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comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
@Pacerier Not sure what you mean by "not to win." Yes I have some "for fun" decks but if any deck always loses it gets disbanded. I have one pauper deck that I am trying to be competitive with but I have only had time to go to one tournament since starting with mtg. So I'll have to be exposed to more games to refine my competitive pauper deck to do well against veteran pauper players. Anyway - the point I was trying to make is that I think of magic being much more fun with a very diverse metagame. From what I read, standard isn't all that diverse at any given point in time.
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comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
@Pacerier Another way to say it: It would be reasonable to say I am a hard core gamer. I also have no interest in spending hundreds of dollars (or more) for any given game. We have over 75 games in our games collection. For that reason I did not want to get into mtg at all. But we found a way to do it inexpensively and still experience some of the richness of the game.
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comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
@Pacerier The thing I enjoy most about magic is wide deck variety. To play with such variety and keep up with standard would cost over a $1000/year. At first I didn't want to do mtg at all because of that. What also helps variety is staying away from competitions, which greatly constrain the metagame. I have some very fun casual decks that can't possibly win for the first dozen turns yet they sometimes win in spectacular fashion (i.e. my tough dudes deck with cards like Kin-Tree Invokation and Fruit of the First Tree). I like to take 4 copies of one card and build a deck around it.
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comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
@Pacerier I have over 5000 commons and uncommons I purchased for $50. We have around 30 decks and 4 EDH decks in our house. That would be over $500 if purchased as individual cards. That's more than a few bucks. It all depends on whether you want to make many decks or are satisfied with 2 or 3.
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comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
@Pacerier looking up cards online is way to research specific cards. To buy cards in bulk at 1 penny each requires a local game store that has commons bins. You have to sift through the u sorted cards youself so real cost is time. You won't be able to get 1 penny cards if someone else sorted.
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comment How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?
@Pacerier yes. Cards from 20 years ago are fine in pauper.
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answered How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?
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comment When testing a deck, what % of rejected hands is acceptable?
In my first pauper tournament I saw cards I had never heard of that did a great job of reducing the mulligan factor thanks to card manipulation: Ponder, Brainstorm, Gitaxian Probe, Preordain, and Gush. That player was able to mulligan a lot because he could rebuild his hand with these cards and arrange for his turn 4 kill with Kiln Fiend or Nivix Cyclops. This was the player that wiped me out because I was unaware of this strategy.
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comment When testing a deck, what % of rejected hands is acceptable?
FWIW I lost all 6 games of my first pauper tournament (3 players). 2 out of 6 games had Mulligan issues. 2 out of 6 I was evenly matched and barely lost. Other 2 I faced a deck type I had never seen before and played badly through ignorance. I don't think it matters for this question but the deck was a blue/white heroic/control deck. I may be able to make it competitive with a little less heroic, a little more control, and cheap card manipulation to overcome my mulligan issues. If I had a benchmark for mulligan rates (20% ??) that would help in refining the deck.
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comment When testing a deck, what % of rejected hands is acceptable?
For the purposes of this question, I'd like to know what typical mulligan rates are when special cases are removed. I think of decks trying to fill a graveyard and then using graveyard as an extended hand as being a special case where mulligans don't matter so much.
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comment When testing a deck, what % of rejected hands is acceptable?
@Rainbolt I agree that tabulating the info from tournaments would asking the question. I hope your question gets answered and that mulligan data is included. Though a completely different game, I recorded data for the game Cosmic Encounter when I was a teenager and was able to answer the question, "Which powers are best" with real data. This MTG question is answerable if someone has collected data.
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comment How to store and organize cards for Magic the Gathering?
Took me nearly 3 months to accept this answer as it took me that long to realize how good it is. TRACK IT IN SOFTWARE should be in boldface. I have my 4000 card collection in deckbox.org and can now very easily see subsets of my collection based on type, subtype, color, etc. using deckbox.org.