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?

  • There's no good way to answer this as it's purely opinion. It all depends on what you and your friends personally find fun. If you think it's fun to play with the best cards MTG has to offer, then of course it will be more fun with proxies. If you think the fun lies in building whatever decks you can with whatever cheap cards you have lying around, then it will be more fun without proxies. – GendoIkari Aug 14 '15 at 3:08
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    cheap decks can potentially be very good. just google a bit for "budget decks" or something. there used to be a "building on a budget" column on the wizards site. you can still find it in their archive here: archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/… . And in my opinion, if not playing in sanctioned tournaments and just playing kitchen table magic is more about fun than winning. I for instance really like decks with weird combo's that I like even if I would only win 1 in 10 games with it. – Ivo Beckers Aug 14 '15 at 13:53
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    I have (hopefully) made the question more objective and wonder if it can be re-opened in its current form. – Tom Au Aug 16 '15 at 22:15
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    It is still just asking how is magic played if you have access to every card in the game and the answers will vary from person to person – Joe W Aug 16 '15 at 22:47
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    I think this question is answerable in its current form. As long as we stick to experiences we had rather than opinions we guess may be true, answers might be within SE's rules. – Trajan Aug 17 '15 at 8:48