Hi, my name is Brian Miller, and I started playing Magic: the Gathering in fall of 2010 — I should say, “started playing again.” I took a pretty long break from the game, having played a bit in high school around the times of the Ice Age through Mercadian Masques sets. I was a fairly casual player then, on the strictest of budgets, and though I could technically say I played Standard and Extended (I think this was Revised and forward sets), I didn’t know much about Magic theory at the time and thus was never competitive. When I came back to the game, it was on a whim, and as my luck would have it, I started playing shortly after Magic 2010 was released, when Magic was just starting to experience a new influx of players (probably like myself). What began as a small diversion and a way to meet new people has grown into my biggest hobby.
I came across the MTGSalvation Forums shortly after beginning my new collection, first to get suggestions for building a Standard deck, and later came across the Cube and EDH/Commander formats; the latter is very popular in my local playgroup. After reading about cubes, I knew I had to have one, and luckily I already had a few older cards that were worthy additions. Other older cards and my new Standard commons and uncommons started filling up the cube, and it’s been in a continual state of improvement ever since. Each new expansion has found a way to improve the cube, and through the power of trading and The Internet, I’ve been able to acquire many other staples and unique additions.
I unfortunately don’t get to cube as much as I would like, but it is easily one of my favorite ways to play Magic. It’s analogous to being able to take a classic board game, like Monopoly or Chess, and update it with new rules, piece interactions, properties, and Chance cards, always keeping the game new and skill rewarding.