How the game was introduced to me

I’ve been a game fanatic all my life. Since I was young, I’ve spent countless hours with various game consoles; spanning from the old Gameboy to the new Xbox 360. Most of the time, this hobby was either enjoyed by myself or with the same group of friends that shared this passion with me. Even with all the new technology, graphic enhancements, new modes and gameplay, something was still missing…
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My freshmen high school year was the same as any typical teenager. Everyday was so repetitive. Get up, go to school, finish my day with homework, and some good old videogames. At school, I could not stop noticing that on lunch break, a dozen students would get together to play this game called Magic the Gathering. I was intrigued, there were multiple aspects to the game that I found so interesting:
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Variance – Unlike chess, where all your units are the same, Magic gives you the possibility to use a wide variety of cards that make every deck different or to use a different strategy to win the game.
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Trading / Collectible – Trading is really important when it comes to acquiring the cards that you need to complete your deck. Since Magic is a collectible product, price varies from card to card and whenever there is supply and demand there is, of course, a financial aspect. You can compare this to the stock exchange, where you buy low and trade high.
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Casual & Competitive Play – Some people trade, other people collect, but most Magic consumers play the game. There are multiple ways to play magic: At the kitchen table, in other states, or even at the local store near you. Most of my Fridays, are spent at L’Abyss – a nice store that offers multiple casual and competitive tournaments, from EDH ‘’Elder Dragon Highlander’’, draft, to Standard format. You may find information here.
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Social – When playing the game you will meet people of all ethnicities, gender, shape and size. Since I’ve been introduced to the game, besides school and work, this has been my main source of ‘’meeting new people’’
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From what I remember, I started playing Magic more seriously on the 17th of September 2011. How can I recall such a date? After indicating to some players in the community that I wanted to play Magic more competitively, they all started asking me the same question: Did you go the Grand Prix in Montreal? Unfortunately, it was too late to register, but since then I’ve been hooked. The idea of competing with thousands of players from all over the world fascinates me.One of the first cards shown to me was ‘Thicket Basilisk’. In conjunction with ‘Lure’, this two-card combo would trade my mighty Basilisk versus all of my opponent’s creatures. At that time, my knowledge about Magic was pretty limited. In future articles, I will elaborate on: Financial reports, synergy, deck tech, strategies and multiple facets of the game.
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This is Christopher ‘’Lechinois’’ Monh from the Abyss, signing off.
Oueyyy!
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