Tired of paying full retail price to get your hands on booster packs of Magic: The Gathering? MTG Strongbox is a new subscription service offering deliveries of Magic booster packs and other accessories for less than you’ll pay at most brick and mortar stores. If the idea of receiving Magic product every month at your door step appeals to you, read on.
There are two different MTG Strongbox options to choose from: Rare and mythic. The rare option features six booster packs and two unique creature tokens for $19.25. The mythic option comes with six booster packs (your choice from several recent sets), a package of KMC Hyper Matte Sleeves (your choice of color), and two unique creature tokens for $26.99.
As with all “box” subscription services, MTG Strongbox allows you to get more bang for your buck than purchasing the contents individually. Six booster packs would cost almost $24 alone (6 times $3.99), so off the bat you’re saving yourself $4. You also get the added value of the creature tokens. Assigning a value to the tokens is a tricky business: You either think they’re cool or could care less. The KMC Hyper Matte Sleeves are arguably one of the top card sleeves available on the market, and a pack of 80 will run between $8 to $10 at most card shops. When you do the math and subtract the price of the mythic MTG Strongbox from their rare counterpart, $7.74 is the price you’re paying for the KMC Hype Matte Sleeves. That’s between a $0.26 to $2.26 savings depending on what your local game store charges.
We received the mythic MTG Strongbox. Because Dragons of Tarkir was the newest set at the time, we chose all six of our packs to be from the latest set to give away on our Twitch Magic Channel. The box itself arrived undamaged, with the booster packs and KMC Hyper Matte Sleeves protected in bubble wrap. Along the top of the box was a penny sleeve taped with the two token creatures, in our case a pair of spiffy 1/1 Spirit creature tokens by Nolan N. Nasser. Perfect for Lingering Souls in Modern.
What makes this service great is the ability to choose what sets the packs are from. You’ll be able to save some money and get a diverse allocation of cards each month versus spending more on a variety of packs or purchasing a booster box from another online vendor but only getting one set. Because you receive six packs, that’s enough for two draft sets or one sealed pool. You also get to choose which color sleeves, allowing you to customize and protect your decks. Lastly, and this may not be the most obvious thing about the MTG Strongbox, however the shipping box itself can be used to store some cards. We certainly found a use for it.
- Free shipping.
- Ability to mix sets of packs and choose the color of your sleeves.
- Will save you a conservative $4 to $7 a month (provided you intended on purchasing the items on your own separately) and net you a couple of bonus tokens and a storage box in the process.
- Extras seem just slightly lacking. Only two tokens in the mythic box?
- You may be able to buy booster packs on sale at your local game store for the same price.
For Magic: The Gathering players who don’t have a local game store, the MTG Strongbox is an excellent way to save money when looking to add to their collection. While this author personally believes that participating in limited events or just purchasing individual singles is the smartest use of your money, for those who don’t have a local game store or like to crack packs you can’t deny the savings MTG Strongbox offers you compared to buying individual boosters and even a fat pack at most mass retailers. We could easily see a yearly subscription as a great gift to give to your favorite Magic player as it’ll keep giving all year long.
Please note this review was based off a free sample provided by MTG Strongbox. For more information about their service, www.MTGStrongbox.com, like their Facebook page and follow their Twitter to receive news and other updates.
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