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


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  • Fgbgob
    Fgbgob  4 weeks back

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

    • dylan rigz
      dylan rigz  1 days back

      U never knew that the chances of two decks having the exact same order is insanely low like in the
      .00000000000321577446 clearly not exactly the chance but yea

    • sonic the gay DOG
      sonic the gay DOG  4 days back

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

    • Brian Wise
      Brian Wise  4 days back

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

    • youtube is racist
      youtube is racist  4 days back

      @Brian Wise WHAT IS A tOLARIAN

    • Alexander Youngert
      Alexander Youngert  6 days back

      Marcos Bustos best how to learn magic video ever.

  • Firrigagamer
    Firrigagamer  10 hours back

    5:51 I caught your little ERB reference. It was very minor but I caught it none the less.

    • Blitztein beta
      Blitztein beta  12 hours back

      How not to suck?
      Try blowing, really helps for me

      • Rip & Tear gaming
        Rip & Tear gaming  16 hours back

        5:32 this was the moment I realized I needed to hit thumbs down. BE GONE FROM ME MAGIC!!!!!!

        • Ryan Kammerzell
          Ryan Kammerzell  19 hours back

          No spicy Golos brews without Field of the Dead and chock-full of overpriced creatures? Shame.

          • wolf 101
            wolf 101  20 hours back

            When he said "and bears oh my" at 5:50 he was making an ERB reference about a battle between Alexander the Great vs Ivan the Terrible.

            • Mary Jane
              Mary Jane  20 hours back

              Don’t suck by not sitting at a table and making a deck from basic lands

              • Bobbi Smyth
                Bobbi Smyth  23 hours back

                Did I really enjoy watching a long ad?

                • Ferlando Carter
                  Ferlando Carter  24 hours back

                  Mat: I'll teach you how to win

                  Me: But you said you lose all your matches

                  Mat: *Teaches all of my trick*

                  Me: Noooooooooooooooo! *cries in the corner*

                  • Matt Macken
                    Matt Macken  1 days back

                    Does MatPat's math factor in land cards?

                    • Rick Mattison
                      Rick Mattison  1 days back

                      MatPat: Says "trillion" (1,000,000,000,000)
                      Video: continuously multiplies 80,000,000 by 1 BILLION (1,000,000,000)

                      Me: GET YOUR NUMBERS STRAIGHT!

                      • Yvette B
                        Yvette B  1 days back

                        I play mtg for 4 years

                        • TTommiecole329 Cooper
                          TTommiecole329 Cooper  1 days back

                          Oof I play commander

                          • dylan rigz
                            dylan rigz  1 days back

                            Something tells me that the order or ANYTHING with the books on the shelf in the intro has something to do with ur game

                            I doubt you can say I'm not right

                            • Yoda
                              Yoda  1 days back

                              1:07 HHAAAAHAAHA!!!

                              • JusticeGraceful
                                JusticeGraceful  2 days back

                                I love being a sociopath, looks, posture, tension, I turn it all off, it's still all going on in the brain but I don't allow you to see it.

                                • JusticeGraceful
                                  JusticeGraceful  2 days back

                                  It's simple man, pay attention without caring, things are going to play out as they should given the players, just do you best then move on. It becomes second nature once you accept thinga are the way they're suppose to be, stress, things that give other players hints, only hurt your odds. Once you realize the benefits of apathy, things get better. I swear it.

                              • Andrew Kenny
                                Andrew Kenny  2 days back

                                *angry wisconsonian wants to know about your location*

                                • Alexandra Stone
                                  Alexandra Stone  2 days back

                                  I have a theory for you.
                                  And a collaboration, maybe.

                                  • Anna Silvestre
                                    Anna Silvestre  2 days back

                                    I love how he shows his face, but still bothers to heavily edit the video like a normal episode

                                    • B C
                                      B C  2 days back

                                      Hmmm... so MatPat, how many zeros in a trillion?

                                      • George ST2007
                                        George ST2007  2 days back

                                        My friends cousin was the number 1 player in 2017 or 2018

                                        • tshudy cole
                                          tshudy cole  2 days back

                                          Matpat: you need a deck of 52 regular playing cards.

                                          Me: spends the next 6 hours looking for a deck of cards because I haven't used them in a decade

                                          • Amberloohoo
                                            Amberloohoo  2 days back

                                            Your bridge was good until you kept pressing upwards with your hands

                                            • james pionke
                                              james pionke  2 days back

                                              I am trying to bring back ironman mtg format. A format of magic lost to time.

                                              • Jack Challender
                                                Jack Challender  2 days back

                                                I got a Magic ad at the beginning.

                                                COINCIDENCE?? I THINK NOT!!!

                                                • Chiita kun
                                                  Chiita kun  2 days back

                                                  I caught that ERB reference!

                                                  • TheCraftyDawg
                                                    TheCraftyDawg  2 days 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  2 days 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  3 days 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  3 days back

                                                          Bruhhhh 3 force of will’s •_•

                                                          • MTGDog
                                                            MTGDog  3 days back

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

                                                            • Yibro
                                                              Yibro  2 days back

                                                              MTGDog which isn’t true at all. While the better deck is most likely to win, strategy is gonna get you the win almost all the time. If you’re not looking to buy packs, then just play mtg arena and earn cards by just playing. The game isn’t as ptw as you think.

                                                          • computermaster124816
                                                            computermaster124816  3 days 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  3 days back

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

                                                              • joseph icenhour
                                                                joseph icenhour  3 days back

                                                                This is dumb 0/10

                                                                • Faol O'Colmain
                                                                  Faol O'Colmain  3 days 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  3 days back

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

                                                                    • sleepyBear
                                                                      sleepyBear  3 days back

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

                                                                      • Alexander Robinson
                                                                        Alexander Robinson  4 days back

                                                                        this is why i fake my tells, sometimes

                                                                        • Jared Wenzel
                                                                          Jared Wenzel  4 days back

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

                                                                          • jurassic gamer
                                                                            jurassic gamer  4 days back

                                                                            nugget like this have a (poisoned) friendship nugget

                                                                            • Taylor Wile
                                                                              Taylor Wile  4 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  4 days back

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

                                                                                • Lordchungass
                                                                                  Lordchungass  4 days back

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

                                                                                  • lol cole
                                                                                    lol cole  4 days back

                                                                                    should've played yugioh

                                                                                    • Yibro
                                                                                      Yibro  2 days back

                                                                                      lol cole yugioh isn’t nearly as complex as magic.

                                                                                  • JuiceD0171
                                                                                    JuiceD0171  4 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  4 days back

                                                                                      Yu gi oh is better yup its better

                                                                                      • Yibro
                                                                                        Yibro  2 days back

                                                                                        abid boom in terms of complexity, tournaments and mechanics, it isn’t. Yugioh is broken as hell.

                                                                                    • End_Plague
                                                                                      End_Plague  4 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  5 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...