Wizards of the Coast has made many products over the years. Some of them are good and fun to play with, but others have fallen subpar, so I will help guide you through each of the products one by one. Quick disclaimer though, some of the products are discontinued, and others have been renamed and slightly changed.
Intro Deck/Planeswalker Deck:
In my opinion, these are the worst products Wizards of the Coast makes. Why? These products cost $15 for junk, junk, and two booster packs. First, lets look at the deck itself. The deck is generally poorly made by using cards that people generally wouldn’t use, claims to contain not one but two Rare Cards, (neither of which will ever have a price above a dollar) and in the newest version it has a Planeswalker Card and easy ways to get them out. However, the planeswalkers are generally bad cards, and not even in the most casual of games, would they ever be used. However, I know what you may be thinking right now; “What about the new player who needs a deck easy to use and will get the excitement of opening up some booster packs?” Well, to answer that, there is another product that I will talk about later, that addresses those issues.
By far the least known about MTG product, these five decks serve as a starting point for entering the world of Magic the Gathering. These 40 card decks are generally balanced against each other, and are extremely easy to play. There is only one bulk rare in each deck, and the best part about these decks is that they’re free at most big local gaming stores. All you need to do is just ask for two, one for you and one for a friend, and enjoy learning the game of Magic. If they don’t have those decks in the store, the deck lists are online, and are easy to assemble. Keep in mind that these are not for people who actually play the game, as none of the cards can be resold for anything more than pennies.
Duel Decks/Clash Packs:
Yes, I know that these are two completely different products, but hear me out why I think that they are extremely similar. Although the Clash Packs were priced at $25 and the Duel Decks cost $20, they’re extremely similar. For one, both products contain two decks that are fun to play against each other, and are generally really balanced. Plus, in each set of decks there are fun cards like planeswalkers and Siege Rhinos. However, the clash packs contained two similar decks that could be combined together to make one powerful deck that can put up a good fight against most decks at events such as FNMs or Game Days. However, sadly the Clash Packs have been discontinued, and now there are only three sets left in existence.
Up until recently, there used to be a series of event decks that cost around $25 that were generally good decks that were pseudo-top tier decks. The only thing that was different about them was that they tried to incorporate some new abilities into already good decks. In addition, they were one of the best ways to enter into the standard format, or a way to play even if you forgot your deck. However, they too have been discontinued.
Although I have talked about these in a previous blog post Commander Products, Good or Bad? I will reiterate some of my favorite and least favorite parts about them. First off, for $40, you will receive a great arsenal of cards that are sure to crush even some of the most competitive decks without much effort. They are great and some of the best products Wizards of the Coast makes hands down. However, the one thing that I don’t like about them is the fact that they can make new cards with abilities that completely change the game and how its played. For example, making planeswalkers able to be commanders was a bad idea by Wizards of the Coast. Overall though I think that these decks are fun and easy ways to get into the commander format.
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