Game Theory: I Lost EVERY Game of Magic... So You Don't Have To! (Magic The Gathering)


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  • Fgbgob
    Fgbgob  3 weeks back

    God I really needed this, I’m trying to get into magic but didn’t know how to play. BIG THANK!

    • sonic the gay DOG
      sonic the gay DOG  1 days back

      @Brian Wise thank you can i play too? i use fire on you tree

    • Brian Wise
      Brian Wise  1 days back

      @youtube is racist tolaria is a place in magic the gathering on the world of dominaria.

    • youtube is racist
      youtube is racist  1 days back

      @Brian Wise WHAT IS A tOLARIAN

    • Alexander Youngert
      Alexander Youngert  3 days back

      Marcos Bustos best how to learn magic video ever.

    • The Legend-501st
      The Legend-501st  1 weeks back

      Fgbgob watch tolarian community college he explains pretty well

  • TheCraftyDawg
    TheCraftyDawg  2 hours back

    Matt Pat if you ever want to try an awsome tcg. Try Hex Shards of Fate. Its sadly fallen on hard time but the creators are working to revive it. It has fun mecanics and you will love the Pve elements. I and other community members can help you get started. I would give you some card packs and also a pick of any card i have more than 4 of. Let me know if you get interested.

    • Nexdash
      Nexdash  3 hours back

      With the right tell, you will know when to claim re-mulligan, throw a tantrum and run out the door.

      • John Mraz
        John Mraz  7 hours back

        These things may work at lower and casual levels of play but a word of advice to all the new players watching this: there are more than 3 styles of play and most good decks can play on multiple axises. Additionally tells are normally not as simple as telling stress. A confident player will be confident in error and a nervous player will be correct but be worried about a missread. When you get to higher levels of play you'll start to see different kinds of ticks. Some of these are made to hide information, like flipping and shuffling their hand so they dont focus on any specific card for too long and give away information. Others will be physical manifestations of the mental process. Matpat worked too hard to separate magic from chess here but good players have a generally good idea of what the opponent's deck contains after a turn or 2. So from there its judging the likelihood of what's in their hand and finding lines of play that lead to the highest probability of winning. If I play this do they respond? What kinds of responses could they have? What is the best play that they could make given their deck? Do I have any options if they make that plan? How likely is it for them to have that optimal response? What have they played already and how many cards they have in hand is also important to judge the likelihood of them having certain cards.

        As an example: When I play I shuffle my cards in hand regularly to remind myself of my options. When I'm thinking I set the cards facedown in front of me so there is zero information I can give. Then mentally I start mapping lines of play to decide my best move. I do a like finger that sort of says "this then this then this" or something similar. Of course I'm still watching how my opponent handles his cards and how he or she responds to my plays. When I pass the turn after an intense line of thinking I leave my cards facedown and watch my opponent on their turn while leaning on my thumbs covering my mouth with my forefingers.

        Magic is hard lol but you donr have to get that competitive about it. But if you want to get better, matpat included, try reading this to start: and it will give you a lot more than here to build on for how to evaluate decks and then just play a lot and learn from the people that are winning a lot

        • Endgame
          Endgame  10 hours back

          Bruhhhh 3 force of will’s •_•

          • MTGDog
            MTGDog  14 hours back

            Do not make any more videos on MTG. The players are rich elitist snobs and the game costs thousands of dollars to play.

            • computermaster124816
              computermaster124816  20 hours back

              This is rather oddly timed for me. As I saw this video for the first time in my subscriptions feed, I was watching a Magic: the Gathering video on another device while shuffling a new deck of cards. What prescient nonsense is this?

              • Lukas Pecson
                Lukas Pecson  21 hours back

                just play belcher you either win or you dont. 50-50 chance smh

                • joseph icenhour
                  joseph icenhour  22 hours back

                  This is dumb 0/10

                  • Faol O'Colmain
                    Faol O'Colmain  22 hours back

                    Another episode where MatPat actually talks a little about game theory! Keep up the good work Theory team.

