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:
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.
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.