New Player Account Kit
Welcome to Magic Online! Your free-to-download basic Magic Online account kit includes the following to get you started:
- 20 New Player Points – Use New Player Points to join events specifically designed for players who are new to Magic Online.
- 2 Player Avatars – Choose an avatar to represent yourself in the game. Additional avatars featuring many of your favorite characters can be earned or obtained via trades with other players (note trading requires upgrading to a full Magic Online account).
- Hundreds of cards to jump-start your collection!
- 40 of each basic land (Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest)
- 2 copies of each common from each set currently legal in Standard Constructed (micro-sets excluded)
- 1 copy of each uncommon from each set currently legal in Standard Constructed (micro-sets excluded)
When you're ready to get the most out of your Magic Online experience, upgrade to a full account for only $4.99. Upgrading unlocks additional Magic Online features, including Trade, Chat, and the full Magic Online store. Upgrading also includes:
- 10 Additional New Player Points – Use New Player Points to join events specifically designed for players who are new to Magic Online.
- 60 Play Points – Use Play Points to enter events and leagues and test your mettle against some of the best players around.
- Round out your collection with even more cards!
- 2 additional copies of each common from each set currently legal in Standard Constructed (micro-sets excluded) for a full play set of every common
- 1 additional copy of each uncommon from each set currently legal in Standard Constructed (micro-sets excluded)
Note that some of the features discussed below are only available if you have upgraded to a full account.
Finding Help in the Client
If you need help with Magic Online, the can help you get the most out of the game client.
If you can't find the information you need, you can contact our Customer Service Team by submitting a ticket on our Help Page. Just fill in as much information as you can and submit the form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
You can find a link to this page in the Magic Online client by selecting the Help tab in the Main Navigation. The help page also includes links to the Game Guide and the page to Report Player Conduct.
The Home Scene is your landing page and provides current at-a-glance information.
- Check out the latest news regarding new events, Premier Play, and everything in between.
- Your Leagues
- Any Leagues you are currently playing in will display here. If you haven't joined a League yet, our Featured League will be displayed instead.
- Upcoming Tournaments
- An up-to-date list of Scheduled Events players can join. Other, more casual events can be found in the Play Lobbies (Constructed and Limited).
- Buddies and Clan
- Buddies and members of your clan can be found here. Right-clicking on a player who is online (shown by a green dot on the player image) brings up interaction options including chatting, playing, and trading.
Building a Deck
You build decks in Magic Online in the Collection tab. The Collection tab shows you the number of cards in your collection. Those cards are displayed in the top of the screen. Your deck will display in the bottom of your view.
To get started, click the Add Deck icon in the bottom left of the screen.
A new window will open and ask you to choose a name for the deck and select the format you want to build your deck for. Once you've done that, click OK.
A large set of filters are on the left of the view and will help you find subsets of cards in your collection to add to your deck. Usually, the first filter you want to choose is the Format filter – this will automatically hide cards that are not legal in the format you want to build your deck.
After that – the choice is up to you! You can filter by Set, Color, Type, Subtype, Mana Value, Power, Toughness, or Rarity. You can select multiple filters at a time. Maybe you want to build a mono-blue deck filled with 2-mana Wizards? The filters will help you do that.
To add a card in your collection to your deck, just double click on that card. Or if you want to add multiple copies of a card at once, you can right-click on that card and select “Add 4 to deck.” (if you have less than 4 copies of that card, this option will display accordingly).
You can also sort your deck as you are building it to make it easier to see. Select the Sort option in the title bar of the deck that separates the cards in your collection from the card in your deck, then choose the sort you want to use – typically, “Sort by Mana Value” is best.
Magic Online automatically saves your deck when you leave the Collection scene. So as soon as you're done building your deck – head to the Play Lobby and start battling!
Finding a Game
Magic Online features many play options, but when you're just starting out, you may want to take some time to learn the duel interface in a casual Open Play match. To do this, make sure you've built at least one deck using the process above.
