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Welcome Decks : How to Power It Up

Hot on the heels from Candlekeep’s recent “Welcome Deck” Beginner’s Tournament, this is part 1 of a series of articles aimed at new players who just received their first deck, and are looking to level it up before the next tournament. Today we discuss what makes a deck “Standard Legal”, and make our first change to the deck.

Magic the Gathering : One Game, Multiple Formats

Magic the Gathering tournaments will usually require you to have a deck of your own construction made to specific rules. The Standard Format is just one of these; other popular ones include Modern, Commander or Brawl but for now, we’ll just be focusing on Standard, Magic’s format that makes use of cards only found in recent sets.

These sets can rotate, with the best way to keep up to date being on the website At the time of writing, the current Standard Legal sets are:

  • Guilds of Ravnica
  • Ravnica Allegiance
  • War of the Spark
  • Core Set 2020
  • Throne of Eldraine

In addition to this, there are also ban lists; cards that made it into print, but unfortunately unbalance the game so much, they cannot be used in Standard tournaments. Check the website above to see what’s currently on the ban list.

Quick Upgrade : Dual Colour Lands

When it comes to quick and easy Welcome Deck upgrades, dual colour lands that can tap for one of two different colours can give your deck some extra flexibility. For each colour pair in Magic the Gathering, there are matching Guildgate cards. Even though they come in tapped, being able to pick and choose between casting a red spell or a blue spell the next turn can give you an advantage, and leave your opponent guessing!

Your Welcome Deck will have consisted of two different colours of cards, with 13 lands dedicated to each colour. Try swapping four of those lands out for the appropriate guildgates, and see how it plays.

Next Steps

In the next article, we break down the card list for the White welcome deck, and look at potential budget changes to really make it soar!