You have the FREE
Deck Building Master Class PDF,
now what?…


Conquer your specific challenge and move even closer to the playing on the Pro Tour with these custom tips.

As you know, deck building is not the only obstacle you’re going to face.

You’ll also need to:

  • Discover how to evaluate the metagame
  • Participate in Competitive Level events
  • Shape your mindset to handle wins and losses
  • Practice effective post-game evaluations

So you can make it from your kitchen table to the Pro Tour.

Which is exactly why I’ve developed this custom guide to show you the next steps to take in addition to implementing the deck building strategies you’ll receive shortly.

For starters, it appears that based on the answers you provided you are a Magic Task Mage and you face the Task Mage’s Challenge!

Task Mage’s play Magic with friends but don’t attend events at their local game store (LGS). They have fun decks that they’ve built on their own, or pre-built decks that they’ve modified a little with cards they have lying around.

Task Mages have a loose to decent understanding of the rules and will often times lose to players with a “worse” deck but better rules knowledge. Their card collection is humble to modest and they don’t follow what goes on at the competitive level.


The Task Mage’s Challenge is to start attending events and become a part of their local, Magic community.


As a Task Mage, if you’re serious about conquering this challenge then the next step for you is to start attending regular events at your local game store (LGS) – preferably Friday Night Magic (FNM) – and meeting the players in your community.

Here’s how you’ll do this:

  1. Find a store
  2. Review their event schedule
  3. Find an event that fits your schedule
  4. Commit to attend
  5. Attend


Step 1: Find a Store

Use the Store Locator on Wizards’ website and put in your zip code.

Wizards Store Locator

You may be lucky to find several stores in your area and be faced with the question, “which one should I go to?”

Start with the one where you buy your Magic product from.

If you don’t normally buy your cards from a local shop then start with the closest one. (And start buying local when possible.)

The store locator will show you a map with all the nearby stores and allow you to click on each one.

(Note: If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and there are very few or no stores in your area and you really want to take your game to the next level, then Magic Online may be your only option to get the competitive level of play you need to level up.)


Step 2: Review Their Event Schedule

When you click on a store you will see a calendar of their bigger events, such as Friday Night Magic (FNM), Game Day and Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers (PPTQs).

While the goal is to get you going to FNM regularly I understand that isn’t possible for everyone due to work, date nights, or other commitments.

If that’s your case then go directly to the store’s website by looking them up on Google and check out their event calendar. (Virtually every store has one.) Here you will find a list of all the events they run on a regular basis.

Different stores host different formats on different nights. The key is to find a night you are free to play Magic and then a shop with an event on that night.

The easiest events to attend are Booster Drafts. You don’t need your own card collection and can start attending, playing, discovering and winning just by showing up and paying the entrance fee (typically $10-$15).


Step 3: Find an Event That Fits Your Schedule

If the closest store doesn’t have an event on the night you are free then go to the next one. Rinse and repeat this process until you find a store with an event that matches your schedule.

Remember, the goal is to find a place where you can regularly attend.

Now, what if several stores meet your scheduling needs?

Then the fun begins…


Step 4: Commit to Attend

Make a commitment to attend each store in the next few weeks. You can go to one a week or several in the same week, but the goal is to go to all the stores within a reasonable distance.

Mark it off on your calendar so nothing else gets scheduled for those nights. Make it something you’ll actually do.


Step 5: Attend

Take note of the store’s location, its cleanliness, the friendliness and attitudes of the employees and other patrons, and the store’s prize support policies. You’re trying to find a place where you’ll feel comfortable in learning and growing as a player.

In my case, when I lived in southern California I drove past two stores to go to my regular shop because I liked the players and the atmosphere better at Tapped Out Gaming over everywhere else.

I was looking for players who were serious and competitive about Magic, so I could learn from them and improve. The other stores were either too casual or didn’t have enticing events on the nights I was available.


The Right Gear

So now you know how to find an LGS, see what events they offer, and pick the store that’s right for you.

