Samite Belcher

Magic should be fun.

Look at that smile GrrrSure we all like to win. I hate to lose as much as anyone, especially because I'm mana screwed or just plain out of luck. But playing Magic is a hobby first and foremost and lets not forget that most of us play because we enjoy it. I know it sounds very English to say it but 'it doesn't matter if you win or lose but it is how you play the game'. OK that's a lot of pompous bull in some players' eyes but I enjoy pitting my wits against another player and testing my own deck ideas. So long as I've had a close game where I've felt like I stood a chance then I'm just as happy if I come out victor or vanquished.

Most young players and people with limited money or time haven't got the resources to put together top class, internet researched, heavily play tested decks but does this mean they must face a negative experience in tournament play? Some 'well-known characters' on the Magic circuit treat me as a scrub despite my five years of persevering in the mid field of tournament play. They are too often rude and derisive of others efforts and I believe they destroy what the game is all about, HAVING FUN.

I'm very glad that Wizards are finally getting it together to remove the despairingly dull combos of power cards where one player (usually me as I refuse to play them) doesn't play for the twenty minutes it takes for the other player to work through their combo to win. Although I admire the skill of the player who first thinks up these decks, do I really have to sit through hours of boredom facing a hundred players who have copied it off the net?

I am a great supporter however of local, less prestigious, tournaments where the gains and rewards are not financial or egotistical but are far more important in life such as laughter, conversation and camaraderie. This is where the grass roots of Magic play can grow and mature, and if we want competitive play to continue and expand in the future, this is where us older hands must put in most effort. (Bear in mind that valuable card collection is only of value whilst someone is playing the game and willing to buy the cards, otherwise they're just so much cardboard.) There is a core of dedicate players out there who do feel the same way that I do and I'd like to appeal to them to support or start more local play around the counties. Without your support it becomes difficult to make smaller local tournaments viable and so new players never get the chance to be encouraged into tournament play, only trounced, derided and sent home never to return. Thus endeth our sport.

OK, in local play not everyone knows the rules as well as a level 5 judge. And, hey, you won't win a box of boosters or a place on the pro tour, but put yourself out a little, go those few miles, and discover you had a great time playing the game you love.

Well I've had my little rant.