Quote from rcwraspy »In describing MTG to "outsiders" in the past I've sometimes described it as a combination of Poker and Chess. It's a card game where you shuffle your cards, so there's randomization and variance involved. And yes, early round pairings and die rolls are "luck" based (although both are still within certain expected parameters). But that's basically the extent of it. Everything else is closer to the skill portions of Poker or Chess, including reading your opponents and bluffing correctly.
If you were to put a number to the amount of luck is involved, I'd say it's no more than 5%. Even that number seems extraordinarily high to me. If you play 100 games, will you win or lose around 5 due to "luck" factors? Sure. But the vast majority of the time you win or lose it has nothing to do with luck.