While I was reading this question from another Stack Exchange site, I got a little bit confused.

The title of the question is:

"How easy is it to start Magic from scratch?"

In my opinion, I would assume that OP found the game easy to learn (an assumption); however, they were unsure of how easy it actually is ("easy, but no that much", etc).

However, in the body of the OP's question, it says:

"But I feel like Magic is way more complex, thus more difficult to learn than other card games."

Having said that, I think it would be more appropriate for the title to say:

"How HARD is it to start Magic from scratch?"

Am I correct? Is there a difference between these two ways? FWIW, I'm not a native English speaker.

  • The choice of using easy or hard doesn't matter in the aspect you provided. The OP simply asks for an estimation of the learning level of Magic game, i.e, how hard/easy it can be to start learning that game. Mar 28, 2019 at 5:02

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"More difficult" does not necessarily mean "hard".

I will explain using a parallel, around the words "heavy" and "heavier".

  1. A piece of paper is light (i.e. not heavy).
  2. A banana is heavier than a piece of paper.
  3. A helicopter is really heavy.

Now, lets analyze the "banana": is it heavy? Actually, no; nobody would really call a banana "heavy". Because "heavy" is reserved for other objects, like "cement brick" or "helicopter".

It is the same in the original example. "More difficult" does not (necessarily) mean "hard". Maybe it is still easy to learn, but not as easy as other games.

"How hard" vs. "How easy"

Actually, in this context, they are both OK and they mean the same thing. Since hard and easy are not measurable, the answer cannot be really short, like: "42". Ok... 42 what? The answer to these questions is usually an explanation, where the listener can make his own mind.

A very good example from @JasonBassford, posted in a comment (thank you):

Airplanes are very complex pieces of machinery—yet it's very simple for passengers to sit in seats while traveling in them.

  • Actually, what caught my attention was the way more complex part. From my understanding, what is complex is not easy, right? Mar 28, 2019 at 5:34
  • "way more complex" may refer to the game (what the programmers did). "Hard / easy to learn" refers to the experience of the person playing the game. So a game (from my point of view) can be "complex" AND "easy to learn" at the same time.
    – virolino
    Mar 28, 2019 at 5:36
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    @ihavenoidea Airplanes are very complex pieces of machinery—yet it's very simple for passengers to sit in seats while travelling in them. Mar 28, 2019 at 5:56

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