Organizing the Libraries

One more attempt to organize my Magic collection! This time with more thought and logic to maximize efficiency AND playability. Here are the guidelines I put for myself to follow.

  1. Determine what formats I’m playing.
  2. Build decks that I currently have cards for.
  3. Reuse as much on hand supplies as possible.

Pretty straightforward right? So with that set. Time to find all my cards, queue some podcasts (listen to these! The Command Zone, Critical Hit, Ologies, and Style Girlfriend), and settle in.

What the Format? 

The first step to organizing it was taking out all the cards from binders, boxes, decks, and random container that I didn’t even know had cards in it. From there it was separated by color which was then broken down by card type, while I was separating it I almost made a neat pile of legendary creatures because the format that I want to play a lot of is…

Commander (Surprise, Surprise)

With that it’s time to breakdown how many possible colors and combinations that are available and thanks to WOTC who has been really supportive of this format there’s a commander for all twenty five possible color combinations along with One of each Color, Five Color, and Colorless (I checked using EDHREC). Using that I’ve decided to at least make Three Decks for Mono, Two, Three, and Five Color Generals. Then one for each of the Four Color Generals (for now).

Cube (Because why not? Do I want it to be all shiny?)

Looking to build two to three cubes by slowly getting cards for them. The first is all the Un-Sets which should be a fun to play with. Then I found out that in a few months RAVNICA is going to be the next plane they return to which is EXCITING so will build a Common/Uncommon Cube from all the releases for it. Not sure of a third one as that might be too ambitious (crazy even).

What the Deck/s?

I started with the Mono Color Decks and 5 Color as it’s technically the easiest to make (easy in terms of figuring out what cards work and what won’t work in a particular deck). Since each Color in Magic has a archetype you can built around I’ll skip listing the decks for now, but an example for a color would be (Blue; Artifact, Merfolk, and Wizard Lock).

What Supplies?

For each color/color combination it should have a specific sleeves the purpose of it as there are three decks in each one is to easily swap cards to other decks within those particular colors. Doing so would theoretically keep it organized and allow for more combinations/strategies.

Luckily, I somehow got all the sleeves I need for the first phase of this project! At the time of this writing there’s ten working decks and three almost complete decks (Mono-decks got redundant after the eighth one so I did two four color and a three color). I also did a quick count of the holiday boxes I have and somehow managed to have enough to store all of the decks.

Will post progress and decks as time allows.