How Magic: The Gathering Players Are Playing Remotely in Quarantine With Paper Magic

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
March 17, 2020  05:42 PM

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, Magic: The Gathering players from around the world have decided to quarantine themselves at home for their health and safety, and even though they could just play the popular trading card game's digital versions (Magic Arena or Magic Online), many would rather play with actual paper cards with their friends, and to accomplish that without meeting each other in person, they have to be resourceful, using cardboard boxes, video apps, lamps, video cameras, mobile phones, and computers so that they can play remotely with their friends. 

Check out how various players are playing paper Magic in quarantine: 

Redditor Nguyen23464 uses a Logitech c930 webcam and a camera arm with his setup: 

My setup. I swing the camera arm back when I am not playing magic. from r/magicTCG

James Robb shared a video showing how he used his iPhone as a camera connected to his Mac. He used the Quicktime player (new movie recording) from the Mac, and call via FB Messenger on his phone:

Redditor Miller_teach showed off his impressive long distance setup:

My solution for long distance MTG from r/magicTCG

Nelson Castro, a member of the MTG Tambayan Facebook group, shared photos of his multiplayer Commander setup using cardboard box, a laptop, a lamp, a smartphone, and Samsung Flow app. 

Redditor Quelfboy99 showed off his setup using video calls: 

i made this so i can play over video calls from r/magicTCG

Here's a photo of John Michael Abellera and his friends playing multiplayer Commander with each player using the Zoom app and two cameras (one for the face; the other for the cards): 


Mac Sanchez also shared a photo of his setup on the Tambayan MTG Group: 

Redditor Flynndixie provided a guide on how to play paper Magic in quarantine:  

Playing magic in quarantine w/ paper from r/magicTCG

How would you like to play Magic while in quarantine? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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