played with my older brother's Alpha decks when i first got into it, but i started owning my own cards at around the 4th edition era. (good lord...i was ten)
the entire family got into it, pretty good stuff. and i was second best next to my oldest brother. it was awesome. i made a deck for every color, and one of every and none (or tried) consisting strictly of gold cards and artifacts. i made mixed decks, theme decks, weenie decks, everything. up until the cards were stolen.
still, great times. i fell off somewhere around the Exodus/Stronghold era though honestly. i don't know if i was just too set in the older sets or something, but it seemed like they were just introducing a bunch of random abilities that didn't really have a purpose other than to make it look like the game was changing...or something. i don't know. it's been a while since i've played though. i kinda miss it. especially buying a new booster for Homelands and praying to get my bloody Baron Sengir, only to find like my fifteenth Eron the Relentless.
*sigh* the memories.
i did the best with my red/black deck. i just love burning the field and watching people's faces turn red with anger, and doing direct damage to them over and over again.