After you've built your deck, click the Constructed button at the top of the screen, then the Format that matches your deck (if you're just using the cards that came with your account, select Standard), then Standard Open Play. Available games will be displayed in the center of the scene. Either select a match to join or click the Join button to get matched with another player.
Open Play matches are single-game matches. If you're ready to step up the competition, the Tournament Practice area features Best-of-Three matches.
The Duel Scene is where the games of Magic Online take place. Player information can be found on the left side of the screen. The battlefield is in the center of the screen and your hand is be found below the battlefield.
Hovering over cards or right-clicking on them will display a more thorough description, and right-clicking will also often open context menus to allow further interaction. As you need them, various game zones will open to allow you to take actions. You can find more about playing matches in the Basic Client section.
You can buy booster packs, Event Tickets, and other items from the Magic Online store. Like the other areas, filters on the left side of the screen let you find the products you want. Click the Store scene button in the navigation bar, then click the category of item that you would like to view.
Purchases made in the Magic Online store are immediately added to your account. From the Store scene, click the Add to Cart button for the product that you would like to purchase, and it will be added to your cart on the right side of the screen.
You can adjust quantities in the Shopping Cart or click the X button to remove the item from your cart entirely. When you're ready to complete a purchase, enter your payment information in the boxes provided at the bottom of the Shopping Cart pane, then click Proceed to Checkout. Magic Online will use your billing address from your account creation by default, so if you want to change anything you will need to do so in the Account section prior to your purchase or in the Verify Account Settings link at the bottom of the cart. To complete your purchase, you'll need to enter your payment information and confirm your order.
Note: If you choose PayPal as your payment method, a browser window will open to complete the transaction. Please contact Customer Service if you have any questions or concerns about a purchase.
Opening New Product
Whether you purchase new product or win it in a tournament, Sealed items (booster packs, pre-constructed decks, etc.) must be opened to add their contents to your collection.
- Click the Collection scene button in the navigation bar.
- In the Filters pane, click the Other Products tab.
- You can optionally click the Sealed Product check box to show only sealed product in your collection.
- Right-click the product you want to open, then click Open 1 of These or Open All of These.
New Player Modern Gauntlet Decks
If you're new to Magic Online and not very familiar with the breadth of all the formats, this is a great way to sample Modern. Use the New Player points that come with your Magic Online account and jump into the New Player Modern Gauntlet. You'll randomly get one of six possible decks and can play up to three matches where the first player to win twice wins the match.
