I saw my first magic cards during Xmas 1994 when my cousins came over for the holidays. I live in northern Canada so we spend alot of time indoors during winter and after they taugh me how to play wasn't long i got them to buy/send me cards in the mail, since the nearest place i could buy them myself was about a 4 hour drive away. I played with my brother and a few friends all winter and spring, then came the black summer. Through some miracle we convinced my mom to drive us to that card shop 4 hours away for a little tournament. I played a BW discard deck. Most fun i ever had in my life.
Once i got to the end of high school(2000-1), i moved from my small remote community to Ottawa. At first, i was blown away, there was a damn card shop inside my University! I was in heaven, but with school and everything it wasnt long that i lost time/interest in playing, My younger brother took control of our combined collection, and at some point they got stolen during a house party. I was so bummed (i had stuff from Revised to Masques Block in that huge collection) that i forgot about magic till about a year ago.
I used to play magic on MIRC in #apprentice alot for the simple reason that my location made it impossible for me to find RL opponents. To this day im still in the same place. When i found out about MTGO, i knew that i had found the solution for my problems. I proceeded to get into Theros just as Ravnica block was rotating out and played Standard online till Origins. Being an older player i checked the prices of power every now and then cause lets face it, i was gonna play with those damn op cards at least once before i died. When my Standard collection was valuable enough, i liquidated almost everything i had and was FINALLY able to pilot a REAL (digital) VINTAGE DECK!
Here i am almost 6 months playing real Vintage and i realize, switching formats was the best magic decision i ever made. Once u have the staple blue/artifact things, i think it ends up being cheaper in the long run cause screw the cash grab that is standard rotation. So after reading TMD randomly for the last decade, here i am. I plan on getting involved as much as i can in the community, cause lets face it, most everyone i've interacted with has been welcoming/helpful/understanding compared to the bunch of kids that terrorize standard. Watching VSL and random twitch streams i also feel like i'm really getting to know some of the important vintage people. The fact that i've msg'd a few of the guys on mtgo with questions and they actually answer, instead of poker pros for example, who are too "good" to respond, is just icing on the cake.