What Should MTG Beginners Buy

Are you a beginner who just started with Magic the Gathering? Wondering what to buy for an MTG beginner? This Buyers Guide for new MTG players is just what you need! Learn what are some of the best things you could get for a beginner and what stuff you should avoid.

There are various amounts of Magic the Gathering products to buy. It can be hard to select the right item to buy, because not every product has a new player in mind. However, if you are looking for a gift for an established player check our best gift ideas for MTG players.

Best Buys for New MTG Players

We ordered products from the most simple to the most complex. Fear not, all the products are still great for a new player, but if you are looking for something simpler – start at top of the list. 🙂

Arena Starter Kit 2021

MTG Arena Starter Kit 2021

If you were to buy only one item, you should definitely get the Arena Starter Kit 2021. Why? Because it’s the only product on the list that comes with two complete 60-card decks.

You can find more information about Arena Starter Kit 2021 contents here.

Welcome Booster

If you’re just starting out with MTG, here’s something you are eligible to get for FREE. It’s a Welcome Booster!

Welcome Booster Best Buys for MTG Beginner

Each Welcome Booster contains the same exact 10 cards, some of which are pretty strong:

So how and where do you get the Welcome Booster?

Since Wizards of the Coast doesn’t ship these directly to players you can’t order them online. You can however stop by a local game store and ask the staff if they have any Welcome Boosters available for new players.

It’s worth mentioning that Welcome Boosters replaced Sample Intro Decks. Those were pre-built 30 card decks. Although they contained just one rare, you could immediately start playing with them. Nevertheless, your store might still have some lying around – so don’t be afraid to ask them if they got any.

Experience needed: None. You just get ten Magic cards for free. You won’t be able to play with them by themselves.

Planeswalker Intro Decks

This is a 60-card deck made with beginners in mind.

Each deck is centered around a Planeswalker card. Planeswalkers are some of the coolest cards in Magic. They represent the most powerful characters from Magic Lore. Each one provides a lot of powerful options in a game of Magic. The one you get in this deck is a bit simpler in design, but still awesome.

All the cards in the deck are from the same edition. This really helps if you are looking forward to playing a draft. You will already know some of the cards!

You will also get one booster pack – containing 15 cards, which you can then use to enhance your deck. These are great for an MTG beginner.

In addition to that, you also get a redeemable promo code which you can use in online version of Magic – MTG Arena. You’ll get an exact copy of your that deck in an online version. If you want to check more about Arena and how to get cards there, check our article about crafting in MTG Arena.

Make sure that you buy the newest Planeswalker Intro Deck. You can get the latest ones here. You can read more about them here.

Core Set 2021 Products Planeswalker Decks

Experience needed: None. In the Planeswalker Deck, you’ll also get the rules insert with a short guide on how to play this specific deck. This is the simplest complete deck you can buy anywhere.

Guild Kits

Wizards just recently started making so-called Guild-Kits.

These are very powerful 60-card decks with some very valuable cards and cool looking lands.  If you aren’t planning on playing Standard, this is a great option for you.

guild kits what to buy for mtg beginner

Experience needed: Possibly none. These contain more powerful and complex cards than Planeswalker Intro Decks though, therefore they are a bit more difficult to master.

Brawl Decks

Brawl is a new MTG format combination of two most popular ways to play Magic – Standard and Commander. You can read more about it in our Ultimate Brawl Guide.

This format is more friendly to new players than Commander. You’ll have to know a lot less cards. But it’s still fun and the new Brawl decks are pretty good too.

MTG Brawl for New Players

Experience needed: Should already know the basics of Magic. Brawl uses a bit of different rules than regular MTG games. As such, it’s probably not the best buy if you’re totally new to the game. On the other hand, it’s much more exciting than Planeswalker Decks and also Standard-legal.

Deck Builder’s Toolkit

When searching for: “What to buy for MTG beginner” – the Deck Builder’s Toolkit will often pop out. And for good reason. It helps players learn how to build their own decks.

What to Buy for MTG Beginner - Theros Beyond Deckbuilders Toolkit

In each Deck Builder’s toolkit you will get:

  • 125 selected cards (including 5 rares)
  • 4 Booster Packs (15 cards each, with one of them rare or mythic rare)
  • 100 basic land cards – great for new players
  • Deck Building Guide
  • Rule Guide
  • Awesome durable box, which can hold all the cards you just got and more!

So you get almost 300 cards, most of which are selected with a new player in mind. Some of them are random, and you can open some pretty cool cards also.

Building your own deck is awesome, therefore Deckbuilder’s Toolkit really is a great choice.

Experience needed: Should already know how to play Magic if only just a little. The product doesn’t come with a complete deck. Players are expected to build their own deck with the cards they get. Because of that, prefer something simpler if this is the first Magic product you’ll get.

Bulk Cards

You might’ve heard that we don’t recommend buying Bulk Magic cards as a gift. However, when the players is new and doesn’t have / know many card the saying is true. One man’s thrash is another man’s treasure.

Getting 1000 cards for around $20 is a real deal for new player. The possibilities go from very limited to endless when you go from 100 cards to 1000.

New cards are exciting, and you get many cards that  you didn’t even know existed and because of that is opening a box full of Magic cards a great feeling…

Experience needed: Players should know how to play. With so many cards, it can be overwhelming to learn the game. Therefore, buy this product only for players who already know at least a bit how to play.

What to Buy for MTG Beginner – Recap

Finally let’s take a look at what to buy for MTG beginner from the least to most complex:

  1. Sample Intro Deck
  2. Planeswalker Intro Decks
  3. Guild Kits
  4. Brawl Decks
  5. Deck Builder’s Toolkit
  6. Bulk Cards

If you’ll be buying new Magic cards, you might also want to get some of the best sleeves or MTG deck boxes on the market. You can find more about MTG accessories here.

We hope that we were able to help you find a perfect product for you or perfect gift for MTG beginner. If you are trying to build new deck, definitely check out our article on How to Build Better Decks.

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5 thoughts on “What Should MTG Beginners Buy”

  1. Thanks for creating this list–very helpful! I note you didn’t include the something like Magic The Gathering Game Night 2019–is that not a good option for beginners?

    — Mark D

    • Of the old books we’d recommend Arena by William R. Forstchen or The Brothers’ War by Jeff Grubb.
      From the newer books, Children of the Nameless by Brandon Sanderson (you could get this book free) or The Wildered Quest by Kate Elliot.


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