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


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  • Fgbgob
    Fgbgob  3 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  18 hours 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  3 days back

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

    • Brian Wise
      Brian Wise  3 days back

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

    • youtube is racist
      youtube is racist  3 days back

      @Brian Wise WHAT IS A tOLARIAN

    • Alexander Youngert
      Alexander Youngert  5 days back

      Marcos Bustos best how to learn magic video ever.

  • Ryan Kammerzell
    Ryan Kammerzell  1 hours back

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

    • wolf 101
      wolf 101  2 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  3 hours back

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

        • Bobbi Smyth
          Bobbi Smyth  6 hours back

          Did I really enjoy watching a long ad?

          • Ferlando Carter
            Ferlando Carter  6 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  7 hours back

              Does MatPat's math factor in land cards?

              • Rick Mattison
                Rick Mattison  9 hours 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  11 hours back

                  I play mtg for 4 years

                  • TTommiecole329 Cooper
                    TTommiecole329 Cooper  11 hours back

                    Oof I play commander

                    • dylan rigz
                      dylan rigz  18 hours 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  18 hours back

                        1:07 HHAAAAHAAHA!!!

                        • JusticeGraceful
                          JusticeGraceful  23 hours 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  22 hours 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  23 hours back

                          *angry wisconsonian wants to know about your location*

                          • Alexandra Stone
                            Alexandra Stone  1 days back

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

                            • Anna Silvestre
                              Anna Silvestre  1 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  1 days back

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

                                • George ST2007
                                  George ST2007  1 days back

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

                                  • tshudy cole
                                    tshudy cole  1 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  1 days back

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

                                      • james pionke
                                        james pionke  1 days back

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

                                        • Jack Challender
                                          Jack Challender  1 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  2 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  2 days back

                                                    Bruhhhh 3 force of will’s •_•

                                                    • MTGDog
                                                      MTGDog  2 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  1 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  2 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  2 days back

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

                                                        • joseph icenhour
                                                          joseph icenhour  2 days back

                                                          This is dumb 0/10

                                                          • Faol O'Colmain
                                                            Faol O'Colmain  2 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  3 days back

                                                                  this is why i fake my tells, sometimes

                                                                  • Jared Wenzel
                                                                    Jared Wenzel  3 days back

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

                                                                    • jurassic gamer
                                                                      jurassic gamer  3 days back

                                                                      nugget like this have a (poisoned) friendship nugget

                                                                      • Taylor Wile
                                                                        Taylor Wile  3 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  3 days back

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

                                                                          • Lordchungass
                                                                            Lordchungass  3 days back

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

                                                                            • lol cole
                                                                              lol cole  3 days back

                                                                              should've played yugioh

                                                                              • Yibro
                                                                                Yibro  1 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  1 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  4 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...

                                                                                  • Turret No.43689 /defective/

                                                                                    Then play PVZ heroes then

                                                                                    • Thehider 1234567
                                                                                      Thehider 1234567  4 days back

                                                                                      1:34 LIES!

                                                                                      THERE’S ONLY SO MANY COMBINATIONS!

                                                                                      • Myrick Crampton
                                                                                        Myrick Crampton  4 days back

                                                                                        when you go out and buy a deck of cards while keeping mat on pause, comes back and realizes i really didn’t have to