That Dragon’s Maze pre-release is calling my name. Why? It’s a wonderful opportunity to play cards, hang with my friends, and have a good time at the event introducing Magic the Gathering’s new expansion set, Dragon’s Maze. Winning can be fun too. What’s that? Booze? Partying? Not nerdy enough for me. Though I would like to experience that at some point too.
Magic the Gathering as a whole is actually probably one of the most strange hobby-gaming phenomena I have encountered in my life. That is because, though it is a very fun game, it’s a constantly evolving, changing creature. Chess and Football have always had the same rules and pieces for ages, but with MTG it’s different. Like, say the “global Playing Card company” were to introduce a new and exciting card, like an eleven of spades or a “duke” face card to accompany the “jacks”, “queens”, and “kings”. That’s Magic the Gathering.
Furthermore, it’s a surprisingly expensive hobby. Economical scarcity is a paradigm that exists in full force in the realm of Magic, where the oldest, rarest cards cost upwards of $2000 in mint condition. Keep in mind that’s a piece of cardboard, and people have been robbed and murdered over it. Seriously. To stay competitive at any point in time with present cards, you’ll likely have to sink around $500 into a deck as well.
However, despite that grim note, M:TG is a powerfully fun and addicting game. You just have to manage your pennies carefully, and that is why I stick to limited formats of pre-releases and drafts (where you have to build decks out of what you’re given at the event rather than what you’ve collected for yourself prior) and casual forms of play like Commander. I basically choose the solitaire and go fish in the stead of high-stakes poker of competitive magic. That way, the price of admission is worth it.
And so, the Dragon’s Maze calls for me. Here’s hoping for a good time this weekend.