For those of you who don’t know what Magic the Gathering is, you can catch up with this article, but to sum it up it is a trading card game that uses magic and monsters to take out your opponent. The colors are blue, black, red, green, white, and now they have colorless. My son points out that there has been colorless for a while. When I started playing, colorless wasn’t a mana source. Each color has its strengths and weaknesses. Today, we are going to talk about blue.
Now blue is called islands. So any blue mana (mana is what we use to power our spells), are called islands but the rest of the blue cards are not necessarily called that. The mana cards have beautiful pictures of islands and water scenes. One would think that with blue being islands that its creatures would be water-based. You aren’t wrong but there are others too.
Merfolk is definitely predominant in blue, but not the only kinds of water creatures. There are sharks, octopuses, Kraken, serpents, and all sorts of other water creatures. I’ll show some pictures. Islands have land and air creatures too. The nice thing about water creatures is that there is no difference between land and water so that is a moot point. They are just really cool. Thankfully islands have flying creatures. I even have a flying wall that does damage. It’s one of my favorite walls.
Blue’s magic is really frustrating. It often returns a creature to the owners’ hand. Drawing cards is an ability that is often seen. It is great for instance cards as well as sorcery and enchantments. Blue will help you mill an opponent to death as well as help you discard your own card in a discard deck. Island magic is not in your face like red is. It’s a bit more subtle.
Blue has weaknesses too. Red can easily overpower blue. Black tends to rip it apart. It doesn’t heal your life points. The sorceries and instants rarely, if ever, do damage. Don’t despair though, blue can be victorious. I just like using it with another color, not just a plain blue deck. My son says that blue is best with red cards. I think blue complements any color myself.
Blue is great for subtle magic but not so much for healing or much damage. That being said I love playing with blue cards. What do you think of islands? Do you play MTG? What is your favorite color to play? Let me know in the comments below. Until next week…