I was once a kitchen table Magic: the Gathering player, but I quit because the cost of buying enough singles and packs to create a competitive deck (or even a fun kitchen table deck) was simply too high. Furthermore, it seemed like the person who spent the most money on packs and singles would win the most games, and I did not want to spend ~$300 on just one deck.
So I was wondering, if I convinced my friends to use proxies instead of using regular cards, would it make the game play solely based on who is the best deckbuilder (or netdecker!), or would using proxies hurt the game by ruining the TCG aspect of the game? Also, what house rules permitting proxies have you used?