Played vintage semi seriously about 15 years ago. I have kept up with the game a bit since then, with the VSL really bringing back some interest, especially the prospect of diving back into vintage via MTGO. Entire decks are extremely affordable. My main reservation with MTGO is learning the MTGO client. I can't say it looks amazingly difficult, but it is certainly different from playing with physical cards, especially managing the stops efficiently/correctly.
Is it possible to play against other humans without paying to be in an event? Having some practice against live competition would be great so I don't end up 0-3 drop/burn $25 because I didn't know to set a stop to avoid a trigger or interact appropriately.
Thoughts from the wise ManaDrain denizens?