06 Mar 2018 11:54 AM +00:00 UTC

Are Magic: The Gathering Challenger Decks Worth Buying?

Next month, Wizards of the Coast will release four Magic: The Gathering "Challenger Decks" - 75-card ready-to-play Standard deck that includes powerful staples in the Standard format like Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Approach of the Second Sun, and Heart of Kiran. There will be four different kinds of Challenger Decks: Hazoret Aggro, Vehicle Rush, Second Sun Control, and Counter Surge. With an MSRP of $29.99 USD and some relatively pricey cards included, many are asking if it's really worth buying these products.

The Professor of The Tolarian Community College put together a video discussing the value of these Challenger Decks. While he doesn't provide deep analysis about the financial value of the Challenger Decks, he makes a solid point that these preconstructed decks are not meant for those players who already have competitive Standard decks. They're meant for new or returning players who are interested in joining FNM. These Challenger Decks are perfect for those who don't have any card base for competitive Standard format yet. The Professor even talks about how they resemble the ready-to-play Commander decks that players can buy.

Watch the video below:

If you look at the decklists of these Challenger Decks, it's easy to see why they're considered the "Standard Masters". Sure, the value of some cards like Chandra, The Torch of Defiance have gone down since these products were announced, but they're great for the Magic community because they're expected to bring more new players to play Standard. These decks are way better than your average Planeswalker deck and if you're interested in introducing Magic to a new player and want to give them the perfect gift, just purchase one of these four preconstructed Challenger Decks. They will be available worldwide on April 6 in English, and in Japanese in Japan.

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