Many of us remember growing up as children with different trading card collections, from Pokemon to Yu-Gi-Oh! However, there’s a new trend in recreational card games that is changing the way we perceive trading cards. That’s because Magic: The Gathering is appropriate and enjoyable throughout different age groups, from young children to adults.
Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is actually considered to be one of the world’s first premiere card games, at about 20 years since it’s release, but it’s been trending the nation more than ever in the past years. In fact, Hasbro said last year that Magic is its biggest game brand, and its competitors include other popular games like Monopoly and Twister. There are currently about 12 million Magic players and fans worldwide.
The Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game combines both card collecting and a strategy game into one incredibly entertaining activity. Collectors buy each pack of cards unsure what they will get (the possibilities include over 12,000 cards that have been created throughout the years), but can trade and pass around cards with other gamers to build the deck they want. This makes the game ultimately more enjoyable because every player has their own, unique collection of trading cards, and every game is different from the others. Another interesting feature of this game is that many of the cards are considered “collector’s items”, as some cards vary greatly in rarity, and different cards can be collected in the hope that someday they’ll dramatically increase in value.
There are five MTG “mana colors”, or different symbolic game strategies that can be utilized in various ways to suit each player’s individual game style. The mana colors are…
- White: The color of Justice – White spell casters use the power of justice.
- Blue: The color of Wisdom – Blue mages use superior knowledge.
- Black: The color of Ambition – Black sorcerers use ambition and make sacrifices to win a battle.
- Red: The color of Chaos – Red conjurers try to win dramatically.
- Green: The color of Nature – Green shamans summon creatures of nature in their aid.
MTG is a great game for children, teens, and young adults as it’s a relatively safe activity which gives people, young and old, a hobby, a sense of purpose and community, and a new activity to focus on that helps to build strategizing skills. The Magic community is very diverse and offers a welcoming hand to people of all ages and walks of life, which makes it a great way to connect with new and interesting people. To start up a new hobby in Magic: The Gathering, pick up your first deck of cards at your local gaming store, and head over to the MTG website to connect with the Magic community within their forums, or try starting up a new group near you!
* “What is Magic: The Gathering?” www.wizards.com/magic/tcg
* Sapna Maheshwari, “Magic: The Gathering Still Thriving Outside High School Cafeterias,” www.buzzfeed.com