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Posted on Dec. 3, 2017, 4:46 a.m. by Argy

Is there anything you have done, in regard to Magic, that you now look back on and think WHY THE HELL DID I EVER DO THAT?

An example would be playing with your Alpha Dual Lands on the playground, so they all became scuffed and dirty.

Argy says... #2

In my early days, if I bought single cards from my local card shop, I would take them home and wash them with soap and water.

I think I thiught that they were made out of some sort of plastic. I didn't like that they were covered in sticky finger prints - an obvious sign that some people ate while playing with them.

I soon learnt that they weren't washable.

I still own some of the cards from that time, and one of them is a favourite. Mostly because it's one of the few cards I own that isn't in pristine condition.

December 3, 2017 6:55 a.m.

gnarlicide says... #3

A few things:

Back in the really early years, the rule for MTG was that you could only have four or five rare cards in your deck. SO having something like a rare land seemed kind of silly. So we used to open out unlimited and beta packs, and if we saw our rare to be a land, we used to just hand them off or throw them out.

Fast forward to when the first ravnica block released, i remember pulling copy after copy of Dark Confidant. And getting pissed as to how useless it was. It was a worthless card at the time, but something kept tugging at me and telling me it was good. But i couldn't figure out why anyone would print that abomination. Fast forward to 2012, there I was spending 90 USD each on a playset of them. times have changed.

December 3, 2017 7:58 a.m.

8vomit says... #4

Just this past fall I sold basically my entire collection, minus a few decks and a box of rares, to get money together for traveling. I was supposed to be gone the until maybe april looping the states. To me a whole winter with no snow was worth it.

But we had car problems. Those problems ate up all my funds quickly. We ended up being gone for 3 weeks, and made it back before coldest part of the winter has even started.

So now I have less than half of what I had to work with for deck building amd trades. So many good singles I sold for way less than their value. All for 3 weeks of travel and no car or money now. Why the hell did I do that??

Also, I bought 4x original print Aether Vial for 45$ a pop, less than 24 hours before they were spoiled for iconic masters. The next day you could get an aether vial for $20. Why the hell did I do that?

I could go on and on, but these are the two most recent. Ive sold and re purchased modern jund/rock 3 times now. Why do I do this to myself?

December 3, 2017 11:08 a.m.

I have several times traded in half my binder for store credit just to get a single card specific to a single commander deck, and ended up playing the deck for a week and then taking it apart and buying back the cards I traded in in the first place.

I haven't playing magic as long as most people have though, so no Beta Duals have met their untimely demise at my inexperienced hand (yet?).

December 3, 2017 11:32 a.m.

Also, REALLY early on in my MTG years, I had the bright idea of ironing a foil Cyclonic Rift with a crease in it. Now I know that foil cards (from RTR at least) basically explode when you iron them.

December 3, 2017 11:34 a.m.

Argy says... #7


No ironing.


I'm more interested in stuff OTHER than bad trade decisions.

December 3, 2017 11:39 a.m.

I foolishly started playing Magic: The Gathering, and now I have no money.

December 3, 2017 1:51 p.m.

Argy says... #9

That's a story of mighty triumph.

Not what I'm looking forzzzzz

December 3, 2017 2:12 p.m.

K34 says... #10

I played on the lunch room tables all the time in school. All my cards looked like they had freckles, So i gave them away... Even the fetches.

Live and learn, I guess.

December 3, 2017 8:52 p.m.

Argy says... #11

When I first started building I didn't know about Gatherer.

The only information I had been given was that "Return to Ravniva" was in Standard. Stupid LGS employee didn't even bother to say "Return to Ravnica BLOCK".

Luckily I found out from somewhere that RTR, Gatewatch, and Dragon's Maze were all in, along with M14 and the Theros block.

Now, the Dragon's Maze symbol is not a very distinctive one. It looks a LOT like some of the older expansions.

I went through my collection by hand, trying to work out which cards were Standard legal. Took me forever, because I had to check each one against a list of symbols.

Eventually I was able to work it out.

When I found Gatherer I was so grateful for a simpler way of sorting through cards that were playable.

December 4, 2017 2:23 a.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #12

I would not call this a horror story, but when the first Mirrodin block was released, I obtained a Sword of Fire and Ice, a Sword of Light and Shadow, an Auriok Champion, and a foil Death Cloud, but I either traded them or sold them, because I was new to the game at that time and had no way to know how valuable they would become, so I wish that I had kept them, to sell them for a profit.

Another regret that I have is that I never bought a textless promo Lightning Bolt when its price was low, and now, it is worth far more than I am willing to pay for it. On the opposite side of that, I bought a Primeval Titan for nearly $40 when that card was first released, and it is now worthy barely a quarter of that price.

To continue that subject, I purchased a copy of the 2007 promo version of Vindicate for $25, and, at one point, it was worth $100, at which point I definitely should have sold it, because it is now worth only $35, which is still more than what I paid for it, thankfully.

December 10, 2017 9:27 p.m.

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