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Aug
6
comment What pauper cards are legal in paper but not MTGO
@rainbolt As Jefromi stated in a comment to the sister question, this question asks for a maintained list elsewhere if possible. If that doesn't exist and you ask how to find out, the answer is going to be "here are the online-only sets; check every common in them" which is in the end even less useful than an out of date answer. Regardless, the question will likely be obsolete at some point when Wizards of the Coast takes an official stand on paper pauper, which is gradually becoming more popular. Until then, a list, even moderately out of date, is useful when building a collection.
Aug
6
comment What pauper cards are legal in paper but not MTGO
@waterseas I think the answers would be less clear and too long.
Aug
4
comment What pauper cards are legal in MTGO but not paper?
Yes you're right. I've been flipping back and forth between the two this morning and got it backwards. Thanks for the list!!
Aug
4
comment What pauper cards are legal in MTGO but not paper?
I think something didn't go quite right with the query. I asked a similar question on reddit a few hours ago, asking especially for cards that really matter. In addition to Chainer's Edict, other cards mentioned were Goblin Grenade, Desert, Pyrotechnics, and Sinkhole. Can you refine the query?
Aug
4
comment What pauper cards are legal in MTGO but not paper?
@Lyrion Can you think of a more clear example than Chainer's Edict to use in the question?
Jul
4
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.
Jul
2
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.
Jul
2
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.
Jun
30
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.
Jun
30
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.
Jun
30
comment How much would it cost to get started with Magic: The Gathering?
@Pacerier yes. Cards from 20 years ago are fine in pauper.
Apr
14
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.
Apr
14
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.
Apr
14
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.
Apr
6
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.
Mar
13
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.
Jan
3
comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
I check out this link with great interest but was mildly disappointed with the cost of cards in the first couple articles I read. Key cards in some decks (Range of Eos, Bloodghast, etc.) are rares that cost $10 per card. $10 for a single card is not what I think of as budget. Perhaps they weren't so expensive when first posted. Still good for learning deck construction, though.
Jan
2
comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
@deworde rather than add to my answer I'll leave yours as a separate answer. Note: We did get a Deck Builders Toolkit for 2015 - it was one of our few sealed purchases and probably the best as beginners. It was good for lands and for exposing us to game mechanics and a variety of cards that worked reasonably together but I found it frustrating for building decks as none of the cards had 4 copies. Getting good focus in a deck typically requires 4 copies of some cards, especially if you're building a combo deck. Some cards seem nearly worthless unless you have 4 copies and build around it.
Dec
31
comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
Playing games beforehand with an app was very relevant. I was able to pick out the cards I wanted from the mass of unsorted cards. Without knowing the rules of the game or any sense of strategy, I wouldn't have had any sense of which cards to pick. Our family of 3 did this together and it was somewhat fun, if a little chaotic. Aside: we also did buy a few booster packs and found that experience disappointing in comparison, as there's no control over what you get. I don't feel the need buy more booster packs. We're having plenty of fun without them.
Dec
31
comment Is it possible to build a wide variety of decks at low cost? If so, how?
Comic Cards Etc. in Pinole, CA sells commons/uncommons in the way I described. Our family of 3 tends to have 10-12 decks going at any one time - we frequently test and discard deck concepts so we don't need more than a few hundred lands. If you want to get substantially more than 12 decks out of a 2500 card collection then yes you'll need more lands.