Hello everybody. Since I’m newish to the area, fairly new to the local magic scene, and brand new to the Kaboom website I figured an introduction would be a good place to start. My name is Rob. You may have played me in a tournament or two, if you have you have probably beaten me. I’m not the best player in the world; actually I’m downright not very good. I hope this will allow a little different perspective on the game in these posts. You’re not going to see me any tournament winning deck lists or any in-depth insights to the game that will improve your play. What you will see is a journey of a player with the goal of becoming a good magic player. I hope it will be an entertaining series for you and an educational one for me. I need all of your help in this journey. I guess any journey’s story need to start with the beginning.
My introduction to Magic came in sixth grade. My group of friends all played the old Decipher Star Wars CCG. Before school we would play and trade in the cafeteria. I noticed a few older kids playing a card game I had seen in stores called “Magic: The Gathering”. There were a couple girls in the group and the kids seemed pretty cool to me. So I went to the store picked up a Fifth Edition Starter Deck with the intention, no joke, of being able to hang out with girls. I quickly learned that in 1998 small town Northern Michigan girls in sixth grade were decidedly not into Magic. With no interest in the game from my friends, the cards went on the shelf.
When Eight Edition came out I had a cousin who played the game. I bought a couple of the starter decks and set out to learn. He thought me to play, but left out a lot of the rules so he would beat me every time. I hated the game. My Magic cards went on the shelf again. A short bit later I gave it another go. I was taught properly and started to enjoy it. I would play occasionally in high school before class. One of my memories was almost beating a seasoned player, but losing because I didn’t realized I could have played a Healing Salve during combat on his turn. That’s where I learned about the beauty of instant speed. I didn’t play too often, but I bought cards here and there but mostly my Magic cards went back on the shelf.
The summer of 2009 brought me to my next jump in with the game. A friend of mine was selling his collection. He had a small collection of stuff from his middle school days of playing Magic. He had a couple players buy what they wanted from them and sold the rest to me for twenty dollars. I started playing a bit with some cousins. That’s when Zendikar hit. My cousin who had been playing fairly successfully at FNMs in his college town alerted me to a prerelease event in a town an hour and half away, yes we had to travel and hour and a half to get to the nearest shop. I played in the sealed deck Zendikar prerelease and had a blast. I loved the set. We played a lot of Zendikar and a fair amount of Worldwake. When Rise of the Eldrazi dropped I had began playing less. I moved from Michigan to Virginia in the summer of 2010 and my cards went back on the shelf.
Being a newlywed in a new area didn’t give me a whole lot of time to find a shop or players. I went into a shop bought a few packs here and there but never played. Around May of this year someone tipped me off to Hearthstone. I played that for a bit and it made me think, “Magic was awesome, I need to get back into it.” I stumbled into Kaboom during Journey Into Nyx release weekend. I bought a box, put together a deck and started playing again. My cards are finally off the shelf.
That’s my short history with the game. For someone who started before “Modern Era” cards were made I should be way better. That’s where I need you guys. Normally people would be offended if you called them an idiot in the comments, not me. If you read something and think “This guy is all wrong, he has no idea what he’s talking about.” You’re probably right! Tell me. I really hope my posts about my journey will be an entertaining experience for you guys. I want you to laugh at the dumb things I do and help me become a better player. My first goal is to win an event, any event. I don’t care if it’s an FNM with four people, a draft, a prerelease, or anything else. I’m hunting for a win. I need your help! If you see me at a shop come say hey, beat me at a few games, and give me some tips. Also if you’re looking for a game in Norfolk hit me up! I would love to play with all of you, and I know you all can help me sling spells better.