Make sure you've played some Open Play games first to familiarize yourself with the Magic Online game client. And don't forget to check out our Game Guide for even more information!
Enchantment (3)3 Shark Typhoon
Land (24)3 Hallowed Fountain 3 Field of Ruin 2 Glacial Fortress 2 Celestial Colonnade 4 Flooded Strand 7 Island 3 Plains
Sideboard (15)1 Condemn 2 Timely Reinforcements 2 Ceremonious Rejection 2 Aether Gust 2 Ashiok, Dream Render 2 Dovin's Veto 2 Damping Sphere 1 Baneslayer Angel 1 Lyra Dawnbringer
White (18)4 Path to Exile 4 Stoneforge Mystic 2 Condemn 2 Wrath of God 2 Oust 2 Timely Reinforcements 1 Baneslayer Angel 1 Lyra Dawnbringer
Blue (23)1 Vendilion Clique 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 4 Opt 2 Snapcaster Mage 2 Narset, Parter of Veils 4 Mana Leak 2 Cryptic Command 3 Shark Typhoon 2 Ceremonious Rejection 2 Aether Gust
Colorless (28)3 Hallowed Fountain 3 Field of Ruin 2 Glacial Fortress 2 Celestial Colonnade 4 Flooded Strand 7 Island 1 Batterskull 1 Sword of Feast and Famine 3 Plains 2 Damping Sphere
2 (16)2 Snapcaster Mage 4 Stoneforge Mystic 4 Mana Leak 2 Aether Gust 2 Dovin's Veto 2 Damping Sphere
3 (8)1 Vendilion Clique 2 Narset, Parter of Veils 1 Sword of Feast and Famine 2 Timely Reinforcements 2 Ashiok, Dream Render
6 (3)3 Shark Typhoon
Uncommon (23)3 Field of Ruin 4 Opt 2 Narset, Parter of Veils 2 Condemn 2 Oust 2 Timely Reinforcements 2 Ceremonious Rejection 2 Aether Gust 2 Ashiok, Dream Render 2 Damping Sphere
Rare (18)3 Hallowed Fountain 2 Glacial Fortress 2 Snapcaster Mage 4 Stoneforge Mystic 2 Cryptic Command 2 Wrath of God 3 Shark Typhoon
Mythic (14)1 Vendilion Clique 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 2 Celestial Colonnade 4 Flooded Strand 1 Batterskull 1 Sword of Feast and Famine 1 Baneslayer Angel 1 Lyra Dawnbringer
Dimir Mill: Use spells like Glimpse the Unthinkable and Archive Trap to reduce your opponent's deck size to zero and win the game! These spells can also let you abuse cards like Scheming Symmetry and enable the powerful modes of Shelldock Isle and Visions of Beyond.
Artifact (4)4 Mesmeric Orb
Land (22)3 Darkslick Shores 3 Field of Ruin 2 Flooded Strand 4 Polluted Delta 3 Shelldock Isle 2 Swamp 3 Island 2 Watery Grave
Blue (26)4 Hedron Crab 4 Manic Scribe 2 Vantress Gargoyle 4 Visions of Beyond 3 Mission Briefing 4 Archive Trap 3 Negate 2 Set Adrift
Black (19)4 Fatal Push 3 Scheming Symmetry 2 Murderous Cut 2 Witch's Vengeance 2 Crypt Incursion 3 Extirpate 3 Duress
Multi colored (4)4 Glimpse the Unthinkable
Colorless (26)4 Mesmeric Orb 3 Darkslick Shores 3 Field of Ruin 2 Flooded Strand 4 Polluted Delta 3 Shelldock Isle 2 Swamp 3 Island 2 Watery Grave
2 (20)4 Manic Scribe 2 Vantress Gargoyle 4 Glimpse the Unthinkable 3 Mission Briefing 4 Mesmeric Orb 3 Negate
6 (2)2 Set Adrift
Uncommon (22)4 Hedron Crab 4 Manic Scribe 4 Fatal Push 2 Murderous Cut 3 Field of Ruin 3 Negate 2 Set Adrift
Rare (34)2 Vantress Gargoyle 3 Scheming Symmetry 4 Visions of Beyond 4 Glimpse the Unthinkable 3 Mission Briefing 4 Archive Trap 4 Mesmeric Orb 3 Shelldock Isle 2 Watery Grave 2 Witch's Vengeance 3 Extirpate
Eldrazi Tron: Take advantage of the fast-mana Eldrazi Temple and the Urza's lands provide to cast a host of Eldrazi creatures ahead of schedule. Sanctum of Ugin means that even your lands or Expedition Maps can find more huge threats in the late game!
