Welcome to the boards! If you have experience with other card games, I would recommend limited as the best way to expand your collection, as in my opinion, limited is the best part of this wonderful game! Given that there is only one constructed format at this time, I would actually recommend not starting with a precon, but rather accumulating stuff through limited, and trading it into a constructed deck after you get a bit of a feel for the game and what's good. Also, posting about an area (say for me, I put my hometown as central Maryland) will hel you find players. Obviously posting specifics on the Internet is bad, but I can still find players closely by listing my information as such. Best of luck with this awesome game! Oh yeah- go to gencon. The best events are there, and many of the bigger names attend, both from a players perspective and from an official capacity (judge captain, organized play coordinator etc)
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