The Eldtrich Moon FatPack, Is It Really Worth Buying?
One of the big skills needed when playing Magic the Gathering is making sure your money goes a long way. No one is going to deny that this can quickly become an expensive hobby, even for the casualist – not even mentioning playing in standard format.
A Filthy Casual such as myself has a fair number of options when shopping for MTG product; Amazon Prime, eBay and my local game store to name a few. I’m a big proponent of supporting your local gaming community, but if its possible to get a great deal elsewhere I will choose the option which provides me the most cardboard per dollar.
When the Eldritch Moon set was released, DangerChris, The Red Falcon and I bought a booster box to share. Additionally, in the past few weeks I’ve grabbed 5-6 booster packs at a time when payday rolled around, and also took part in a draft. During this short time, I’ve amassed 414 cards from the set with an estimated value of $177.20 CAD. I’ve largely ignored the Fat Pack as some quick calculations in my head made the value questionable.
Yesterday I found myself at my local game store where I had intended to purchase an Ultimate Guard binder. After paying all my bills I found I had a little more fun money then usual. And there she was – Liliana, beckoning me with her piercing white glowing eyes. Asking the clerk to hand over the pack I inspected the contents: 9 booster packs, 70-count basic land pack, a Spindown life counter, two deck boxes and some other stuff I didn’t care about. Then I studied the price tag of $44.99CAD. At this store I knew that I could get 5 packs for $22 and some change. Simple math told me that I could get 10 booster packs for roughly the same amount.
So, for that 1 pack I wouldn’t get, would there be enough value here to warrant it? One way to find out I guess. I looked to the clerk and said “45 bucks taxes in”. And I swear I must have rolled a NAT 20 on my persuasion check because the clerk immediately agreed to my proposition.
Opening the Fat Pack I was first impressed with the quality of the large card box, capable of holding 500 non-sleeved cards. It was a lot more robust that I had originally imagined, utilizing a hearty cardboard stock sandwiched against an equally weighty paper displaying the artwork.
The included players guide comes hole-punched for easy inclusion in a collection binder. The two included “deck boxes” in my opinion are completely useless. Seriously who are these for? Only able to hold 60 unsleeved cards if your lucky, maybe I could use them to transport home my drafted cards….
I quickly set all this extra stuff aside because I wanted to get down to the business at hand. Would I pull enough cards to pay for the $45 I spent on this thing? For this analysis; I will only be counting Rares, Mythics and Foils towards the final total.
There was nothing else to do, I fired up Decked Builder and cracked the first pack!