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Is there a good link that concisely describes the rules of the game?

The rules of Magic are quite complex so you'll be hard pressed to find a resource that actually covers all of them that's able to be digested quickly. The reason there is so much to learn is that cards have rules on them, and there are a lot of cards: this leads to a lot of crazy interactions, which is what makes the game very interesting.

This should cover the (very) basics well: http://www.teachmtg.com/basics

If you want a video, something like this should cover the bare-bones basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZyXU1L3JXk

Once you have a sense of the basics, the best way to learn is to play and look up rulings whenever you get stuck.

Basic official rules are here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/magic-gameplay

Comprehensive rules for the current season are here: https://media.wizards.com/2019/downloads/MagicCompRules%2020...

Whenever there is a ruling specific to a card and its non-trivial interactions, you can look the card up in Gatherer, and there will be a rulings section that will tell you the relevant info. For example, if you were using the card 'Felidar Guardian' and didn't know what would happen in a particular case, you'd look up its Gatherer page: https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multive...

The rules are too large for there to be a concise resource to learn all of them. I would recommend learning the basic rules and then learning the intricacies playing the game with others. YouTube is probably a good resource for learning the game or go into you local game store and tell the staff you are interested in learning.

Be warned, mtg is addictive and expensive.

What's a good concise guide for the basic rules then?

MTG Arena is actually pretty good for getting started. Its tutorial modes teach you enough to start playing. There are a lot of interactions that aren't immediately obvious, though, and card/effect wording matters _a lot_.

I can't recommend a good guide because I learned from playing with friends. But an Internet search "how to play magic the gathering" or a YouTube search for the same thing should give you a lot of lot of guides to choose from.

If you have a local game store going in and asking if they have any resources for new players hoping to learn how to play would probably be the best option, imo.

Boardgames are social thing. Magic is the best when there is a gathering.

MTG Arena, their latest online effort, also has a "learn to play" mechanism built in.

learning all the rules is insane and 95% of people playing it don’t know all the rules.

the good news is that you don’t need to learn all the rules. you learn the basic rules and after that you learn the rules surrounding abilities/effects/etc as they come up.



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