What is it like to attend a Magic: The Gathering event?

April 26, 2018

Epic! You’ve just gotta get over the initial jitters of your first Magic: The Gathering event and have fun.

At Game Goblins, we host weekly Magic: The Gathering events for those interested in the game or those looking for a worthy opponent. Our formats include Modern, Pauper, Draft, Chaos Draft, and Legacy. We hand out prizes at the end of the night.

If you are new to the Magic: The Gathering card game, here are a few things you should know about attending an event.

You learn more than you would think.

Local events are great for beginners! If you have been playing on your own or with the same group of friends for a while, you’ve probably learned all you can. When you are playing at an event you are introduced to new aspects of the Magic: The Gathering world and battle strategies you might not have considered.

Find yourself in battle with players who love the game just as much as you do.

This might be the best part of a Magic: The Gathering event. You’ll be surrounded by players who share your enthusiasm for the game.

The world of Magic: The Gathering is vast, detailed, and fascinating. You’ll meet people who are interested in whole other species and powers. You don’t need to know everything about the Magic: The Gathering to play. Many players find that once they take the plunge into the game it is difficult to stop exploring new aspects of the game.

Don’t have a competitive personality? You’ll still have lots of fun.

The key to having a great time at a Magic: The Gathering event is to remember to have fun and learn from the other players. Other players are there to have fun just like you are. It’s surprisingly a great place to make friends. You all have something in common that you enjoy—Magic: The Gathering.

For some, there is nothing like the thrill of winning a battle. That thrill is multiplied by at least four when you are at an event.

Formats: How Magic: The Gathering is played in an event setting.

There are many formats to choose from. If you are attending an event, the host will let you know which format will be followed. You choose your cards—or don’t choose your cards—and your strategies based on the format of the event .

Here are a few formats you’ll find at Game Goblins.


You’ll have a minimum of 60 cards. There is no maximum deck size, so your deck will grow as the event progresses. In modern your sideboard and deck can not have more than four of the same cards.


Pauper takes it down a notch. In this format the usual rules for constructed decks apply. What makes Pauper unique is it eliminates the need for expensive decks. All cards in your deck must be common.