Magic: The Gathering Arena – Starter Tips to Build a Deck

Building Deck Tips

When first starting to build a 60 cards deck I recommend:

  1. Use the search option to look at the mythic rares (and then rares) in your collection and then decide which colors you think are best for your deck.
  2. Choose a 2 color deck (1 is too limited, 3 is too much).
  3. Balance your deck:
  • 1/3 land (20 cards)

Note: For lands: put in those that give both mana (even though they come into play tapped;, those are good) The rest use basic lands devided equally between the 2 colors.

  • 1/3 creatures (and planeswalkers)

Note: For creatures try to balance the manacost (dont put in to many 1 or 2 and definatly dont put in to many 5 mana cost or more).

So for example:

  • Six 1 or 2 manacost creatures.
  • Seven 3-4 manacost.
  • Seven 5+ manacost.

Note: Look at which creatures and spells work well together (combo and synergy).

  • 1/3 sorceries/instants/enchantments.


  • Look at which creatures and spells work well together (combo and synergy).
  • Look for cards that kill your opponents creatures (you probably need a lot).

Hope this helps a bit and good luck.

Jan Bonkoski
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Jan Bakowski aka Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. His love of gaming began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) back in 1998. He’s been making game guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job. In his free time, he plays on Steam Deck.

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