I love you all. I am on the east side and organize the monthly events at RIW hobbies. I can be found on twitter as @librarianofleng and on facebook as Shaman Ben, and I try to get on here at least once a week. If you fine folk decide to organize anything formal I will do my best to get a car of people out. Next time I will try to spend a little time networking everyone a little better, I know most people in the scene and it would be great for all of us to be able to put faces to online personas.
While your personal journey to power is a classic vintage experience, it's kind of a tough thing for us to give you any advice on. What you're really asking isn't a magic question, it's a personal finance question. Nobody here can give you a good answer without knowing stuff like your income, your regular expenses, and your savings goals. If somebody gives you advice without that information, that advice is bad. Honestly, even if you were giving us that information, TMD might not be the best place to get personal finance advice. (There's a lot of really smart people on TMD, some of whom are pretty well off, but this isn't exactly our speciality, and we aren't exactly unbiased.)
If you want advice on how to save up money to buy cards, and whether or not you SHOULD save up money to buy cards, this is not a good place to get it.
If you're looking for deck options that are cheaper but still competitive, that's another story entirely, and there might be a lot of people here with good opinions on that. (With the collection you already have, I'd look into Gush decks that don't run full sets of power).
Some of these are really beautiful. But for me the majority have a fatal flaw in that the style is too heavily a visual part of the entire line of artifacts. To me this makes it so it's both hard to easily identify artifacts from those that look kind of similar (the metal and aether is too consistently used throughout) and many of these don't do a very good job of illustrating what the actual card is. 2c
I won many games with JVP's ultimate ability. Actually I've probably won more games with JVP's ultimate ability than with JTMS's ultimate ability (even if I would count all Legacy games). It happens more often than many players might think.
@Machinus The perfect hards are tougher clear inner sleeves, to be used in conjunction with the premiums. Hards replace the softer perfect fits.
I havent gotten a chance to try the premiums yet, I still have a bunch of regular hypermattes since I buy them in bulk. I see a lot of talk about non reflective fronts, wonder if it might make foils read better on camera? Im going to try both products though.
So, it's been a while since this thread was active, has anyone dusted off their skeletal scryings or survival of the fittest's and played? I saw Nick D. And Rich Shay play a game at the last Mana Drain Open (aka The Waterbury). I'd love to hear if there is any more interest as this era was (for me) the best.
I got an answer. I just got off the phone with an underwriter at collectinsure. They handle scheduled items differently than I'm used to. A scheduled item will be settled out for market value, regardless of the scheduled amount. This means if you schedule, say a black lotus for $6000 but a similar one actually has a market value of $5000 (I didn't get into specifics on how they determine market value) then you get $5000. If it has a market value of $8000 you will get the $8000. The only true cap is the overall policy limit you put on the policy. The scheduled items are more so they have a better idea of exactly what they are insuring.