This entry is part 31 of 37 in the series Generally Speaking

By Imshan AKA Sinis

Hello readers.  Normally I deliver content along the lines of community, strategy, and technology, like our podcast does.  I like to talk about cards and social interactions.  But, as you might imagine, I have other hobbies and interests.  This week, I’m going to shift gears a bit and talk about marketing, economics and Commander’s Arsenal.  I’m going to hash out how a $75 price tag, and the nature of the product itself, is damaging to Wizard’s bottom line and handling of Commander in general.

More than anything, I want to talk about how this release is one of the perfect examples of what a company should not do, not because it has an MSRP that I don’t like, or because I think it will have cards I don’t want in it, or because I don’t think there is enough value in the box without actually knowing what’s inside.  Rather, I want to show how this release does nothing to advance the popularity of Commander outside a small subset of players, and may actively detract from its popularity in a large number of players. Read the rest of this entry »

 Posted by ‘BRIONNE’ aka ‘FORK OF DOOM’

No matter how much we might wish it were otherwise, we have to acknowledge that Wizards of the Coast does not make Magic simply because they care about the game. Their main purpose is to make money. The steep price tag on Commander’s Arsenal is a reminder of that. There has been a lot of outrage in the community about the $75 MSRP, which is about $40 more than that of any From the Vaults set. Price tag aside, any product made for Commander comes under close scrutiny.

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