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Magic: The Gathering at BYU-I

A quiet, makeshift group plays a simply trading card game one rainy Thursday night. They each have a deck of 60 cards collected over the course of their lifetimes. In the decks are cards representing monsters, magical artifacts, spells and resources all integral to winning the game. Each deck also is designed to perform a certain function, so that winning the game is done in a unique way the individual player enjoys. This game is Magic: The Gathering.

Players customize their decks to fit the specific playstyle that is most appealing to them. Whether this means that a player’s goal is to deal the most damage or drawing and discarding the entirety of the opponent’s deck, each deck is unique to the player.

All decks are based on either a singular color or a combination of colors. Each color corresponds to a specific land, which then relates to a certain playstyle. For example, green represents forests, and their main focus is accumulating tons of resources to play extremely powerful monsters.

“The deck building process is probably my favorite part,” said Matthew Kendall, a freshman studying psychology.

With the game having been created in 1993, the strategies and decklists that have been created are as varied as the players.

“It’s fun to be able to have these old (cards) from like 1997 because they’re just cool,” said Jonathan Starks, a freshman studying computer engineering.

Magic: The Gathering allows anyone to enjoy a new way of creatively expressing themselves. Through the deck customization and community aspects, any are welcome to participate, and most will find the perfect fit for themselves.


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