Creature (20)1 Wurmcoil Engine 2 Endbringer 4 Thought-Knot Seer 2 Walking Ballista 4 Reality Smasher 4 Matter Reshaper 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 2 Hangarback Walker
Sorcery (2)2 All Is Dust
Instant (2)2 Spatial Contortion
Artifact (9)1 Basilisk Collar 1 Relic of Progenitus 2 Mind Stone 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship 4 Expedition Map
Land (23)2 Sanctum of Ugin 4 Urza's Tower 2 Ghost Quarter 4 Urza's Mine 4 Urza's Power Plant 4 Eldrazi Temple 3 Wastes
Sideboard (15)2 Spatial Contortion 2 Ratchet Bomb 3 Tormod's Crypt 3 Warping Wail 2 Spellskite 3 Pithing Needle
Colorless (75)1 Wurmcoil Engine 1 Basilisk Collar 2 Sanctum of Ugin 4 Urza's Tower 2 Endbringer 2 Ghost Quarter 2 All Is Dust 4 Urza's Mine 4 Thought-Knot Seer 1 Relic of Progenitus 2 Ugin, the Ineffable 2 Walking Ballista 2 Mind Stone 4 Reality Smasher 4 Urza's Power Plant 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship 4 Matter Reshaper 4 Eldrazi Temple 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 2 Hangarback Walker 4 Expedition Map 2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon 4 Spatial Contortion 3 Wastes 2 Ratchet Bomb 3 Tormod's Crypt 3 Warping Wail 2 Spellskite 3 Pithing Needle
3 (4)4 Matter Reshaper
4 (4)4 Thought-Knot Seer
7 (2)2 All Is Dust
8 (2)2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
10 (1)1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Common (18)4 Urza's Tower 4 Urza's Mine 1 Relic of Progenitus 2 Mind Stone 4 Urza's Power Plant 3 Wastes
Uncommon (20)2 Ghost Quarter 4 Eldrazi Temple 4 Expedition Map 4 Spatial Contortion 3 Tormod's Crypt 3 Warping Wail
Rare (32)1 Basilisk Collar 2 Sanctum of Ugin 2 Endbringer 2 All Is Dust 4 Thought-Knot Seer 2 Ugin, the Ineffable 2 Walking Ballista 4 Reality Smasher 4 Matter Reshaper 2 Hangarback Walker 2 Ratchet Bomb 2 Spellskite 3 Pithing Needle
Mythic (5)1 Wurmcoil Engine 1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Gruul Titanshift: Use early mana acceleration to cast a Primeval Titan or a Scapeshift and find Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle alongside Mountains to burn your opponent out. Don't forget that Dryad of the Ilysian Grove turns your lands into Mountains for even more damage!
Creature (12)1 Courser of Kruphix 1 Radha, Heart of Keld 4 Primeval Titan 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 2 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Land (27)4 Cinder Glade 4 Stomping Ground 2 Sheltered Thicket 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle 8 Mountain 5 Forest
Sideboard (15)2 Anger of the Gods 3 Relic of Progenitus 2 Reclamation Sage 1 Carnage Tyrant 3 Obstinate Baloth 2 Damping Sphere 2 Tireless Tracker
Green (34)2 Summoner's Pact 4 Search for Tomorrow 4 Farseek 1 Courser of Kruphix 4 Primeval Titan 1 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 4 Scapeshift 2 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove 2 Reclamation Sage 1 Carnage Tyrant 3 Obstinate Baloth 2 Tireless Tracker
Multi colored (1)1 Radha, Heart of Keld
Colorless (32)4 Cinder Glade 4 Stomping Ground 2 Sheltered Thicket 4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle 8 Mountain 5 Forest 3 Relic of Progenitus 2 Damping Sphere
3 (16)4 Search for Tomorrow 4 Anger of the Gods 1 Courser of Kruphix 1 Radha, Heart of Keld 2 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove 2 Reclamation Sage 2 Tireless Tracker
Common (36)4 Search for Tomorrow 4 Farseek 1 Courser of Kruphix 4 Primeval Titan 1 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 8 Mountain 5 Forest 3 Relic of Progenitus 2 Reclamation Sage
Uncommon (2)2 Damping Sphere
Rare (28)4 Cinder Glade 2 Summoner's Pact 4 Stomping Ground 4 Anger of the Gods 1 Radha, Heart of Keld 2 Sheltered Thicket 4 Lightning Bolt 2 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove 3 Obstinate Baloth 2 Tireless Tracker
Izzet Storm: Storm wants to cast a ton of spells in one turn to set up a Grapeshot that can deal 20 damage. Spend the early turns casting cheap draw effects to sculpt the perfect hand or cast a Gifts Ungiven for Past in Flames and mana producing rituals to go off!
