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Played this a lot in high school (1992-95). Wasted lots of money on it, but had a good time. Stopped playing it after I realized that the expansions would never end and I would always be trying to "keep up with the Joneses".It was fun when it was new and there weren't so many cards and expansions.
My girlfriend and I play Magic very casually. We have 3 half-decks of each colour, and we just randomly mash up two half-decks each and play a round or two. This is actually what I like most about Magic. Sure, you can be intensely competitive and spend hundreds of dollars a year crafting the best decks. But you can also spend $35 on a Deckbuilder's Toolkit box, and be perfectly happy to play casual games for months or even years.
Very small collection now, since my original VAST collection was stolen years ago and took me a long while to get back into it. Nobody to play with anymore; and it's gotten too competitive.
Not as good as netrunner but it does its job of providing fun, entertainment and the chance to meet others with similar interests. Downsides: might be too expensive for some. I for example only play commander (casual) and wasted enough money to buy all the board games I wanted (makes me think of my life choices sometimes). However if you are only thinking of kitchen table, and casual games, try to focus on the pauper commander format and search online for all the cheap single cards you can buy at your local gamestore. The Commander's Quarters is a youtube channel that can help you find those cards or cheap decks to build. DO NOT BUY BOOSTER BOXES AND PACKS, its a waste of money if you have no intention of playing the draft format.
Bloated, over complex, and overwhelming to jump into, but still a whole hell of a lot of fun. Most importantly there need to be an "agreement" between players to make decks that are of comparable power levels. The complete lack of balance in casual play is exactly what got me to move on to board games.
This game had what no other decent CCG had if you hate the collectible part of it: complete-unto-themselves theme decks. No trading required! I have every 60-card theme deck and every Worlds deck in print. We draft them play 'em against each other 1vs1, 2HG, ATK-Left, etc. Very fun!
Who did not play Magic as a teen? Haven't played much since high school, though. I still have a couple friends that insist on playing with me, so I will pay using a duel deck or preconstructed deck. I would rather play Epic. I do get a ton of plays in at an annual campaign variant my FLGS runs.