I treated myself to some Friday Night Magic tonight. It was a "booster draft" format again, where we a group of players takes turns picking from a common pool of cards and playing with decks built from those cards. It was my 3rd Friday Night Magic, and 5th sanctioned Magic event overall, and although I was much improved, I still went a perfect 0-3. But that's okay. I had lots of fun. And I am definitely improving.
I learned a few lessons tonight too. First, if a ridiculously powerful card is passed to me, I need to take it, whether I plan to play with it or not. I was passed Jenara, Asura of War, and I passed her up because I wasn't playing blue and white. Of course the guy next to me took her, and of course I played again him, and of course he used her to beat me into oblivion. Next time, better to just take it to get it out of circulation so it can't be used against me. :/ As added insult to injury, my only sanctioned MTG win came about because I was able to effectively utilize Jenara.
Second lesson learned: more targeted creature removal and "burn." I can't rely on combat alone to win games, especially when I don't have any kind of exotic tactics like trample or flying.
Third (kind of an extension of the second): win games. I think I've learned some good stuff about mana curve, and having a good mix of cards that cost different mana to keep a steady pace in the game. I was usually able to start pretty quickly and not have too many mana problems, but after a while my game kind of petered out without anything "big" to really change (and win) the game. I was able to do some fun things with Thunder-Thrash Elder NOMing lots of Saproling and Goblin tokens, and Soul's Majesty saved my butt a couple-three times.
Also, a lot of the games I lost were VERY close. At least 2 or 3 of them were lost on turns where I would have won the next turn had I been able to survive.
All in all, it was a very good experience. I had a lot of fun, doing something I enjoy that challenges my mind, gets me out of the house, and makes me interact with other members of the human race. My Magic game is improving (slowly but surely).
Oh yeah ... (geek alert) ... I also splurged and got myself some gaming dice (the 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, and 20-sided kind). I'm getting tired of having to rely on others for counters and keeping track of life totals. And gaming dice are really cool. :)