Quote from ISBPathfinder »Precons - honestly, I would almost never buy a precon because it has generally good cards unless there are valuable cards that make up most of the cost of the precon that you would be buying anyways. The other exception being if you intend to play one of the precon commanders as your commander at which point there are probably several pickups in the deck you would play anyways.
My advice if you don't have a big collection is to buy what you need to play the decks you want to play. Don't worry about investment buying. I have a very big collection and I do some amount of investment buying from the standpoint that when good cards become cheap I buy them but shy of that I rarely need to buy much other than a few new cards when a new set comes out.
Quote from rob_zed »If you dont mind playing online; things like Xmage are free. You can test out a bunch of modern decks, settle on the exact one you like, and then fork out the cash when you want to hit a tournament.
Its sounds like fun, only thing is that in my experience cracking packs is cash loss. You'll end up paying more for your deck in the end, but it could be a fun experiment
Quote from Thorshammer813 »Try the 8 whack goblin deck.
$75-ish all day