This is pretty far off-topic, but I thought I'd get some opinions since I've seen some Magic discussion on this forum. Situation: A few of my friends that I jam with have been talking about setting up a monthly game night. While a decade ago, we would have vegged out infront of the TV and played video games, we're thinking of something more along the lines of a board game or card game. Then, the idea was proposed that we start a Magic group. None of us have ever played before. Years ago, I dabbled with Dungeons and Dragons, but Super Nintendo won over. So, here's my basic question: I get that a primary goal is to build a "perfect" deck of cards to win games, but is it possible, just to buy a couple core decks and shuffle the cards and play without a thought-through deck, sort of like playing poker or other card games? I figured I'd buy a couple packs, and we'd pull them out to play on a regular basis. If it catches on, maybe we expand from there. Otherwise, I'm out just a bit of cash.