To start things off, you should be reading this in a John Madden voice because that’s the kinda voice I was using when writing this.
So I thought I’d take a nice scientific look into how the number of cards you own changes over time. As you can see, the number of cards is on the left, time is on the bottom, and there aren’t numbers because science. I also labelled some key events, so let’s look into those.
A: Shortly after you started the game, your friends start giving you their old cards they aren’t using. Since you’re new you expand your collection through buying packs and drafting until you reach B.
B: At some point, you’ll realize “dang I have so many cards, they are literally stuffed in a 4’x2’x2’ box and that is overflowing. I need to get rid of some of these cards.” So you start tossing junk cards and giving them to new players (see A), and your collection starts shrinking until C.
C: WotC releases a particularly fun set, like Return to Ravnica, where you know you don’t need more cards but you can’t stop drafting it because it is just too fun. Eventually things level out, and you likely pick up Magic Online where you don’t have to worry about keeping track of your huge box of cards anymore.