Played Magic 15 years ago, am ready to start playing again, however i am completely lost.....

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Good afternoon, new to the board and looking to get a few questions answered.  I played this game 15 years ago and still have numerous cards.  Last week they opened a new comic book store around the corner and right away people were playing magic.  I decided i am ready to start up again so i started doing some research.  I found the game has evolved with new decks, multiple new decks at that.  My question is, if i showed up to play next week with my magic cards from 15 years ago would my cards even be relevant? Do people still play with these cards? Could i make a deck consisting of my old cards with a few of the new cards?


I understand my questions can be confusing, any help is appreciated.  I am just trying to figure out if all of my old cards are completely useless this day and age in regards to magic, thanks.  
it depends

if the shop offers Legacy or Vintage tournaments, you can use your old cards

if they offer only Standard and maybe Modern you can only use the cards that have been reprinted in those formats

if you just want to play some friendly games your old cards are probably fine, just ask the other people which format they are playing or if they mind if you use your old cards

also, be sure to check the prices of your old cards before you trade, some carry 3 and 4 digit prices these days ;)
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thanks for the help.... i had no idea there were different formats.. i will do some research on those
So what would be the most played format nowadays if i may ask?
Say i have no cards... what would be the best way for me to get started nowadays as a new player which would allow me to play any game, any format? thanks again.
So what would be the most played format nowadays if i may ask?

Standard, followed by Modern
these are the formats offered for Friday Night Magic (FNM), Standard has to be offered in every "official" shop, other formats are an option, Modern is usually the most popular other option

Legacy/Vintage is slowly dying, because Wizards can't reprint some of the staples, so the price of entry is very high

casual formats like Commander (formerly Elder Dragon Highlander, EDH) are also quite popular, but that is hard to quantify because there are no tournaments, so there is not really much official data


if you want some ideas for decks, check out the decks of the week
these are all the decks that did well on MTGO tournaments
you can also see by how many tournaments "fired" how popular a format is

while that is for online and Vintage isn't fully availabe there (there is Classic that kinda sorta mimics it, but it still lacks some cards, most notably Power9) you can still draw some parallels to "paper magic"
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Say i have no cards... what would be the best way for me to get started nowadays as a new player which would allow me to play any game, any format? thanks again.

again, it depends what you want. I'll list a few options

the best way to get a big collection is to buy playsets (4 copies) of commons+uncommons
those run you about $20-50 per set, depending on the shop and set
then just add (mythic) rares as needed

if you want a "headstart" into Standard go for one of the Event Decks (currently only the ones from RTR are fully Standard legal, GTC Event Decks will come out in a few weeks), they are competitive enough to not get totally destroyed at FNM

if you know which deck to build and don't need a large collection simply order those cards as singles from one of the big online chains or ebay

if you enjoy the lottery aspect of boosters or want to play sealed/draft with friends go for booster boxes
if you need basic lands as well go for a Fat Pack
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I really appreciate all the info
thanks for the help.... i had no idea there were different formats.. i will do some research on those


Start here: www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Resources.aspx... 
I would also suggest the Basic Rulebook and the Planeswalker rules: www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Resources.aspx...

Also, its worth noting that beside the name at the top, you ignore everything that is physically written on your older cards (and some more recent ones too) and instead you play with them using their Oracle text. This is there up to date card wording, and can be found at gatherer.wizards.com
 
Hope that helps  

~ Tim 
I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
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That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
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And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
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