Why play Magic: The Gathering at your local Store? (Part 1)

Gather the townsfolk and get to your LGS!

MTGO is good because I can record my drafts at 2AM…in my unmentionables, BUT IS THAT REALLY GOOD? I’ve become accustomed to playing MTGO, but in the last couple months I’ve been trying to get away from the computer monitor and into the stores where all of this Magic started for me. So far I’ve noticed that the tournaments in the store almost never crash and, as an added bonus, I don’t have to collect an entire set before I can ‘redeem’ it for physical cards. These are just a couple of the small benefits of playing in the store. In this series of articles I’m going to share with you just why you should bring your Magic to your next store’s gathering.

Part 1: You’re meeting people with the same interests. 

401 Games in Toronto, ON.

I’ve met 90% of my current friends because I decided to go play small store tournaments. It’s not as depressing as it sounds. Trust me. They’re ALL good people. By playing Magic with a random assortment of people at a store you get to evaluate how compatiable they would be with your own personality traits. Did they tilt and get upset when they drew 6 land in a row? Maybe they’re not so good at handling things when nothing seems to go their way. Did they try to run Slivers in Standard? Maybe they’re some kind of sociopath?

Magic Friends
It is not as daunting as this.

Turning an opponent into a proponent of friendship is easier than it might seem. Try bringing up Magic news after your match, “Did you hear about those Core sets? Gone for good it seems.” or “Jeskai Ascendancy sure was a mistake, what was WotC thinking?” are both acceptable lines to approach a potential friend with. If they return with a, “I know, right?!” you’re cooking with fire. Just be careful of the, “Heh, yeah, trades?” because they could instead be trying to play you for a fool and take advantage of your wanting heart. “No trades, just bro’s, Bro.”

Still a little nervous? That’s okay, it’s normal. The great thing about hanging out and playing Magic in stores is that the more you do it the more comfortable you get. In fact, I’ve gotten so comfortable that I am actually putting together a series of videos about the local stores in Toronto that run tournaments. The first one is already out, take a look!

Thanks for watching,


Milo: The Gathering


One thought on “Why play Magic: The Gathering at your local Store? (Part 1)

  1. Having tried out Magic: Online quite a bit, I still prefer the in-person game. Toronto has great places to play Magic or even board games in general. It’s really taking off here.

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