                    • T_Fong Drums
                      T_Fong Drums  1 days back

                      Anyone else get that reference when he said oh my when he said bear?

                      • sleepyBear
                        sleepyBear  1 days back

                        This is literally the most Game Theory this channel has ever done

                        • Alexander Robinson
                          Alexander Robinson  1 days back

                          this is why i fake my tells, sometimes

                          • Jared Wenzel
                            Jared Wenzel  1 days back

                            Atoms in universe less than the amount of atoms in a mole? Yeah okay.

                            • jurassic gamer
                              jurassic gamer  1 days back

                              nugget like this have a (poisoned) friendship nugget

                              • Taylor Wile
                                Taylor Wile  2 days back

                                The laugh from behind the scenes when you failed that bridge the second time kills me. He really got a kick out of you failing that bridge

                                • YeBoiDraws
                                  YeBoiDraws  2 days back

                                  listening to advice on how to play magic, from someone who can't play magic.

                                  • Lordchungass
                                    Lordchungass  2 days back

                                    Ahh unsleeved cards and commander format hate!! I feel Attacked here lol

                                    • lol cole
                                      lol cole  2 days back

                                      should've played yugioh

                                      • JuiceD0171
                                        JuiceD0171  2 days back

                                        okay i get the concept but like dude. if you’re playing at any sort of competitive level with cards that can be utilized in a variety of ways, understanding the nuances of what can be done and the play patterns that can occur are far more important than trying to read your opponent. take for example an opponent that plays a Wicked Wolf targeting your Brineborn Cutthroat, in this situation you didn’t have an answer until you saw their move, now any cards you can play right now have turned into a way to pump up your creature and save it, and it’s about determining whether bouncing the Wolf back to their hand is better than trying to outrace how fast they can pump it with its own ability and beating the Wolf in combat. That play pattern and the outcomes and decisions you can make are uncertain and you can’t read what your opponent has to know whether they have an answer when the main answer they have is based on what you’re about to do.

                                        Magic is more of a game of how you intend to react to your opponents moves and the choices you can make to outsmart that than it is trying to read your opponent. Knowing your opponent has a counterspell due to a turn one thoughtseize doesn’t help when you have nothing except threats to play. Information is important in the neutral but when you start to factor in your opponent trying to assess your threats it becomes way more complex. What i’m trying to say is that Magic is much more complicated than how it’s being portrayed and i feel this episode could have focused more on what kinds of cards are better to determine better success. Things like playing ramp to thin your deck which increases your probability of drawing gas cards, how many copies of your wincons you should play and how much deck thinning you should have, how many cards you should run in your deck and what percentages are optimal. That topic is more universal and invites more math and research to be done and actually holds more information that will help players. This video as it stands is just lumped im with a lot of other videos about magic, when it could have been shifted to be so much more. I’m dissapointed not because the episode is abhorrently bad but because the direction and the goal could have been so much better with very little change.

                                        • abid boom
                                          abid boom  2 days back

                                          Yu gi oh is better yup its better

                                          • End_Plague
                                            End_Plague  2 days back

                                            What about a horror game that has elements from Five Nights At Freddy's and Bendy And The Ink Machine.

                                            • Abbigale Hurt
                                              Abbigale Hurt  2 days back

                                              although sometimes I don't quite know what matpat is talking about, it still is fun to listen to him ramble on about odd things...

                                              • Turret No.43689 /defective/

                                                Then play PVZ heroes then

                                                • Thehider 1234567
                                                  Thehider 1234567  2 days back

                                                  1:34 LIES!

                                                  THERE’S ONLY SO MANY COMBINATIONS!

                                                  • Myrick Crampton
                                                    Myrick Crampton  2 days back

                                                    when you go out and buy a deck of cards while keeping mat on pause, comes back and realizes i really didn’t have to

                                                    • Hernán Felipe Valenzuela Ortega

                                                      Just needed to point out that 3.0*10^23 is hardly the number of atoms in the universe... just in 1 gram of hydrogen there are 1,205*10^24 atoms.

