MTG – Is it worth it to buy a Kaladesh Bundle for Magic: The Gathering?

MTG – Is it worth it to buy a Kaladesh Bundle for Magic: The Gathering?


Many Magic: The Gathering Players ask the question: Is it worth it to buy a Kaladesh bundle? Formerly known as “Fat Packs” This product has been redesigned and rebranded But is this new iteration a market improvement over Fat Packs? Or a bundle of blandness not to be bought? Let’s take a look. A Kaladesh bundle contains the following: One card storage box One bland pack Two spindown die Ten booster packs A card guide and set poster Compared to a Fat Pack The difference, at first, appears minimal One additional booster pack And one additional spindown And of course the additional $3 added to the MSRP But there’s more than meets the superficial eye When we closely examine The storage box itself Previously, Fat Pack boxes were extremely popular for storage of your cards However, many problems existed with those boxes The first, and foremost, was that a tightly packed Fat Pack box Had the potential to actually damage the cards stored in it In addition to this, heavy use could cause the boxes to become worn and torn Luckily, the highly educated cardboard scientists at Wizards of the Coast Have made great strides in cardboard research and technology And thus, the bundle boxes have been constructed in such a way That the top insert no longer extends to the end of the box And thus, does not have the potential of damaging your cards Also, the base and top of the box are now using A sturdier board stock Which is akin to the newly redesigned Gift Boxes Bundles now come with a small removable and adjustable compartment box That’s neat. This can hold 100 double sleeved cards Although, you can use it however you like If you want to just put dice in it Or a spare deck Lands or whatever your individual needs are Don’t like it? Don’t use it There’s also a few odd inclusions and additions as well First of all, the boxes are now cut with a slant top I assume to aid in opening But opening Fat Pack boxes was something that was never really a problem Because as soon as you have cards contained within, The two parts always slid apart rather easily And the same is still true for the bundles I don’t see any disadvantage to this slanted top But I feel this is going the wrong direction What these boxes need is the ability to not come open Rather than, to open easily Finally, bundles come with a separate small box That does not quite fit your cards And appears to be intended for I’m going to say dice and counters It’s a box. It doesn’t fit your cards properly And it doesn’t fit in or attach to the bundle So it’s just a random odd sized box For dice and tokens, I guess Seems superfluous As with Fat Packs Kaladesh bundles come with a player’s guide As well as an unfolding poster of artwork Which is on the reverse side of the packaging While these items have a nominal value Especially now that complete setlists are commonplace on the internet For some players, they can be fun incentives and extras What about value? Bundles now contain ten booster packs As opposed to the nine booster packs That Fat Packs held But they also now boast an MSRP of $42.99 Instead of $39.99 Let’s break this down Booster packs have an MSRP of $4.00 each So ten packs will cost you $40.00 This means bundles provide all of their extras The lands, the spindown dies And of course the improved storage box for that remaining $3.00 Which, by itself, seems to be a worthwhile value At least for those players who do not already posess All of those extras However, if we compare the bundle’s value To that of a booster box Which contains 36 packs We get a different perspective Booster boxes are overwhelmingly sold For below MSRP Whether you agree with the fairness of this or not The fact remains: Booster boxes can be easily purchased Anywhere between $89 and $110 And thus, we use the average of $100 for a booster box Well, $100 buys you 2.3 bundles Or 23 packs versus the 36 you’d receive for the booster box So if you had $100 to spend on booster packs The best purchase would overwhelmingly be The booster box Rather than a couple bundles Keep in mind I am using US pricing and availability in the states And your specific location may have Different pricing and availability If so, simply insert the appropriate pricing as it relates to you And see if a bundle Is of value versus a booster box Also, remember that buying booster packs is a gamble One that is weighted heavily against you You might get more than $42.99 of card value within your packs But it is highly, highly unlikely Here’s the total value of this bundle, but remember Even if I end up cracking a Masterpiece in each booster That in no way means there’s anything more Than the slimmest chance that you will get $42.99 in cards But most important Are your needs as a player Are you a new or returning player? A casual player? Or a Friday Night Magic aficionado? Are you looking to build a deck from this bundle? To play against a friend who has done the same? Or do you want to be able to build a deck To go down to your local game store and play with? What are your personal goals? Let’s take a look For casual players A very common and fun use of a bundle Is to construct a deck from the ten booster packs within And then to battle that deck against a friend who has done the same Some stores even have bundle leages Where many players construct decks this way And battle each other over a season Earning points for victories Sometimes adding packs And with prizes to be had That is a great and very worthwhile use of a bundle Also, for new and returning players who cannot afford a booster box The added accessories of the storage box Land and dice are worth getting for only 3 bucks more Than if you had purchased the packs individually Even many established casual players can find interest in these items However, for any players looking to play at Friday Night Magic Hoping to get cards to build a constructed deck from Buying a bundle for $42.99 is more or less guaranteed to not be of good use For you And certainly not the best use of your cash While you might win the lottery in your pack openings You are unlikely to And the cards and contents are not going to be sufficient for building a deck for Friday Night Magic The best thing to buy in order to do this IS and has always been to buy the singles you need to build the deck you want to play $42.99 for a bundle will not get you there But $20 on a complete budget Standard deck such as here, will Final conclusion The biggest advantage to bundles over Fat Packs is the improved upon storage box The additional booster pack And higher quality box help make this product worth it However, the players that it is worth it to Are overwhelmingly new and returning ones Even then, if your goals as player are to build a deck for Friday Night Magic A bundle is not worth your cash Likewise, established players or those who can afford To purchase a booster box Will find little worth in the bundles Grade: B I hope very much this video has been of some help to you Remember, you can’t play Magic at Target or Wal-Mart So whether buying bundles or boosters whenever possible, try and spend that money where you spend time Playing Magic And that’s at your local game store Whenever possible You’re supporting your Magic Community