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Post by The Fluff » 5 months ago

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ah the days of not wanting to be seen as a nerd in high school.

Here's a random question for people who have taken over 5 year long breaks, what made you decide to get back into the game after such an extended period of time?
not sure how to describe it. I think it's the "magic" of mtg. It just came back, and then I realize it's still there.

just some days ago. Played some old 7th edition mono color precon decks with my cousin.. it still feels the same as we played them 15 years ago. The enjoyment is still there, it's like taking a trip back in time.
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Post by erhnamdjinn » 3 months ago

Been playing since 95 Ice age was my first starter deck, played on and off with my most competitive during the Lorwyn to rise of Eldrazi. Right now I play maybe once or twice a year, and mainly just modern.

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Post by motleyslayer » 3 months ago

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Been playing since 95 Ice age was my first starter deck, played on and off with my most competitive during the Lorwyn to rise of Eldrazi. Right now I play maybe once or twice a year, and mainly just modern.
just out of curiosity, was there any reason behind the decline in play? I find it interesting to hear why people go from playing higher levels to barely playing

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Post by Western_Jackdaw » 3 months ago

Started playing a year before Onslaught was introduced (was introduced to the game by the neighbours' kids), so that would be 2001. My younger brother started playing as well. We would play with theme decks, sometimes even divide them into 30 cards. True kitchen-table magic :P. The first deck (and cards) that came into my possession was the Goblin Theme deck from Onslaught.

Since then I have been playing casually off and on, until I went to university in a different city. I started playing Standard pretty successfully and later made the jump into EDH (about three years ago). Now EDH is my favourite format, but if there is an efficient Standard budget option I do not mind to play that as well (during Ixalan Standard Merfolk was pretty solid). Playing every Friday night in the local LGS, sometimes on Wednesday afternoon.
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Post by erhnamdjinn » 3 months ago

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erhnamdjinn wrote:
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Been playing since 95 Ice age was my first starter deck, played on and off with my most competitive during the Lorwyn to rise of Eldrazi. Right now I play maybe once or twice a year, and mainly just modern.
just out of curiosity, was there any reason behind the decline in play? I find it interesting to hear why people go from playing higher levels to barely playing
I got married, had 2 kids so I cant really spend as much time and cash wise on magic. Magic tourneys are usually only on weekends and I work monday to friday so I'm normally out with my family on weekends. Maybe when they are a little older ill get to play with them if they are interested in playing.

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Post by motleyslayer » 3 months ago

erhnamdjinn wrote:
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motleyslayer wrote:
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erhnamdjinn wrote:
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Been playing since 95 Ice age was my first starter deck, played on and off with my most competitive during the Lorwyn to rise of Eldrazi. Right now I play maybe once or twice a year, and mainly just modern.
just out of curiosity, was there any reason behind the decline in play? I find it interesting to hear why people go from playing higher levels to barely playing
I got married, had 2 kids so I cant really spend as much time and cash wise on magic. Magic tourneys are usually only on weekends and I work monday to friday so I'm normally out with my family on weekends. Maybe when they are a little older ill get to play with them if they are interested in playing.
I have a buddy that is kind of similar, he'd like play more once his oldest kid is old enough to understand it. I guess as someone who has no family it's harder for me to completely grasp how much time it takes to have a family.

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Post by SquirrelToken » 3 months ago

motleyslayer wrote:
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I have a buddy that is kind of similar, he'd like play more once his oldest kid is old enough to understand it. I guess as someone who has no family it's harder for me to completely grasp how much time it takes to have a family.
All the time. It costs all the time in the world.

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Post by erhnamdjinn » 3 months ago

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motleyslayer wrote:
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I have a buddy that is kind of similar, he'd like play more once his oldest kid is old enough to understand it. I guess as someone who has no family it's harder for me to completely grasp how much time it takes to have a family.
All the time. It costs all the time in the world.
But its all worth it, I guess I could play if I really wanted to but I just want to enjoy my kids now while they are still small, plus I do play MTG arena sometimes and am more into PS4 these days, its an easy way to relax 2-3 hrs unlike Magic Tournies which take a whole day.

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Post by mcckinney » 2 months ago

It's been almost 10 years, I guess.

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Post by motleyslayer » 2 months ago

erhnamdjinn wrote:
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SquirrelToken wrote:
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motleyslayer wrote:
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I have a buddy that is kind of similar, he'd like play more once his oldest kid is old enough to understand it. I guess as someone who has no family it's harder for me to completely grasp how much time it takes to have a family.
All the time. It costs all the time in the world.
But its all worth it, I guess I could play if I really wanted to but I just want to enjoy my kids now while they are still small, plus I do play MTG arena sometimes and am more into PS4 these days, its an easy way to relax 2-3 hrs unlike Magic Tournies which take a whole day.
I can understand finding PS4 more relaxing than spending a whole day at an event. I finally hit the point where I realized how much spending a whole day at an event can drain you. That could be because a lot of stores that are close to me now don't run in store events as much anymore, so a lot of my options are MCQ (whatever they're called now)/Face to Face Open type events now

One of the parts that has helped me stick with Magic so long is how many different ways there are to enjoy it though, so I an relax with commander as well if I don't feel line playing in a larger event

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Post by Pip_Maxwell » 2 months ago

I started around 2007 with Lorwyn. I remember staying up late at night, watching some advertisement about the MTG game during Adult Swim when I wasn't supposed to as a kid still in school, and wrote it down on some paper. Mostly because it was so weird.



From there my first "deck" was basically this:
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However the only one available they had was in Russian at the comic book store. So I had a deck with 3 rares, 10 uncommons, 32 commons 30 lands. All of it in Russian and I understood jack of it. Me being a dumb kid, I didn't know the language was Russian, and assumed that was the weird fantasy language for Lorwyn. My three rares were a Incandescent Soulstoke, Nova Chaser, and Chandra Nalaar. I personally thought Chandra was just some elemental lady like Soulstoke and Chaser, I mean they have the same kinda hair.

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Slowly over time I pieced together what it was by asking my teacher what the cards meant, as she taught Russian. I remember asking one of the teachers if they knew what the cards meant and I got pointed in her direction. I learned bits and pieces of Russian from her all the while furiously taking notes down on each card. Mostly learning things like keywords, supertypes, subtypes, names, flavor text.

Now one may wonder "why didn't you use Gatherer for the Lorwyn Set". Simple: I didn't know it existed. Woulda been nice to know.

Next one would be "why didn't you ask anyone in the shop?" Simple: I didn't go their much. It was honestly too costly to play a game of limited (12$) or standard (5$) for a kid like me in 2007 with a monthly allowance of 20$ as a kid in a low-income household.

So once I figured out what the cards actually did, I played with the other kids who had better decks than mine that were mostly from Ravnica or Time Spiral, but I was happy that I could finally play with what I bought. Sometimes would win with Chandra ult or a Chaser.

We kids didn't play MTG proper. The most OP card we thought was a Golgari Rotwurm, this is because we thought you could sac a creature, regenerate it with Regeneration, then sac it again, over and over and over.

I didn't know until halfway through Morningtide that I should improve my deck with more cards, also that I needed to buy more cards. I thought buying the tournament pack was all I needed really.

Basically I went through the school of hard knocks when it came to MTG. Its also why Lorwyn still holds a special place in my heart after all these years and why I want them to revisit the plane.

I also haven't quit playing MTG once since 2007. Although I did enroll in the judge program later on. Currently level 1.

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