                                                      • Rendlan.Horizon
                                                        Rendlan.Horizon  3 days back

                                                        HEY MATTPAT I like milling too. It's great and I've been playing for years. This Jason of yours, I challenge thee to the MTG game showdown of the year ;p

                                                        • Ethan Elliot
                                                          Ethan Elliot  3 days back

                                                          magic the gathering has a lot more to strategy in lowering probabilities while producing productive outcomes than you went over. A few examples would be "how many colors to use," use too many and you might have lands on the table without cards you can draw with them, how many lands are in your deck, too few and you skunk your entire game but too many and you end up pulling multiple lands from your deck in a row when you could be pulling useful cards for battle, as well as putting cards in the deck that allow you to either plan ahead or pull cards from the middle of the deck instead of only the top... I think I found out why you're losing x.x; MTG is a lot about maximizing the number of good starting outcomes and minimizing the number of bad ones, another reason why people try to limit themselves to between 60-65 cards, even when they can pull out a pile of over 100; the least number of cards is the max probability to pull out useful hands.

                                                          • Sake the young boi
                                                            Sake the young boi  3 days back

                                                            As a yugioh player i understand matpats frustration

                                                            • DESTROYER64
                                                              DESTROYER64  3 days back

                                                              bruh you need a blue black deck

                                                              • AbelNightrode32714
                                                                AbelNightrode32714  3 days back

                                                                Id like to point out that it dont matter what you have in your deck... This game comes down to matchups, not misplaying,and side boarding....

                                                                • Slayer Kifonna
                                                                  Slayer Kifonna  3 days back

                                                                  i love the new intro!

                                                                  • Billy Masterson
                                                                    Billy Masterson  3 days back

                                                                    I already knew the premise as I've done this with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards before—to be more specific: deck destruction (Needle Worm, Card Destruction, Cyber Jar, etc.). I had to use that and a combination of neutralizing my opponents ability to attack due to a sacrifice in attacking power.

                                                                    • Supremacy 98
                                                                      Supremacy 98  3 days back

                                                                      It's ok, matpat, I can't shuffle a deck of cards too, the coolest of cool kids can't shuffle cards

                                                                      • RalOrtTal
                                                                        RalOrtTal  3 days back

                                                                        holding a land for 2 or 3 turns has won me so many games.

                                                                        • Jane Hsieh
                                                                          Jane Hsieh  3 days back

                                                                          MAT Since you made video for magic the gathering, CAN you PLEASE make the video for the most complex training card game: YU GI OH???? :D

                                                                          • Nicholas Thegeek
                                                                            Nicholas Thegeek  3 days back

                                                                            5:35 why is his random guy opponent super attractive?

                                                                            • FullmetalFlameKurama
                                                                              FullmetalFlameKurama  4 days back

                                                                              Welcome to the Dark Side, MatPat

                                                                              • N
                                                                                N  4 days back

                                                                                But can being good at magic the gathering , make me suck less in math ?

                                                                                • KylisticGaming
                                                                                  KylisticGaming  4 days back

                                                                                  I wish Odd1sOut is watching this, just to reclaim his childhood XXD

                                                                                  • Michael Moreno
                                                                                    Michael Moreno  4 days back

                                                                                    Good game

                                                                                    • Mikel Hakes
                                                                                      Mikel Hakes  4 days back

                                                                                      3 main decks?

                                                                                      • Daniel Nichols
                                                                                        Daniel Nichols  4 days back

                                                                                        i want that "strategy" card to be real so bad.

                                                                                        • Sophia Zimmermann
                                                                                          Sophia Zimmermann  4 days back

                                                                                          Next card video, "I lost every Yu-Gi-Oh game so you don't have to"

                                                                                          • Jesse Smith
                                                                                            Jesse Smith  4 days back

                                                                                            Magic is easy, just draw what you want.

                                                                                            • Firestar1992
                                                                                              Firestar1992  4 days back

                                                                                              My favorite deck type is black/white life gain.

                                                                                              • Toby Rainey
                                                                                                Toby Rainey  4 days back

                                                                                                Oh boy it's wizard card time