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

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When Wizards of the Coast approached us about doing an episode on Magic the Gathering, I felt like this was the sign I was waiting for to enhance my skills. By that I mean, learn how to finally win! I wanted to become the best Magic player I could and to do so, I needed to bring in some magic of my own - math! Stay with me, Theorists. Today we are going to learn the tricks to winning any game of Magic. Draw your cards!
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Writers: Matthew Patrick
Researcher: Justin Kuiper
Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick, Tyler Mascola, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
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  1. Fgbgob

    Fgbgob3 сарын өмнө

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

  2. Robert Dicke

    Robert Dicke20 өдрийн өмнө

    the secret to playing magic is $$$$$$. Then just find out what ever cards are most potent in your format and then just start shoveling $$$$$$.

  3. youtube is racist

    youtube is racistСарын өмнө

    @Layton Braziel you are all welcome

  4. Brett Gibson

    Brett GibsonСарын өмнө

    @evin perez That is the dumbest comment I have ever seen. How can people have such low understanding of the game that I love so much.

  5. Layton Braziel

    Layton Braziel2 сарын өмнө


  6. sonic the gay DOG

    sonic the gay DOG2 сарын өмнө

    @25 Games Yo Gi Oh is better

  7. AllanBallan

    AllanBallanЦагийн өмнө

    Btw if you take formats like legacy, you have a lot of "one for ones" that also lets you stack your top. And if you are not satisfied you can shuffle again with a fetch. Thees cards makes it much easier to find your key cards and win the game

  8. earfy

    earfy8 цагийн өмнө

    Damnation ungggggg

  9. Mike

    MikeӨдрийн өмнө

    If your deck is all singles you don't have enough lands.....

  10. Zayn mowzoon-mogharrabi

    Zayn mowzoon-mogharrabiӨдрийн өмнө

    What kind of person is rich enough to have 3 force of wills?

  11. Dennis Lampert

    Dennis LampertӨдрийн өмнө

    Sorry to say, but this has actually been useless... idk how anything in this video should help new players out when arena is kinda messing up stuff anyways. mana draw probability feels really really weird in arena compared to irl magic, like you get the mana statistic wise and not actually randomized. why would I put 28 lands into a 60 cards deck where i have tons of drawfix cards like scrylands, radical ideas, opts and whatnot. but if you dont, good luck on your starting hand, its not like a mulligan puts you extremely far behind, its more like a safe loss in 95% of games. I'm a bit salty and fed up by arena atm, last months didnt work out well and guess what? you never git gud in magic, i'm playing this crap for about 20 years now...

  12. Amy Daley

    Amy DaleyӨдрийн өмнө

    i don't play magic it looks pretty fun tho. but you should try yu gi oh its fun

  13. El Koro

    El KoroӨдрийн өмнө

    Mtg paytowin before paytowin was cool!

  14. Sigurd Ahlgreen Pedersen ALFA Hou Skole og Børnehus

    Sigurd Ahlgreen Pedersen ALFA Hou Skole og BørnehusӨдрийн өмнө

    ... ... ... ... ...

  15. Bongoe World

    Bongoe WorldӨдрийн өмнө

    Please do a yugioh theory on ft

  16. xboy

    xboyӨдрийн өмнө

    oh my god i have magic but nobody else around me plays so i am so happy a famous youtuber is doing a video onmagic

  17. Sion Beharry

    Sion BeharryӨдрийн өмнө

    Can you do one on Plants Vs. Zombie Heroes? It's another card game.

  18. The Friendless Couple

    The Friendless Couple3 өдрийн өмнө

    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens rage quits when opponents mill Gaea's blessing. These are a few of my favorite things.

  19. immoralnight98

    immoralnight983 өдрийн өмнө

    Matpat is kinda getting into the deep end and more speculative part of playing magic. The game in itself is to be understood as a complex level of variables and strategies, not quite the same as probability and statistics (let me add the fact that they ARE very important to the game, but not to the player). Understanding the strategies (deck archetypes) and the variables in played cards is far more useful in complex decision making to determine how to play your cards and when to. It's also good to know that you will lose because you are punished for making the correct choices and when the cards don't turn in your favor. One good draw for your opponent and one bad draw on your side can end the game in certain situations. Also getting to know the rules to magic is only one layer to understanding the game, I still don't know all of them, but then you'll learn about cards that help with; tempo, advantage, pressure, flexibility, and selection. It is a very rewarding game and it also is always evolving keeping things fresh and interesting. Also, building weird decks is my favorite part of magic in general. Have fun, roll well, and after the game don't forget to shake your opponents hand and say GG it's only a game after all.

