How to Make MTG Proxies

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How to Make MTG Proxies
A game of Magic: the Gathering is called a duel. (Getty Images/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Magic: the Gathering is a card game based around casting spells to defeat an opponent. Each card in a deck is a spell that is cast to summon a creature, damage an opponent or have a number of other effects. Often people use proxies, or substitutes, for various cards they want in their deck but don't own. It can be expensive to buy certain cards, so players may test out the effectiveness of a deck using proxies to make sure it is worth buying the cards.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Deck of Magic cards
  • Blank paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Land cards
  • Card sleeves

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  1. 1

    Determine which cards you would like to proxy in your deck.

  2. 2

    Research the details of the cards you wish to proxy on the Internet. "Gatherer" is a database of all Magic: the Gathering cards that can be used to obtain information on any card.

  3. 3

    Cut the paper into rectangles roughly the size of Magic: the Gathering cards. Use land cards to approximate the size of your proxies.

  4. 4

    Write the relevant information about the card you want to proxy on one of the blank pieces of paper. Make sure to include casting cost and colour, the power and toughness if it is a creature, and any abilities the card has.

  5. 5

    Put a land card into the card sleeve. Put the piece of paper with information about the card in the sleeve in front of the land card.

Tips and warnings

  • Put your entire deck in sleeves so that the proxy cards match the rest of your deck.
  • Tournaments often do not allow proxy cards, so if you are participating in a tournament verify the rules ahead of time to make sure proxies are permitted.

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