Magic the Gathering

Magic the Gathering is one of my favorite games. I started playing Magic in 1995 and was quickly hooked. I have several thousand cards and I think I’m a pretty decent player. I have not been playing as much as I would like for the past couple of years, but I still enjoy it when I get the chance to play. I pretty sure I am addicted to the game, since I was sitting in Imo’s once and I overheard 2 women talking about playing and my heart started to race.

Anyway, I had been waiting for Justin to be old enough to teach. He is almost 7, and Brenda and I were looking for ways to improve his math skills, and I mentioned that Magic would help. He loves games almost as much as I do, so I was sure he would like it.

I got out my binders of cards, and let him start looking through them. He focused in on the green cards, and I let him pick cards for his deck. I augmented his choices, adding a few cards he would not have thought to use.

When playing, I don’t let him make any obvious mistakes, as he is still learning the rules, and I occasionally give him some pointers on strategy, but other than that, its his game. Since assisting him with creating a deck, we have played 3 times. He has won the first 2 games very convincingly.

Last night I intentionally played a better deck against him. I wanted to show him some different sides of the game…and I wanted to win ( Helping his ego is fine and all, but what about my ego ). He had a very rough start (couldn’t get any land), and my deck was playing well. Everything seem to be going my way. I pulled a Dragon, and was convinced I had him beat. I attacked with the Dragon, he blocked it with a spider, cast a Giant Growth on it, and killed the dragon. From that point on, things went his way.

I am now 0 – 3 lifetime against someone that learned to play about a week ago.