Quote from signofzeta »Quote from FlossedBeaver »I mean, if I’m going to bring new players into the game, I’m not going to sell them on junk they’ll realize has little value once they start doing their own research. The challenger decks are just fine for people without established collections. If they can’t stomach a $25 buy-in, perhaps it’s just as well they stay away from Magic altogether.
So you are alienating them. Sorry you can't afford the Challenger Deck, here's a Pokemon Theme Deck or Yugioh Structure Deck for you to buy.
Now tell me why, out of the precons released in 2021, that Commander deserves 2 more precons at the expense of 5 precons for regular magic? I don't need to explain why there should be 5 precons based on regular magic for the D&D set as opposed to 2 commander decks. Commander already has 11 options in the year, and they get released 4 times a year. Regular Magic precons only get released 2 times a year, and only get 9 options. Now you want those precons to be released once with 4 options, while Commander gets released 5 times in the year with 13 options? How is that fair?
I'm talking about me, as a player, bringing other people into the game, and I'm not alienating anyone. I would never recommend the products you're advocating for because it'll just lead to them feeling bad, and me feeling guilty, once they've grown into the game more and learned about value for themselves. And far better to be honest up front; Magic is a money sink, so if you're going to balk at $25, then moving beyond starter products is going to be a real challenge. If I were to lament the loss of anything right now, it'd be the welcome decks. I'd be far more comfortable recommending either something completely free, or something worth more than its $25 price point, than something that only costs $15 but is ultimately worth less.