k, as an honest person and former Magic the Gathering gamer, before you delve into the utter darkness of this strange game , I will point out some things first.
1)Be willing to shell out $$$ to keep up to date and competitive (it's a business after all, and game keeps being updated constantly, rendering old cards obsolete)
2) The Game is strange in that due to its constant recycling of old cards and mechanics, stuff you used to do or enjoy will no longer be viable a couple expansions ahead
3) Unless you plan to play it with a couple other more social outcasts, not many people will enjoy the "old" cards and play with you using those "old" decks that cost you over 400$.
4) Get to know your local area hobby supplier and see if they host "Friday Night Magic"
, this is essential as you will meet potential magic buddies, friends and nemesis on these fun gatherings.
5) Once you have the grasp of the game, be advised to stick to what you find fun instead of what the most "popular" deck/mechanic is atm. Why? because it makes the game "cookie cutterish". Your local area will probably flavour a certain type of deck mechanic/combo. Be bold and use something else. Will begin training you in the intricacies of counterdecks/specialist decks. Magic is despite the money grubbing stuff from WotC, a solid highly strategic game.
6)LEARN TO THINK outside the box. Best magic players I have known have created incredibly fun and different decks by seeing the synergy between probably unrelated cards. This is where magic excels at instead of being a summon monster deck where you vomit forth creatures nonstop (cough, green).
7)You say you want to avoid Black, I say try Black, and blue and green and white and red. Try them all, it doesnt matter , try anything. Explore the game, and how to do it without shelling the BIG BUCKS? make printouts! Many players I Know make printouts of their dream deck and try it over and over for several games against everybody to fine tune it. Enter the MAGIC SET EDITOR
<--- It's a sourceforge based program that lets you create printouts for Magic (and many other card games).
Once these players finetune their decks, they go official and ORDER the cards singly, either by the WEB or local hobby store/trade between players. When I was a Magic user I used CARDKINGDOM
, but many choices out there, tho I can assure you Cardkingdom is pretty much the best, or was a until a couple years ago. Havent bought from then in a while.
8) Play, Play and Play again. Games can be short, and the more you play the better you can learn the Core setup of the TURN PROCESS. Once you get the grip of how to resolve the "stack" and what or which effects cancels, annuls or negates others, you just "got" magic >:D
9) Did I mention Friday Night Magic? Also, play with a lot of people besides your group of friends, as I have noticed than when you play with the same people your skils degrade as you already know what to expect and get mind lazy
10) Disregard any of these tips at your leisure, you are free to play with whoever you want, whenever and whichever your like hehe, magic is fun, but bear in MIND BEFORE GOING into it, that it can be a bit expensive hobby (so try the printouts for "rogue" games for a while if you dont want to shell the bucks for them and find people willing to play with you with your dummies)
11) HAVE FUN overall! I remember I ended up enjoying doing these 200+ decks of non official cards/old expansion cards and blasting away the hours with my friends just chatting, playing and having plain fun. This was the time when it became harder for venezuelans to buy stuff abroad,(due to legal tender limitations and the prohibition from owning USA dollars without asking govt for permission) so magic pretty much died in my city due to it, but that's another story