  20. Afonso Costa

    Afonso Costa4 өдрийн өмнө

    16:14 bro this is so true like i now how to play magic and d&d but nowone in my school play this type of game and the comunity of this games in my city is very small

  21. mohamed elhedi issa trading card gamer

    mohamed elhedi issa trading card gamer5 өдрийн өмнө

    After watching this video i be ealkimg around like "i am walking on floor what's the floor??? is made of well it's made of floor cause it's a floor so it's made of floor but that's just a theory A (GAME) THEORY

  22. RoyalBlizzardGaming

    RoyalBlizzardGaming5 өдрийн өмнө

    I HAAAAATTTE Nexus decks. So glad it’s not in standard anymore

  23. French frigs

    French frigs5 өдрийн өмнө



    DANINJA7 өдрийн өмнө

    And me playing EVERY MTG game: WHY DO I ONLY HAVE LANDS FOR 10 TURNS COUGH COUGH??? Deck before that: Alrighty all lands go there and then have planeswalker at the back, then have the high mana useless spells in starting hand. >:)

  25. Tony Couch

    Tony Couch7 өдрийн өмнө

    YESSIR MATPAT IS A MIL PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. TherealWinston

    TherealWinston8 өдрийн өмнө

    magic, isn't the granddaddy of card-games the one at beginning you shuffeled, they are

  27. Samir Akel

    Samir Akel9 өдрийн өмнө

    9:15 You might want to check that part.

  28. Zekrom Tuber

    Zekrom Tuber9 өдрийн өмнө

    If u like to mill play pidgetto stall if u get the chance to play Pokémon tcg u would love it

  29. ǟƈզʊǟ - D e l l

    ǟƈզʊǟ - D e l l9 өдрийн өмнө

    What you really need to do is to believe in the heart of the cards

  30. Joan Artigas

    Joan Artigas10 өдрийн өмнө

    Here for the argentinian credit in the Magic Championship mention

  31. Kelvin Santiago

    Kelvin Santiago10 өдрийн өмнө

    Damnit I only have Spanish baraja card

  32. nofeelings512

    nofeelings51210 өдрийн өмнө

    Meanwhile I've been a Yu-Gi-Oh fan for years

  33. Samuel Tieman

    Samuel Tieman10 өдрийн өмнө

    I've tried playing, but I can't find any good videos on the topic. Plus, I don't see my friends that know how to play enough to learn. Any ideas?

  34. Telendil

    Telendil11 өдрийн өмнө

    Your intro is clickbait because the combination of this particular oder of cards was there before many many times. The chances may be ridiculus but the amount of played and shuffeled card decks is to and you would have to get actuall random shuffeling ... what is nearly impossible since all decks have the same stating position and you would have to shuffel them way to long. There are some experiments on this that have proven that this only works in theory because they found multiple similar combinations with only hundrets of people doing this.

  35. Miaunster CJT

    Miaunster CJT11 өдрийн өмнө

    You are lying. You‘re able to shuffle a certain Sequenz of cards twice, so the Universe would have already „Seen“ it before. But okay, i Love your videos:)

  36. Sten Muller

    Sten Muller11 өдрийн өмнө

    Coffeeshop in the back

  37. matability

    matability11 өдрийн өмнө

    I was wondering where you went, Drake Bell

  38. Marxist McCarthyist

    Marxist McCarthyist12 өдрийн өмнө

    >I know nothing about this game >I know all kinds of things about this game and am going to berate you with that information for 20 minutes

  39. bakaultima

    bakaultima12 өдрийн өмнө

    Mill mat pat mill no one will ever see it coming

  40. Gentleman Dog

    Gentleman Dog13 өдрийн өмнө

    5:53 "I see, but have you tried winning by milling *YOURSELF?!* *Chuckles as I look at Jayce, Wielder of Mysteries*

  41. Matt_Bone_

    Matt_Bone_13 өдрийн өмнө

    Actors: Playing without sleeves Me: REEEEE

  42. Allen Nero

    Allen Nero13 өдрийн өмнө

    Imagine extracting an opponent This post was made by Food Chain gang

  43. danny quin

    danny quin13 өдрийн өмнө

    Sometimes some people just have to think which way they want to take out their oponent as some decks have just that wany ways to win

  44. Matthew Massengill

    Matthew Massengill13 өдрийн өмнө

    Good Video, I've actually won more Arena decks playing decks that no one has ever seen because they don't know what the possibilities are than most of my meta decks.. Except mono red because well.. it's about them stopping you before you win. or you lose pretty much.

  45. deanna smith

    deanna smith14 өдрийн өмнө

    you can't say that that deck is certainly unique... you "COULD" give a probability range of it being unique though...

  46. ItsMeZero _

    ItsMeZero _14 өдрийн өмнө

    Did I hear someone say YU-GI-OH!