However, once you’ve picked your store you’ll need the right gear so you’re ready for any event.

While unsleeved cards are no problem at home, did you know that sanctioned Magic events require you to have card sleeves?!
(This is to make sure no one stacks their deck by marking their cards in some way.)

Card sleeves may be the only accessory required by the rules but there are several others that have very useful purposes and make your play experience much more enjoyable.

I call everything you need to play Magic outside the house your Magic Go Bag.

Your Magic Go Bag includes:

  • Carrying bag
    • Carrying bags protect the rest of your gear and allow you to transport everything in one load. They’re also great places to show off your pins and stickers.
  • Card sleeves
    • Sleeves protect your cards from grime and liquids. They’re also required for sanctioned events. They come in many colors and styles.
  • Deck boxes
    • Deck boxes house your deck and sideboard and keep them from being tossed around while inside your bag. They’re also a great place to keep your sideboard guide.
  • Playmat
    • Playmats protect your cards from dirty tables. They also show a bit of your personality and can commemorate your accomplishments.
  • Playmat tube
    • Playmats tend to be unwieldy when left unchecked in your bag. A playmat tube that doesn’t roll away will keep your bag organized and your playmat clean.
  • Dice & counters
    • Because there’s a lot to track in Magic, correctly representing the board state is paramount.
      Dice are the preferred way to denote +1/+1 and other counters and to track triggers. An organized board state is worth its weight in gold.
  • Tokens
    • Accurately representing the board state is critical to proper game play.
      If your deck makes Zombie tokens then you should have some in your bag so both players know exactly what’s going on. Having the right tokens make Magic games easier to understand and navigate.
  • Your DCI card
    • Whenever you attend a big event or play at a new store, they will always ask for your DCI number in order to track your record. Carry it in your Magic Go Bag so it never gets lost.
      • NOTE: Stores can not look up your DCI number, so make sure you know it or have it.
      • NOTE: If you don’t have one then ask your game store for a DCI card.
  • Life pad
    • In addition to allowing you to track the progress of your game, life pads also provide a place to make notes that can be referred to later.
      Write down key cards you saw and tough decisions you made. You can reference these notes with friends after your game to paint a better picture of the match and get the feedback you need to improve.
  • Pen
    • To track life and take notes.
  • Limited Box
    • Since Limited decks are 40 cards (~17 lands +/-1 and 23 spells) having a box with 18 of each basic land pre-sleeved and 23 empty sleeves will save you a ton of time during deck building.
      You won’t have to scramble for lands at the land station or worry about sleeving your deck. You’ll be cool as a cucumber and ready to play.
  • Cards to trade
    • If you’re into trading you’ll want to include your “for trade” cards in your Magic Go Bag in case you find someone with that last foil you need for your deck.

I’ve put together a Kit which includes all of the essential elements to complete your Magic Go Bag (except the cards from your collection of course) so you can confidently head to any event knowing you have everything you need, no matter how big of a hurry you’re in.

The peace of mind I’ve enjoyed by having a Magic Go Bag is incalculable.

With the bag stocked and ready to go I don’t have to stress about whether I’ve forgotten anything and my mind can focus on the upcoming event and the match ups I’m about to face.

Just click on the image above to grab the whole Magic Go Bag as a single kit or get the individual items you need.

The Kit includes my favorite carrying bag and accessories to fill it all bundled together so you don’t have to scour the internet looking for the best deals.

Imagine when your new bag and accessories arrive at your door from the brown Santa (UPS), all you’ll have to do is sleeve up your deck, put everything in the bag and stroll into your LGS like a boss!

You’re ready to go to any event.


And ONE More Bonus Tip. . .

As you regularly attend local events you’ll quickly find keeping up with the metagame and uncovering how to become a better player will not only give you an edge over your opponents but give you talking points to fit in and connect with other players.

As you gain and apply knowledge you will start to win more and climb up the rankings at FNM and other events.

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