Hi everyone! I'd just like to start by saying that I think it's great that a place like this exists and tip my hat to those who have made it what it is. I look forward to chatting with you guys. A little bit about myself: I'm a returning player who dropped the game shortly after the release of Exodus (I started during Revised/Fallen Empires) and haven't really played since. I lost interest as I saw more and more people bring competitive decks to my comic shop for casual play. If they were cool, it probably wouldn't have bothered me but most were unfriendly asses. To me, Magic was completely a kitchen table affair, where it was fun to pull a Gaea's Liege from your hundred-card deck and laugh when your Lord of the Pit was doing your opponent's work for you. I eventually recognized that what I considered real Magic was not in line with the opinions of the majority and simply left it at that, eventually selling a decent chunk of my (humble) collection years later. Fast-forward to a year or so ago. I saw Duels of the Planeswalkers on X-Box Live Arcade and thought "Hey! I can maybe relive some of the good times with this!" Well, it was fun for a little while, but only really created this huge itch that begged to be scratched. Sadly, everyone I played with long ago either doesn't live in my area anymore or simply isn't interested in dusting off the old collection. I'm not too optimistic about finding like-minded individuals at my local hobby shop either (I took a peek in to scope the place out and the unabashed geekery of the clerk made me grimace). And that brings me here. I'm curious to know how you all manage to keep the game fun and entertaining without having to worry about metagames and tiers and all that baloney. I'm also interested to know how you primarily play (as in locally or via the internet). I may not be interested in Gaea's Liege as I once was, having (I like to believe) become more sophisticated myself over the years but if you can show me how to get back into the game and get a genuine feel of camaraderie and casual fun, (without breaking the bank) I would be most obliged! Anyway, sorry for the long introduction and thanks in advance to all repliers!