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  • Last updated March 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM by benroome
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As the great Travis Woo says, "the best way to change someone's mind about magic is to tell them why you love the game."  Tell us about the time that you helped someone who doesn't understand why we play to see the magic.  Why do you love this game?  Why do you spend time and energy playing it?  If we don't tell them, they're never gonna know!

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One morning I was hanging out with a couple of friends and we had been awake all night partying.  One of my buddies was looking at my magic cards and laughing. "Dude, why?" he said.  

"Dude," I said "because its the greatest game ever invented! Have you played it?"
"No" he admitted "but isn't it a bit childish?" he asked.

"I mean yeah, a little," I said "but the same could be said of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and a bunch of other great stuff that you love."  "Also," I continued "this game is one of the most complex games in the world.  Sure you can teach it to kids, which is great, but it goes so much deeper.  You have to be really smart to play competitively."

"Cool," he said "So what do you do exactly?"

"Let me show you" I said, picking up my standard deck, which was Mythic Conscription at the time.

"Basically the goal of this deck is to generate a bunch of mana so you can cast a really nasty spell on your opponent early in the game."  I pulled out my foily Sovereigns of Lost Alara and showed it to him in the rays of the sunrise.

"Pretty" he said. "Then what happens?"

"Once you get this guy in play and attack with him, you get to search up this huge enchantment, put it on your guy, deal a bunch of damage and make them sacrifice permanents!"  I said, with a gleam in my eye.

"Well that sounds really fun.  Thanks for showing me.  I get it now."

"Let me know if you ever want to play."  I said. "I'll teach you any time."
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