That has always been my experience with MtG. Bought 5th Ed packs and Mirage Cycle packs and never played the paper version beyond a couple of games with a uni friend a few years previous.
I have read so many articles, guides, decks yada yada yada and then took a huge hiatus from Tempest Cycle back in '98 to Magic 2013 (digital).
Am becoming interested in MtGO re: Pauper format (thinking Modern Pauper, but am interested in playing Pauper from a specific Block / Cycle).
In fact, I ought to create a Pauper paper deck from my paper cards that have been gathering dust for the last 18 years or so ...