Collectible card games are pretty familiar to video gamers these days. But most of them all owe their lineage to one giant: Richard Garfield's classic, Magic: The Gathering.
Getting to grips with paper Magic can be a pretty daunting experience, but fortunately there's a simple way. It's Magic Duels, a free-to-play digital version of the game, and we've got a quick primer to get you started. And prizes!
If you've never come across Magic: The Gathering before, or if you've played other CCGs and you're looking for something with a little more depth and variety, Magic Duels — available on Steam and other platforms — is a great way to start.
We've put together a little video explaining how it all works:
The Kotaku Magic Duels Challenge: Week 1
To help those exploring the world of Magic for the first time, Wizards of the Coast and Kotaku Australia have partnered to run a competition where you can win some in-game rewards to help you along your way.
For this week's challenge, all you have to do is complete the story mode for Gideon's campaign and you can win 500 in-game coins, which can be redeemed for cards or booster packs.
To claim your reward, simply post 100 words or less about your victory, along with a screenshot, in the comments below. You'll also need to link your Customer Service ID (CSID). You can find that by going to the Customer Service tab in Help & Options from the main menu.
We'll have a new challenge on Wednesday July 6: so stay tuned. And if you want to take part, simply pick up Magic Duels for free from Steam or for consoles and mobiles through the Wizards of the Coast website.
Over and above the weekly prizes over the next three weeks, we'll also be giving away 8 amazing participation packs — chosen from your weekly entries. We're specifically looking for entries that show dedication and or a little fun! . Each of the physical product prize packs includes:
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