  47. nathan wathelet(corbeau)

    nathan wathelet(corbeau)14 өдрийн өмнө

    pretty accurate but not going deep into magic the most things you say is true for a lot of card games magic is realy complicated and reading the rules kinda feels like you're a lawyer or just studying law that is one the aspect i love the most about magic (btw in commander and other singleton format you could think it's just ok i got 1 of each card but theres tutors (a specific kind of effect) that can help you provide more selection of your cards and break the chance also in compmander specialy your commander can have utility to find what you need (take a look at zur the enchanter, sisay weatherlight captain,golos tireless pilgrim etc) or just huge draw things (thrasios,tymna,kenrith etc and kinda golos 2 ) ways to break randomness in a 99card deck (library) are there and realy particular but gives consistancy and increase the choice factor you have more ease to do what you want to do whatever are the cards in your hand with tutors cause they can find you the exact(or close to)card you need if you don't know what tutors are look at (demonic tutor, vampiric tutor, enlightned tutor, myèstical tutor, razaketh, eladamri's call,) theres a lot of different tutors and they gives consistancy to in edh games

  48. nathan wathelet(corbeau)

    nathan wathelet(corbeau)14 өдрийн өмнө

    oh and the mana curve is fondamental in magic deckbuilding way before the maths things that's what you have to do

  49. Steven Jones

    Steven Jones14 өдрийн өмнө

    You and sefron olive should do a skit where your saying his line of "probably better known as sefron olive" and he stops you to say hes the real one.

  50. Death9lord

    Death9lord14 өдрийн өмнө

    Only 3 moles of atomes in the univers i wonder how many moles 42 gram of Carbon is

  51. Angela Ziegler

    Angela Ziegler14 өдрийн өмнө

    *Red Agro* allow me to introduce myself

  52. Reese Edmonds

    Reese Edmonds14 өдрийн өмнө

    Or you can rat deck. A 100% chance of drawing RATS

  53. Balgore8

    Balgore814 өдрийн өмнө

    There is no way a deck with 18 unique cards has 400,000 opening hand options, or 10 to the power of stupid numbers x8.1. You can't count every island or forest as a different opening hand. You also cant count the specific order the cards in the hand are as a different opening hand. The order of the cards is irrelevant in magic. With 18 unique cards, I would say your possible starting hands are probably limited to a number below 100.

  54. Fusspilzsammler aus Leidenschaft

    Fusspilzsammler aus Leidenschaft14 өдрийн өмнө

    52 Factorial. Let me (try to) visualize it: Imagine every combination together is one huge timer and you manage it to shuffle a combination every 1 second. So each second the timer goes down by 1 until 0. How long would that take? Again imagine you are standing on the equator. Now do 1 step to the south and wait for a 1000 years. After that do the next step to the south and wait again 1000 years. Repeat that until you walk one time around the globe. When you reach your starting point take one drop of water off the worlds' oceans. Now do one step to the south and wait 1000 years. Again walk one time around the World and take another drop. Now do that over and over again until there is no water left in all the worlds' oceans. Then put one drop back and walk around the globe again (but don't forget to wait the 1000 years between each step). Do that until you refill all the oceans (only one drop after each round). When you are done place one sheet of paper on the ground. Now repeat all the shizzle you've already done (walking, waiting, emptying, refilling) and place another sheet on the other one. Repeat and repeat and build a tower of paper... Still remember that huge timer that is ticking down every second? By the time that paper tower reaches the sun the fourth digit starts to change.

  55. tavonne miller-celestine

    tavonne miller-celestine15 өдрийн өмнө

    Can I beat him hes talking trash

  56. tavonne miller-celestine

    tavonne miller-celestine15 өдрийн өмнө

    Sooo bad

  57. tavonne miller-celestine

    tavonne miller-celestine15 өдрийн өмнө

    I wanna beat jason

  58. tavonne miller-celestine

    tavonne miller-celestine15 өдрийн өмнө


  59. Podo

    Podo15 өдрийн өмнө

    Hey MatPat, I'd like you to get these kind of stats for Yugioh. Where your deck size is 40 cards and you're allowed up to 3 copies of each card, and your starting hand is 5 cards exactly. I'm just curious what these numbers would be for Yugioh

  60. Cheyenne Dewey

    Cheyenne Dewey15 өдрийн өмнө

    Well crap, I play commander.

  61. Bella Playz

    Bella Playz15 өдрийн өмнө

    caugh caugh what about commander caugh caugh

  62. matt nowicky

    matt nowicky15 өдрийн өмнө

    God this is so painful to watch for anybody who plays mtg

  63. Anancy-9

    Anancy-915 өдрийн өмнө

    Theres a card that says "you cannot lose the game and your opponent cannot win" there are ways to beat the mill rule, and 0 LP equals loss.

  64. EonvsKaos Snapshot

    EonvsKaos Snapshot16 өдрийн өмнө

    7:39 ok but that was my Halloween costume once

  65. Kevin Franklyn

    Kevin Franklyn16 өдрийн өмнө

    just play a tier 1 meta deck and dont get mana screwed or flooded

  66. Daney Shimek

    Daney Shimek16 өдрийн өмнө

    What is the yellow part of the game theory logo?