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Heading Down The MTG Rabbithole

Jan 24th 2018

Heading Down The MTG Rabbithole

Magic: The Gathering has become a household name in the world of CCGs—although “household name” might be an understatement at this point. There’s nothing more exhilarating than testing your mettle against your friends (or enemies) in a duel of wits and decks. That’s why The Dragon’s Lair is in the business of MTG singles and MTG decks in the first place.

But if you want to be a real master of the MTG world, your knowledge must go beyond the game. There’s endless lore, strategy, and culture that goes well beyond your deck, and that’s what we’re going to focus on today.

In this blog, we’re headed down the YouTube rabbit hole to prime you on some of the most important (and interesting) MTG content that spans outside of the game itself. If you’re reading this blog, you probably have plenty of time to go on a YT journey—so buckle up, you powerful Planeswalker, and expand your MTG knowledge!

The Complete MTG Lore Series

While we’d certainly recommend you put on your reading glasses and flip through the entire MTG novel series (The Brothers’ War, The Gathering Dark, and The Thran are a few popular stops on this literary journey), not everyone has the time or the energy to go full bookworm on such a long and dense series covering basically everything in terms of MTG lore.

The Complete MTG Lore Series

Fortunately, TheManaSource offers accurate and entertaining synopses of all MTG block/cycle novels in addition to the non-cycle novels. While this multi-part video series is not necessarily the best way to become fully immersed in MTG lore (these novels are the definition of fantasy escapism), they covered all basic plot points and characters and offer plenty of insights into the minds of some of the foundational ideas that shape MTG to do this day. Start and Part 1 of the series, take notes, and gain a serious boost to your MTG knowledge, understanding, and overall enjoyment.

The Basics of Deck Building

It’s easy to have a rough stretch in your MTG career—in fact, even the professionals and legends of the game have troubles from time to time. When you’re getting flamed at every turn, or your opponents are strategically squelching your strengths when you need your strengths the most, there’s a good chance it’s not just your strategy that is flawed. Sometimes, your deck will let you down.

There’s no need to worry here—all you have to do is get back to basics. In this panel fronted by MTG experts, you’ll plenty of insights on how to build a deck from scratch or strengthen an existing deck—and with new deck advice that could reshape your card inventory, your strategic skills might just improve as a result.

Grand Prix Finals Coverage

There’s nothing better than whipping out your deck and getting into some MTG yourself. That’s how you make the mistakes, develop the mindset, and gain the mental fortitude to become an excellent MTG player. However, it certainly helps to watch the best players at the highest level, too. By understanding how high-level players construct their decks, play their cards, and compose themselves in the most high pressure MTG situations (you have to have a solid poker face if you’re going to be successful), you’ll have more knowledge in your arsenal that will help you take out inferior opponents and make your way up the ladder in the MTG circuit.

Storing Your MTG Cards

We’re not all MTG players around here. Some of us are enthusiastic and experienced collectors who buy, sell, and trade cards for enjoyment and profit. Regardless, it doesn’t matter what side of The Multiverse you’re on—keeping your cards in excellent shape financially responsible, and will help you enjoy your deck(s) for years to come!

It’s also worth noting that card organization is another worthwhile venture, as it can help you access your cards faster and keep a running inventory or what you can or cannot use for any given tournament or casual MTG shindig.

This video covers both of these critical topics, and the narrator says it best: there’s no golden rule for card care and organization—it’s up to you to decide what kind of system works best for your brain and keeps your cards in the best possible shape.

Life Hacks For Better MTG Experiences

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make your MTG experience better and more fulfilling. Whether it’s tips to save time or money, or to practice better MTG etiquette, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your MTG experience more than you have before.

That’s exactly what this video is about. Most of the tips here are tips you’ve never even think of, but they can make you much more efficient and beloved as an MTG player.

MTG Singles From The Dragon’s Lair

It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran of MTG or someone who’s trying to build out their very first deck—there’s something for just about everyone at The Dragon’s Lair. Whether you’re looking for booster packs, duel decks, booster packs, or singles, we have exactly what you need to create the deck of your dreams. Stop by our store if you get the chance—we’re happy to give you pointers and advice while you’re on your MTG journey. Shop our collection today!