Guy", both Legendary Guys would go to the graveyard.

  2. Understanding the Field

    FINALLY!

    I am SO sorry this took so long! New video this Wednesday!

  3. Formats

    Sadly, my video capture software was chopping off the last three to four seconds of each clip; as such, there is a bit of dead air. Sorry!

  4. An Actual Game!

    It's a long one!

Prerequisites

None

Syllabus

Classes will be posted every Wednesday, starting August 29th.

Week 1: Interpreting Cards: In this video, I will cover everything about cards. By the end of this video, students will understand what symbols mean on cards, what kind of cards there are, and how cards interact.

Week 2: Understanding the Field: In this video, I will cover the basic playspace of Magic: the Gathering. By the end of this video, students will understand how a game of Magic is laid out, along with victory conditions and playspaces. Students will also be introduced to Cockatrice as a program.

Week 3: Formats: In this video, I will cover all aspects of formats. By the end of this video, students will understand what kind of formats there are, as well as which formats will be best to start with.

Week 4: An Actual Game!: In this video, I will walk students through an actual game of Magic: The Gathering. By the end of this video, students will understand how an actual game of Magic: The Gathering flows, along with providing a concrete example to go along with materials taught earlier.

Week 5: Deckbuilding & External Resources: In this video, students will learn how to construct decks, along with what external resources exist for assisting in deckbuilding. By the end of this video, students will understand how to effectively construct a Standard-legal deck, along with knowledge of effective resources.

Week 6: Etiquette and Final Steps: In the final video, students will learn some basic etiquette, along with some final steps to take into the world of Magic. By the end of this video, students should be ready to fully engage the world of Magic: The Gathering.

Additional information

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at Kamarill@ureddit.com!

Teacher qualifications

Consistently top 4 at local events. Studying to become a Rules Advisor.

Latest Update
Week 4 is up! (2012-09-27 02:53:24)

"http://blip.tv/kamarill/week-4-an-actual-game-6372531

Careful folks, it's a doozy!

I'm also noticing a large lack of views on Weeks 2 & 3. If you have not seen those yet, make sure you watch them (and if you haven't seen Week 2, disregard all the stuff about priority!)"

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