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Magic: the Gathering in the UK

Playing in London has no doubt elevated my playing more so than playing in other areas of Britain would. My question is, after playing the game for many years (then quitting for 7 ish years) and returning to magic in the summer it has been a steep learning curve I'm am still very much on. I will more than likely be moving to Cornwall in the near future soon also so I'm am concerned how this will affect my game. I returned to magic wanting to get further than I had previously. The ideal goal being to play in a PT and possible luck out and steal some ranking. How do I Impove my game now and continue this in Cornwall? MODO, or cheap flights/ driving to as many large tournaments in the UK?

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I'm guessing there isn't a lot of organised play down there, so online is probably your best bet:

- play MODO

- read EVERYTHING you can get your hands on (I currently read between 10 and 20 k words of Magic content A DAY, not including twitter conversations etc)


Where possible, travel to big events in the UK (London pre-release weekends, etc), and to PT/GP weekends in Europe. They are AMAZING fun, even if you mainly lose and party (ie - you are me).


Dan Barrett said:
I'm guessing there isn't a lot of organised play down there, so online is probably your best bet:

- play MODO

- read EVERYTHING you can get your hands on (I currently read between 10 and 20 k words of Magic content A DAY, not including twitter conversations etc)


Where possible, travel to big events in the UK (London pre-release weekends, etc), and to PT/GP weekends in Europe. They are AMAZING fun, even if you mainly lose and party (ie - you are me).


Ok sweet thanks dan, any good websites?
I currently read
gathering magic
star city
wizzards site
and this :)

oh and tcg player .com
StarCityGames (with Premium, it is easy worth £20/year) and ChannelFireball are the two most important ones from a strategy perspective

Official Wizards site is for more of a casual audience, I used to read it daily but now just check for previews/announcements, or when someone directs me to the occasional useful article there there from Twitter. (The MODO pages are good though, eg: decks of the week)


Speaking of Twitter, it is awesome, I use this list I have created on it for finding articles to read: http://twitter.com/#!/list/dangerawesome/magic-articles - but if you start following a lot of pros or chatty players on it (e.g. me), you see a LOT of decks, sealed pools, draft discussions, etc.

(Look out next Tuesday on SCG...)


Not suggesting I am good or anything (I'm really not, and I don't play nearly enough to get real value out of all I read), but I would be significantly worse if I didn't read as much as I do.
Search archives on Channelfireball and blackborder and read every word you can by PV and Juza. I think PV also used to write for SCG so you could go there too. But basically they are both incredible writers and PV especially writes a lot about general game play improvements. AJ Sacher has some good mentality articles whihc I found helpful but lots of people just out right cant stand him. I like him though.
+1

PV is awesome because he gives really good in game examples of everyting he wants to explain. All his old starcity article are avaliable but the channel fireball archive is a bit fucked at the moment, so some of the older ones there might be tricky to find.



That Ginger One said:
Search archives on Channelfireball and blackborder and read every word you can by PV and Juza. I think PV also used to write for SCG so you could go there too. But basically they are both incredible writers and PV especially writes a lot about general game play improvements. AJ Sacher has some good mentality articles whihc I found helpful but lots of people just out right cant stand him. I like him though.
Also find the best players you can and talk to them. Asking for opinions and advice. Most players are friendly and happy to help.

Also beware of Modo. It can get very expensive. I personally reccomend buying a deck for block constructed and testing and tweeking that. If you get good you can easily build up to a standard deck or just use the winning to fund your drafts.
Also most block decks end up being close to the next years standard deck anyway. If you look at the current U/G/r deck in standard it's very few cards different to the block deck brad Nelson was playing last block season.
www.mtgsalvation.com is possibly the planets biggest MTG online community, if you're not on it already.


Warren Vonk said:
www.mtgsalvation.com is possibly the planets biggest MTG online community, if you're not on it already.

thanks guys been reading all this week :)
Just have a care, MTGS has not a small % of idiots.
Ahh yes I have withnessed online and face to face lol

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