- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (June 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560251492
- ISBN-13: 978-1560251491
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magic: The Gathering - Official Strategy Guide: The Color-Illustrated Guide to Winning Play Paperback – June, 1997
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This is a book for the beginning to intermediate player. Actually, it's a book for all but the expert. (And even an expert would appreciate her writing.) In this book, bethmo discusses both how to play the game and how to build winning decks. She illustrates her approach with plays and with decks, so that her theory and practice can be seen side-by-side. Most wonderful of all, the book has illustrations of all the cards she discusses, so you don't have to wonder what the heck some card says. It's right there for you to see. Also, don't worry that the decks will involve out-of-print cards that will cost you a small fortune to procure. bethmo deliberately uses only in-print cards from relatively recent (and still very available editions of the game). She's so good that she doesn't need to take refuge in a deck full of $20 to $200 cards.
By all means, by this book. Once you read it you'll be a bethmo addict, too. Then you can go out and buy other of her books, like her guide to Tempest, the single-card strategies (outdated unless you have the computer game or $1000s to spend), or one of the encyclopedia volumes.
There are good examples of basic card combinations to show the newer player the interaction between different types of cards. The book also does a good job at explaining the attacker-blocker interaction. Particularly useful for the newer player is the chapter on deck themes, which covers some of the basic deck types, suitable cards, and playing strategy of the deck. It is not a comprehensive list of deck types, as new deck types are created as new game mechanics are created and sets are released. However, I think the deck types the book does cover form the foundation of all deck types that came after.
The author does a great job at explaining the Banding mechanic, but I think that it is the one game mechanic that requires more examples and instruction to be fully understood. It is the complicated things like this than can make Magic the Gathering so rewarding sometimes.
Keep in mind that if you are interested in buying some of the cards listed in the book, there may be suitable alternatives available since the book was printed (e.g. instead of buying Wrath of God, you might be happy playing Day of Judgment instead).
Basic Deck Building
Creatures and Combat Strategy
Fast Effects in Attack
General Playing Strategy
Tips n’ Tricks
Glossary of Magic Jargon
Fifth Edition Card List
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book OK for strategy. Unfortunately few years old. All cards are updated yearly.so not as much help as I thought it would be.Published 16 months ago by this game is epic get it.
This book really helped me formulate some strategies of my own. A good read for any level of game player.Published on December 27, 2013 by Rebecca Morris
Yes! My son loves this book. It tells him how to up his game on his deck!! Great for begginners.Published on November 19, 2013 by Linda
The book "Magic the Gathering Official Strategy Guide" to be very helpful in how to play the game against other players.Published on June 4, 2009 by William E. Frank
This book was a great book and a great read. Even though they did alot of there deminstrations with Fifth addition cards you can take all of what they say and bring it over to the... Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Robert Smith