How does Magic Online work?

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I don't know much about the cost. Do you buy the cards/packs after obtaining Magic Online? If so, I just think that would be too expensive. If it's anything like the Pokemon TCGO, then I'm not sure I could afford it. It's hard enough to pay for the actual cards, much less digital ones. Then again I could be wrong and may be missing out bigtime. That's why I'm asking you guys if you could help fill me in a bit since I'm a little new.

Also, I apologize in advance if this is the wrong section for this, but this is the closest thing I could find for asking about Magic Online. :/
There's a whole  area for MTGO. Buying directly from Wizards is the same as IRL, but more convenient. Buying secondhand is much cheaper due to the flatness of the market.

I use it when I can't get away to play.
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You mean besides the whole forum dedicated to MTGO?

Once you download the game (free), you have to pay money to play it.  You'll need to buy event tickets (tix), which then can be used to buy directly into tournaments or traded to bots/other players for cards or packs.  You can also just buy a lot of packs and then use them to play in drafts/sealed deck tournaments.  However, most tournaments still require a small entry fee in tix.

Alternatively, if you just buy singles for a deck, you can play for free in practice rooms, but you can't actually win anything.

the actual Magic Online forum is below, this thread will be moved soon

for $10 you get the account, some M13 cards, a M13 booster pack, 2 event tickets and some "Planeswalker cards"

after that it works like on paper, you buy boosters or trade for cards with other players (or bots)

if you want to keep your expenses low buy the "Planeswalker cards"
they are not tradeable, only useable in the "New Player" room, but for $5 you get cards from all of Magic's history that would cost you way over $100 if you were to buy them in their "black border" version
the ones that come with the account already allow for a large variety of decks, further (different) packs just add to that variety
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It works just like paper except you don't actually own anything and overall the cards and games are easier to obtain.
(there's a bit more to it like redemption and such but that's the short of it)

I think this thread below should be a new player forum sticky ↓

community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758...
"They were civilized they even drank their blood from a cup"→James Silke/Frank Frazzeta "When the Cryptkeeper sticks 'em they tend to stay stuck"→Cryptkeeper "Do not blame the current developers if there is something you don't like about Magic Online. Chances are no one asked the developers for their opinion."→elf "They just look at me like I'm stupid and then I just say something like well you know WOTC does some dumb things sometimes."→wilmheath "Like just about everything I've experienced with MTGO and the Magic WotC website, I'm finding it difficult to..."→0rbit "the more general question is: at what point does an easily fixable interface issue become a defect?"→silentbobus "Imagine, only four years later and I almost have as much functionality as I used to."→Algona "WotC, you make an awesome game, why do you have to suck so bad at letting people have a fun time?"→MTGKaioshin "If you are all about playing as many games as possible as fast as possible and you KNOW you have me beat, then concede and move on"→Johnh2005 "Wow. You're a real pleasure to help. Good luck figuring it out by yourself."→tempesteye "2hg brokest of the broke"→Me, Myself & I "It's you against the shuffler."→jwark "this look like freeware that some kid down the street crafted up"→ProtossX "ask them if the world came to an economic end tomorrow, whether they think little printed pieces of paper could be traded for actual goods or services"→dangerlinto "You still have time before the buggy, non user friendly beta is shoved down your throat"→theminer575 Server status→ http://www.wizards.com/magic/magiconlineserverstatus.asp Love or hate me I was brought to you courtesy of V3!
There are some nice stickied FAQ's and info in the new player forum:
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You can play for almost free, or you can play for lots of money, and everything in between.  There are options and fun to be had for most budgets.
It works just like paper except you don't actually own anything ...



False. 

You own a license to use the cards.  Just like you own a licesnce to use the software on the computer you used to make your post. 

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I should have said you don't own the digital objects a.k.a. cradz only the right to use 'em so if the system goes pooch you are out of whatever you invested. 

"ask them if the world came to an economic end tomorrow, whether they think little printed pieces of paper could be traded for actual goods or services"→dangerlinto
"They were civilized they even drank their blood from a cup"→James Silke/Frank Frazzeta "When the Cryptkeeper sticks 'em they tend to stay stuck"→Cryptkeeper "Do not blame the current developers if there is something you don't like about Magic Online. Chances are no one asked the developers for their opinion."→elf "They just look at me like I'm stupid and then I just say something like well you know WOTC does some dumb things sometimes."→wilmheath "Like just about everything I've experienced with MTGO and the Magic WotC website, I'm finding it difficult to..."→0rbit "the more general question is: at what point does an easily fixable interface issue become a defect?"→silentbobus "Imagine, only four years later and I almost have as much functionality as I used to."→Algona "WotC, you make an awesome game, why do you have to suck so bad at letting people have a fun time?"→MTGKaioshin "If you are all about playing as many games as possible as fast as possible and you KNOW you have me beat, then concede and move on"→Johnh2005 "Wow. You're a real pleasure to help. Good luck figuring it out by yourself."→tempesteye "2hg brokest of the broke"→Me, Myself & I "It's you against the shuffler."→jwark "this look like freeware that some kid down the street crafted up"→ProtossX "ask them if the world came to an economic end tomorrow, whether they think little printed pieces of paper could be traded for actual goods or services"→dangerlinto "You still have time before the buggy, non user friendly beta is shoved down your throat"→theminer575 Server status→ http://www.wizards.com/magic/magiconlineserverstatus.asp Love or hate me I was brought to you courtesy of V3!