Instant (23)2 Remand 4 Gifts Ungiven 4 Pyretic Ritual 4 Desperate Ritual 4 Opt 1 Peer Through Depths 4 Manamorphose
Sideboard (15)2 Negate 2 Abrade 3 Pieces of the Puzzle 1 Miscast 2 Empty the Warrens 4 Lightning Bolt 1 Unsubstantiate
Blue (30)2 Remand 4 Gifts Ungiven 4 Sleight of Hand 4 Serum Visions 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance 4 Opt 1 Peer Through Depths 2 Negate 3 Pieces of the Puzzle 1 Miscast 1 Unsubstantiate
Red (20)4 Pyretic Ritual 2 Grapeshot 4 Desperate Ritual 2 Past in Flames 2 Abrade 2 Empty the Warrens 4 Lightning Bolt
2 (30)2 Remand 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance 4 Pyretic Ritual 2 Grapeshot 4 Desperate Ritual 4 Goblin Electromancer 1 Peer Through Depths 4 Manamorphose 2 Negate 2 Abrade 1 Unsubstantiate
3 (3)3 Pieces of the Puzzle
Common (27)2 Remand 4 Island 4 Sleight of Hand 4 Pyretic Ritual 2 Past in Flames 4 Goblin Electromancer 1 Peer Through Depths 1 Mountain 3 Pieces of the Puzzle 2 Empty the Warrens
Uncommon (22)4 Serum Visions 4 Desperate Ritual 4 Opt 4 Manamorphose 2 Negate 2 Abrade 1 Miscast 1 Unsubstantiate
Rare (26)4 Gifts Ungiven 4 Spirebluff Canal 4 Baral, Chief of Compliance 2 Grapeshot 4 Shivan Reef 4 Steam Vents 4 Lightning Bolt
Mono-Red Prowess: Play a cheap prowess creature and then cast a flurry of cheap spells to get in for a lot of quick damage! Look to cards like Light up the Stage and Bedlam Reveler to reload after you've emptied your hand.
Land (18)18 Mountain
Sideboard (15)2 Smash to Smithereens 3 Dragon's Claw 2 Abrade 3 Soul-Guide Lantern 2 Searing Blood 3 Molten Rain
Red (47)4 Lava Spike 2 Firebolt 4 Monastery Swiftspear 4 Light Up the Stage 3 Bedlam Reveler 4 Lava Dart 2 Burst Lightning 4 Crash Through 4 Lightning Bolt 3 Runaway Steam-Kin 4 Soul-Scar Mage 2 Smash to Smithereens 2 Abrade 2 Searing Blood 3 Molten Rain
Multi colored (4)4 Manamorphose
1 (31)4 Lava Spike 2 Firebolt 4 Monastery Swiftspear 4 Lava Dart 2 Burst Lightning 4 Crash Through 4 Lightning Bolt 4 Soul-Scar Mage 3 Soul-Guide Lantern
2 (16)3 Runaway Steam-Kin 4 Manamorphose 2 Smash to Smithereens 3 Dragon's Claw 2 Abrade 2 Searing Blood
8 (3)3 Bedlam Reveler
Common (44)4 Lava Spike 4 Monastery Swiftspear 3 Bedlam Reveler 4 Lava Dart 2 Burst Lightning 4 Crash Through 18 Mountain 2 Smash to Smithereens 3 Molten Rain
Uncommon (20)2 Firebolt 4 Light Up the Stage 4 Manamorphose 3 Dragon's Claw 2 Abrade 3 Soul-Guide Lantern 2 Searing Blood
Simic Infect: Infect creatures only need to deal ten points of damage to win the game, so pair them with pump spells and disruption. Look for openings where your opponent is tapped out to unload all of your pump spells and win out of nowhere!