Magic Origins Deck Builders Toolkit Unboxing & Review by Liam Casserly
So you want to start playing Magic? But where do you start? Well luckily every summer Magic release comes with a Deck Builder’s Toolkit. This product is how me and my son went about learning the game (along with an intro deck each.)
The Magic Origins Deck Builders Toolkit is, in my opinion, one of the best stepping stones we have for newer players. When people want to get into the game these days they normally get the the Duels of the Planeswalker game, now renamed Origins Duels. Being able to learn within a computer program that won’t let you make rules mistakes is a good way to start the game. I would always recommend people to get the game, especially now its free to play, but in my opinion nothing beats the physical game. We love cardboard.
Now this box doesn’t solve all the problems that a player has when they come to Magic, but it does a good job of identifying where a newer player might need support. It gives you a semi-random set of cards to play.
In past Toolkits they have pushed deck builders in the direction of tribal decks. I like tribal decks for newer players, they are what I like to call Ikea Magic. They have the instructions written right there on the cards. [card]Chief of the Edge[/card] and [card]Chief of the Scale[/card] give your warriors a buff so maybe you should think about playing more warriors in your deck. Just being able to see cards that work together isn’t enough though. Inside the Deck Builder’s toolkit there are hundreds of cards. The box says 285. That includes some number of land cards but still there’s lots of cards to begin your Magic playing career.
If this is your first foray into deck building, the sheer number of cards might be a bit overwhelming. There is an insert that gives you a little bit of advice on how to put your deck together. My son has been playing for a few years and when he opened the box he saw the whole thing as a puzzle. A challenge to try and build the best deck as if it were some odd 60 card sealed format. My daughter is a less dedicated to a format and she just wanted to see ALL the cards. I think she is much more in line with the target customer for this box.
In fact one of the things we did with this box was build two decks between the three of us and then had a winner stays on but changes decks, and then the new player gets the winning deck. It was loads of fun; it reminded me a lot of the first time I played Magic. No-one had a playset of some crazy bomb. Usually Sunday afternoons are taken up by some sort of competitive Magic down at the LGS but sitting around and playing true kitchen table Magic for fun was great.
This leads me to another target demographic for the toolkit. Those of us who play at FNM and follow the top level meta, read articles and attend competitive REL events tend to think that we are the majority of the players but in truth we are the few. Many more folks just buy packs now and then and only play around their kitchen table with their friends. They have a completely different meta than what exists at your local shop. I talk to these players in the shop all the time, they come in now and again to buy a booster or ask how to beat a certain card.
It has always struck me as odd what cards these playgroups have trouble with. I think of these playgroups as Madagascar. They have evolved separately from the main established meta. A box like this would suit a player or playgroup like that. A bunch of playable cards to shake up the meta of a kitchen table group. Because it contains cards from the last few sets and the brand new core set, it’s ideal for people who don’t make a lot of purchases of Magic product.
If you are the player who made all their pre-orders the minute the spoilers went up, this product isn’t for you, but if you are sat opposite a player who tells you they bought this as a way of getting into Magic maybe you could take some time to talk though after the game some of the deck building choices they might have made.
The question I ask myself when I get a product to review is would I recommend this. It’s an easy answer with this as I do just that whenever a customer comes into the shop looking to get into Magic. This is one of the go-to products that I pull off the shelf.
Now I’ll ask you guys a question…
Community Question: In your personal opinion, what is the best way to teach someone Magic?
Thanks for reading,