Ask Lifehacker A Question And Win A Magic: The Gathering Prize Pack Worth $1015!

Attention card game fanatics! Wizards of the Coast is offering one lucky Lifehacker reader a "Summer of Magic" prize pack worth more than $1000. The prize pack includes a treasure-trove of Magic: The Gathering expansion goodies that are suitable for both newcomers and established players. Read on to find out how to enter!

Magic: The Gathering is the biggest trading card game for fantasy fans and the great-granddaddy of the entire genre. Originally published in 1993, the game has continued to enthral millions of players around the globe with its complex rules, large-scale tournaments and fascinating setting.

Players of Magic: The Gathering engage in a battle of arcane wits using a deck of printed cards that depict a dizzying array of spells, artifacts, and creatures. The aim is to defeat all opponents via a combination of luck, subterfuge and strategic card play.

Once learned, the game is a highly satisfying and addictive experience that can be enjoyed with existing friends or used to make new ones -- there are clubs all around the country where strangers meet to play, organise tournaments and trade cards. The game also boasts some of the most sumptuously detailed fantasy art this side of Frank Frazetta.

So why is Lifehacker giving away a prize that would normally be found on Kotaku? As it turns out, Magic: the Gathering is a perfect example of "gamifaction"; just with a stronger emphasis on "game". It has been shown to improve the social and mental skills of its players, particularly when it comes to winning and losing gracefully. The fiendishly complex rules also require lots of tactical improvisation and fast decision-making, which aren't bad skills to have.

The Prize

The Summer of Magic game pack includes everything you need to either get started or boost your existing planeswalker arsenal. Here's what you get:

  • Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers Steam download codes x5 ($50)
  • Commander 2014 x5 ($250)
  • Conspiracy booster box ($250)
  • Khans of Tarkir booster box ($250)
  • MTG Land Station x1 ($10)
  • Food and Drink voucher to the value of $200

That's $1015 worth of prizes! There's also an outside chance that you'll score a rare card which could boost the value even further.

This prize pack is also very well suited to a group of players, which makes it ideal for team-based events and tournaments.

How To Enter

In typical Lifehacker fashion, we're using this competition to kill two birds with one stone. In short, we want your Ask Lifehacker questions! To enter, simply ask us a question that you desperately need answered; be it a health issue, technology woe, relationship dilemma or gaming problem. The most impressive question wins the prize! We'll answer the question in a future Ask Lifehacker column, and we'll also answer as many other interesting questions that come up as we can.

To enter, simply ask your question in the comments section below. Full terms and conditions here.

We'll be announcing the winner in the first week of January. Good luck, and may the Force be with you! [Wrong franchise. -- Ed.]


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