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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is essentially a decktester's dream.
The decks include 5th edition, Portal, Type I, Type II, Theme decks (like a deck of cards by 1 artist), Multi-player, Extended, and Classic-Restricted Type 1.5. Each deck is given 1 full page of coverage, with the card list to make it, including sideboard. A helpful touch is that there is a quick info box on top of each page with: Type of deck (beginner deck, tourney...
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3.0 out of 5 stars What a list!
This is a must read if you love to play magic but you either A. Cant build good decks, or B. you can't find a deck you like. If I had one of those problems then the book would get a 5, but I dont so it just gives me deck lists to tinker with.
WARNING!!! THE BOOK IS JUJT DECK LISTS AND 1/2 PAGE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PLAY THEM. IT PROVIDES NO DECKBUILDING...
Published on 29 Jan. 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is essentially a decktester's dream., 1 Sept. 1998
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This review is from: Magic - The Gathering: Official Deckbuilder's Guide (Paperback)
The decks include 5th edition, Portal, Type I, Type II, Theme decks (like a deck of cards by 1 artist), Multi-player, Extended, and Classic-Restricted Type 1.5. Each deck is given 1 full page of coverage, with the card list to make it, including sideboard. A helpful touch is that there is a quick info box on top of each page with: Type of deck (beginner deck, tourney deck,..); Colors (green, red, ...); Strategy (...use weenies to crush your opponent); Cost (category of price to buy and make the cards in the deck (very low through very expensive); DCI Tourney Category (Type II ..); and the card count (60 main deck, 15 sideboard). This little info box is handy. If you are looking to make a competitive red/green Type II deck from all common cards, you'll quickly find it. If you want to make a Type I deck that will cost you $1500, that's here too. The remainder of each page is dedicated on the strategy for playing the deck.
If you are into building and testing a variety of decks, you'll love this book. Simple and straight-forward.
I have read almost all the Magic books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a list!, 29 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Magic - The Gathering: Official Deckbuilder's Guide (Paperback)
This is a must read if you love to play magic but you either A. Cant build good decks, or B. you can't find a deck you like. If I had one of those problems then the book would get a 5, but I dont so it just gives me deck lists to tinker with.
WARNING!!! THE BOOK IS JUJT DECK LISTS AND 1/2 PAGE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PLAY THEM. IT PROVIDES NO DECKBUILDING INSTRUCTION OR PERSONAL HELP FOR CERTAIN DECK IDEAS!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. But could go deeper on combinations, 14 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: Magic - The Gathering: Official Deckbuilder's Guide (Paperback)
This book gave me the decks to destroyed all others decks I previously lost from. The only thing I missed in the beginning was some explanation of some combination of cards.
Later when I was playing the game more and more I found some great combo's that where not explained in the book. Especially in the beginners decks I missed this. Although explaining all the possiblities upfront will take away a lot of fun, for a beginning player it would be more than nice to have.
So if you just started playing the game wait a while with buying this book. If you have played the game more than once. Buy this book. Oh, by the way did I already mentioned to buy this book??
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for any magic gamer, 3 April 1998
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This review is from: Magic - The Gathering: Official Deckbuilder's Guide (Paperback)
Sitting at night in my room for hours on end, sorting through cards, and trying to think of different card combos. Finally, after a couple of hours, I would get a nice deck that I liked. I would use it, and sure enough, I would lose.

That WAS me until I bought the deck builders book. If your a serious magic gamer, this is the book for you. In only a short amount of time, DeckBuilders shows you valuable combos, and various others in deck building. It gives you ideas, and goes really "in depth" into what you put into your deck.

In 10 minutes, I had an awesome deck, and have not lost yet.

I recommend this book to anyone, beginner or expert. You won't be sorry, but your dualing partners will be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book for the beginner and intermediate player., 27 Mar. 1998
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So, you think you bought your cards and you are ready to play Magic - The Gathering with the rest of them? I don't think so. This book is a definite "must read" for the serious Magic -The Gathering - buff.
This book will help even the cleverest player improve his or her strategy. Whether it is simply what cards to use or how to build a propper game deck this book is the ultimate choice!
A necessity for the serious gamer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Open-ended and Useful!, 16 July 1998
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This collection of decklists is appropriate for an intermediate player who wants a springboard to better play. However, each deck can be greatly improved; core combos are excellent, but the support cards are not the best. A good reference of deck patterns and tournament types.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners on giving ideas of building a deck, 22 Jan. 1999
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I thought this book was really good. It had several different decks to chose from to build, a brief description of each deck, and would let you know if it was expensive to build. I was pretty impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 5 April 1998
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This review is from: Magic - The Gathering: Official Deckbuilder's Guide (Paperback)
The book was great for early deckbuilders. Even expeirenced players will be able to find great deckbuilding strategies for Magic:TheGathering!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good book, but..., 17 Jun. 1998
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It's a good book, and has lots of preconstructed decks. It's too bad it doesn't have deckbuilding techniques.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of cool, 26 Feb. 1999
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It is a cool book , lots of different decks and types. Unfortunatly it has alot of errors (like a mono blue , marked as mono black) and the opinions of the author aren't that good. Loved the intro , with the enviroments and stuff. The book is cool ,but could be much better.
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