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Building Your First Commander Deck for Magic: The Gathering

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If you’re ready to try Magic: The Gathering, and you want to start building a Commander deck, you might be a little overwhelmed by the options you have. However, building your first deck is easier than you may think. For a beginner, there are three preferred ways to start.

Building your first Commander deck on Magic: The Gathering

Your first option is to start with a prebuilt Commander deck. These are themed around some iconic characters so you can get started right away. Once you have played a few games, you’ll be able to see what you like and then swap in some cards from booster packs to customise your deck.

Your second option would be to build a deck around your favourite card. Whether you have a quirky spell that you absolutely love or an exciting Commander, you can design your deck around it. Use its colours to help you find other cards that will help you cast it and support it.

Finally, you can build your deck around your playing style. If you’d prefer to smash your opponent with lots of creatures, or cast intricate spells to disrupt their plans, you can build a deck with cards that allow you to play your way.

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What needs to be in your MTG deck? Top Tips

  • You should aim for 100 cards.

  • For beginners, it is a good idea to start with 42 lands, 42 creatures and 16 spells. A Commander has to be either a creature with the Legendary type or a Planeswalker which states on the card 'This can be your Commander'.

  • It would be a good idea to keep it simple to start off with and stick to the same colours (one or two max.) for your deck.

Note: You can only have one of the same card, aside from basic lands.

Getting creative

Obviously, the way you build your deck will be based on the experiences you have playing the game.

There’s no right or wrong way to build a deck, but these are just some key points to think about. Whether you make an elf army because these are your favourite characters or want to mess with your opponent’s game by playing specific cards, the choice is yours.

It’s mainly a case of trying things out to gain experience.

Just one quick final tip though: Keep in mind that cheaper spells are best for the early part of the game and powerful spells can be used later to finish your opponent off!

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