Magic the Gathering, meme-ified
I hate going against someone in a tournament that’s been playing for a very short amount of time. It’s great that you’re a new player and that you wanna be a part of the community and everything. If I have to stop and explain to you the parts of the turn or how damage works, you should probably not be playing in a tournament.
See, that’s why I am afraid to go to FNM. Because I don’t know all the rules and all the history, and I know I’m going to piss people off. The thing is, I’m not really sure how to learn it all without someone explaining it to me little by little. I really, really want to learn everything.
Hopefully if I go someday, I’ll wind up sitting across from someone who will be patient with me.
It’s people like that guy (linuxthegeek) that ruin Magic: the Gathering for new players. If you want to play in a tournament, play, please. Start with Friday Night Magic, the most relaxed, lenient tournament possible. You aren’t going to get in trouble if you don’t know something, I promise. Magic is about having fun. Some of us take it to the next level and get very competitive, but a large majority of the player base is just like you. You like to play the game, see and obtain new cards, build deck, try out cool ideas, and hang out with other nerds.
Take your cards, go up to the local shop for Friday Night Magic, get a DCI number if you don’t have one, and remember that it’s just a game. Sit down each round, introduce yourself, and let your opponent know that you haven’t been playing that long, and if you don’t understand something, you might as a question or two. You have no idea how many times I’ve completely surprised a new player by not only helping them learn the game (even during tournament play), but then also helped them with their deck after the match. You’ll make new friends, learn some stuff, and ultimately walk away a better magic player. I’ve given away so many cards to new players in this exact situation, because I genuinely enjoy helping new players, and I’m not alone, trust me on this one.