Magic: The Gathering Arena – Newcomers Guide to Build a Deck

How to Build a Deck

If you are new you will and have not played a lot you prolly will only have cards from the newer sets and only some (like 1-2 not 4 of one card) on top of the starter decks.

Build on that

If you did the color challenges and 2-color-deck unlock event for all 4 +10 starter decks, you will know what kind of deck you like.

Make a copy of it, filter your collection for standard play, the colors you use and none-colored then have a look what you think is a good card fitting to replace some other.

You definitly need a “plan” what kind of deck you want (aggro, control, mixed) and it will work better if you use card aspects like “disturb”, “milling”, “domain”, etc. so a theme to all the cards. This is introduced in the starter decks pretty well. If you go to event>draft>premier draft you can see the 2-color formats the set has to offer with 1-2 senteces about how the decks play (no need to play draft).

You will also need a plan about when to win with it. Your deck can either dominate early game or mid or late, prolly not multiple of these. No use haveing 2-4 7+ mana cards in a deck that is heavy on 2-3 mana or vis versa.


  • 23-24 lands should be in there.
  • You want your cards in the 0-4 mana cost area, maybe 6-7 over that.
  • You want 3-4 of the cards you are useing in the deck, not a bundle of 1 here, 2 there, less different cards is better.
  • Aggro decks are easier to build -> slap at least 24 creatures in there.
  • Pick removals over crads without.
  • Spam tokens is a good and easy thing.
  • A creature with a mana cost of 2 should have 2/2 power and thoughness, if not is it worth it?
  • Redraw or multiple draws are noob friendly.
  • Cards with “play from graveyard” or “disturb” are also noob friendly.

Some of these tips will be incorrect for some decks. You can ram mana and play a higher cards value area for example.

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Egor Opleuha, also known as Juzzzie, is the Editor-in-Chief of Gameplay Tips. He is a writer with more than 12 years of experience in writing and editing online content. His favorite game was and still is the third part of the legendary Heroes of Might and Magic saga. He prefers to spend all his free time playing retro games and new indie games.

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