June 20th 2013:
I played a good deal of Magic the Gathering through Middle School ( A game somewhat similar to Wizards: The Magicking ), and there was a spread of time where I went from 'playing a card game with my friends' to 'losing a card game to my friends'. There is something magical about building the perfect deck out of cards you pull from booster packs and then trade with your friends. It has a realness and a currency beyond oter games.Because of that, of course, kids get invested, and find ways to game the system. The game is very different if you're playing with a deck you built yourself out of booster packs or if you found a cardlist online for a powerful deck and then proceeded to buy every card for that deck online. As a kid, you cry foul if you're the one with the ragtag deck that always loses. But I see now that they are almost two seperate games entirely.Draft pick games vs Tournament Games kind of exemplify that difference, and there are pro's and con's to each.
Sincerely
The Author M